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All Opinions Are Local: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

The president at church

Stepping into a church, synagogue or mosque is something we do to encounter one who is bigger than we are, and far beyond our understanding. For Mr. Obama to go with any agenda other than to give thanks and listen would be as misguided as Mr. Milloy’s column was.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 9, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , religion  | Tags: Allen Chapel AME Church, Courtland Milloy, Obama church D.C.  
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How about 'wireless' light rail?

If there is a legitimate concern about overhead wires, why is diesel not an option for Washington's light-rail plan?

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 9, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic , Metro , transportation  | Tags: D.C. Light rail, Transit Systems, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority  
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Give judges discretion in drunk-driving cases

t makes sense to mandate in-car breathalyzers for drivers caught with blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.15 percent, or those with a previous drunk-driving offense. However, for someone whose impairment level was equivalent to talking on a hands-free phone, a judge should be trusted to decide whether an ignition interlock is appropriate punishment.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 8, 2010; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , crime  | Tags: DUI, Maryland general assembly, Sarah Longwell, ignition interlocks  
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Helping children reach for the stars

David Brown lost his life in 2003 when the space shuttle Columbia exploded on its return to Earth. He had just completed one of his greatest adventures, conducting science in space. When the Arlington County schools renamed their planetarium in honor of Mr. Brown, it sent a message to schoolchildren: Reach for the stars, and you will be rewarded with knowledge beyond our planet.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 7, 2010; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Arlington , HotTopic , schools  | Tags: Arlington County Virginia, David Brown, Planetariums  
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A lack of vision on the Mall

Columnist John Kelly’s April Fools’ satire, “A fool’s monumental errand, in more ways than one,” revealed a sad truth: Our monument to George Washington has never received its intended landscape setting.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 6, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic  | Tags: John kelly April fool's day, Judy Scott Feldman, National Coalition to Save Our Mall, The Mall, Washington Monument  
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Backsliding on the bay?

Forty years ago, scores of Americans celebrated the first Earth Day. A fitting anniversary would be the unobstructed adoption of the Maryland Stormwater Management Act of 2007.

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  April 5, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , HotTopic , Maryland  
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