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All Opinions Are Local: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

In Virginia, a smoking ban that isn't

By Richard Hamner Woodbridge My younger years included a nasty smoking habit that I quit long ago. I recall starting in high school (peer pressure) and enjoying a smoke with food, coffee or adult beverages. But looking back, I realize...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 24, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , public health  
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Why Metro deserves its federal boost

By Eleanor Holmes Norton Washington During the years we struggled in Congress to get $1.5 billion to fund capital costs for Metro, I believed that one reason for the funding towered above the rest. If Metro shuts down, so will...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 24, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Maryland , Metro , Virginia  
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The year according to you

What is the most important thing to happen in the D.C. region in 2009? Did the area change for the better, the worse, not at all? What did the year feel like? And what lies ahead? Local Opinions invites readers...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 23, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The house that Abe built

By P.T. Rohan McLean I appreciated all the coverage of Abe Pollin and the many tributes to his extraordinary life. Why not do the right thing and rename the downtown arena he built in his honor? Abe Pollin Arena sounds...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 22, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The wrong view of the H Street shuttle

By Adele Robey Washington Regarding Colbert I. King’s Dec. 19 op-ed column, “Earmark and entitlement on H Street,” about the District’s funding for a shuttle bus service: In 2001, my husband and I made a commitment to H Street and...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 22, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Disabled and left out in the cold in Arlington

By Billie Jean Keith Arlington Arlington County officials, in the name of dealing with a budget shortfall, are cutting services and imposing restrictions on 1,200 Arlington residents with disabilities who use the Star paratransit program. In early December, I was...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 22, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Broken promises on bag tax?

By Larry Hunter Washington On Jan. 1, many D.C. residents may be surprised to learn that they have been given an unexpected gift by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and the D.C. Council. That would be the Anacostia River Cleanup and...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 22, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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How to weather a storm

By Michael Hartnett Bethesda Having been a police officer for 25 years, I am still amazed at how unprepared people are even when they know severe weather is approaching. There are just two things to remember: Be prepared and stay...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 22, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The most important gift you can give

By Terri Lee Freeman Feed the hungry or house the homeless? Respond to AIDS in Africa or support the arts? What about my alma mater? Many of us debate these questions — in our heads and around at the kitchen...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 22, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Former convicts need an easier path to the ballot box

By Lavern J. Chatman Alexandria Last Nov. 4, the United States elected its first African American president. At the time, I could not help but think of the Virginians who could not participate in the election. Virginia and Kentucky are...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 22, 2009; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An election fiasco in the making

By Katy Cannady Alexandria A recent article on moving Northern Virginia municipal elections from the spring to November said that Alexandria was “in the process” of moving its council and school board elections to November [“Will Falls Church voters move...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 21, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Lunching in D.C.

By Alexandra Moe Washington Young people in Southeast have an expression for someone who’s slow. “They’re lunching,” they say, meaning, “they’re out of it” or “they’re out to lunch.” Office workers on their lunch break in Dupont Circle, on the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 21, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A job for a wounded warrior

By Ronald Paul Washington As we celebrate the holidays, Washington business and community leaders can do much to make the future brighter for our wounded warriors. Many Iraqi and Afghanistan battle veterans have arrived home only to face an extraordinarily...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  December 21, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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