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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 [...]

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

(File Photo) Residents soon will learn whether hard-nosed negotiating tactics will come back to haunt City Hall. Members of the Old Dominion Boat Club, one of Alexandria’s most storied organizations, will decide later this month whether [...]

Out of the Attic: A long-time home 
for man’s best friend

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) In the nearly 230 years since its construction, the Lee-Fendall House at 614 Oronoco St. has been home to over a dozen families, many of whom have had a variety of pets, [...]