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All Opinions Are Local: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

A winning strategy for Mayor Dangerfield

When Adrian Fenty looks in the mirror, he must see Rodney Dangerfield staring back at him. With 52 percent of those polled by The Post saying the city is going in the right direction, Fenty’s approval rating ought to be in the mid-60s.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 5, 2010; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic  
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Metro escalators: Steps in the wrong direction

Have the operators of Metro's escalators not noticed that it is easier to walk down than up?

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 5, 2010; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Metro , transportation  
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Fighting for Fairfax kindergartners

By Eric Boyle Vienna Regarding the Feb. 2 Metro article “Banding together in protest”: As the parent of two children in Fairfax County Public Schools, I, too, have been fighting to protect programs. But I was disappointed that this article...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 4, 2010; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , schools  
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Metro's Bethesda Station: Bring your climbing gear

One day recently, all escalators were just long, motionless trash-strewn stairways, and the elevator to the street was out of order.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 4, 2010; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland , Metro , transportation  
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A fair school aid formula for all of Virginia

The issue of Virginia’s “Local Composite Index” (LCI), which is used in an attempt to equalize state education grants to localities based on their supposed ability to support their schools, is a sore point in much of the state.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 3, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , schools  
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Sidewalk shirkers should be told: 'Shovel or pay'

If residents cannot get off of their lazy behinds and spend a few minutes removing snow, then D.C. should remind them of their responsibility.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 3, 2010; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , weather  
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A failed Maryland teacher for changing tenure

As a failed Baltimore teacher, I call on Gov. Martin O’Malley to publicly endorse the tenure changes proposed by President Obama and State Schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick. Our educational system needs the money and the reform.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 2, 2010; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , schools  
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A double standard in Fairfax police shooting

The decision of Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh not to prosecute the county police officer who killed David A. Masters provides us with another example of our society’s fondness for double standards and its growing inequality.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 1, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , crime  
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Insult from Richmond

As governments at every level face significant budget shortfalls, elected officials are wrestling with difficult decisions and painful cuts. In Northern Virginia, unfortunately, our challenge is exacerbated by a recent state budget proposal to freeze the local composite index (LCI) for K-12 education.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 31, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , schools  
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How 24 teens talk about race

If we’re serious about repairing race relations in this country, just having a biracial facilitator in the White House won’t get us very far. It’s up to all of us to get the conversations rolling.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  January 31, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , race  
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