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All Opinions Are Local: February 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Making Amber alerts work

My family and I saw the Amber alert on TV. The text on the screen offered nothing helpful except a reference to the alert and how to contact officials. It did not describe the girl, the alleged kidnapper or the circumstances of her disappearance; there was no photo of her.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 19, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , crime , police  
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A less-than-informative Amber alert

The Amber Alert asked viewers in any of the multiple counties listed (what seemed like the entire Washington viewing area) to be vigilant. Whom were we supposed to be looking for? What type of vehicle? Some might consider that information useful.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 19, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , crime  
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No roadblocks to Va. charter schools

Virginia has few charter schools because Virginians generally support the existing public schools. They know that local school boards are open to innovation and don’t see a need to create large parallel structures outside the system.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 18, 2010; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , schools  
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We who fought at Snowmageddon

Never let it again be said that Washingtonians can’t take a weather punch. We’ll be telling future generations about the winter of ’10 and the battle at snowmageddon.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 18, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , Virginia , weather  
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No snowplow? No problem.

The mechanical snow plow is a great invention, and I cheer when one appears on my snowy street. But it is a luxury.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 17, 2010; 7:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax County , Virginia , weather  
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Sisyphus on a Fairfax sidewalk

Except for a few hours in the midst of the two major storms, our neighbors have kept the sidewalks passable — until Sunday, when the Virginia Department of Transportation sent backhoes into our subdivision to clear the streets curb to curb. Guess where they put the snow?

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 17, 2010; 7:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , schools , weather  
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Speaker Howell's teachable moment

I’d like to thank Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) for making it so easy to teach my Advanced Placement government students about the powers of the speaker and how those powers can be abused.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 16, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Va. Politics , Virginia  
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Pepco, bury those lines

Pepco’s failing infrastructure is as dangerous to the public as are any crumbling bridges and bursting water mains. The utility cannot afford to ignore this life-threatening issue any longer. Its management must immediately step up and announce that it is embarking on a policy to bury the lines and enhance power distribution and transmission.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 16, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , Montgomery County , weather  
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In Va., a better approach to AP participation

SOL tests do not promote the critical-thinking skills required for success in AP courses. These tests are at best a minimal standard. A better approach to promoting AP participation among these students: Boost reading and math skills and encourage enrollment in honors-level courses.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 15, 2010; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , schools  
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Who's flinty now?

Chicago is flat and relatively easy to plow and navigate during its diminutive storms. All of us in the D.C. area would sigh at the ease with which we could weather a Chicago snowstorm.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 15, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , weather  
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Snowplow math in Arlington

Before I will listen to elected officials patting each other on the back for dealing with all this snow, I would like to know exactly how long it takes to plow the streets in Arlington.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 15, 2010; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Virginia , weather  
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What good neighbors do

I want to publicly thank my wonderful neighbors who have rallied around and helped me through the blizzard of 2010.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 14, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , weather  
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Clash of the SUV drivers

It is good to know that a paralyzing snowfall brings out the best in us. And then, on the next block up the hill, a fight broke out.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  February 14, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , weather  
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