Opinion pieces from city leaders and local experts on a variety of topics.

Justice Matters: What constitutes a lawful detention

This is the first of a series of columns exploring police/citizen encounters. Imagine a scenario: you are walking out of a local department store having...

Alexandria in Action: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Outside of summer, these next couple of months are my favorite. It is, as Andy Williams sang in the old holiday classic, the most...

Filling in the Blanks with Ramee Gentry: Being fully prepared is...

It is a tragic reality of our times that there is a chance any one of us could encounter a dangerous situation any place...

Justice Matters with Bryan Porter: What goes into a use-of-force review

This past June, Alexandria joined the unfortunately growing list of cities that have suffered the psychological trauma of an active shooter incident. A lone gunman, angry over...

Alexandria in Action: Once a Titan, Always a Titan

During my life, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people. From students I taught to those for whom I served as principal...

Filling in the Blanks: New West End school first in 17...

It has been seventeen years since our city opened an entirely new school. The last school to open was Samuel Tucker Elementary in 2000. Much...
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