Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

All Opinions Are Local: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Misplaced crime priorities in D.C.

The Jan. 13 editorial “Don’t stop now” said that the District “is experiencing a historic drop in the crime rate.” Not exactly. Robberies, the crimes of violence that most seriously threaten peaceful, minding-one’s-own-business residents, are up by 4 percent over 2008 and up by 22 percent over 2000.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 15, 2010; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , crime  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

On D.C.'s bag tax: Seeing is believing

By Philip Latasa Fredericksburg Regarding Bryan Dierlam’s post complaining about the D.C. plastic bag tax. Mr. Dierlam is to be applauded for his responsible reuse of plastic bags, but it takes little observation to realize that many others are utterly...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 15, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , environment  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

A 'timeout' for sports at Fairfax schools

Fairfax County should consider suspending all sports and after-school activities for a year to see what kind of revenue it can free up to do what schools are supposed to focus on: educating children.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 14, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , schools  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Free bags -- but at a price

A desire to obtain “free” bags, given his priorities, is understandable. But a decision to shop in Virginia will impact a family's budget more than it will District sales tax revenue.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 14, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Montgomery County  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

A message to rude D.C.: Give 'salaam' a chance

I recently returned from command as a colonel in Iraq. Coming home is never easy, and it can be particularly hard during the holidays. I was really hoping for a large dose of holiday spirit, more “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.” That’s not exactly what I got.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 13, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Two Metro money-raisers

Let me add a couple of suggestions for targeted Metro fare increases to augment Samuel R. Staley’s proposal [“A $40 million crisis Metro can’t afford to waste,” Local Opinions, Jan. 10]. First, put a $2 surcharge on trips originating or ending at Reagan National Airport. Second, develop “event” fares with surcharges for major sporting events or major concerts at Verizon Center and other venues.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 13, 2010; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Metro , transportation  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Civil disobedience and a custody fight

I don’t advocate carrying civil disobedience to extremes, but I believe in protecting children. In a society where immorality is sanctioned, a thinking individual’s moral obligation overrides his or her legal obligation in rare cases.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 12, 2010; 6:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , same-sex marriage  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Demand pricing isn't right for Metro

If the choice is between fare increases and service cuts, I am for fare increases. But Virginia, Maryland and the District need to start looking at Metro as a way to ease their traffic problems and make meaningful contributions to the system’s operational funding.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 12, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Metro  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

What James Cheek accomplished at Howard

James Cheek rebuilt and transformed the university. The obituary made a great mistake in stating that his goal was “to help Howard maintain its standing as one of the nation’s preeminent black educational institutions.” His program aimed to make Howard one of the top-tier research universities in the United States.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 11, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

In D.C., real progress for people with disabilities

For the first time in my 30 years as president of St. John’s Community Services, District agencies are working together toward a common goal — to provide high-quality, community-based services for people with disabilities. Having battled the system for many years, I can say that while the system is far from perfect and abuses still occur, it has come a very long way from the atrocities of Forest Haven and a dysfunctional and unresponsive city government.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 11, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , public health  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

Left in the dark at Reagan National

After the power went out at Reagan National Airport, I watched how airport authorities reacted — and did not react — to this potential crisis. What I learned is that our capital city’s airport needs to brush up on its emergency procedures.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 11, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , transportation  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz  

 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company