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All Opinions Are Local: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

A $40 million crisis Metro can’t afford to waste

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency is struggling to close a $40 million budget gap and has asked the public to comment on two equally unappealing options: service cuts and a fare increase. A fare increase is the better solution -- if it's done right.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 8, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic , Metro  
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Real reform in Annapolis

I respectfully take exception to the dreary, predictable claim by Del. Heather Mizeur that real reform in Annapolis requires more “up to the minute access” to information about the legislative process. This confuses cause and effect. What is needed is more political courage. Without it, calls for more transparency are an empty slogan.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 8, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , Montgomery County  
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Our oppressed (rush-hour) masses

In the Washington metropolitan area, discrimination against is widespread. Consider Metrorail.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 7, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic , transportation  
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Living the low-carbon life

By Elizabeth H. Singer Columbia We read with great interest Juliet Eilperin’s front-page article [“Beyond recycling and light bulbs,” Jan. 2] about the Swedes coming to Northern Virginia to help local families adopt a low-carbon lifestyle. My husband and I...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 6, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , environment  
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Congrats! The bag tax has changed my behavior.

I have followed the debate and implementation of the D.C. bag tax with consternation. I I have read in The Post that the law’s proponents wish to encourage people to change their behavior.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 6, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , environment  
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Cabin John was high on this hog

By Charles A. Bookman Seattle The Jan. 1 article “Prince George’s wants potbellied pig out” brought back fond memories of Petunia, who shared our back yard in Cabin John in the 1990s. Almost overnight, this cute piglet grew into a...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 5, 2010; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , pets  
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