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A friend (with a potentially dubious work history) in need

A friend (with a potentially dubious work history) in need

Dear Hobie & Monk, My friend recently was fired from her job. Though she says it’s out of the blue and doesn’t know why, I suspect she’s embarrassed about how things went down. She’s on the [...]

OpEd Cartoon

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Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Despite spending two years planning for the defense of Alexandria during the War of 1812, the city’s surrender to British forces on the morning of August 28, 1814 turned out to be [...]

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the new Jefferson-Houston

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the new Jefferson-Houston

By Jennifer Topping, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: As the new Jefferson-Houston school building gets rave reviews and prepares to open its doors to students, I watch with anticipation to see whether over the coming years [...]

From one cyclist to another: Obey the traffic laws

From one cyclist to another: Obey the traffic laws

By Jane Coughran, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: With many readers of Alexandria’s newspapers weighing in on the cars versus bicycles versus pedestrians issue, I’d like to add my two cents. I’m a 75-year-old longtime resident [...]

Why is the mayor afraid to weigh in on the Alexandria Boxing Club?

Why is the mayor afraid to weigh in on the Alexandria Boxing Club?

By Chris Marston, Alexandria (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) To the editor: Your excellent reporting on the uncertainty facing the Alexandria Boxing Club, “On the Ropes” by Jim McElhatton (August 7), and your well-reasoned editorial with constructive suggestions about [...]

Don’t let the bicycle lobby roll over you

Don’t let the bicycle lobby roll over you

By Louise Welch, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: This is an open letter to my Old Town neighbors on Prince and Cameron streets. You’re being given the same soft sell as those of us who live [...]

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Community resources to support veterans

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Community resources to support veterans

By Bill Reagan (File photo) At the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, we’re always looking for new ways to support Alexandria businesses. We continually seek opportunities to partner with members of the community and to identify [...]

Divesting from Israel 
is a ‘discriminatory act’

Divesting from Israel 
is a ‘discriminatory act’

By Herb Cooper-Levy, Alexandria To the editor: This is in response to the letter by George Byrd published in the August 7 edition of the Alexandria Times (“Divestment does not equal anti-Semitism”). Equating Israel’s policies with those [...]

Embracing bike lanes without public input is pure folly

Embracing bike lanes without public input is pure folly

By Townsend A. 
“Van” Van Fleet, Alexandria To the editor: Derrick Perkins’ article in the August 14 issue of the Alexandria Times titled “Prince and Cameron streets eyed for bike lanes,” highlighted city staff’s current position on [...]