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All Opinions Are Local: October 17, 2010 - October 23, 2010

My endorsement: Pensions and the Purple Line

By Elizabeth and George Vary Bethesda The Post’s recent editorial warning of the looming $33 billion public-employee pension shortfall in Maryland was dead on — frighteningly so. Robert Ehrlich has offered two specific changes: craft new funding and benefit rules...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 23, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Montgomery County, My Endorsement  
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My endorsement: A credible stand on taxes

By Paula Johnson Clinton I endorse Gov. Martin O’Malley for reelection. I cringe at the thought of any taxes being raised, but I applaud Mr. O’Malley for not campaigning on a pledge to lower taxes. While vowing to reduce taxes...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 23, 2010; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  My Endorsement  
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My endorsement: Checks and balances

By Mike Henry College Park I endorse Robert Ehrlich for governor of Maryland. I am a registered Democrat, and I do not support all of Mr. Ehrlich’s positions. But I back him because I am a disciple of James Madison...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 23, 2010; 9:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, My Endorsement  
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Silver Line names that mean something

By Lawrence D. Powers Falls Church In the Oct. 21 Metro article “Metro extension giving Tysons a split personality,” Rick Stevens of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, referring to the proposed new station name “Tysons Blvd.,” is quoted as...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 22, 2010; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Metro, Virginia  
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Next stop on Metro: Roto-Rooter Station

By James Carson Vienna Why agonize over naming the new Silver Line stations? Have some fun and generate additional revenue for Metro. I’m suggesting a bidding process for the naming rights, a la Verizon Center, FedEx Field and Jiffy Lube...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 22, 2010; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro, Virginia  
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Why I oppose an elected attorney general

The Nov. 2 D.C. ballot includes a referendum on whether the D.C. Home Rule Charter should be changed to make the city’s attorney general an elected position. The position is currently filled by mayoral appointment, subject to D.C. Council confirmation....

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 22, 2010; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic  
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The case for electing the D.C. attorney general

The Nov. 2 D.C. ballot includes a referendum on whether the D.C. Home Rule Charter should be changed to make the city’s attorney general an elected position. The position is currently filled by mayoral appointment, subject to D.C. Council confirmation....

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 22, 2010; 7:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic  
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Capital Bikeshare: The good, bad and ugly

Last Saturday I got a chance to take the new Capital Bikeshare for a spin. I was really excited to give it a try, and now that I have, I'm left with a lot of mixed feelings. No doubt,...

By Rob Pitingolo  | October 22, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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MARC madness

By Caroline Courbois Mitchellville Regarding the Oct. 16 Metro article “MARC riders say problems stretch beyond 1 bad day”: I’m glad to see someone is finally getting interested in the MARC train service. I rode the Penn Line (Seabrook-Union Station)...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 21, 2010; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, transportation  
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The dodgy world of Southern history

Popular histories about the Confederate States of America can be dodgy, as a recent controversy over a school textbook approved for Virginia fourth-graders shows. In her book "Our Virginia: Past and Present," author Joy Masoff claims that thousands of...

By Peter Galuszka  | October 21, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Confederate flag, HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, education, history, media, military, parks, race, schools  
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Art and wine under Dupont

The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground, which seeks to develop the old trolley tunnels into arts space, is the only eligible bidder and will likely soon begin lease negotiations, representatives from the coalition announced last night. Besides including...

By David Alpert  | October 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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I saw it. I said it. Metro didn't care.

By Nancy L. Cohen Takoma Park Regarding the Oct. 14 article on Metro’s safety and security problems [“Metro audit finds numerous safety lapses,” Metro]: At about 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 14, I left the Takoma Station elevator on the platform...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 20, 2010; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Metro, transportation  
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Don't be dense about D.C. trolleys

By Meg Maguire Washington Roger K. Lewis pointed out the benefits of the District’s new light-rail system: connecting neighborhoods and boosting the investment confidence of property owners, developers and lenders [“Are trolley lines more than just a fashionable bit of...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 20, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., traffic, transportation  
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Should D.C. raise its height limit?

