Archive for 'Columns'

Goodbye to a gentleman

Goodbye to a gentleman

By Denise Dunbar (Courtesy photo) Our unruly world became a bit less civil last week with the passing of long-time Alexandria resident David M. Abshire. An advisor to presidents, former ambassador to NATO and co-founder of [...]

Innovative entrepreneurs leverage local universities

Innovative entrepreneurs leverage local universities

By Bill Reagan (File photo) In an ideal world — one where small businesses have unlimited time and money — entrepreneurs would employ a bevy of experts to advise them in a variety of areas. In [...]

Fighting international counterfeiting

Fighting international counterfeiting

By Michael Czinkota and Ilkka Ronkainen Counterfeit products and services are an international plague. And it is no longer just the United States who is concerned. China's biggest Internet companies have clamped down on a problem [...]

Alexandria's ban on signs violates the First Amendment

Alexandria's ban on signs violates the First Amendment

By Scott Roy McLean (File photo) Most people would assume they were well within their rights as Americans to hang a “For Sale” sign in their car window. But they would be wrong. In 2012, I [...]

What on earth are we here for, anyway?

What on earth are we here for, anyway?

By John Porter If you follow the news these days, it seems hard to find anything positive going on. The Ebola virus has yet to be contained. The Islamic State is threatening the safety of people [...]

Donating blood is not just a human activity

Donating blood is not just a human activity

By Isabel Alvarez My dogs recently applied to become blood donors. Well, I applied on their behalf, but they patiently went through the process to ensure their blood is worth collecting so that they [...]

A tailored piece of property 
on South Royal Street

A tailored piece of property 
on South Royal Street

(Photo/City of Alexandria) At the turn of the 19th century the property at 113 S. Royal St. was home to John Longden, a tailor who operated his business in the 600 block of King Street, next [...]

The Business Plan: Celebrating Alexandria's little-known manufacturing sector

The Business Plan: Celebrating Alexandria's little-known manufacturing sector

By Bill Reagan (File Photo) Manufacturing Day (using the hashtag #mfgday on Twitter) will be celebrated across the country next week. October 3 is a day for highlighting the importance of manufacturing to the economy, showcasing [...]

Under a football field, a reminder 
of Alexandria’s past

Under a football field, a reminder 
of Alexandria’s past

(Photo/City of Alexandria) Mark your calendars — it is only 35 years until the opening of the time capsule at George Washington Middle School. The capsule was installed on September 17, 1949 as part of Alexandria’s [...]

Senior Corner: Helping neighbors, 
one home at a time

Senior Corner: Helping neighbors, 
one home at a time

By Katherine Dixon (File Photo)  While Rebuilding Together Alexandria may not be a household name, we aim to be — especially since we are all about rebuilding houses. As an Alexandria-based nonprofit, we focus on empowering [...]