Archive for 'Opinion'

Out of the Attic: Levity in a time of war

Out of the Attic: Levity in a time of war

(Photo/Library of Congress) Much has been written about the Union Army’s occupation of Alexandria throughout the Civil War and its readiness to fight if there was a Confederate attack on the city. In the early years [...]

Attack on strollers 
is patently absurd

Attack on strollers 
is patently absurd

By R.J. Jones, Washington (File Photo) To the editor: I find the recent letter to the editor about strollers in Alexandria (“Strollers are overrunning Old Town,” June 26) very interesting. I also find it highly inaccurate and [...]

The Port City suffers from an acute lack of open space

The Port City suffers from an acute lack of open space

By Neal Learner, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: What is it about Alexandria and development? Our north end is being consumed by the Borg-like Potomac Yard development. The Mark Center monstrosity better known as the Washington [...]

The amazing life of the original Cassius Clay

The amazing life of the original Cassius Clay

By Tom Fannon, Alexandria (Image/The Library of Congress) To the editor: The story of Russian attention to the American Civil War (“From Russia with love,” July 10) involves one of the more interesting characters of the era [...]

Want education reform? 
Look to Ed Gillespie

Want education reform? 
Look to Ed Gillespie

By Peter A. Finocchio, Henrico (File Photo) To the editor: Earlier this month, recent college graduate Erin Parker argued that university students owe U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) their thanks (“College students owe Mark Warner a debt [...]

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

(File Photo) Like any building that has seen hard use over an extended period of time, the Torpedo Factory Art Center needs a little tender, loving care. Built near the close of the Great War, the [...]

Hobie & Monk: Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life

Hobie & Monk: Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life

Dear Hobie & Monk, My wife and I did not travel much when we were growing up, and one thing we’ve really enjoyed is giving our daughters the opportunity to see more of the world during [...]

Out of the Attic: A bland building with rich commercial history

Out of the Attic: A bland building with rich commercial history

(Photo/Library of Congress) The humble commercial building pictured here, just before its 1968 demolition as part of Alexandria’s controversial urban renewal program, was never one of the Port City’s architectural gems. Ignoring the unsympathetic renovations over [...]