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All Opinions Are Local: November 7, 2010 - November 13, 2010

The police killed my son. Why can't they answer my questions?

On the morning of Dec. 10, 2008, I said goodbye to my 19-year-old son, Hailu Brook, and left for work. It was the last time I would see him alive. The pain of what transpired that day will remain with...

By Brook Hailu Beshah  | November 13, 2010; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Fairfax County, HotTopic, Virginia, crime, police  
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Con-con promise comes due for O'Malley

In an Oct. 21 gubernatorial debate with Republican challenger Robert Ehrlich, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was asked if he supported convening a constitutional convention — a “con-con” — in Maryland. He replied: “If that’s what people want to do, then that’s...

By J.H. Snider, Severna Park  | November 13, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland  
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The Post's double standard on my legislative work

The Nov. 11 editorial “Race away from the top” called into question my integrity and claimed I should recuse myself on voting, as a state senator, on education issues because I work for teachers and their union. I have worked...

By Paul G. Pinsky, University Park  | November 13, 2010; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County, Prince George's County, education, schools  
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Help wanted: One second-chance job

Tim Cofield needed his public defender again way too soon.  After his release from jail in March, I wrote on this page that Tim would soon be back in front of a judge if he did not get consistent access...

By Jim Arkedis, Washington  | November 12, 2010; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., economy, housing  
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What it will take to change Annapolis

In the Nov. 7 story about Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s reelection, “O’Malley charts unclear course for 2nd term,” Aaron C. Davis and colleagues presented an interesting picture of a governor reelected by a landslide but with no clear mandate or...

By Paul Edwards, Towson  | November 12, 2010; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, economy  
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Signs your escalator won't be fixed anytime soon

Regarding the Nov. 11 Metro story “Inspections reveal escalator problems”:At Union Station, the escalator from the turnstiles to the platform went down in August for repairs with a “done by October 2010” sign. Seriously? Three months to repair an escalator...

By Paul Foldi, Bethesda  | November 12, 2010; 8:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Metro, transportation  
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Washington Monument tour needs polishing up

While the National Park Service deliberates about enhancing security at the Washington Monument, how about upgrading its current tours of the monument as well [“A truly monumental security issue,” front page, Nov. 8].So many opportunities were missed when we visited...

By Rebecca Hertzman, Bethesda  | November 11, 2010; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, National Mall  
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McDonnell's stance: I need more experience, but Palin doesn't

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is smart enough to know that a 2012 presidential bid would constitute a premature reach beyond his experience level. So why did he tell MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday that Sarah Palin has enough experience...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | November 11, 2010; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Local blog network, My Endorsement, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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Chaffetz may not oversee D.C. afterall

Last week, we reported that in the wake of the Republican Party's takeover of the House, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) would likely be elevated to the post of the District's official minder and overlord on the Hill. Chaffetz is...

By Martin Austermuhle  | November 11, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DMV, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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Courageous response to a D.C. fire

Tuesday, Nov. 2, was a day I'd like to forget. At 4:30 in the afternoon, I watched in horror as a three-alarm fire blazed directly beneath my apartment at Windsor House Apartments at 1444 Rhode Island Ave. NW. I am...

By Melissa Salmanowitz, Washington  | November 10, 2010; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., housing  
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Why was there no consideration of the Silver Line's security?

For several years, I have expressed the concerns raised in the Nov. 5 Metro story "Audit: Metro's Silver Line lacks security features." I contacted many who could have made a difference. I stressed the obvious: that the Metropolitan Washington Airports...

By Randy Atkins, Vienna  | November 10, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  DMV, Fenty, HotTopic, Metro, Virginia, development, traffic, transportation  
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The conflicted Virginia university

Virginia's schools of higher learning are in the thick of national conflict on several hot-button research issues, according to a new publication of the American Association of University Professors. The most recent edition of the AAUP's "Academe: the Conflicted...

By Peter Galuszka  | November 10, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, arts, development, economy, education, environment, health care, history, public health, schools, smoking, taxes, weather  
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Metrobuses can talk, but can they save lives?

In 2007, Martha Schoenborn and Sally McGhee were killed after being run over by a Metrobus as they crossed Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Later that year, a Rockville man was killed after a Metrobus struck him while he was in...

