Archive for 'Opinion'

Senior Corner: Protect your health by traveling safely with medications

Senior Corner: Protect your health by traveling safely with medications

By Amber Nightingale (File Photo) Too many senior citizens have found themselves in a situation like Theodore, an 83-year-old gentleman from Salem, N.Y., who began negotiating life’s challenges alone after his wife entered an assisted living [...]

Boycotting Israel is the same 
as boycotting the Jewish people

Boycotting Israel is the same 
as boycotting the Jewish people

By Aaron Biterman, Arlington (File Photo) To the editor: This is in response a letter that appeared in the Alexandria Times on July 3 by Timothy Conway (“Anti-Semitism is not the reason why organizations choose to divest [...]

What did the Founders really mean 
in the Declaration of Independence?

What did the Founders really mean 
in the Declaration of Independence?

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: On the Fourth of July, Americans like to celebrate our Independence Day, commemorating the public reading of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776. [...]

Editorial: Rethinking how we handle mental illness

Editorial: Rethinking how we handle mental illness

(File Photo) Frequently in the “Harry Potter” books and movies, we find Ron rolling his eyes at something Hermione says or does while muttering, “She’s mental.” The intent is light-hearted: Ron is showing his exasperation at [...]

From Russia with love

From Russia with love

(Photo/Library of Congress) When the Civil War began in 1861, the Confederate and Union governments courted European support for their causes. Although France’s Napoleon III made overtures to Southern leaders and England constructed some warships for [...]

OpEd Cartoon

OpEd Cartoon

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Cutting ties with Israel does not constitute anti-Semitism

Cutting ties with Israel does not constitute anti-Semitism

By Craig Taylor, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: According to Alexandria Times Publisher Denise Dunbar, “ of and economic discrimination against Jews are in full flower, 21st-century-style (“It’s time to stand against anti-Semitism” June 26).” She [...]

Founding Fathers’ philanthropy: America’s strong giving tradition

Founding Fathers’ philanthropy: America’s strong giving tradition

Alexandria in ACTion with John Porter (File Photo) This month Alexandrians celebrate two important historical events — the founding of our country 238 years ago and that of our city 27 years earlier in 1749. I [...]

Bring a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s restaurant scene

Bring a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s restaurant scene

By Michael Ford, Alexandria (Stock Image) To the editor: Dear whoever may be thinking about opening a restaurant in Alexandria: We have many fine eateries here, in Old Town in particular. We have coffee shops, hamburger joints, [...]

We must rein in overly loose campaign finance laws

We must rein in overly loose campaign finance laws

By Leslie Card, U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) (File Photo) To the editor: It has become clear that big money spending in elections is a problem. Since Citizens United, campaign spending has reached an all [...]