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All Opinions Are Local: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

The Purple Line's Real Toll

By Kathy Strom and Patricia Burda Chevy Chase The July 12 editorial “Green-Light the Purple Line” claimed to dispel myths about the planned light-rail line between Bethesda and New Carrollton, but instead it perpetuated many. We write on behalf of...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 17, 2009; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Purple Line  
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Where Should Sonia Sotomayor Live?

The Post asked local journalists, bloggers and politicians for ideas for the prospective Supreme Court justice beyond the traditional neighborhoods of officialdom. TOM SHERWOOD Reporter for NBC News4; co-author of “Dream City — Race, Power and the Decline of Washington,...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 17, 2009; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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UDC’s Community College Mission

By Allen L. Sessoms Washington We welcome President Obama’s support of community colleges and know firsthand the benefits these institutions provide for their students and their communities. Since 1977, the University of the District of Columbia has integrated community college...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 17, 2009; 9:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , schools  
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Time to Ditch the Plastic Bags

By Ryan Alexander Sierzega Vienna The D.C. Council has given initial approval to the Anacostia River Cleanup and Protection Act of 2009, which would charge a five-cent tax on each paper or plastic bag used at grocery stores, pharmacies and...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 17, 2009; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  environment  
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The Safeguard Metro Missed

By Steven A. Glazer Bowie Metro asserted recently that a remedy for the faulty track circuitry that may have caused the June 22 train crash near the Takoma Station, killing nine and injuring 80, does not exist and would have...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 17, 2009; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro , transportation  
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Charter Schools Aren't the Solution

By Kitty J. Boitnott Richmond The Obama administration and The Post are fascinated with charter schools, but charters do not make sense for Virginia. Maybe charter schools are needed in the District or Chicago, but in Virginia they are a...

By Stephen Stromberg  |  July 13, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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My Cul-de-Sac Became a College's Ashtray

By Christine Borger Rockville My street lies at the heart of a neighborhood problem that has mired the mayor and city council of Rockville and threatens to draw in state Sen. Jennie Forehand and even Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. Unfortunately,...

By Stephen Stromberg  |  July 13, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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In Fairfax, Other Routes to Better Roads

By Sharon Bulova Fairfax At the tail end of a two-day Fairfax County Board of Supervisors retreat at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, County Executive Tony Griffin put an intriguing and unexpected proposal on the table. Maybe, he said,...

By Stephen Stromberg  |  July 13, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  transportation  
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Where Metro Could Find Revenue

By Jay Labov Vienna So Metro has closed a budget gap by making $81 million in internal spending cuts, including eliminating jobs and cutting bus service in Maryland and Virginia, rather than seeking to increase revenue. I disagree with this...

By Marisa Katz  |  July 12, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro  
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Ever Heard of Computers?

By Frances Alexander Newburg, Md. We live in a digital age. We pay our bills online and have our checking accounts and credit cards debited monthly for payments, and, in fact, many of us do not even write paper checks...

By Marisa Katz  |  July 12, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  police  
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Transit and Taxi Shortcomings

By Bill Brown Takoma Park I subscribe to "Alert DC," a service of the District government established after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The service is supposed to alert subscribers via e-mail or text message whenever there is an emergency...

By Marisa Katz  |  July 12, 2009; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  transportation  
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