Alexandria Opinion

Alexandria Opinion


Alexandria Letter: Another View Of Davis

Letter to the Editor

At its June 13 meeting, two members of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Confederate Memorials and Street Names made mistaken statements about Jefferson Davis.

Alexandria Letter: Saint Jane?

Letter to the Editor

I hereby nominate Dr. Jane Grayson for sainthood. All those in favor, say “Aye!”… I was picking up records at Alexandria Hospital and, stopped by the Cancer Center to leave a note for Dr. Grayson just to say, “Hi!” and that I’m doing well.

Pool Preparedness: Tips to Get Pool Ready

From The Old Town Boutique District

As of last week, school is officially out. If I may borrow a line from Harold Hill … that means summer break with a capital B, that rhymes with P and that stands for Pool. Unlike the pool in “The Music Man,” the only trouble with the swimming pool is knowing what to bring. Here is the ideal packing list for a swell summer.

Alexandria/Mount Vernon Column: Help Reduce Gun Violence

Commentary– Join effort in Congress.

I was moved and inspired last week by my colleagues — starting with the great civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis — who had the tenacity and creativity to launch a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand a vote on solutions to gun violence.

Editorial: Getting Home Safely on Independence Day

Independence Day is a national celebration, and for many, that celebration includes alcohol. The summer overall and July 4 in particular are times of greater risk for drinking and driving.

Alexandria Commentary: A Father/Daughter Bond

From the Old Town Boutique District

Many adults find choosing a great Father’s Day present for their dads perplexing.

Alexandria Letter: City Fails Its Citizens

Letter to the Editor

Over the years, I have corresponded with almost all departments within the City of Alexandria’s government.

Alexandria Letter: Thoughtful Decision-Making?

Letter to the Editor

Now you see it, now you don't. Our School Board has the ability to make decisions disappear almost overnight. Their recent magic was visible on our very first school tear down, Patrick Henry, when in fact all but the vote was necessary to pass option C1 — an option which was structurally compatible with the neighborhood, contained adequate green space and most importantly was neighborhood friendly with no bus privileges on Latham Street.

Alexandria Letter: Who Pays For Free Rides?

Letter to the Editor

Why is our city planning to provide free and expanded bus transportation to some commuters during the July surges when some Metro lines will be shut down?

Alexandria Letter: Another Reason Supporting Pool

Letter to the Editor

Advocates for Alexandria Aquatics mentioned several compelling reasons for spending a lot of city money for a 50 meter swimming pool at the Chinquapin Recreation Center adjacent to T.C. Williams’ High School, but missed the most compelling, even if slightly troubling one.

Alexandria Letter: Looking at Local Taxes

Letter to the Editor

As I paid my first half property taxes this week, I was shocked to realize they have gone up 36 percent since 2010.

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Alexandria Mentor of the Month

Making an Impact on Childhood Literacy

Of all the ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, teaching someone else’s children to read will not, on the surface, top most people’s list of priorities.

Alexandria Column: Local Maker Spotlight

From the Old Town Boutique District

The movement to shop small and support locally-owned businesses is alive and well in the DMV area, and that includes supporting the makers themselves.

Alexandria Column: Offering Translation Services for Adults in Need

Commentary-Community Lodgings

This is the second in a five-part series about Community Lodgings’ programs and services to the Alexandria community.

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Alexandria Column: Volunteering at Animal Shelter Still Rewarding

Dog lover Ellen Flynn sets record at 45 years.

If the thousands of dogs who have passed through the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter over the last four decades could talk, many would recall the calm voice and gentle hand of volunteer Ellen Flynn.