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All Opinions Are Local: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

A shovel thief strikes in Silver Spring

I was dismayed to find both snow shovels and sleds stolen from our front porch in Silver Spring. Well, at least we had shoveled out our house and our neighbor’s house. Such things are replaceable, right? Not so fast.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 12, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , weather  
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The lonely shoveler

I shoveled all the way down to the car, thanks to that stranger who kept me company, and whose resolve would not allow me to call it a day.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 12, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , weather  
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The GOP roadblock to AIDS funding

The Feb. 5 Metro story “Lawmakers probe agency’s oversight of AIDS programs” vividly illustrated the kind of congressional, most recently Republican, interference that the District has been forced to endure for decades, actually for almost two centuries.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 11, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , public health  
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Lessons in snow etiquette

The commonwealth of Virginia may not have statewide rules on the responsibility of property owners to clear snow from the sidewalk in front of their houses, but some localities do.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 10, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , weather  
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Stop tilting at wind-power projects

The Feb. 5 editorial “Winds of change” highlighted an ongoing problem with renewable energy development that goes beyond nascent offshore wind projects, such as that in Cape Cod. Even more battle-tested commercial, land-based projects are facing the same opposition from people who don’t like them, especially in this region.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 9, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , Virginia , energy  
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Does The Post appreciate teachers?

By Doug Prouty Silver Spring The Post’s Feb. 5 editorial “Rotten apple” revealed an anti-teacher bias. The statement that “Teachers ..... deserve good salaries and benefits for doing a tough and important job” was followed by outrage over “skyrocketing payroll...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 8, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , Montgomery County , schools  
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Why Montgomery spending is out of control

The editorial on the foul influence of the Montgomery County Teachers Union on teacher pay and retirement provisions was exactly on target. Put this together with the scandal of the full-pay disability system being taken advantage of by many county police officers, and you have a good example of why expenditures are out of control.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 8, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Montgomery County , schools  
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What's in your child's sippy cup?

The Food and Drug Administration recently reversed its position on bisphenol A (BPA), used in baby bottles, sippy cups and some infant food containers, stating that the compound is of “some concern” to human health and that parents should take steps to reduce their children’s exposure to it. Then it more or less left it at that, at least for now, claiming it lacks the authority to do more. I don’t think that’s good enough. And neither should the state of Maryland.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 8, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , public health  
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