Archive for 'Columns'

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 [...]

The Business Plan: Making connections that count

The Business Plan: Making connections that count

By Bill Reagan While we might like to believe that being an expert in a field is the best indicator of business success, whom you know often has a much greater impact than what you know. [...]

Alexandria in Action: Making a collective difference

Alexandria in Action: Making a collective difference

By John Porter “Large-scale social change comes from better cross-sector coordination rather than from the isolated intervention of individual organizations,” said a Foundation Strategy Group piece on collective impact featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. [...]

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 [...]