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

Celebrate when you want

Not everyone in the Washington region who chooses to deck the halls early does so in an attempt to "stretch the season across as many weekends as possible to gain more pleasure and more time for all the gift-buying" ["Some...

By Crystal Calloway, Springfield  | December 10, 2010; 9:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, faith, religion  
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Good news on roads from Richmond

Imagine my surprise with morning when I opened my newspaper and discovered that Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is really, at heart, a Keynesian. The Republican governor has tried to followed the GOP's script in his so-far rocky first...

By Peter Galuszka  | December 10, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, taxes, traffic, transportation  
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Virginia Democrats go left?

Cross-posted from Jennifer Rubin's Right Turn blog on washingtonpost.com/opinions Virginia Democrats, in keeping with the national trend, did poorly in the midterm elections. They lost three house seats and narrowly hung on to VA-11 by less than 1,000 votes. (In...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 10, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic, Va. Politics  
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Wind: A better deal than offshore natural gas

The Dec. 6 editorial on offshore drilling, "On second thought," suggested that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar failed to "explain the reversal for the Atlantic Coast," where "Democratic and Republican governors of Virginia have expressed support for careful exploration." If Mr....

By Nathan Lott, Richmond  | December 10, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay, HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, energy, environment, transportation, wildlife  
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Slow offshore drilling? Bravo, Obama

The moaning was loud last week when President Obama banned offshore oil drilling on the East Coast until 2017. Politicians of both parties, from Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.,) to Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R),...

By Peter Galuszka  | December 9, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Chesapeake Bay, HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, energy, environment, taxes, tourism, traffic, transportation, wildlife  
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The D.C. Council's move toward sunshine

The Dec. 4 editorial "The D.C. Council, above the law?" criticized the approach of council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) to drafting the Open Meetings Amendment Act of 2010 without recognizing that the legislation starts by including the council...

By Thomas M. Susman, Washington  | December 8, 2010; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A council Virginia needs to keep

It's ironic that the recent report by Gov. Robert McDonnell's government reform commission is garnering attention for its recommendation to shutter the council that helps the media and citizens understand their rights to public information. The FOIA Advisory Council...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | December 8, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Confusing Wal-Mart with welfare

Once again a member of the faith community in the District has confused a business entity with a social welfare agency.In his Dec. 5 Local Opinions commentary, “Welcoming Wal-Mart — on our terms,” the Rev. Morris Shearin outlined a “community...

By David Kuckenbecker, Fairfax  | December 8, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, economy  
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Gabe Klein out at DDOT

DDOT Director and alternative transportation guru Gabe Klein just announced he will not be welcome in the Gray administration, and will be leaving. Klein has been a major champion of streetcars and especially bicycling projects in the city, so...

By Dan Malouff  | December 8, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Vincent Gray, traffic, transportation  
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Toll mania in Hampton Roads?

Virginia's skin-flint nature has always called for tolls on roads. Now proposals to solve Hampton Roads' special transportation problems could mean more tolls than residents ever imagined possible. Virginia's road and bridge needs total some $100 billion, and the...

By Peter Galuszka  | December 8, 2010; 9:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At GWU, coed dorms will fail the morality test

In the Dec. 4 front-page article “At GWU, coed quarters becoming option for all,” Jenna Johnson and Daniel de Vise reported that next fall, George Washington University will allow students from the opposite sex to room with one another in...

By Abbey Meltzer, Rockville  | December 7, 2010; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Good planning, bad architecture

Sometimes new buildings can be good for the city even though they're bad architecture. A proposed development that would cap I-395 in downtown Washington is a good example. Good planning: Developers will soon deck over the open air portion...

By Dan Malouff  | December 7, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When the work is done, turn off the speed cameras

For at least 10 years, the District has usually hit the high notes of a well-implemented photo-enforcement program, so it’s especially unfortunate that it should lose public trust in a work-zone camera program that remains in place once the work...

By Leslie Blakey, Washington  | December 6, 2010; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, traffic, transportation  
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A bike-friendlier Metro system

Metro has completed its study of pedestrian and bicycle access to Metrorail stations. The recommendations include an aggressive yet important goal of tripling the percentage of riders who arrive by bicycle by 2020 and quintupling it by 2030. In...

By David Alpert  | December 6, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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