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Out of the Attic: The short golden age of streetcars

Out of the Attic: The short golden age of streetcars

(Photo/Mount Vernon Ladies Association) The Washington, Alexandria and Mount Vernon Electric Railway became the first streetcar line in Northern Virginia when it was constructed in 1892, and is credited with transforming Alexandria into a bedroom suburb [...]

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

Catherine and 
Margaret Portner 
Co-founders, Portner 
Brewhouse (File Photo) To the editor: Thank you, Michael Ford, for sharing your thoughts regarding the lack of German cuisine and opportunities for “utepils” in Alexandria (“Bring a touch of [...]

Palestinians also are to blame for Middle East strife

Palestinians also are to blame for Middle East strife

By Jerome I. Chapman, Alexandria To the editor: Timothy Conway’s assertion of “Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land” for “almost half a century” as an alternative rationalization for divestments (“Anti-Semitism is not the reason why organizations choose to [...]

Banning ‘for sale’ signs flies in 
the face of the First Amendment

Banning ‘for sale’ signs flies in 
the face of the First Amendment

By Robert Roberts, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: It is shocking to discover that the city that was frequented by our first president, George Washington, contains unconstitutional prohibitions against free speech in its municipal code. Section [...]

Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on the waterfront

Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on the waterfront

By Bob Wood, Alexandria Anchoring is a well-established, effective negotiating technique. The seller attempts to set the first price high and the buyer attempts to make his first offer low. Negotiations proceed around this anchor price and [...]

Seize the opportunities as they come

Seize the opportunities as they come

(File Photo) Two local developments caught our eye this week. The first, and perhaps most pressing, is Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to forgo appealing a Norfolk judge’s ruling that the Opportunity Educational Institution is unconstitutional. That [...]

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 [...]