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“Shrinkage”

Not exactly “like a frightened turtle” as “similed” on a long-ago Seinfeld episode by Jerry himself; this shrinkage is the good kind, the kind you hope a radiological oncologist characterizes when viewing your CT Scan (computed tomography). Specifically, the exact kind of scan I get every three months to assess and evaluate the tumors, and fluid, in my stage IV, non-small cell cancer-affected lungs.

Editorial: Holidays Are About Giving

Give thanks and share; tens of thousands of families around us are in need.

The holidays are about giving, and giving thanks. The holidays are about children and family. The holidays are about sharing, about joy. The holidays are about being thankful and about faith and appreciation. The holidays are about alleviating suffering for others. Surrounded by the bounty in so many neighborhoods in Northern Virginia, many of us see little signs of the massive unmet needs here. But in Fairfax County Public Schools, more than 52,000 of the students are poor enough to receive free or subsidized meals, a significant measure of poverty.

Letter to the Editor Alexandria:Bullies in High Office

I am beginning to wonder if our small, deep-in-debt city is taking on the smarmy political patina of Chicago or, worse, of Detroit.

Editorial: Why Does Alexandria Celebrate Birthday of George Washington?

Generations of Americans from every corner of this country revere George Washington as the Father of his Country.

Letter to the Editor: Overseeing Construction

At the behest of its citizens, Alexandria decided to appoint an “Ad-Hoc Monitoring Group for Waterfront Construction.”

Letter to the Editor: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is acting to improve safety across the city, with a recent focus in Old Town.

Letter to the Editor: Sports over Scholarship?

Who wouldn’t like to look around at their finances and find a loose $545,000 floating around? The Alexandria School Board did recently and was delighted to spend it right away — not on children’s education — but on tennis courts. I am not sure the taxpayers of Alexandria should be so happy about this “lucky find.

Letter to the Editor: Celebrating Thanksgiving

Virginians can rightly claim our forebears first celebrated and established the custom of celebrating Thanksgiving on these shores.

Letter to the Editor: More Cost To Businesses

The city continues to unearth new sources of revenue on the back of its citizens.

Letter to the Editor: Protect Proffers

On Nov. 15, Alexandria's City Council will consider a development application for 100 S. Pickett Street where a bowling alley is currently located.

Opinion: Thanksgiving Help for Those in Need

Roll up those sleeves and help.

This week is the week to jump in to help the many organizations that will help needy families through the holidays. Here are a few ideas of how to help, but the opportunities are limitless.

Senior Services:Preparing for Important Conversations can Make all the Difference

As young adults, my brothers and I would always groan when our mother insisted on talking about her end-of-life plans.

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Commentary: It’s the Simple Things for Many Seniors

One of the best parts of my job is meeting so many interesting, nice people in our great city.

Commentary:Blame Local Governance for Police Secrecy

Police shootings where civilians are killed (or wounded) are assumed to occur while protecting the public-at-large, as well as the officer(s) involved. When the public seeks to learn the circumstances of such shootings, police officials lock up the files and send out their spokesperson to say they can reveal nothing, forever.

Commentary:A New Chapter: Goodbyes Are Never Easy

Since coming to Inova Alexandria Hospital as chief executive officer nearly 7 years ago, I have been privileged to lead our dedicated physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers in providing the best quality care to this community.

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