Washington's famous height limit has long defined our city's skyline, but is it time to rethink it? With office rents downtown eclipsing those of Manhattan to become the most expensive in the country, some people think so. Raising the...

By Dan Malouff  | October 20, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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Why I'm not embarrassed by the Baltimore teachers' vote

By Arne Duncan Washington The Oct. 18 editorial “An education setback in Charm City” suggested that I should be red-faced about the union vote against the proposed Baltimore teacher contract. I am never embarrassed when efforts by local educators to...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 20, 2010; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Baltimore, HotTopic, Maryland, schools  
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Georgetown's summer crime increase

Last week, Georgetown Metropolitan explored the third-quarter crime numbers and concluded that crime was up in Georgetown this past summer. A reader helpfully pointed out that GM was comparing the crime numbers from the third quarter only to the...

By Topher Mathews  | October 19, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown, HotTopic, Local blog network, crime  
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Keeping them smoke-free longer

By Frederick N. Mattis Annapolis The Oct. 16 letter “Follow Maryland’s smoke signals” commended anti-smoking measures such as increased tobacco excise taxes, smoke-free workplaces and funding of tobacco-cessation programs. However, by far the most effective and fair way to slash...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 19, 2010; 7:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Maryland, health care, public health  
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A Ken Cuccinelli for the District?

The District's attorney general, Peter Nickles, has drawn plenty of criticism for not being independent enough from the man who appointed him, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. But just across the river, Virginians have had to deal with Ken Cuccinelli...

By Martin Austermuhle  | October 19, 2010; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DC Vote, Fenty, HotTopic  
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Wholesale worry for Va. beer and wine suppliers

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has certainly had plenty of problems hacking out a plan to privatize ABC stores. Projections of revenue shortfalls of up to $47 million from what state-owned liquor stores make each year have even his...

By Peter Galuszka  | October 19, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, taxes  
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Dinner with DCPS: So what's on the menu?

The District's public schools are now offering a third meal to kids who are spending most of their day being enlightened, says The Post's Bill Turque. And why not? From a theoretical standpoint, it makes total sense: it keeps...

By Aaron Morrissey  | October 19, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, education, schools  
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Peace, love and a teachable moment in Palisades

The authors and their children with the Peace-Mobile. By Janice L. Kaplan and Michael Allen The controversy playing out in our front yard in Northwest Washington — over a parked 1972 Volkswagen microbus painted with peace signs and rainbows,...

By Janice L. Kaplan and Michael Allen  | October 19, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, arts  
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Connolly and Fimian: The art of ads hominem

Two weeks to go before the election, and both contenders in the 11th Congressional District have demonstrated their ability to twist each other's statements into darts. Two examples: In his first radio ad, Keith Fimian quoted Rep. Gerry Connolly...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | October 19, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fairfax County, HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, taxes  
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A G Street parking-ticket mystery

By William Steiner Potomac A running theme in recent letters about parking tickets in the District was that the Department of Motor Vehicles is enforcing laws aggressively. In my case, I think the department went beyond aggressive. I received a...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 18, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., DMV, HotTopic, traffic  
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Three who personify civility

By Mike Spohn Reston In these days when so many politicians do not seem to know the difference between criticism and leadership, it was reassuring in the past week to see two wonderful examples in The Post of public figures...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 18, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics  
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A long wait for safety on Route 234

A traffic signal and crosswalk were already planned for Virginia Route 234 at the very spot a man was killed Friday in Dumfries (an accident I wrote about on Friday). The signal had been promised for spring 2010, but...

By David Alpert  | October 18, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Prince William County, Virginia, traffic  | Tags:  Dumfries pedestrian death, Miguel Zelaya-Jovel  
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Your endorsement

The Post’s editorial board makes its endorsement in the Maryland governor’s race today. 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 subject line....

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 17, 2010; 5:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, My Endorsement  
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A gazetteer of the fading pay phone

By Chris Earnshaw Washington “Yeah, time is a fast-moving dude, man!” the deejay voice used to intone after midnight on now-vanished WINX-AM radio in Rockville. That fast-moving dude yanks the tablecloth out from under everything dear to those of us...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | October 17, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., history  
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