Archive for 'Opinion'

Out of the Attic: Friendship Fire Company’s 
suction engine

Out of the Attic: Friendship Fire Company’s 
suction engine

(Photo/Library of Congress) Once an example of cutting-edge firefighting technology, the suction engine that belongs to the Friendship Fire Company now stands as a reminder of a time when Alexandria depended on volunteers to put out [...]

Volunteers keep us in good health

Volunteers keep us in good health

By Nick Carosi III, Member of the 1872 Society and chairman of the board of Inova Health System (File Photo) To the editor: I was honored to attend the 1872 Society annual reception last week at Joe [...]

Alexandria in ACTion: Don’t let summer break go to waste

Alexandria in ACTion: Don’t let summer break go to waste

By John Porter (File Photo)  “School is out at last/And I’m so glad I passed.” These lyrics from an old — and I mean old — rock ‘n’ roll song were some of my favorites while [...]

Obey the rules or get a ticket

Obey the rules or get a ticket

By Charles Hulfish, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Thank you to the Alexandria Police Department for stepping up enforcement of our traffic laws when it comes to bicyclists. Now we need our judges to stand behind [...]

Few repeat offenders mean red-light cameras are working

Few repeat offenders mean red-light cameras are working

By Jonathan Krall, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: In response to “Red-light cameras don’t deter scofflaws,” on May 22, I’d like to quote from that same article: “‘One thing we have not seen is the repeat [...]

Editorial: A quick guide to restoring public trust

Editorial: A quick guide to restoring public trust

(File Photo) Once again, the public’s faith in a vital city agency is at risk. This time around it’s the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office. Last month, officials shocked the community with the announcement that a law enforcement [...]

Out of the Attic: The many transformations 
of the Alexandria High School

Out of the Attic: The many transformations 
of the Alexandria High School

(Photo/Library of Congress) This week’s Out of the Attic column traces the story of yet another unusually large Alexandria building once used as an academy. It is believed that the large, three-story building on the southeast [...]

Filling in the Blanks: Only you can help our schools and our children succeed

Filling in the Blanks: Only you can help our schools and our children succeed

By Karen Graf (File Photo) The community always has been an important component in public education. With businesses, nonprofits and neighbors chipping in, we can help shepherd our city and the children in our schools toward [...]

My View: The real winners of the War of 1812

My View: The real winners of the War of 1812

By Dan Lee (File Photo) The British warships that arrived along the Alexandria waterfront in 1814 affected the lives of ordinary residents, though not so dramatically as the federal occupation of the Port City during the [...]