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Body cameras prevent mistreatment

Body cameras prevent mistreatment

By Ali Gatlin, Alexandria The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hands of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record [...]

Metroway already a great city investment

Metroway already a great city investment

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) Arlington County’s decision to ditch the contemplated Columbia Pike streetcar in the face of continuing opposition, which the developers and speculators lamented, but the residents who might be displaced and [...]

The missing connection in Oakville Triangle

The missing connection in Oakville Triangle

By Alex Phillips, Alexandria (File photo) I am writing to express my disappointment and frustration with city officials who have bowed to a vocal minority of Del Ray residents regarding the development of the Oakville Triangle [...]

Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers

Empathy will be key for improving relations with police officers

By Burke Brownfeld, Alexandria (File photo) I am a former cop, but I am also an advocate for progressive criminal justice reform. This puts me in a unique position with the recent high profile cases in [...]

Editorial: Alexandria’s city government needs stability

Editorial: Alexandria’s city government needs stability

(File photo) Many Alexandrians were surprised Monday when news broke that our capable city manager, Rashad Young, is leaving after only three years on the job. Young, 38, can hardly be blamed for jumping at the [...]

Parking in Old Town must help retailers thrive

By Elizabeth Todd, founder, The Shoe Hive; co-founder, The Old Town Boutique District Alexandrians take great pride in our thriving downtown commercial district. Most municipalities our size around the country can only dream of one day building such [...]

Out of the Attic: A home for Alexandria’s criminals

Out of the Attic: A home for Alexandria’s criminals

Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria This detailed view of the intersection of North St. Asaph and Princess streets, lifted from what may be the earliest aerial photograph of Alexandria’s downtown that was taken in 1919, shows one [...]

What’s next for Fort Ward Park?

What’s next for Fort Ward Park?

By Tom Fulton, Former chairman, Ad hoc committee on Fort Ward To most Alexandrians, Fort Ward Park represents an opportunity to jog, take a stroll, walk the dog, or simply enjoy a rural setting in an [...]

‘Road show’ comment casts aspersions on budget process stakeholders

‘Road show’ comment casts aspersions on budget process stakeholders

By Octavia Brown, Alexandria (File photo) Honest dialogue and deliberation as to how a city spends taxpayer funds by its citizens and employees is fundamental to how a democracy is supposed to work.  To have the [...]

Senior Corner: Lightening up when things get heavy

Senior Corner: Lightening up when things get heavy

By Ron Culberson (Courtesy photo) When I turned 50, I did two things. I got my AARP card and I got a colonoscopy. Because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Too many of us don’t get [...]