Archive for 'Opinion'

The Port City suffers from an acute lack of open space

The Port City suffers from an acute lack of open space

By Neal Learner, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: What is it about Alexandria and development? Our north end is being consumed by the Borg-like Potomac Yard development. The Mark Center monstrosity better known as the Washington [...]

The amazing life of the original Cassius Clay

The amazing life of the original Cassius Clay

By Tom Fannon, Alexandria (Image/The Library of Congress) To the editor: The story of Russian attention to the American Civil War (“From Russia with love,” July 10) involves one of the more interesting characters of the era [...]

Want education reform? 
Look to Ed Gillespie

Want education reform? 
Look to Ed Gillespie

By Peter A. Finocchio, Henrico (File Photo) To the editor: Earlier this month, recent college graduate Erin Parker argued that university students owe U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) their thanks (“College students owe Mark Warner a debt [...]

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

(File Photo) Like any building that has seen hard use over an extended period of time, the Torpedo Factory Art Center needs a little tender, loving care. Built near the close of the Great War, the [...]

Hobie & Monk: Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life

Hobie & Monk: Learning to appreciate the simpler things in life

Dear Hobie & Monk, My wife and I did not travel much when we were growing up, and one thing we’ve really enjoyed is giving our daughters the opportunity to see more of the world during [...]

Out of the Attic: A bland building with rich commercial history

Out of the Attic: A bland building with rich commercial history

(Photo/Library of Congress) The humble commercial building pictured here, just before its 1968 demolition as part of Alexandria’s controversial urban renewal program, was never one of the Port City’s architectural gems. Ignoring the unsympathetic renovations over [...]

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. [...]