Archive for 'Columns'

Senior Corner: Beat the heat—Tips on staying cool during the summer heat

Senior Corner: Beat the heat—Tips on staying cool during the summer heat

By Diana Reynoso In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, [...]

Alexandria in Action: Vote — it’s your responsibility

Alexandria in Action: Vote — it’s your responsibility

By John Porter “The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government.” This quote from Thomas Jefferson rings as true today as at any time in history. And with our country basically [...]

Filling in the blanks: Summer brings us the results of our work

Filling in the blanks: Summer brings us the results of our work

By Karen Graf (File photo) Enrichment Program ended last week and students who don’t normally have access to summer learning were exposed to experiences that many of them may not otherwise have had. Summer enrichment included [...]

The Business Plan: Are you as good or bad as you think you are?

The Business Plan: Are you as good or bad as you think you are?

By Bill Reagan (File photo) “None of us is really as bad as we think we are on our worst days, but neither are we as good as we think we are on our best days.” [...]

My View: Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should

My View: Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should

By Denise Dunbar (File photo) The Times was able to confirm last week that supporters of Mayor Bill Euille are indeed organizing a write-in campaign for the November election. In case anyone missed it, a three-way [...]

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, [...]