Archive for 'Columns'

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 [...]

Don't let hackers spoil your holiday

Don't let hackers spoil your holiday

By John Harwell (File photo) With the holiday shopping season upon us, the big guy in the red suit is making a list and checking it twice in readiness for the season. Missing from his “nice” [...]

Alexandrian's support for veterans — we don't forget

Alexandrian's support for veterans — we don't forget

By John Porter (File photo) “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen” cited Henry Lee III in his eulogy for George Washington.  Washington was certainly first in many categories [...]

Celebrating the Titans of yesteryear

Celebrating the Titans of yesteryear

By Karen Graf (File photo) Much of the Alexandria School Board’s time is spent talking about academics. However, athletics has a place in the conversation as well. Movement helps our cognitive abilities. It teaches our young [...]