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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 [...]

The high cost of bicycle lanes

The high cost of bicycle lanes

By Linda Greenberg, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: I am appalled when I think of the money the city is spending to further the cause of bicyclists in Alexandria. I am particularly appalled because the city, [...]

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 [...]

The war on parking picks up steam

The war on parking picks up steam

By Townsend A. 
“Van” Van Fleet, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Parking spaces, parking spaces, where have all the parking spaces gone? It seems that every time I say that parking in Old Town has become [...]

Food truck hysteria is nonsense

Food truck hysteria is nonsense

By Michael Ford, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Allow me to address the idea that food trucks would replace restaurants on King Street: It’s a ridiculous notion. If my wife wanted to go out to dinner [...]

EDITORIAL: Finding a true win-win compromise really is an art

EDITORIAL: Finding a true win-win compromise really is an art

According to Merriam-Webster, a compromise is “a settling of differences … reached by mutual concessions.” In a good compromise, no one gets exactly what they want and each party gives up something meaningful. Washington Nationals General [...]

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 [...]

Bike lane project is nothing more than social engineering

Bike lane project is nothing more than social engineering

By David Norcross, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: I want to congratulate Rich Baier, director of the Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, for his candor. After all of the sound and fury of the [...]

Saving the Alexandria Seaport Foundation must be a priority

Saving the Alexandria Seaport Foundation must be a priority

By Erica Mitrano, Arlington County (File Photo) To the editor: I am writing to applaud Alexandria City Council’s decision to add bike lanes along King Street, a commonsense decision sure to make life easier for a class [...]