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All Opinions Are Local: September 5, 2010 - September 11, 2010

On a jury, but hardly a peer

By Cortney Weinbaum Washington Last month, I stepped off a Red Line train at Judiciary Square, reported for jury duty in D.C. Superior Court and was transported to a part of the District that I had never encountered before. I...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 11, 2010; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C., crime  
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Candidates who make me laugh

As candidates pummel each other on their way to the November election, some are just bringing us hilarious relief during this cutthroat season. There's Alvin Greene down in South Carolina, a candidate so unqualified people wondered if his campaign...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | September 11, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network  
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Virginia's flawed ID policy

By Lisa Johnson-Firth, Manassas Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s ill-conceived and shocking policy not to accept federal employment authorization document (EAD) cards as proof of legal presence for getting a driver’s license [Metro, Sept. 8] will strip thousands of legal...

By Lisa Johnson-Firth  | September 10, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Virginia  
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Mr. Fenty and the Banneker contract: Setting the record straight

By Bill Slover, Washington Since last October, there have been questions about the role of the D.C. Housing Authority in the contract awarded to Banneker Ventures – a firm with close ties to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty -- to oversee...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 10, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty  
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Hoyer's challenger: The gumption of Andrew Gall

What can you say about a young man who has $3,000 on hand and a Web site that fails to provide any contact information but is running against the second-ranking Democrat in the House? This is Andrew Gall, a...

By Keith Berner  | September 10, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Bikesharing is going to be awesome

Tangible evidence of the region's new bikesharing system has started to appear on the streets of the District and Arlington in anticipation of the opening of service on Monday, Sept. 20. Capital Bikeshare promises to turn cycling into mass...

By Dan Malouff  | September 10, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Arlington, D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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Gray isn't wrong on parking complaints

Vince Gray has made some urbanists nervous with statements criticizing recent D.C. meter fee increases and about rolling back later parking meter hours. Actually, he's correct in recognizing the problems with recent parking policy changes, even if his recommendations...

By David Alpert  | September 10, 2010; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Adams Morgan, D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, Local blog network, Mayor Fenty, traffic  
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A law that protects people, not pets

By Donald L. Kahl, Washington As the owner of a large dog that firmly believes that he is a person and entitled to enjoy every experience that I do, I can certainly empathize with the concerns of Gerald Sheldon [letters,...

By Donald L. Kahl  | September 9, 2010; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., Metro, pets, transportation  
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Is financing delaying a Va. coal-fired power plant?

The decision by a Henrico County-based electric cooperative to delay a controversial $6 billion coal-fired generating station in Surry County raises questions about whether such monsters can be financed. Old Dominion Electric Cooperative had been on a roll, snagging...

By Peter Galuszka  | September 9, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay, HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, development, economy, energy, environment, public health, real estate, recreation, weather, wildlife  
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Been there, Dunn that for the Nats?

Next year's Nationals season is already shaping up to be a real bummer. First, no Strasburg. Now, Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell seems pretty sure that first baseman Adam Dunn -- who the Nationals didn't trade this summer, though...

By Aaron Morrissey  | September 9, 2010; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, sports, stadium  
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'Throttle the poor'? I'm just hoping for a readable budget

If I named a task that can consume my workday, I'd probably say it's scrolling through budgets, agendas, audits, meeting minutes and other materials so dry I sometimes wish they'd spontaneously combust. Those precious pre-deadline minutes can zoom by...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | September 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  DMV, Fairfax County, HotTopic, Local blog network, Prince William County, Tysons Corner, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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What Ron Hillyer could teach Michelle Rhee

By Marian Fox, Washington Regarding the Sept. 3 front-page article “Famous in the halls of Janney Elementary”: I came to know custodian Ron Hillyer when my son attended Tenleytown’s Janney Elementary School. We bonded over our mutual interest in the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 8, 2010; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., schools  
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How to clean up D.C. schools

By Robert E. Frye, Springfield I was excited to read Andrew J. Rotherham’s Sept..5 Outlook commentary, “Tough reforms, tougher politics.” I was educated in D.C. public schools and, as a minority at-large member and chairman of the Fairfax County School...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 8, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, schools  
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Why the World Cup sales pitch snubbed RFK

Representatives from FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, are touring the United States this week. Officials from the USA Bid Committee for the World Cup are wining and dining the delegation, in the hope that FIFA will award...

By Aaron Morrissey  | September 8, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, sports  
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Robinson's wedge politics destructive for D.C.

