Archive for 'Columns'

My View: Do we believe in second chances?

My View: Do we believe in second chances?

By Burke Brownfeld (Stock Photo)  Over the last few months, I have tried to come to a better understanding of what happens when a once-incarcerated person is released and confronts the daunting task of returning to [...]

Out of the Attic: The house that George didn’t build

Out of the Attic: The house that George didn’t build

(Photo/Library of Congress) Originally built by former President George Washington, the small house at 508 Cameron St. still pays homage to its 18th-century heritage — down to the last detail. The work is good enough that [...]

MY VIEW: The uphill battle of finding work after prison

MY VIEW: The uphill battle of finding work after prison

By Burke Brownfeld (File Photo)  Several months ago, I went on a quest to understand the challenges faced by ex-offenders returning home from prison. As a former police officer, I understand the business of fighting crime [...]

Move Along: Upending the social order on our roads

Move Along: Upending the social order on our roads

By Jonathan Krall (File Photo)  While not intentional, biking and walking upset the transit social order. According to conventional thinking, roads are for cars, slow drivers are “bad drivers,” and cyclists and pedestrians should stay out [...]

Out of the Attic: A victim of urban renewal

Out of the Attic: A victim of urban renewal

(Photo/HABS/Library of Congress) The First National Bank opened its doors at 503-507 King St. 100 years ago, featuring architecture in a classic revival style with bronze and marble details as well as modern safety enhancements. Located [...]

MY VIEW: Catching criminals is one thing; releasing them is another

MY VIEW: Catching criminals is one thing; releasing them is another

By Burke Brownfeld (Stock Image)  When I was an Alexandria police officer, I spent my days navigating rough neighborhoods and hunting down wanted felons. I caught the 14-year-old kid who had just shot another teenager in [...]

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Coaching isn’t just for CEOs

The Business Plan with Bill Reagan: Coaching isn’t just for CEOs

By Bill Reagan (Stock Image)  We all strive to make clear-headed decisions — to be well informed, have all the facts, think objectively and feel confident in the way we’ve come to a conclusion. The problem [...]

Out of the Attic: Tracing the history of the ‘Gilpin Map’

Out of the Attic: Tracing the history of the ‘Gilpin Map’

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Most Alexandria residents have probably seen a copy of what area historians refer to as the “Gilpin Map” of the 18th-century city and would easily recognize the street grid that we now [...]

Out of the Attic: Odd Fellows Hall served as Alexandria’s rationing headquarters during WWII

Out of the Attic: Odd Fellows Hall served as Alexandria’s rationing headquarters during WWII

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) One of the more interesting uses of Odd Fellows Hall at 218 N. Columbus St., seen here in the late 1960s, was during World War II, when the building became the headquarters [...]

SENIOR CORNER: Don’t let a disability keep you from the doctor’s office

SENIOR CORNER: Don’t let a disability keep you from the doctor’s office

Ms. Smith is a 93-year-old Alexandria resident who worked for many years as a nurse. Now retired, she is frail, suffers from arthritis and needs a walker to get around. These ailments make it difficult for [...]