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All Opinions Are Local: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Your endorsement

The Post’s editorial board has had its say in the Democratic primary for D.C. mayor. Now it’s your turn. Make the case for your candidate in 200 words or fewer, and e-mail it to letters@washpost.com with “My Endorsement” in the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 20, 2010; 7:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, My Endorsement  
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Sen. Coburn, let the Metro bill proceed

By Albert G. Jordan Vienna Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) [letters, Aug. 17] gave his rationale for placing a hold on a bill for the federal government to regulate safety standards at Metro and transit systems nationwide. The bill is in...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 20, 2010; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro, transportation  
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McDonnell's stacked health panel

Facing "Obamacare," Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has chosen 24 people to advise him on how to pursue such measures as reforming Medicaid, moving to electronic records and setting up an exchange so people can pick and choose among...

By Peter Galuszka  | August 20, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, economy, health care  
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'Without power' of communication at Pepco

By Deborah Shuman Silver Spring My experiences with the recent power outages are by no means unique or among the worst suffered by others in the region [“Pepco leaders defend effort after storms,” front page, Aug. 18]. My neighborhood was...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 19, 2010; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland  
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If elected mayor, who would Gray hire?

Mayor Adrian Fenty says he focuses on the big picure and hires "A+" people. I'd say some are A+, some A-, a few B- or C. Would Vince Gray [Fenty's opponent in the D.C. mayoral race] hire A+ people?...

By David Alpert  | August 19, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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How the PSC ties BGE and Pepco's hands

By Edward Portner Silver Spring As noted in the July 31 editorial “Gridlock,” in June the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) denied a rate increase that BGE said it needed to add smart meters. The editorial should have also noted...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 18, 2010; 10:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland  
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What are college heads doing on corporate boards?

In Virginia, as in most states, being the head of a large public university is a prestigious job. Along with it come lots of perks, such as being appointed to various education and public service committees and, in some...

By Peter Galuszka  | August 18, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, crime, development, economy, education, energy, environment, housing, smoking  
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Lay off workers, pay more taxes. Reverse. Repeat.

Lay off workers, pay more taxes. Pay more taxes, lay off more workers. Repeat. An irony has been cycling through Virginia's economy lately. The number of Virginia businesses filing for bankruptcy doubled between 2007 and 2009. When these companies...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | August 17, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, economy  
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The disingenuous senator from Oklahoma

Yesterday in this space Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) argued the federal government should not oversee safety for subway systems like Metrorail, and that his hold on a widely supported bipartisan bill to do so is justified because subways "are...

By Dan Malouff  | August 17, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, transportation  
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Virginia's FOI law: What's good and what's bad

If you understand when you’re asked if you’ve done a “foy-ya,” then you’re familiar with the Freedom of Information Act (shorthand: FOIA). Very generally, the law requires governments to provide the public with documents and records when requested. Specific...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | August 17, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia  
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Don't forget who Kilpatrick really was

James J. Kilpatrick, the pro-segregation editorial page editor of the defunct Richmond News Leader and 1970s "60 Minutes" news celebrity, is being celebrated nationwide after his death this week. But let's not forget who he was. During his years...

By Peter Galuszka  | August 17, 2010; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, history, race  
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Why I put a hold on the Metro oversight bill

Borrowing money we don’t have to spend on regulations we don’t need will not make Metro riders any safer.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 16, 2010; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Arlington, Baltimore, D.C., D.C. politics, Fairfax County, HotTopic, Maryland, Metro, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, Prince William County, Purple Line, Takoma, Tysons Corner, traffic, transportation  
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Top 10 Amtrak destinations from D.C.

In case you missed it, Beyond D.C. ranked the top Amtrak destinations from D.C. earlier. Take a look at the list below and weigh in on whether you agree with the rankings. For most Americans Amtrak is a curiosity, but...

By Dan Malouff  | August 16, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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D.C. voting rights: Time for Norton to go

By Douglass Sloan Washington At first glance at Eleanor Holmes Norton’s July 25 Local Opinions piece, “D.C. voting rights: Where we’ve been, where we’re going,” I thought Ms. Norton was reciting events during her tenure because she was getting ready...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 16, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DC Vote, HotTopic  
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Why Republicans hate Social Security

Happy Birthday, Social Security! That's right! The federal program that has proven funding and comfort for millions of Americans in their old age is 75 today. Conservatives of all stripes HATE SS because it shows that the government can...

By Peter Galuszka  | August 16, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, economy  
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Why I miss Metro board meetings

Michael A. Brown Washington The Aug. 8 editorial “Who’s minding the Metro?” noted that I missed 52 Metro board meetings since I was appointed an alternate director last year. I take full responsibility for those absences. I pledge to do...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 15, 2010; 11:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Metro, transportation  
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