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Opinion: Letter to the Editor: A Different Way of Looking at the Data

The Gazette reports that “African Americans are often targets of strong-arm tactics” by the Alexandria Police Department, and that disproportionate growth of the Department’s budget over the last 20 years has “led many to question the allocation of public resources.” (“Disproportionate Use of Force”, June 11, 2020.)

Opinion: Commentary: New Voting Laws

With the primaries now behind us it is not too soon to turn our attention to the General Election on Nov. 3 and Virginia’s new voting laws that will go into effect on July 1st.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Black Lives Matter

The people of our nation are being attacked by the very system that is required by law to help them, serve them, and protect them from crimes against them.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Terminate Local Agreements with Park Police

As you know, on Monday, June 1, 2020, the United States Park Police (USPP) used tear gas on citizens at Lafayette Square who were peacefully exercising their constitutional rights prior to any curfew.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: It’s Time to Rename Pickett Street

In 1953, the Alexandria City Council renamed more than 30 streets for Confederate military leaders after it annexed a portion of Fairfax County.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Police End Barricade Peacefully

On June 4, police were alerted to a person in distress in an apartment building in Potomac Yard that ended without incident thanks to a professional, measured, well-trained response from the officers of the Alexandria Police and Sheriff’s Departments, as well as assistance from the Fairfax County Police Department.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Removal of Statue Denies City’s History

I am writing to comment on the removal of the iconic Confederate Soldier statue at the intersection of South Washington Street and Prince Street in Old Town, Alexandria.

Opinion: Commentary: Our Work Continues

This year has the potential to bring about profound, long-overdue change.

Like millions of Americans across the country, Congress has had to adapt to the new reality we find ourselves in.

Opinion: Commentary: Words Have Meanings

Words have meanings defined in the dictionary that can take on other meaning within the context in which they are being used.

Opinion: Independent Progressive: Lake Anne Audit—Mismanagement, Appearance of Self-Dealing

On June 11 the Forensic and Integrity Services group of the audit firm Ernst & Young presented the findings of its forensic audit of the prior Board of the Lake Anne Condominium Association (LARCA) to a membership meeting.

Opinion: Commentary: Terminate Memoranda of Understanding with US Park Police

As you know, on Monday, June 1, 2020, the United States Park Police (USPP) used tear gas on citizens at Lafayette Square who were peacefully exercising their constitutional rights prior to any curfew.

Opinion: Column: Masking My True Feelings

For those of us living in states where mask-wearing is mostly mandatory (indoors: yes, outdoors: not nearly as much), it is very easy to hide one's emotions.

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Opinion: Commentary: Economy May Be Rebounding

This week, I virtually attended our second Appropriations meeting since we adjourned the April General Assembly reconvene session.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Oppose Prohibition of Firearms on City Property

To the members of the Alexandria City Council: As a gun owner with a Concealed Handgun Permit (“CHP”) and native of Alexandria, I believe that your proposed anti-gun ordinance will infringe upon my freedoms.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Reconsider What We Expect Police To Do

The article by Michael Lee Pope, “Disproportionate Use of Force” (June 11, 2020), was most disturbing. I was angered by the story of the white police officer’s harassment of a black Alexandria citizen who was simply doing his job.