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All Opinions Are Local: May 23, 2010 - May 29, 2010

Whose 'politics of personal destruction'?

Fred Malek undertook a minor inquisition of Jews in the Bureau of Labor Statistics during the Nixon administration. Why portray him as a victim?

By Vince Rinehart  |  May 28, 2010; 9:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Va. Politics , Virginia , taxes  
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You can't tax obesity away

Lost in the hue and cry over “soda taxes,” “yoga taxes” and “theater ticket taxes” is the true purpose of taxation.

By Vince Rinehart  |  May 28, 2010; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , Fenty , HotTopic , taxes  
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What should historic preservation really protect?

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK On Thursday, the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board declined to approve the N Street Follies hotel, proposed for the six boarded-up townhouses on N Street between 17th and 18th streets NW. Numerous Dupont residents, including myself, testified...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 28, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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D.C.'s wise decision to encourage safe sex

By Laura Meyers Washington Thank you to Courtland Milloy for clarifying the facts leading to the District’s decision to offer Trojan brand condoms at the request of District youth [“D.C.’s extra-large effort in promoting safe sex should be applauded,” Metro,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 27, 2010; 8:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , public health  
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A great victory for social media

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK The rapid and intense backlash against D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray's cutting streetcar funds was a great victory for transit advocacy, but it was also a great victory for social media — blogs, Twitter, Facebook and more....

By Washington Post editors  |  May 27, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama pulls plug on Virginia offshore drilling

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK President Obama is doing the right thing by canceling a lease sale for offshore oil drilling about 50 miles from the Virginia coast. The plan was suspect from the beginning. Obama surprised environmentalists by playing to Republicans...

By Peter Galuszka  |  May 27, 2010; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , Confederate flag , HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , energy , environment , military , transportation , wildlife  
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Making Rock Creek Park safer for cyclists

By Bruce D. Levitt Silver Spring Regarding the May 20 Metro article “Cyclists, drivers struggle to chart road rules”: If Rock Creek Park’s beautiful but winding and narrow Beach Drive were made HOV southbound-only during morning rush hours, and HOV...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 26, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , traffic , transportation  
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Streetcars may be back from the dead

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Politics is happening fast today. First the D.C. Council voted to strip funding for the H Street streetcar, but an inundation of calls from the public and some heroic politicking by streetcar supporters on the council (especially...

By Dan Malouff  |  May 26, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Streetcars on D.C. memory lane

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK It's a shame that the D.C. City Council has, for now, decided against reviving streetcars. To be honest, I probably wouldn't get to use the streetcars that much these days, but they bring back fond memories of...

By Peter Galuszka  |  May 26, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , Maryland , Metro , Montgomery County , arts , economy , schools , sports , stadium , transportation  
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Cuccinelli forgets the spoonful of sugar

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Elected officials often seem like two-dimensional cartoon characters, and that can be especially true of Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Like all politicians, they speak to us mostly through a few paragraphs...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  May 26, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Metro isn't the NYC subway, Part 2

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK A Sunday editorial in The Post says that Metrorail fares are subsidizing Metrobus fares. It points out that in places such as New York, people pay $2 or more for a bus ride, compared with $1.25 for...

By David Alpert  |  May 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Metro , transportation  
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Why should taxpayers pay for condoms?

By Chris Krisinger Burke Holding to his belief that distributing condoms “was a good thing,” D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) figured the shortcoming of the program was that “we never [before] asked the kids what they wanted”...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 25, 2010; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Express your support for D.C. streetcars

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK The D.C. Council is set to cast votes on funding for the streetcar system, and as Streetcars For DC explains, the process so far has been a mixed bag, with some council members supporting full funding, some...

By Dan Malouff  |  May 25, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Why streetcars are better than buses

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Streetcars are big in planning circles right now. DC and Arlington have grand plans for them, as do many cities around the U.S. Every time the subject comes up, however, someone poses the question: What makes streetcars...

By Dan Malouff  |  May 25, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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ANC cries foul at liquor store singles

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK As discussed here last month, the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC) held a special session to address Dixie Liquors’s request for an exemption to the single sales ban. The emergency meeting was necessary because the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation...

By Washington Post editors  |  May 25, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Metro isn't the NYC subway, Part 1

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Metro's fare structure came in for some criticism in The Post recently. A Sunday editorial argues that bus fares need to rise, while Dr. Gridlock says they are too complicated. Both cite other systems, including New York's,...

By David Alpert  |  May 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Coal plant splits rural Virginia town

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK Coal-fired electricity generation has always been a hot-button issue for environmentalists. Now, a proposed $5-billion-plus coal-fired power plant in southeastern Virginia not far from Colonial Williamsburg has become a deeper controversy pitting haves against have-nots and blacks...

By Peter Galuszka  |  May 24, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay , HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , energy , environment , media , public health , race , real estate , recreation , transportation , wildlife  
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Stereotyping in the coverage of a tragic crash

LOCAL BLOG NETWORK There have been several recent items in The Post that deserve their own articles in response. Most glaring of these is the Ashley Halsey piece Saturday about the tragic crash that killed a cyclist and a driver...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 24, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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The case of the vanished sword

By John Lockwood Washington One of our memorials is missing a sword. The General Sherman memorial just south of the Treasury Building shows General William Tecumseh Sherman on horseback atop a 32-foot pedestal guarded at each ground-level corner by a...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  May 24, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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