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Van Fleet: I was critical of the public process, not bike lanes

Van Fleet: I was critical of the public process, not bike lanes

By Townsend “Van” Van Fleet, Alexandria I write in reference to Jonathon Krall’s October 16 letter to the editor in the Alexandria Times (“Give bike lanes a fair hearing”) that referred to my stated position that [...]

Alexandrian’s support for veterans — we don’t forget

Alexandrian’s support for veterans — we don’t forget

By John Porter (File photo) “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen” cited Henry Lee III in his eulogy for George Washington.  Washington was certainly first in many categories [...]

Celebrating the Titans of yesteryear

Celebrating the Titans of yesteryear

By Karen Graf (File photo) Much of the Alexandria School Board’s time is spent talking about academics. However, athletics has a place in the conversation as well. Movement helps our cognitive abilities. It teaches our young [...]

Goodbye to a gentleman

Goodbye to a gentleman

By Denise Dunbar (Courtesy photo) Our unruly world became a bit less civil last week with the passing of long-time Alexandria resident David M. Abshire. An advisor to presidents, former ambassador to NATO and co-founder of [...]

City Hall’s tactics force critics to adopt a first strike mentality

City Hall’s tactics force critics to adopt a first strike mentality

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (File photo) Do you recall Pogo’s quip, “We have met the enemy and he is us”? The same might be said for Jonathan Krall’s accusation that “a few residents of Alexandria have [...]

Editorial: Food truck pilot program threatens to sputter out

Editorial: Food truck pilot program threatens to sputter out

File photo Up to this point, we know two things about food trucks in Alexandria: members of the public apparently want them in town, but roving restaurateurs seem uninterested in doing business here. Food trucks were [...]

Old Town needs more attention

Old Town needs more attention

By Christa Annett, Alexandria In response to Jimm Roberts’ recent letter (“We need citywide referendums on costly public projects,” October 2), I wanted to join the disgruntled Old Town residents who resent the lack of input [...]

Rolling in the right direction

Rolling in the right direction

By B. Marquis, Alexandria I was surprised but pleased to read the October 9 article in the Alexandria Times entitled “On the road to civility on two wheels or four.” It was encouraging to see that some [...]

Innovative entrepreneurs leverage local universities

Innovative entrepreneurs leverage local universities

By Bill Reagan (File photo) In an ideal world — one where small businesses have unlimited time and money — entrepreneurs would employ a bevy of experts to advise them in a variety of areas. In [...]

Addressing Alexandria’s public safety needs after years of budget cuts

Addressing Alexandria’s public safety needs after years of budget cuts

By Bryan B. Kirkes, Alexandria While the mayor, city council and city manager are planning on spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a waterfront redevelopment plan and a Metro station, Alexandria’s public safety departments are suffering. [...]