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The choice this November is clear

The choice this November is clear

By Clarence Tong, Chairman, Alexandria Democratic Committee In recent years, the City of Alexandria has faced fiscal challenges as a result of decisions made in Richmond and across the river in Washington, such as the shutdown [...]

Editorial: Having the shoe on the other foot presents a learning opportunity

Editorial: Having the shoe on the other foot presents a learning opportunity

(File image) It is easy to view Alexandria’s government as an overly powerful entity that controls too much of our lives. After all, in addition to enforcing laws about big things like murder, assault and robbery, [...]

Donating blood is not just a human activity

Donating blood is not just a human activity

By Isabel Alvarez My dogs recently applied to become blood donors. Well, I applied on their behalf, but they patiently went through the process to ensure their blood is worth collecting so that they [...]

OpEd Cartoon

OpEd Cartoon

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A tailored piece of property 
on South Royal Street

A tailored piece of property 
on South Royal Street

(Photo/City of Alexandria) At the turn of the 19th century the property at 113 S. Royal St. was home to John Longden, a tailor who operated his business in the 600 block of King Street, next [...]

Academic success is attainable at Jefferson-Houston School

Academic success is attainable at Jefferson-Houston School

By Leslie Zupan, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: To the community’s delight, Alexandria City Public Schools has announced a new principal for Jefferson-Houston School. Christopher Phillips comes to Alexandria from Suffolk Public Schools, and his credentials [...]

Inequality is not limited to Ferguson

Inequality is not limited to Ferguson

By LaDonna J. Sanders, President, Alexandria NAACP (File Photo) To the editor: My fellow Alexandrians, over the last few weeks the country has had its eye on Ferguson, Mo., as a result of the shooting death of [...]

Withhold taxpayer-funded bicycle facilities until cyclists obey traffic laws

Withhold taxpayer-funded bicycle facilities until cyclists obey traffic laws

By Kimberley Moore, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Why is the city looking at adding bike lanes to Prince and Cameron streets? City officials earlier this year announced that bikes could ride on the sidewalk. They [...]

The Business Plan: Celebrating Alexandria’s little-known manufacturing sector

The Business Plan: Celebrating Alexandria’s little-known manufacturing sector

By Bill Reagan (File Photo) Manufacturing Day (using the hashtag #mfgday on Twitter) will be celebrated across the country next week. October 3 is a day for highlighting the importance of manufacturing to the economy, showcasing [...]

Letter decrying ‘cycling anarchy’ only served to promote harmful stereotypes

Letter decrying ‘cycling anarchy’ only served to promote harmful stereotypes

By Jonathan Krall, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: I am writing in response to the letter, “We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’” that appeared in the Alexandria Times on August 7. The author decries the “anarchy” [...]