While Vince Gray is running under a mantra of "one city" and claims to want to bring all residents together, Kelvin Robinson is working hard to drive them apart. His campaign strategy revolves around inflaming divisions within Ward 6,...

By David Alpert  | September 8, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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No regrets for Vince Gray

He is well-liked by his colleagues, and he would have likely cruised to re-election as chairman of the D.C. Council, an institution that has received high marks from District residents. If he doesn't win come next Tuesday, his short,...

By Martin Austermuhle  | September 8, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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What about Sharon Dooley?

On Tuesday, The Post ran a front-page Metro story about the contest for Montgomery County Council in District 2 – or rather its version of that contest. A reader could be forgiven for concluding that the only viable Democratic...

By Keith Berner  | September 8, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Montgomery County  
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Connecting the dots on McDonnell's 'streamlining' panel

Is there a Koch connection to Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's 31-member commission on government streamlining? The Kochs are brothers David H. and Charles who run Wichita-based Koch Industries, a petroleum-based conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held company in...

By Peter Galuszka  | September 8, 2010; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay, Fairfax County, HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, energy, environment, health care, taxes, transportation  
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My endorsement: Where’s the case against Fenty?

By Alan Lopatin Ward 3 On Saturday, I exercised my civic responsibility and went to vote at one of the District’s convenient satellite voting sites. I went intending to vote for Adrian Fenty, but I kept an open mind and...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, My Endorsement  
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My endorsement: A man of character

By Virginia E. Hayes Williams Ward 2 My 84-year-old fingers don’t fly nimbly across the keys of a newfangled smart phone, but I read the newspapers front to back, especially the editorial pages. I also love to listen to my...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 8, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, My Endorsement  
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Teaching to the test, cradle to the grave

By Walter McMann Berryville The only thing that can be gleaned from Jay Mathews’s Aug. 30 Metro column, “It’s time to stop obsessing over achievement gap,” is that Mr. Mathews has been talking to the wrong people. As a longtime...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 7, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, schools  
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Elrich and the Live Nation suit: Tempest in a Teapot

Controversy has swirled around the deal to put a large music club in downtown Silver Spring ever since County Executive Ike Leggett negotiated it behind closed doors in 2007. For one thing, the arrangement gives very favorable terms to...

By Keith Berner  | September 7, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Montgomery County  
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The mosquito bite we can't resist scratching

There's a whole lot of media here in Washington, D.C., and we all fill our little niches. As a result, there's rarely any one thing that we universally agree on. Politics, sports, even the behavior of our fellow reporters...

By Aaron Morrissey  | September 7, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro  
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The wrong place for Rhee

By William Rope Washington It’s a sad day for D.C. children, and a seeming sign of desperation in the Fenty camp, when a schools chancellor decides to politicize her position by campaigning for one of the candidates [“Rhee to hit...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 7, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, education  
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Is it guide dogs, or all dogs, that cabs pass by?

By Gerald E. Sheldon Rockville As a dog lover and a former dog exhibitor and breeder, I was drawn to the Sept. 2 Metro article “In study, cabs bypass fares with guide dogs,” about the difficulty that blind people with...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 6, 2010; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic  
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Repeal the ambulance fee

By Royce Hanson, Montgomery Village Hubert Humphrey said the test of the moral worth of a government is how it treats its most vulnerable residents. Montgomery County’s ambulance fee fails Humphrey’s test. It should be repealed. In Upper Montgomery, volunteers...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 6, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Montgomery County  
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George Leventhal: My respect but not my support

George Leventhal and I had one of our periodic long telephone conversations recently. It’s one of the things I respect about the two-term, at-large council member: He’s willing to engage in civil, constructive conversation with a non-supporter. A major...

By Keith Berner  | September 6, 2010; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Montgomery County  
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Why Fenty's style is an issue

By John Hammond Washington The Sept. 1 editorial “Mr. Fenty’s disconnect,” basically reiterated the Post editorial board’s endorsement of D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for reelection, stating: “We think that the record shows his well-run administration has begun to reform...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 5, 2010; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic  
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Defending the Gallery Place 'Mosquito'

By Rob Klein Gainesville Bravo to the merchants near the Gallery Place Metro station for installing a "Mosquito" device emitting sounds particularly irritating to teenagers. The teens' frequent offensive behavior apparently drives potential customers away ["A whine that can drive...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 5, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Metro  
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My endorsement: It's not about your feelings

By Scot Stone Ward 2 Vincent Gray tells people what they want to hear. Adrian Fenty tells people what they need to hear. It may be unpleasant at the time, but you’re better off in the long run. So get...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 5, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, My Endorsement  
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