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All Opinions Are Local: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Why I Endorsed Bob McDonnell

By Sheila Johnson Middleburg I am a Democrat. This year I have endorsed the Republican candidate for governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell. I have done so because in an election focused on jobs and the economy, I believe Bob is...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 31, 2009; 9:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Va. Politics , economy , schools , traffic , transportation  
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Why I Endorsed Creigh Deeds

By Martin Williams Newport News With mounting transportation problems, a tough economic climate and a difficult budget situation, Virginia’s next governor has a challenge ahead of him. Put simply, Virginia needs a leader for trying times, someone who can work...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 31, 2009; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Va. Politics , economy , schools , traffic , transportation  
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How We Can Hold the D.C. Council Accountable

By Kathy Patterson Washington The recent uproar over D.C. Council members’ contracts and earmarks, as well as budget decisions being made behind closed doors, highlights the need for greater accountability on the part of the D.C. Council. That said, the...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 31, 2009; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , Fenty , Marion Barry , Mayor Fenty  
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Weast’s Successes and Failures

By John Son Bethesda I applaud Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Jerry Weast’s hard work and success. I have been in the Montgomery County school system since first grade and, after reading this article, I realize that Mr. Weast has served...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 31, 2009; 9:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery County , schools  
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A New Threat to Victims of Domestic Violence

By Kenneth E. Noyes and Rebecca W. O’Connor Washington Victims of domestic violence and their children should not be pawns in the city’s budgeting process. D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s revised budget proposes a 10 percent additional cut to the...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 31, 2009; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , Fenty , crime , economy  
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Assessing Students With Disabilities

By Andrea Rosenthal Oak Hill I applaud President Obama for suggesting that Race to the Top funding be based on student progress, rather than benchmarks, for educationally disadvantaged students. I hope he will consider alternative measures for students with disabilities....

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 31, 2009; 8:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  schools  
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Better Teaching, Better Test Scores

By James E. Cole Gainesville I am a longtime math teacher in the D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) system, and I take issue with a recent article "Testing Tactics Helped Fuel D.C. School Gains." The article contended that this year's impressive...

By Stephen Stromberg  |  July 28, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , schools  
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What We Learned in Richmond

By Kris Amundson Chris Saxman Fairfax The two of us -- one a Republican from the Shenandoah Valley and one a Democrat from Northern Virginia -- announced our retirements from the Virginia General Assembly within days of each other. Since...

By Stephen Stromberg  |  July 28, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Va. Politics  
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Three Years and Still Asking: Who Killed Robert Wone?

By Craig Brownstein and David Greer Washington D.C. residents have been told that murder rates are down. So far in 2009, there have been 33 unsolved homicides out of the 79 committed in the District, according to the Metropolitan Police...

By Stephen Stromberg  |  July 28, 2009; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , crime  
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Purple Line Planning

Jacob Feinspan Washington The Purple Line promises to reduce commuting time, take thousands of cars off the road, benefit the environment and create economic opportunities. But some people along the proposed route could find themselves priced out of their communities....

By Stephen Stromberg  |  July 28, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Purple Line  
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Closing the Rest Stops

Robert R. Long Jr. Richmond There has been undue criticism of Virginia's Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer and Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner David Ekern for their decision to close 19 rest areas to save the state money. Instead of...

By Stephen Stromberg  |  July 28, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  transportation  
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The Purple Line's Flawed Projections

By Beth Forbes Bethesda The July 12 editorial “Green-Light the Purple Line” argued for a vastly expensive light-rail option for the Purple Line over a less-expensive dedicated bus line. The July 19 editorial “Get on the Bus” said the region...

By Vince Rinehart  |  July 28, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Montgomery County , Purple Line , environment , traffic , transportation  
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