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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 [...]

Inequality is not limited to Ferguson

Inequality is not limited to Ferguson

By LaDonna J. Sanders, President, Alexandria NAACP (File Photo) To the editor: My fellow Alexandrians, over the last few weeks the country has had its eye on Ferguson, Mo., as a result of the shooting death of [...]

Withhold taxpayer-funded bicycle facilities until cyclists obey traffic laws

Withhold taxpayer-funded bicycle facilities until cyclists obey traffic laws

By Kimberley Moore, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Why is the city looking at adding bike lanes to Prince and Cameron streets? City officials earlier this year announced that bikes could ride on the sidewalk. They [...]

The Business Plan: Celebrating Alexandria’s little-known manufacturing sector

The Business Plan: Celebrating Alexandria’s little-known manufacturing sector

By Bill Reagan (File Photo) Manufacturing Day (using the hashtag #mfgday on Twitter) will be celebrated across the country next week. October 3 is a day for highlighting the importance of manufacturing to the economy, showcasing [...]

Letter decrying ‘cycling anarchy’ only served to promote harmful stereotypes

Letter decrying ‘cycling anarchy’ only served to promote harmful stereotypes

By Jonathan Krall, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: I am writing in response to the letter, “We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’” that appeared in the Alexandria Times on August 7. The author decries the “anarchy” [...]

People will stop cruising for parking when it becomes too expensive

People will stop cruising for parking when it becomes too expensive

By Chris Hubbard, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: Please accept this footnote to my previous letter “We can do a better job of encouraging walking and cycling in Old Town” (August 21). The correlation between drivers [...]

Senior Corner: Helping neighbors, 
one home at a time

Senior Corner: Helping neighbors, 
one home at a time

By Katherine Dixon (File Photo)  While Rebuilding Together Alexandria may not be a household name, we aim to be — especially since we are all about rebuilding houses. As an Alexandria-based nonprofit, we focus on empowering [...]

Three cheers for those behind the War of 1812 commemoration

Three cheers for those behind the War of 1812 commemoration

(Photo/Laura Sikes) By Kathryn Papp, Alexandria To the editor: The grand celebration of the War of 1812 in Waterfront Park and on the Potomac River brought together an incredible group of historians, artists, archaeologists, sailors, bankers, water [...]

There is help in Alexandria 
for domestic abuse victims

There is help in Alexandria 
for domestic abuse victims

By Jasmin Witcher, Interim executive director, Bethany House of Northern Virginia To the editor: With all of the recent focus on Ray Rice’s family, the NFL and questions as to who viewed the video and knew what [...]

Don’t blame the developers for bad development

Don’t blame the developers for bad development

By Dino Drudi, Alexandria (Courtesy image) To the editor: You know Old Town is in trouble when an army guy is forced into using a naval analogy (“Don’t let developers and city staff low ball us on [...]