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Editorial: School board raises would send the wrong message

Editorial: School board raises would send the wrong message

(File photo) We have heard it time and again in recent months. Times are tough for the city’s coffers. Officials have projected a $16 million deficit in the budget for the coming fiscal year, while real [...]

Senior Corner: Be aware of tax identity theft

Senior Corner: Be aware of tax identity theft

By Amber Nightingale (Courtesy photo) Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. And with tax season upon us, con artists are stealing Social Security numbers to file for fraudulent tax refunds. It’s a big problem. To [...]

My View: Virginia General Assembly erred in not expanding Medicaid

My View: Virginia General Assembly erred in not expanding Medicaid

By Bill Euille (File photo) The Virginia General Assembly’s refusal to expand the state Medicaid program places more than 5,000 very low-income (mostly “working poor”) residents of Alexandria at a continued high risk of poor health, [...]

Coverage of private school scholarships missed the mark

By Joseph Liu, Alexandria Your coverage of legislative efforts in Richmond to undermine public education was terribly one-sided (“Private school scholarships pick up steam in Virginia,” February 5). Virginia’s constitution effectively blocks private school vouchers to [...]

Editorial: A mayoral contest like no other

Editorial: A mayoral contest like no other

(File photo) Though only eight miles from Washington and all the machinations that take place in our nation’s capital, Alexandria normally seems a world apart: we do things in a more polite, more genteel manner. We [...]

Alexandria’s preservation is up for grabs

Alexandria’s preservation is up for grabs

By Townsend A. “Van” Van Fleet, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: After reading a number of articles concerning the blending of historic and new developments in Charleston, S.C., it struck a familiar chord. The problem of [...]

Local tutoring funding must not be cut

Local tutoring funding must not be cut

By Kristin Langlykke, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor: The Alexandria City Public School budget is currently being deliberated and the superintendent’s proposal calls for cuts to the Community Partners program from which the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium [...]

Editorial: Departing T.C. Williams principal a tough act to follow

Editorial: Departing T.C. Williams principal a tough act to follow

Alexandria has many educators who work tirelessly to teach and nurture our city’s children. Few, however, have had the impact of T.C. Williams principal Suzanne Maxey, who announced last week that she is retiring after 40 [...]

Long live you: Finding the facts in the vaccine debate

Long live you: Finding the facts in the vaccine debate

By Dr. Vivek Sinha (Courtesy photo) Few topics have evoked as much emotion and discussion in healthcare lately as the question: “Should I have my child vaccinated?” If you were to perform an Internet search on [...]

Editorial: Schoolyard funding raises concerns

Editorial: Schoolyard funding raises concerns

(File photo) Alexandria City Public Schools had a rough year in 2011. The central office was mired in scandal: the department overseeing capital projects for the district made unauthorized fund transfers between projects and it was [...]