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Alexandria in Action: Invest now — or pay layter

Alexandria in Action: Invest now — or pay layter

By John Porter (File photo) During a recent program with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and community leaders about early education and child care, an old television commercial for oil filters came to mind. In the ad, [...]

Your view: Guns don’t belong in Alexandria parades

Your view: Guns don’t belong in Alexandria parades

By Eric Meade, Alexandria (Photo/Laura Sikes) To the editor, Following the Newtown shooting on December 14 2012, I and many other parents across the country have spoken to our young children about guns. We told them [...]

Your view: General Assembly should expand Medicaid program

Your view: General Assembly should expand Medicaid program

By Nicholas Richardson, Harrisonburg (File photo) To the editor: I am a student at James Madison University and I read Mayor Bill Euille’s February 19 opinion piece entitled “Virginia General Assembly erred in not expanding Medicaid,” [...]

Your view: City snow removal policies are out of date

Your view: City snow removal policies are out of date

By Jeff Yutzler, Alexandria (File photo) To the editor, It is time for the city to revise its snow removal laws and policies. This was particularly apparent last Saturday. Two days after a moderate snowstorm, large [...]

Editorial: Chinquapin pool price isn’t just sticker shock

Editorial: Chinquapin pool price isn’t just sticker shock

(File photo) A new cost estimate is in for the proposed Olympic-sized swimming pool at Chinquapin Recreation Center, and unsurprisingly, the numbers are not pretty. Hughes Group Architects, hired last May to provide a feasibility study [...]

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 [...]