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All Opinions Are Local: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

A columnist shoots and misses on guns

By Scott Bradford South Riding Columnist Courtland Milloy’s anti-gun screed was as inaccurate as it was unfair [“This gun safety stuff is a piece of cake,” Metro, Aug. 4]. Perhaps if he had paid attention in his safety class instead...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 6, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic , Mayor Fenty , Virginia , guns  
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A strategy for statehood

By Mark Plotkin Washington Regarding the Aug. 1 Local Opinions letters, “D.C. voting rights: What now?”: Let’s make it simple and straightforward: Let’s go for statehood for D.C. That’s what we really want, and it is doable. No other contrivance...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 6, 2010; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , DC Vote , HotTopic  
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McCain-Coburn stimulus report gets it wrong

Sens. John McCain and Tom Coburn received some attention this week for their report on 100 stimulus projects around the U.S. that “give taxpayers the blues.” Their aides, presumably, gathered information on projects that are wasteful, mismanaged or destroying...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  August 6, 2010; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network  
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If Fenty and Rhee go, does Klein follow?

It has long been accepted that if Vincent Gray beats Adrian Fenty to become the next mayor of Washington, Michelle Rhee will be gone and many of the school reforms she champions will be discontinued. But what about Fenty's...

By Dan Malouff  |  August 5, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  D.C. , D.C. politics , HotTopic , Local blog network  
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A proper tribute to Sister Denise

By Simone Campbell Washington As a Catholic sister, I grieve the death of Sister Denise Mosier in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver [“Va. driver had record of DUIs before fatal crash,” front page, Aug. 3] and the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 4, 2010; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  HotTopic , Virginia , immigration  
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The human cost of immigration dysfunction

Victims exist on both sides of every issue. They're easy to find on the left side of the immigration debate -- for example, the children of illegal immigrants whose parents constantly fear deportation and struggle to create a life...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  |  August 4, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Virginia , immigration  
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Virginia's education backsliding

It may be time for Virginia to rethink Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's policies about public education standards. The state, which adopted its Standards of Learning competency tests 15 years ago, long before they became fashionable in other states, appears...

By Peter Galuszka  |  August 4, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax County , HotTopic , Local blog network , Va. Politics , Virginia , economy , education , schools  
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What a week for Ken Cuccinelli

It's been a great week so far for Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli. And it's only Tuesday. On Monday, a U.S. District Judge in Richmond took the procedural step of allowing Cuccinelli's lawsuit to proceed against the federal government...

By Peter Galuszka  |  August 3, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  HotTopic , Local blog network , Prince William County , Va. Politics , Virginia , crime , health care , police , public health , transportation  
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Would you pay a grand for truffles from Safeway?

That’s not a typo. At least GM doesn’t think so. What you see there is a locked case of truffles in the Safeway produce section selling for $999.99 per pound. GM did a quick run through of the store...

By Topher Mathews  |  August 2, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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D.C. voting: What Puerto Rico has

By Kent Jeffreys Washington Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton’s commentary on the fight for D.C. voting rights accurately reviewed past efforts to achieve equal representation for D.C. residents. Unfortunately, she offered no realistic alternative to repeating past failures. A better strategy...

By Eleanor Holmes Norton  |  August 2, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C. , DC Vote , HotTopic  
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D.C. voting: Don't forget retrocession

By Bob Guttman Washington Del. (how I wish it were really Rep.) Eleanor Holmes Norton’s review of the history of attempts to secure D.C. voting rights was, of course, accurate. She has valiantly participated in every effort. But because her...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 2, 2010; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , DC Vote  
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D.C. voting rights: Get serious about statehood

By Michael D. Brown Washington No one has more respect for Eleanor Holmes Norton than I do, and I am encouraged by her announcement that she plans to introduce a statehood bill in Congress if she is reelected. She’s right...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 1, 2010; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C. , DC Vote , HotTopic  
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School boards need to hear all voices

By Tina Hone Falls Church I read with great interest Laura V. Berthiaume’s July 25 Local Opinions commentary, “Who really controls the Montgomery schools,” about the Montgomery County Board of Education’s relationship with its superintendent and staff. While there are...

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  August 1, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fairfax County , schools  
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