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

The U.N. was founded here?

Today GM presents the second in his occasional series: Did You Realize? In the first installment, GM asked whether you realized that IBM was started in Georgetown. Today GM turns to an even grander Georgetown-born organization: the United Nations....

By Topher Mathews  |  July 9, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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A report card for Michelle Rhee

The July 6 editorial “Michelle Rhee’s role” stated that enrollment in the D.C. Public Schools has stabilized. But this is not true for the high schools. In the three years since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Schools Chancellor Michelle A....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 8, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , Fenty , HotTopic , Mayor Fenty , education , schools  
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What role did politics play in streetcar debate?

A source familiar with the Urban Circulator grant process says that Urban Circulator grant awards had been decided before NCPC Chairman Preston Bryant sent his letter to the FTA. According to the source, FTA had chosen the recipients for...

By David Alpert  |  July 8, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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Income tax burden shifts to Virginia’s wealthy

If you earn more than $100,000 and you live in Virginia, you’re likely paying more income taxes then you did 12 years ago. Three-figure earners grew by 7 percentage points from 1998 to 2007. But the percentage of taxes...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 8, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , taxes  
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When nickel-and-diming isn't enough

Mayor Adrian Fenty has been accused of raising "nickel and dime" fees as a means of increasing revenue without increasing taxes. In a move possibly related to this alleged effort, the mayor recently proposed that holders of inactive liquor...

By Topher Mathews  |  July 8, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , Fenty , Georgetown , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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More parking near the Mall

By Don Dilworth, Silver Spring With all due respect for the luminaries who shared their ideas about an expanded and improved Mall [Sunday Opinion, Topic A, July 4], none of these dreams will improve a visitor’s experience until we solve...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 7, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , National Mall , parks , real estate , traffic , transportation  
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Oil spill has already reached Virginia

Oil has seeped onto Virginian turf in the wake of the massive Gulf of Mexico spill. But it's not by way of our beaches; it's by way of BP stock. The company's plummeting share prices have cost Virginia's state...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 7, 2010; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , environment  
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Is a Barney Circle historic district a good idea?

The proposed Barney Circle historic district has stirred up a number of negative responses. Is it really a bad idea? Earlier, Lynda [a contributor to Greater Greater Washington] wrote about how many residents of Barney Circle feel they haven't...

By David Alpert  |  July 7, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , housing  
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Tree emergency!

While the rain storm we received last week was heavy, it was all too short. GM can’t remember when it rained before that. So what’s that mean? Our street trees are in trouble. We’re still losing trees from a...

By Topher Mathews  |  July 7, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dear COG and Board of Trade: Democracy is healthy

Last week, the Board of Trade/COG WMATA Governance Task Force held a public meeting to hear ideas from stakeholders about improving WMATA's governance. Sadly, the Board of Trade and COG continued their trend of keeping the task force quite...

By David Alpert  |  July 6, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , Local blog network , transportation  
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How much will Cuccinelli's legal forays cost?

After months of grabbing headlines for his aggressive legal actions, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli and his staff have been spending a lot of time in court. One wonders how much all of this will cost taxpayers. In Richmond...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 6, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , energy , environment , health care , public health , schools , taxes  
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Should the Pentagon hamper Metro access?

The Pentagon wants to reconfigure the security barriers at its entrance in a way that would reduce the accessibility of the Pentagon Metrorail station, especially for passengers with disabilities. The Examiner's Markham Heid reports that the Pentagon wants to...

By David Alpert  |  July 6, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , transportation  
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'Tax fairness'? There's a better way

By Richard Suisman Washington I was pleased to see Chuck Ludlam’s June 27 Local Opinions commentary, “Where now on voting rights? Let’s fight for tax fairness,” arguing for a new focus by the District’s leaders on the city’s serious revenue...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 4, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , DC Vote , HotTopic  
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