Alexandria Letter: Making Mockery of Historic Easement

Letter to the Editor

I have fond memories of growing up in an historic home with a lovely garden on South Lee Street. My mother loved the large garden with its beautiful magnolia tree and the birds that frequented her feeders.

Alexandria Letter: What’s the Plan For Torpedo Factory?

Letter to the Editor

Are we seeing only the tip of the iceberg in news accounts about the long-festering friction over the Torpedo Factory’s future? Does behind what we see lurk some ulterior agenda, albeit disguised in consultants’ reports and other smoke screens? The Torpedo Factory controversy is not just about artists versus accountants, but really about Alexandria’s soul.

Alexandria Column: Taking Steps To End Gun Violence


On April 7, I was pleased to be back in Alexandria, the city I love, to stand with Governor McAuliffe at City Hall as he vetoed three bills that will prevent gun violence and protect victims and survivors of domestic violence in the Commonwealth.

Alexandria History: Ceremony Honors Firefighters

Who died in pursuit of John Wilkes Booth.

A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, April 24, honoring the soldiers and firefighters who perished the night of April 23, 1865 during the collision of the steamship Massachusetts and the canal barge Black Diamond.

WFCWC Hosts Human Trafficking Discussion


The Western Fairfax County Women’s Club (WFCWC) hosted a meeting April 18 on “Human Trafficking in Northern Virginia.” Deepa Patel, executive director of Trauma and Hope in Springfield, is a licensed clinical social worker certifiably specialized as a sex offender treatment provider.

Arlington Column: Veto Session Keeps Virginia in Mainstream

Every April, the General Assembly returns to Richmond for a one-day “veto session.” This is when we vote on Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to bills — and his vetoes of bills — that passed during our regular winter session. We accept or reject the amendments, and sustain or override the vetoes; then, as citizen legislators, we return to our communities. For the rest of the year, much of our

Mount Vernon Letter: Unconvinced On Re-paving

Letter to the Editor

In the April 7 Gazette, my letter was published in which I disagreed with the re-paving of the streets in my neighborhood, stating that it did not appear to be essential at this time and that the money could be better spent on other transportation infrastructure.

Mount Vernon Column: Celebrating Earth Day


This Friday, April 22, is Earth Day. It is a day to inspire and motivate ourselves to action to do our part to protect the environment. It is a time to provide an act of service to the planet. It is a day to celebrate nature.

Alexandria Letter: Where Does Name Changing End?

Letter to the Editor

I am aghast.

Alexandria Letter: No Ethics Commission?

Letter to the Editor

On April 14, the Ad Hoc Code of Conduct Review Committee presented its Code of Conduct and Ethics Pledge recommendations to the Alexandria City Council.

Alexandria Letter: Financial Aid And No Fee

Letter to the Editor

Some T.C. Williams High School students have been receiving letters from private companies offering to help determine college admission and financial aid eligibility.

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Alexandria Column: Heroes at Home

Commentary–Rebuilding Together Alexandria

Heroes are people we hold in high regard. Those who serve and protect our nation are among these heroes. At Rebuilding Together, we have the privilege of helping people maintain and repair their homes — many of whom are veterans.

Alexandria Column: Good Childcare Has High Economic Returns


I want to go on record favoring a property tax increase to pay for upgrading Alexandria public schools in line with the School Board’s 10-year $291 million request — with two conditions.

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Alexandria Column: A Wake-Up Call for Alexandrians

Protect children from sexual abuse.

When you hear about child sexual abuse, many thoughts might go through your mind: “They should go to jail.”

Alexandria Column: Decision Time on City Budget Deliberations


The vote for our city’s budget is around the corner. This is the biggest vote of the year. Our decision will have a sizable impact on the quality of our lives as well as the pocketbook of each household in our beloved city.