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Debt On The March

July 21, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – As part of the budget deliberations this year, Alexandria City Manager Mark Jinks recommended to City Council that the City’s Debt Service policy be reviewed and that adjustments be made to some of the limits contained in the policy. City Council adopted the changes along with the FY2018 budget on May 4.

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Welcome Home Lois

July 14, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – The Alexandria City School Board announced on Wednesday that it had appointed Dr. Lois F. Berlin as interim superintendent for our school district. The Board will conduct a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent.

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To BID Or Not To BID

June 26, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Alexandria has two major sources of tax revenue – from residential and commercial properties. It has always been a goal to decrease the residential burden by increasing the desirability of Alexandria as a location for successful businesses, as well as offices for governmental agencies and various organizations. The key word is successful.

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Mobile Health Comes To Alexandria

May 25, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – This week the Alexandria Fire Department implemented the Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedic Program. This mouthful of words has a strong and creative purpose and we will just call it Community Paramedics in this editorial.

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Finding A New School Leader

May 19, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Three members of the alexandrianews.org Board have been directly involved with the Superintendent search and hiring process, two of those members in searches for the Alexandria City Public Schools system.

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Expected But Disappointing

May 10, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – When City Council voted in March to advertise the maximum real estate tax rate at three cents above the increase already proposed by the City Manager, many long-time observers of the City did a collective eye roll when Councilwoman Del Pepper stated, “I am going to vote for this as a maximum rate but I sure hope we don’t raise taxes this high.”

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Generosity In Action

April 21, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Alexandria has a big heart and is willing to support that big and caring heart with their hard earned dollars. At its recent seventh annual online giving event, Spring2ACTion raised $254,966 over 2016 for a total of $1,592,459 for 158 Alexandria nonprofit organizations.

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Kudos To Our Police Department

April 18, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Alexandrians, living as we do within a large metropolitan area, are inevitably exposed to the seamier side of humanity in the form of criminal activity. Alexandrians, living as we do within a large metropolitan area, are inevitably exposed to the seamier side of humanity in the form of criminal activity. However, our city is in keeping with national statistics of lower crime rates in most serious categories, something that cannot be said of many less fortunate communities.

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Pounding A Square Peg Into A Round Hole

March 29, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – As we noted in a recent editorial, the private pre-school community has yet to comment on a plan by the School Board to put a large West End pre-school center at John Adams Elementary School, thus necessitating the relocation of a significant portion of that school’s elementary population to a newly proposed elementary school at 1701 N. Beauregard Street.

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March 27, 2017

alexandrianews.org Editorial – Events at several City Council meetings over the past ten days have made us increasingly uneasy about the City’s fiscal fate going forward.

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