Archive for 'Opinion'

Editorial: This Fourth of July, 
the Port City needs you

Editorial: This Fourth of July, 
the Port City needs you

(File Photo) We celebrate the Fourth of July this week, that annual observance of the adoption of our Declaration of Independence that also includes baseball, cookouts, pool parties and fireworks. This year we at the Alexandria [...]

Hobie & Monk: Letting potential visitors down gently

Hobie & Monk: Letting potential visitors down gently

Dear Hobie & Monk, My wife and I have just relocated to a beautiful small city on the West Coast. Now that summer is here, all of our East Coast friends want to come to visit, [...]

Out of the Attic: King Street’s victims of urban renewal

Out of the Attic: King Street’s victims of urban renewal

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) The King Street storefronts depicted in this photograph document just how far commercial real estate in Alexandria’s once prime retail area had declined by the mid-1960s. By that time the area around [...]

The Business Plan: The one resource every business owner must know about

The Business Plan: The one resource every business owner must know about

By Bill Reagan (File Photo) Our staff at the Alexandria Small Business Development Center recently updated our Web site (www.alexandriasbdc.org), making it better suited to help existing business owners as well as those thinking about starting [...]

My View: It’s time to stand against 
anti-Semitism

My View: It’s time to stand against 
anti-Semitism

By Denise Dunbar Horrible events in history, like the Holocaust, don’t happen all at once. They’re the culmination of years of gradual change, of shifts so subtle that most are unaware anything significant is happening. Occasionally, [...]

Strollers are overrunning Old Town

Strollers are overrunning Old Town

By Mike Ford, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: I think it’s about time that people begin dialing back this stroller issue a little. Everywhere I go, I see parents wheeling around children that are clearly old [...]

Editorial: Food truck pilot program off 
to a shaky start

Editorial: Food truck pilot program off 
to a shaky start

(File Photo) With less than a week to go before the much-debated food truck pilot program launches, we still lack any criteria for measuring whether the initiative fails or succeeds. City councilors — having already approved [...]

Out of the Attic: Local railroad tycoon once 
set sail, sort of

Out of the Attic: Local railroad tycoon once 
set sail, sort of

(Photo/Library of Congress) As captured in this photograph on June 26, 1920, the ninth ship built at the Virginia Shipbuilding Co. yard at Alexandria’s Jones Point was launched. Christened the Colin H. Livingstone, the ship was [...]