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All Opinions Are Local: July 11, 2010 - July 17, 2010

VDOT, stalled in the middle of traffic

Transportation was given an aspirin to treat a brain tumor this week. Virginia's ailing roads were promised about $20 million more after Gov. Robert F. McDonnell reported a $220 million budget surplus this week. It's a bit of good...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 16, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , traffic , transportation  
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All my fears about Gray, summed up

On Monday The Post ran a story about mayoral politics and Ward 4, in which residents of the city's northernmost division opined about their community's shift from a Mayor Adrian Fenty stronghold to political battleground. The story featured an...

By Dan Malouff  |  July 16, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , Fenty , HotTopic , Local blog network , Mayor Fenty  
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D.C. Council's due diligence on water safety

By David Jacobs, Washington The writer is the chairman of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Committee to the D.C. Department of the Environment. Regarding the July 4 Local Opinions commentary “CDC must do more to respond to the D.C....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 15, 2010; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , environment , public health  
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Virginia state workers: Bottled up no more

Hydration is a need that's carefully noted in state and federal budgets. We learned that this week when Gov. Bob McDonnell reversed a ban instituted by former Gov. Tim Kaine. Virginia state agencies are once again allowed to purchase...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 15, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , public health  
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Mall garage not worth one magic wish

Last week, Don Dilworth suggested giant underground parking garages beneath the Mall. Suggestions to build municipal parking garages pop up often. Maybe it's the Mall, or U Street, or Cleveland Park. But there actually are garages, like the one...

By David Alpert, garages in D.C., D.C. underground garages  |  July 15, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , National Mall , parks , traffic , transportation  
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Tackling D.C.'s truancy problem

By Penelope Griffith, Washington The writer is executive director of the Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative. Truancy is a major issue in our community and often a “gateway” to more problematic behavior. I applaud the D.C. Council’s interest in this...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 15, 2010; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , education , schools  
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D.C.'s standardized test trap

By Max Harwood, Bethesda Red flags should have gone up for every D.C. parent who read the July 14 front-page article “A mixed bag for District schools,” which reported that “field trips are canceled” and regular instruction is curtailed to...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 15, 2010; 10:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , education , schools  
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McDonnell's surplus that isn't

Gov. McDonnell's "surplus" is actually money that was supposed to go to into the pension fund and money that was intended for bonuses for state employees.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 14, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , taxes  
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Why doesn't Metro post MTPD's phone number?

Periodic announcements on Metro buses urge riders to contact authorities if they see something suspicious, but how many people know the phone number for the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD)? This is a sign that was developed in 2007...

By David Alpert  |  July 14, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Metro , transportation  
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Why is Virginia 'business friendly'?

Virginia scored well in another survey of the best states for business, but it's not all good news.

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 14, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , Maryland , Montgomery County , Prince William County , Tysons Corner , Va. Politics , Virginia , development , economy , education , environment , real estate , same-sex marriage , schools , taxes , traffic , transportation  
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Gov. O'Malley deserved his NEA award

By Clara Floyd, Annapolis The writer is president of the Maryland State Education Association. This month, educators across Maryland — and across the country — celebrated Gov. Martin O’Malley’s leadership on public education as he received the National Education Association’s...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 14, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , education , schools  
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Virginia pension fund assumes too much return

As states act out the National Pension Scandal, Virginia's on stage but trying to stay out of the spotlight.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 13, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia  
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Gov. O'Malley's radio ads

By Tom Russell, Baltimore The writer is campaign manager for Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). The July 3 editorial “Crude smear” criticized Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s recent radio ads that highlighted former Maryland governor Robert L. Ehrlich’s paid “government affairs”...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 13, 2010; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , energy  
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Cantor and McCotter talk too much

The more talking that Republican Reps. Eric Cantor and Thad McCotter do lately, the more they remind us of their unenviable qualities. Michigan's McCotter wants to put the kabash on the Republican Policy Committee, saying it's wasting $360,000 on...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  July 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia  
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Virginia's 'separate reality' on handguns

One curious thing about the Old Dominion is the "separate reality" that one experiences between what the talking heads say and what really is. Take the concealed handgun issue. As in many states, the more vocal Virginians who constantly...

By Peter Galuszka  |  July 12, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local Bloggers Network , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , crime , domestic violence , economy , guns , health care , media , military , police , wildlife  
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Ready for the new Virginia Railway Express?

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. -- The original post read that VRE tickets will no longer be accepted on all Amtrak trains when, in fact, the change only applies to certain Amtrak trains. The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) has officially changed...

By Dan Malouff  |  July 12, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , crime , transportation  
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Communication is everything on 'Blue Line Realignment'

Metro plans a relatively minor service change that will significantly increase overall system capacity. The way it's framed will either help the change see widespread adoption or else derail the idea, cause enormous customer confusion, or force changes to...

By David Alpert  |  July 12, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , HotTopic , Local blog network , transportation  
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Reflections on the Md. water alert

By Jerry N. Johnson, Laurel The writer is general manager and chief executive of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. Regarding the July 8 letters “Coping with water restrictions in Montgomery and Pr. George’s”: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) had...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 12, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic , Maryland , Montgomery County , PG County , environment , public health  
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Staying cool without A/C

By Mary Adler, Waldorf Regarding the July 6 Metro article “97 degrees? It’s only a warm- up”: When I was stationed on Andrews Air Force Base, an older female civilian worker from Washington told me about how residents without air...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 12, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , economy , energy , public health , weather  
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MARC's track record

By Sudarshan Gupta, Glenn Dale To Anna Piranian’s review of the June 21 breakdown of MARC Train 538 [Local Opinions, July 4], I would like to add that it would be excusable if it was unforeseen and this train’s first...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  July 12, 2010; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Baltimore , Maryland , public health , transportation  
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