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Editorial: City police embody never-give-up attitude

Editorial: City police embody never-give-up attitude

(File photo) Alexandria’s police department is on quite a roll. Since the beginning of September the department’s detectives have secured first degree murder indictments in two “cold case” murders: those of Nancy Dunning and Michael James [...]

What on earth are we here for, anyway?

What on earth are we here for, anyway?

By John Porter If you follow the news these days, it seems hard to find anything positive going on. The Ebola virus has yet to be contained. The Islamic State is threatening the safety of people [...]

Until cyclists change irksome traffic laws, they must follow them

Until cyclists change irksome traffic laws, they must follow them

By Bruce Grimes, Alexandria My father is a lawyer, and he taught me this: learn the law; follow the law. If the law does not make sense, change it, but follow the law until it is [...]

The cycling crisis is engineered

The cycling crisis is engineered

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria Creating crises as an excuse to give government more power to solve the crisis is not a new trick. Remember the Reichstag fire in Germany when the Nazi regime was in its [...]

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 [...]