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Editorial: Closure is in sight following Severance murder indictments

Editorial: Closure is in sight following Severance murder indictments

(Photo/Erich Wagner) Nothing rattles a community as much as unsolved violent crimes. Moreover, if those crimes happen to be seemingly random murders, committed across a swath of neighborhoods around midday, nerves give way to terror. Such [...]

Editorial: In remembrance of Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley

Editorial: In remembrance of Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley

(File Photo) War is messy. Armies move. Cities fall. Homes burn. People die. War is an unfortunate, but apparently unavoidable, part of the human condition. And it seems to us that — based on the tragic [...]

Editorial: Labor Day provides a much-needed pause

Editorial: Labor Day provides a much-needed pause

This weekend marks the traditional, if not the calendar, end to summer. Though life is never slow in the D.C. area, in July and August the pace is more of a jog than a sprint. From [...]

Editorial: Suffering in silence? There is help available for you

Editorial: Suffering in silence? There is help available for you

(File Photo) We were reminded this week that even the funniest and most charismatic among us may silently struggle with a darker side. Regular readers will recall the Alexandria Times has editorialized on mental health issues [...]

Editorial: Don’t let the boxing club’s fate become a street fight

Editorial: Don’t let the boxing club’s fate become a street fight

(Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) There’s an old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While grammatically questionable, the adage contains considerable wisdom, and is the correct response to the growing controversy surrounding the future of the [...]

Seize the opportunities as they come

Seize the opportunities as they come

(File Photo) Two local developments caught our eye this week. The first, and perhaps most pressing, is Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to forgo appealing a Norfolk judge’s ruling that the Opportunity Educational Institution is unconstitutional. That [...]

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

Editorial: Alexandria residents, the Torpedo Factory needs you

(File Photo) Like any building that has seen hard use over an extended period of time, the Torpedo Factory Art Center needs a little tender, loving care. Built near the close of the Great War, the [...]

Editorial: Rethinking how we handle mental illness

Editorial: Rethinking how we handle mental illness

(File Photo) Frequently in the “Harry Potter” books and movies, we find Ron rolling his eyes at something Hermione says or does while muttering, “She’s mental.” The intent is light-hearted: Ron is showing his exasperation at [...]

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

Editorial: On the waterfront, do the 
ends justify the means?

(File Photo) Residents soon will learn whether hard-nosed negotiating tactics will come back to haunt City Hall. Members of the Old Dominion Boat Club, one of Alexandria’s most storied organizations, will decide later this month whether [...]

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 [...]