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All Opinions Are Local: September 26, 2010 - October 2, 2010

Among Md. schools, Montgomery is no outlier

By John C. Larson Bethesda The Post once again waxes rhapsodic about the Montgomery County Public Schools [“Gold star for Montgomery schools,” editorial, Sept. 23]. And many of the district’s accomplishments unquestionably deserve celebration. But the discourse in the media...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 2, 2010; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Montgomery County, education  
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The cost of the Maryland sales tax

By Robin Ficker Boyds In her Sept. 29 letter to the editor, Maria Murphy argued that some Dundalk, Md., residents were wasting their time — and especially money — in responding to the 20 percent increase in the Maryland sales...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 2, 2010; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland, taxes  
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Vince Gray, Superman?

Plenty of people will watch the long-awaited "Waiting for 'Superman'" this weekend (read our review), and my guess is that plenty will walk out with a hefty respect for Michelle Rhee. She is, after all, something of a Superwoman...

By Martin Austermuhle  | October 1, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Mayor Fenty, Vincent Gray, education  
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The economy gives D.C. a one-two punch

This week, the District got two pieces of news that don't work well together. On the one hand, preliminary Census numbers show that the recession has been particularly hard on the District's poorest residents. Between 2007 and 2009, the...

By Martin Austermuhle  | October 1, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, Mayor Fenty, Vincent Gray  
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Capital Bikeshare: Where should it head next?

As GM has been reporting, Georgetown is on the list to receive a couple Capital Bikeshare stations. We weren’t, however, among the first neighborhoods to get the stations when they started up in September. But the wait should be...

By Topher Mathews  | October 1, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown, HotTopic, Local blog network, transportation  
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Casualty of the traffic wars

By Jennifer Cooke Annandale There is a war going on in the otherwise peaceful neighborhoods of Fairfax County, a war that has spilled into these neighborhoods from the Beltway and other notoriously overcrowded roads in Northern Virginia. This war is...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 1, 2010; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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Obama's moment of truth

By Kevin Barnett Washington I applaud President Obama for having the courage to speak the truth regarding the D.C. schools and not hiding behind some alternative rationale for his family’s decision to send his daughters to private school. I think...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 1, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, education  
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D.C. schools are fit for the Obamas

By Sally Greenberg, Washington I am so tired of reading articles about how no D.C. public school can measure up to Sidwell Friends School or other private schools in the city [“Obama says D.C. schools not on par with Sidwell,”...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 30, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, education, schools  
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Taxing our way to cleaner waters?

By John A. Boffa, Washington Regarding the Sept. 27 news story “Anacostia cleanup goal at issue”: I was stunned to read that D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) believes the city’s 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags has...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 30, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, environment, wildlife  
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McDonnell's ABC plan gets even stranger

The plan to privatize Virginia's ABC stores keeps getting stranger. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is facing criticism that his plan unfairly puts a 2.5 percent optional tax on alcohol sales in bars and restaurants and for ledgers that show...

By Peter Galuszka  | September 30, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, public health, taxes, tourism, transportation  
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Democrats get an assist from a Roanoke nonprofit

One of Virginia's larger nonprofits, Total Action Against Poverty (TAP), receives most of its $16 million budget through government grants. Add to that the fact that the group's 501(c)3 status exempts it from paying taxes, and political events held...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | September 30, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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Washington: The most American city around

As an older, walkable city with a baroque street grid and no skyscrapers, Washington is sometimes thought of as one of the more European-like cities in America. That may be true, but I think our city can lay claim...

By Dan Malouff  | September 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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Michelle Rhee’s reforms have helped heal D.C. schools

By Steve Holmer, Washington After reading Courtland Milloy’s Sept. 27 Metro column, “Quick to see others’ shortcomings, Rhee should concede her own,” I couldn’t help but wonder what city he’s talking about. The incompetence and negligence that once characterized D.C....

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 29, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Fenty, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, education, schools  
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Wisconsin Ave. needs a major overhaul

Does anyone actually like Wisconsin Ave.? Whether you’re walking on it, biking on it, driving on it, it’s almost guaranteed to be an unpleasant experience. But it doesn’t have to be that way, particularly for pedestrians. Some simple changes...

By Topher Mathews  | September 29, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, traffic  
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Obama's melancholy Richmond visit

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling extended Barack Obama some good, old-fashioned Southern hospitality as the president visits the former capital of the Confederacy today. On Tuesday, Bolling, whom the Republican establishment is trying to position as Gov. Robert F....

