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My View: Reflecting on Alexandria

My View: Reflecting on Alexandria

By Sher Alam Shinwari When I arrived in the beautiful City of Alexandria more than two months ago, I found myself in a dreamland. The very look of the city spellbound me. The lush, green and [...]

Stopping for stop signs will end the criticism of cyclists

Stopping for stop signs will end the criticism of cyclists

By B. Marquis, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: It has been amusing to read the recent responses to my letter “We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’” (August 7), which recounted the behavior of a few bicyclists. [...]

Editorial: In remembrance of Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley

Editorial: In remembrance of Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley

(File Photo) War is messy. Armies move. Cities fall. Homes burn. People die. War is an unfortunate, but apparently unavoidable, part of the human condition. And it seems to us that — based on the tragic [...]

A friend (with a potentially dubious work history) in need

A friend (with a potentially dubious work history) in need

Dear Hobie & Monk, My friend recently was fired from her job. Though she says it’s out of the blue and doesn’t know why, I suspect she’s embarrassed about how things went down. She’s on the [...]

OpEd Cartoon

OpEd Cartoon

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Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Despite spending two years planning for the defense of Alexandria during the War of 1812, the city’s surrender to British forces on the morning of August 28, 1814 turned out to be [...]

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the new Jefferson-Houston

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the new Jefferson-Houston

By Jennifer Topping, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: As the new Jefferson-Houston school building gets rave reviews and prepares to open its doors to students, I watch with anticipation to see whether over the coming years [...]

From one cyclist to another: Obey the traffic laws

From one cyclist to another: Obey the traffic laws

By Jane Coughran, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: With many readers of Alexandria’s newspapers weighing in on the cars versus bicycles versus pedestrians issue, I’d like to add my two cents. I’m a 75-year-old longtime resident [...]

Why is the mayor afraid to weigh in on the Alexandria Boxing Club?

Why is the mayor afraid to weigh in on the Alexandria Boxing Club?

By Chris Marston, Alexandria (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) To the editor: Your excellent reporting on the uncertainty facing the Alexandria Boxing Club, “On the Ropes” by Jim McElhatton (August 7), and your well-reasoned editorial with constructive suggestions about [...]

Don’t let the bicycle lobby roll over you

Don’t let the bicycle lobby roll over you

By Louise Welch, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: This is an open letter to my Old Town neighbors on Prince and Cameron streets. You’re being given the same soft sell as those of us who live [...]