Archive for 'Columns'

The Business Plan: It’s never too late to find the right career path

The Business Plan: It’s never too late to find the right career path

By Bill Reagan What do I want to do when I grow up? It’s a question that is often asked by adults in jest, but the reality is that relatively few adults approach career choices methodically. [...]

Out of the Attc: The road to Alexandria’s commercial success

Out of the Attc: The road to Alexandria’s commercial success

Despite its short length, Commerce Street, the diagonal thoroughfare connecting King and Duke streets between South Peyton and Fayette streets, has a long and colorful history. The three-block long street is associated with the area known [...]

My View: Taking military intervention off the table is a strategic mistake

My View: Taking military intervention off the table is a strategic mistake

By Denise Dunbar (File Photo) I recently saw a bumper sticker that read, “War is not the answer.” Could five words strung together possibly be more inane? Of course, we all wish there was no such [...]

My View: How a prank almost sunk the Port City

My View: How a prank almost sunk the Port City

By Daniel Lee (File Photo) Taking military intervention off the table is a strategic mistake When seven British warships dropped anchor along Alexandria’s waterfront in late August 1814 (yes, the War of 1812 lasted past New [...]

Senior Corner: Designing roads for 
an aging population

Senior Corner: Designing roads for 
an aging population

By Jerry King If you follow transit issues in this city, no doubt you have heard the term “complete streets” tossed around. But what is it and how does it apply to seniors? The complete streets [...]

Long Live You: Avoiding the allergy blues naturally

Long Live You: Avoiding the allergy blues naturally

By Dr. Marie Steinmetz (File Photo) As spring allergy season arrives, it is time to take stock of your natural medicine cabinet. There are many natural remedies that have been proven useful for offsetting allergy symptoms. [...]

When Johnny Bull came to town

When Johnny Bull came to town

(Image/Library of Congress) Unlike Alexandria’s occupation during the Civil War, which was documented extensively through the then new medium of photography, few depictions of the Port City during the War of 1812 survive to this day. [...]

Alexandria’s role in the 
Poor People’s Campaign

Alexandria’s role in the 
Poor People’s Campaign

At a May 1967 South Carolina retreat of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Dr. Martin Luther King announced the launch of a second phase of the civil rights movement focused on human rights and economic justice [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: What if we raise $1 million in one day for local nonprofits?

Alexandria in ACTion: What if we raise $1 million in one day for local nonprofits?

By John Porter Does that headline sound crazy? Well, it shouldn’t. Online giving days — 24 hours spent fundraising on the Internet for a specific cause — gained popularity several years ago. To be honest, we [...]

Out of the Attic: A Port City suffragette

Out of the Attic: A Port City suffragette

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) As we continue our series on important women who called Alexandria home — in honor of Women’s History Month — we cannot overlook the significant contributions made by Caroline Hallowell Miller, who [...]