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All Opinions Are Local: March 21, 2010 - March 27, 2010

Facing reality in the Castillo case

The penalty for failing to follow a protective order is jail. That is hardly a disincentive to someone who is so hell-bent on getting revenge against his wife that he threatens to murder his children.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 26, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , crime , domestic violence  
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Metro makes an impression

I’m a school principal in Hampton, Va. We were recently in Washington, and one of our students left her purse on the Metro at the Metro Center Station. Some good person discovered the purse and turned it in at the New York Avenue Station with all contents intact.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 26, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , Metro  
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Unkept promises on a D.C. grade school

The March 22 Metro article “D.C. budget could keep 3 schools closed longer” aired the excuses of Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee and city officials about delays in rebuilding Bruce-Monroe Elementary School, but it ignored the voices of parents at the school who have advocated for improvements to the building for a decade.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 25, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , schools  
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A life lost when a Metro escalator failed

Near the end of Ann Scott Tyson’s March 19 Metro article, “Ups and downs of riding Metro,” a frustrated Metro rider, Stephen Johnson, was quoted as saying, “Maybe someone needs to have a heart attack to get the Metro folks’ attention.” Sadly, as the article pointed out, that has already happened.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 24, 2010; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  HotTopic , Metro  
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Cuccinelli's throwback tactics

Massive resistance didn’t work in the 1950s, and it isn’t going to work now. Mr. Cuccinelli should attend to the responsibilities of his office and leave the policymaking to the policymakers.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 23, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , health care  
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Stuck with plastic bags

The culture of the grocery stores needs to change. I have long fought with the checkout workers to simply leave my purchases alone so that I can put them back into the cart without any bags. They seem incapable of understanding my meaning.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 23, 2010; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland , environment  
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Jerry Weast's garden lesson

Please tell Mr. Weast that there are plenty of “cool weather” crops that are harvested in the spring and fall.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 22, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland , Montgomery County , environment , schools  
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The 'war' on Chesapeake pollution

Democratic leaders in Maryland’s statehouse have caved in to pressure from developers and municipalities that refuse to do their share to prevent the slow death of the bay.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 22, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , HotTopic , Maryland , environment  
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The downside of drilling

Each day that we live, plan and build using fossil fuels like it’s the 1970s or ’80s, we bring ourselves, our descendants and all other life on Earth that much closer to a dramatically less livable world.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  March 21, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , energy , environment , transportation  
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