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All Opinions Are Local: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

A treasure of D.C.'s spring at risk at the arboretum

Nothing says springtime in Washington like the cherry blossoms. Except perhaps azaleas in bloom at the U.S. National Arboretum.Which explains why last week’s surprise announcement by the arboretum that it plans to destroy the most frequently visited section of the...

By Jeanne Connelly and Felix Laughlin, Washington  | December 4, 2010; 10:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., environment, history  
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The keys to keeping education reform rolling in D.C.

As Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray prepares to take office, the D.C. education community is holding its breath. With the winds of progress at our back, it is critical that we continue to be relentless in our efforts to provide a...

By Susan Schaeffler, Washington  | December 4, 2010; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C., education, schools  
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Keep fighting for voting rights

Ben Pershing’s Nov. 28 article, “For D.C. voting rights, window appears closed,” offered an overly pessimistic view of Washington’s future. If recent elections have taught us anything, it is that such bold, blanket predictions regarding the political future are almost...

By Ilir Zherka, Washington  | December 4, 2010; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DC Vote, HotTopic  
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Welcoming Wal-Mart — on our terms

As a 22-year resident of the District, I have seen the city’s job market ebb and flow and the unemployment rate peak and dip. Through it all, I have watched a significant segment of our working population struggle to make...

By Morris Shearin, Washington  | December 3, 2010; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  D.C., economy  
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Gambling teaches the wrong lessons

Regarding the Nov. 29 Metro story “A Falls Church school gambles on using poker as an education tool”:While I applaud George Mason High School in Falls Church for its classroom ingenuity and ability to engage its students, I worry about...

By Bob Cabaniss, Hanover, Va.  | December 3, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Virginia, education, schools  
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Fenty the crime-fighter -- put in context

Homicide statistics have often been bandied about as an easily digestible, if flawed, metric of how well a mayor has battled crime during a given administration. Not surprisingly, the homicide watch in D.C. -- a city where, at one...

By Aaron Morrissey  | December 3, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, crime  
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The truth behind panhandling

Petula Dvorak's Nov. 30 Metro column, "Panhandling: the uncomfortable truth and lies," shined a light on an important issue. But it also perpetuated unfortunate myths. Each individual begging for change has his or her own story. Not all are virtuous,...

By Maria Foscarinis, Washington  | December 2, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, economy, housing, public health  
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Your tobacco settlement funds at work

Who knew that thermal-pane windows and museum exhibits helped out tobacco farmers? Apparently they do, since they've been bankrolled by a fund that's supposed to help rural, tobacco-dependent communities in south and southwest Virginia. Even though the Tobacco Indemnification...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | December 2, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, economy, smoking  
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Free marketeers for ... airline subsidies?

It never ceases to amaze how Richmond's business elite, while espousing free markets, are at heart state capitalists, sort of like Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore. The latest ripple: The business community has arranged for $600,000 in public money...

By Peter Galuszka  | December 2, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, economy, taxes, tourism, traffic, transportation  
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How 'green' can a highway be?

The Intercounty Connector (ICC) may in fact be "one of the 'greenest' highways ever built," as Maryland transportation officials have claimed ["ICC work will help waterways, Md. officials say," Metro, Nov. 26]. However, considering that "green highway" is pretty much...

By Roger Burkhart, Gaithersburg  | December 1, 2010; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic, Montgomery County, development, environment, traffic, transportation, wildlife  
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Don't rain on our Thanksgiving tradition

After reading about Washington's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl ["Controversy over eligibility leaves lingering hangover," Sports Nov. 26], I could not help but think of my own family's Turkey Bowl controversy. The McNamara family has been playing football on Thanksgiving at...

By Jerome J. McNamara, Washington  | December 1, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., Vincent Gray, parks, sports  
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How can D.C. fix the liquor license process?

A number of businesses' recent tangles with D.C.'s liquor license process has clearly shown the need for reform. The long saga of Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle clearly demonstrates the flaws as well as some strengths of the...

By David Alpert  | December 1, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network  
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More bikes? OK, then more rules

Regarding the Nov. 27 Metro story “Biking getting bigger in D.C.”:Yes, bikes are a good development in the District, but many of us who live in the city recognize the problems that are also growing from this blossoming of pedals...

By Charles Yulish, Washington  | November 30, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, traffic, transportation  
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It doesn't look like Martin Luther King

Seeing the Nov. 25 front-page photo of workers erecting a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the King memorial being built on the Tidal Basin, I thought it was a statue of Buddha. It does not look...

By Mustafa Bashir, Washington  | November 30, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., National Mall  
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Jack Evans is not a fan of FedEx Field

The potential return of the Washington Redskins to the District has always been a nice little crutch for local politicians to break out during football season. After all, people in D.C. like their Redskins, and appealing to their sense...

By Aaron Morrissey  | November 30, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Prince George's County  
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Virginia may land a whale

Virginia may land a whale with just a scrap of bait. Steven Spielberg is considering Virginia as the filming location of his Abraham Lincoln movie slated for production next fall -- which would finally give the Virginia Film Office...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | November 30, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, economy  
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NoMA has no parks thanks to flawed upzoning

When D.C. officials rezoned the land north of Union Station to create NoMA, they triggered the creation of a brand-new neighborhood. Unfortunately, they forgot to leave space for a park, and created an economic dynamic that virtually ruled out...

By David Alpert  | November 30, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., development, economy  
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Avoiding the achievement gap in Prince George's

As a black male Harvard Law student from Prince George’s County, I was drawn to The Post’s recent articles about the national black-white male achievement gap, as well as Prince George’s experience with No Child Left Behind’s student transfer policy....

By Victor A. Kwansa, Riverdale  | November 29, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  PG County, Prince George's County, education, schools  
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Dancing in the D.C. streets

I was born in the District, but for many years I lived in Europe, and upon moving back to Washington I noticed how much more cosmopolitan the city had become. One thing that really strikes me is how much music...

By Carlyn Andersson, Washington  | November 29, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C.  
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How curious: Cuccinelli vs. Stewart

Holy demagogue! Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli is dissing the anti-illegal-immigrant "Virginia Rule of Law Campaign" masterminded by Corey A. Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. Stewart has based his campaign, which involves state legislation...

By Peter Galuszka  | November 29, 2010; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Prince William County, Va. Politics, Virginia, crime, economy, immigration, media, police  
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Dark times for D.C. voting rights

When Mayor-elect Vince Gray sits down with President Obama for lunch this Wednesday, D.C. voting rights will surely be on the agenda. But even if Gray complains about Obama's inattentiveness to the issue, there's not really much that the...

By Martin Austermuhle  | November 29, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., DC Vote, HotTopic, Local blog network, Vincent Gray  
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