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All Opinions Are Local: December 12, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Cuccinelli's consequences

Recent coverage of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II [“Cuccinelli basking in court victory,” Metro, Dec. 15; “Cuccinelli: Virginia should consider opting out of Medicaid,” Virginia politics blog, Dec. 7] reminded me of two rarely discussed aspects of Mr. Cuccinelli’s...

By James Lindsay Jr., Arlington  | December 18, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  HotTopic, Va. Politics, Virginia, health care, public health  
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Arriving naked at the airport

My face flushed hot when I realized I was about to fly naked.Headed to the airport in the predawn drizzle, I was only 10 minutes from home when, with a shock, I could not recall grabbing my cellphone off the...

By John W. Frece, Annapolis  | December 17, 2010; 7:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic, transportation  
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The Metro system: Flawed to the core

On Thursday morning, after leaving my condo at my normal time, I was greeted by an extra-long wait at the White Flint Metro station. After I boarded the train, the operator announced in that muttered “can’t be bothered” tone that...

By Bryan Catalano, Bethesda  | December 17, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C., Metro, traffic, transportation  
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Debating the District's deficit: Drawing conclusions

Over the last two days, we've featured two distinct views on the District's growing budget deficit -- Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) on why higher taxes are needed and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) on why more cuts are...

By Martin Austermuhle  | December 17, 2010; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A more humane approach to the abortion debate

The letter from the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland in defense of LeRoy Carhart [“Care that women need,” Local Opinions, Dec. 12], who specializes in performing abortion late in pregnancy, cites extreme cases to justify such abortions: a...

By Angela Martin, Annapolis  | December 16, 2010; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, health care  
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Wrong way on insurance mandate in Va.

Regarding the Dec. 15 Metro article “Cuccinelli basking in court victory”: Virginia Attorney General Ken T. Cuccinelli II seeks to prohibit the individual health insurance mandate. If he wins his case, he will be guaranteeing insurance companies the continued right...

By Michael Berla, Columbia  | December 16, 2010; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Va. