Archive for 'Columns'

My View: Preserving Alexandria’s history implies preserving its historic fabric

My View: Preserving Alexandria’s history implies preserving its historic fabric

By H. Talmage Day (Courtesy photo) Alexandria is particularly well situated to help our nation confront and interpret the complex history of slavery, the Civil War, its aftermath and the long struggle for equal rights. The [...]

Column: A write-in campaign for mayor would be wrong

By Denise Dunbar (File photo) I surely am not alone in viewing the just concluded Democratic mayoral primary as the most fascinating local election in recent memory. For sheer circus atmosphere, 2012 may have edged it [...]

Column: Musings on some Alexandria oddities

By Denise Dunbar We all have our rants. Things that one person may not notice will strike another as outrageous or hypocritical. Below are some of mine, and I would be interested to hear what bugs [...]

The Business Plan: Make the most of tourist season

The Business Plan: Make the most of tourist season

By Bill Reagan (File photo) The weather is warming and the National Cherry Blossom Festival has begun. Spring is finally upon us, and Alexandria soon will notice an upswing of visitors to our community. Our colleagues [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]