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All Opinions Are Local: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

A heartfelt thank-you from Haiti

I want to thank the people of the Washington region, and all the world, for their help and care during this catastrophe.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 29, 2010; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , Virginia  
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Good trees after bad

By John Mathwin Rockville Because of the damage done to the watershed by the intercounty connector, Maryland has proposed various mitigation projects. One such project would connect two bike paths near Lake Frank in Montgomery County. To make this connection,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 29, 2010; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Montgomery County , environment , transportation  
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The message in a beetle

I feel very sorry for the residents of Chesapeake Ranch Estates; it is most unfortunate that the cliff they call home turns out to be one of the last remaining habitats of an endangered species. But this issue is not about the importance of humans over that of a dwindling beetle population.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 28, 2010; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , HotTopic , Maryland , environment  
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The real cure for Maryland's budget disease

Well, the real cure for Maryland’s budget disease is not a tax increase but cutting spending and reducing the size of government.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 27, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland  
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Why I stopped needing a gun

When a gun speaks, what comes out of its mouth is an expression of anger — sometimes intentional, sometimes subliminal — but anger nonetheless. And I don’t need a gun to speak for me, because I’m not angry.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , guns  
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Rhee's rhetorical excess

The issue isn’t that Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee would fire teachers who hit or sexually abused children or who were absent too often. The issue is that she can take strong action against such teachers without resorting to the excuse of a mass layoff.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , schools  
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Perspective on Rhee’s words

The recent tempest over Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee’s explosive statements about fired D.C. teachers illuminates a whole lot more than the utility of avoiding injurious rhetorical excess.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 26, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , schools  
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A safe, affordable and high-quality Metro system

The Metro board faces tough choices in the coming months. Metro riders deserve a commitment to safe, affordable, high-quality service.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 25, 2010; 6:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Metro  
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To fight HIV in D.C., bring PEPFAR home

For more than a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not reported a decline in the number of new infections. Here in the District, and around the nation, the epidemic continues to rage out of control. We need a concerted, national strategy. There is no time to lose.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 24, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HIV , HotTopic , public health  
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