By Peter Galuszka  | September 29, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, education, energy, environment, health care, immigration, public health, race, real estate, schools, taxes, traffic, transportation  
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Go to Gray's town halls

Future mayor Vince Gray is holding a set of town halls in each of D.C.'s eight wards over the next few weeks. I strongly encourage D.C. residents to try to attend one, especially if you didn't support Gray. Why?...

By David Alpert  | September 29, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Local blog network, Vincent Gray  
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Md. sales tax riddle: Why pay $11.83 to save $1?

By Maria T. Murphy Gambrills I was intrigued by the Dundalk, Md., parents who told former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. that since the sales tax increase took effect under Gov. Martin O’Malley, their shopping trips to Delaware had become...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 28, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, taxes  
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Bridging D.C.'s election divide

By Jill M. Shea Washington Many thanks to Colbert I. King for his Sept. 25 column, “The District, beyond the politics of race.” Certainly racial politics are a factor in any District election, but to crown race as the central...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 28, 2010; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Mayor Fenty, Vincent Gray  
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Seeing the city from a new perspective

Last weekend, WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC hosted more than 100 free tours across Washington. For anyone interested in learning more about the city, it was a fantastic way to see things from a new perspective. D.C. tourism is...

By Rob Pitingolo  | September 28, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., tourism  
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It's not $175 million, but it can't hurt

The D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue recently held its annual auction of tax liens on delinquent commercial and residential properties. This year, there were 2,717 liens up for grabs. Of those, only 86 are connected to properties in...

By Topher Mathews  | September 28, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown, Local blog network, taxes  
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A DCPS education for the president

By Fred Solowey Washington Dear President Obama, I don’t want to make a big deal over the fact that your wife and I have hugged, and I wouldn’t even mention it except for the fact that where and when it...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 28, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, schools  
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A wayward wallet returns

By Stan Monroe Tulsa I have been visiting Washington over the past few days. On Sept. 25 Sept. 24, my wife and I — hot and a bit tired after touring the Capitol — flagged down a taxi for the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 28, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C.  
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A mistake that can't be undone

By Ann Simon Oakton I read with great interest about Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s “error of haste and not of heart,” which resulted in changing Confederate History Month to Civil War in Virginia Month. I believe that was a...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 27, 2010; 7:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia, crime, history  
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Where D.C. gets its guns

A report, published today by the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns, finds that 98.2 percent of all guns used for crime in the District come from other states, with Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia topping the...

By Martin Austermuhle  | September 27, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, crime, guns  
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AAA more cycle-friendly, except where money is concerned

AAA Mid-Atlantic has made a welcome effort to be friendly toward pedestrians and cyclists since the controversy over their hateful reaction to Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes. But while they might preach "share the road," it's certainly not "share the...

By David Alpert  | September 27, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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O'Malley: What's a progressive to do?

In my voter guide for the recent primary election, I urged abstention in the Democratic race for governor, while grudgingly accepting the need to support Governor Martin O’Malley’s reelection bid in November. Until a few days ago, I felt...

By Keith Berner  | September 27, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local blog network, Maryland  
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From education reform to education revolution

By Kevin P. Chavous Washington Enough already! I love Michelle Rhee, and I introduced Adrian M. Fenty to the issue of education reform back when he was on my D.C. Council staff. I applaud both of them for their commitment...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 26, 2010; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, education  
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What Virginia and Teresa Lewis have in common

The Rev. Paul Wee Alexandria The execution of Teresa Lewis [“Va. woman executed for slayings in 2002,” front page, Sept. 24] tells us not so much about crime and punishment in Virginia but about whether we as a people feel...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 26, 2010; 10:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Virginia, crime  
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D.C. discriminates against unaffiliated voters

By Emily Parker Hammill Washington The Sept. 18 editorial “Disenfranchised” pointed out the unfairness of allowing same-day registration but not allowing independents to join a party and vote at the polls. This disparity may also be unconstitutional. Voting, freedom of...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 26, 2010; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics  
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How Gray can make history

By Bernard Ries Washington Fred Hiatt’s balanced analysis of where D.C. school reform stands after the mayoral primary [“School reform after Fenty,” op-ed, Sept. 19] boiled down to this: While voters were turned off by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, they...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 26, 2010; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty  
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Strict day-care standards? You bet

By Tammy Alexander Washington Did Justin Moyer [“D.C. day-care licensing criticized,” Metro, Sept. 20] really mean to suggest that we should lower standards for day-care facilities in the District? As the mother of a 2-year-old in an excellent D.C. day-care...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 26, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., day care  
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