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All Opinions Are Local: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Science city in the real world

By Anthony Mauger Kensington The May 9 Local Opinions letter from Allen W. Feldman [“Two cheers for science city”] criticizing those opposed to suburban growth requires rebuttal. It should be obvious that our horrendous and worsening traffic congestion is a...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 14, 2010; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , development  
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Cellphones in school: a public safety issue

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Once again, a heavy hand is making an appearance in Prince George’s County at the expense of students in the school system. In the 1990s, it was a teen curfew. Later, it was school uniforms. This time,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 14, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Prince George's County  
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Outer Beltway: Not that again

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Last week, All Opinions Are Local and The Post's Sunday Local Opinions page posted a letter from Richard Lampl pushing to extend the intercounty connector across the Potomac, presumably to Leesburg and Dulles. I'd also like a...

By David Alpert  |  May 14, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , Virginia , transportation  | Tags: Prince George's County Maryland  
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In Virginia, a good first step to cut recidivism

By Dave Marsden Fairfax This week, I attended Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s news conference regarding the creation of his Prisoner and Juvenile Offender Re-entry Council. The goal of this initiative is to improve services to inmates returning to society...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 13, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , crime  
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Clean the Bay, yes, but use good science

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK The EPA might be 38 years late, but now it's going to clean up the Chesapeake Bay for real this time. Uh huh. Those on both the right and the left seem skeptical that the EPA is...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  May 13, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , environment  
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City dwellers are ordinary people

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Yesterday, Post columnist Kathleen Parker made the peculiar observation that 78 percent of Americans are not ordinary. Specifically, she argued that President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, doesn't satisfy Obama's stated desire to nominate...

By Topher Mathews  |  May 13, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Don Peebles still not giving up the ghost

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Over at WCP's Housing Complex this morning, Lydia DePillis correctly notes that despite accepting a speaking engagement at an upcoming D.C. Chamber of Commerce luncheon, erstwhile maybe-mayoral candidate Don Peebles hasn't been heard from in a month,...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 13, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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Don't start dancing yet, Georgetown

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is installing a Barnes Dance at Seventh and H streets NW, an intersection with particularly high pedestrian volume. Georgetown Metropolitan suggested one at Wisconsin and M. Should DC spread these far...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 12, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is salvation for Chesapeake Bay finally at hand?

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK After decades of neglect and frustration, May 11 and 12 might go down in history as the days Chesapeake Bay finally started to get cleaned up. On May 11, a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency was...

By Peter Galuszka  |  May 12, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Local blog network , Maryland , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , environment , transportation , weather , wildlife  
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O'Malley's (negative) opening salvo

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Since Bob Ehrlich announced his campaign for governor in Montgomery County last month (in O’Malley’s hometown), the Democrats have been doing their best to shut him up, by filing a complaint with the state elections board that...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 12, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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May Georgetown have this Barnes Dance?

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK It was reported last week that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is planning on bringing the Barnes Dance to Chinatown, specifically the intersection of Seventh and H streets. A Barnes Dance (or all-pedestrian phase) is a...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 11, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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Don't permanently slow Metro

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK A driver slammed on his car's brakes on the Capital Beltway yesterday after coming too close for comfort to another car in front. The maneuver successfully avoided a collision. In response, AAA called for all drivers to...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 11, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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You balanced the Maryland budget? Big whoop

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Since 1918, every Maryland state budget has been required to be balanced, a position backed up by an opinion of the state attorney general in 1952 and explicitly affirmed in 1974 when the “balanced budget amendment” was...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 11, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia is for lovers … and Canadians

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Virginia tourism officials are digging for gold in Canada. They’re starting to target our northern neighbors by offering free trips through sweepstakes open only to Canadians. The first winners -- a senior Canadian couple and their granddaughter...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 11, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia  
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U-Va. slaying: Not about athletes or privilege

By Victoria K. Weiler Fairfax Station The killing of Yeardley Love at the University of Virginia has devastated so many families, friends and communities across the Washington- 9Baltimore area and in Charlottesville. By all accounts, Ms. Love was a wonderful...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 10, 2010; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , crime  
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The Maryland GOP's shallow bench

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK As we continue to navigate through the campaign waters this year, it's a safe assumption that Republicans will make gains nationwide this fall, even in a blue state like Maryland. State GOP chairman Audrey Scott has a...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 10, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Maryland  
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'Streamlining' is fine, but it has its limits

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Grabbing onto a popular, bipartisan trend, Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to "streamline" Virginia government. He has named a 31-member panel headed by the man who led President George H.W. Bush's unsuccessful reelection campaign in 1992. There...

By Peter Galuszka  |  May 10, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , taxes  
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Common sense on streetcar wires

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK The possibility of overhead streetcar wires in downtown Washington has been the subject of much debate. On Thursday, the debate took its most serious turn yet, when a panel of experts from around the world met to...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 10, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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Many reasons not to keep Ms. Rhee

By Jackie Kalin Washington The Post’s editorial writers are quite befuddled [“Ms. Rhee makes the honor roll,” editorial, May.2] as to why some people would be against D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee sticking around. I offer the following reasons...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 9, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , schools  
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