By Aaron Morrissey  | November 10, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, transportation  
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The District's evolving movie scene

Last weekend I walked out of the Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park after seeing "Fair Game." The movie was good, the theater was great. I've loved going to movies for as long as I can remember. One thing I've...

By Rob Pitingolo  | November 10, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network  
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Bias in The Post's 'Team Thomas' editorial

A Nov. 8 editorial touting “The latest on Team Thomas” leads me once again to question the motives of The Post and the editorial page’s continued — and oddly inappropriate — foray into investigative reporting. The paper talked to my...

By Harry Thomas Jr., Washington  | November 9, 2010; 7:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic  
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D.C. without a building-height limit

The New York Times recently had a pretty good article about the height limit debate in DC. It's worth a read. In general, I think the height restriction is a pretty terrible policy. Unlike some who share this sentiment,...

By Rob Pitingolo  | November 9, 2010; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Arlington, D.C., economy  
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Rethinking early voting

There have been a couple of recent issues about which I’ve disagreed with my friend Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews (D-District 3). (I mean “my friend” in the literal sense, rather than the political one.) One is the ambulance...

By Keith Berner  | November 9, 2010; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Montgomery County  
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Legal immigrants face driver's license woes

Colombian citizen Ledy Serrano was surprised to get a letter from Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles stating that there was something wrong with her driver's license. The mother of three had had one for about a decade, had committed...

By Peter Galuszka  | November 9, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Prince William County, Va. Politics, Virginia, crime, economy, immigration, police, race, traffic, transportation  
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Meddling with D.C.? Gingrich did his share

I was astounded that the Nov. 6 editorial "No more meddling" cited former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich's unilateral imposition of charter schools on the District as a "positive" example of Congress's interference in D.C. affairs. I will leave aside...

By Laurent Ross, Washington  | November 8, 2010; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DC Vote, HotTopic  
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The case for speed cameras

In her Nov. 5 Metro column, "In Montgomery, burning mad over speed cameras," Petula Dvorak wrote: "But whether [speed cameras] actually reduce accidents is questionable." Not according to the evidence she introduced in the next paragraph, in which she wrote...

By John Mathwin, Rockville  | November 8, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County, traffic, transportation  
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How not to get a speeding ticket

Here's a simple solution to Petula Dvorak's and other drivers' woes concerning the much-maligned speed cameras: Obey the speed limit. Ms. Dvorak's cheers for vandalism and speeding smell like a personal vendetta. Slow down, and you won't get a ticket....

By Lotte Fleck, Washington  | November 8, 2010; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County, traffic, transportation  
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Redistricting will be good for northern Virginia

As the election dust settles, the battle lines dividing the Republicans and Democrats are giving way to two different rivals: northern Virginians vs. southern Virginians. Redistricting promises to transfer more Richmond representation from the rural portions of the state...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | November 8, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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Ride-On's bad attitude

When I first moved to Takoma Park nearly 11 years ago, I found Ride-On drivers to be a joy. They were almost always friendly and courteous. “What a welcome contrast to Metrobus,” I thought. Since then, I have watched...

By Keith Berner  | November 8, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Metro, Montgomery County, traffic, transportation  
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A public 'menu' for closing the D.C. budget gap

Like all governments and public authorities of late, the District faces a large budget hole, which it needs to fill through cuts to services and/or revenue increases. D.C. should create a "menu" of possible fixes that exceed the gap...

By David Alpert  | November 8, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, Local blog network, Vincent Gray, economy  
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Making it pay to go solar

Regarding Anya Schoolman and Jefferson Morley’s Oct. 31 Local Opinions commentary, “D.C. solar’s newest power couple”: When power begins flowing from new solar panels on the White House, the District’s utility regulators will welcome the Obama family as new customer-generators....

By Betty Ann Kane, Washington  | November 7, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, economy, energy  
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Running scared on Confederate history

Twenty years after Gen. Robert E. Lee rode into Appomattox and surrendered his tattered army, ending the War Between the States, a memorial chapel was built in Richmond in memory of the 260,000 Confederate soldiers who died during the conflict....

By Richard T. Hines, Alexandria  | November 7, 2010; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Confederate flag, HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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