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My View: Defending free speech from campus bullies

My View: Defending free speech from campus bullies

By Denise Dunbar In the newsroom of my college newspaper, our adviser placed a bumper sticker on the top of our blackboard that read, “The First Amendment is absolute.” Those words, printed in black on a [...]

The Business Plan: Optimize your holiday shopping

The Business Plan: Optimize your holiday shopping

By Bill Reagan Alexandria’s Black Friday campaign on November 27 and the national Small Business Saturday promotion on November 28 are great opportunities for all of us to make an extra effort to shop local this [...]

Senior Corner: Changing your Medicare plan may save you money

Senior Corner: Changing your Medicare plan may save you money

By Cedar Dvorin and Marcelle Habibion (Photo: Cedar Dvorin) If you watch television, you can’t miss the ads for Medicare’s open enrollment period (October 15 through December 7). For people with Medicare, open enrollment is your [...]

Alexandria in Action: It’s that time of year

Alexandria in Action: It’s that time of year

By John Porter The Halloween candy is gone. There’s a chill in the air. It gets dark at 5 p.m. Stores have their Christmas displays up and holiday music is playing. We must be getting close [...]

Filling in the blanks: Charting the course of Alexandria City Public Schools

Filling in the blanks: Charting the course of Alexandria City Public Schools

By Karen Graf This week, Alexandria City Public Schools is launching ACPS 2020, a strategic plan that will provide our roadmap for the next five years. Drawing up a direction for a whole school community is [...]

Veterans in our midst: Alexandria veterans — strength over struggles

Veterans in our midst: Alexandria veterans — strength over struggles

By John Sims Much is written about the challenges our veterans and families face following their military service. High rates of suicide, problems at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or struggles of veterans trying to reintegrate [...]

The Business Plan: Receiving help from small business facilitators

The Business Plan: Receiving help from small business facilitators

By Bill Reagan Over the years, this column has recommended resources that Alexandria small business owners can access to become more productive, make contacts or solve problems. We believe it is important to focus on one [...]

Senior Corner: Caregivers conference geared to family caregivers and pros alike

Senior Corner: Caregivers conference geared to family caregivers and pros alike

By Debbie Ludington Are you caring for a family member or loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, another dementia or other medical problems? Is it a struggle at times? Do you feel isolated and alone? Information and [...]

Alexandria in Action: Following your passion

Alexandria in Action: Following your passion

By John Porter “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson When my youngest son was entering the workforce a number of years ago, he commented on [...]

Filling in the blanks: Vote for the schools this election season

Filling in the blanks: Vote for the schools this election season

By Karen Graf It is campaign season and Alexandrians must decide on the candidates they are going to put in office for the next three years for city council and the Alexandria City School Board. This [...]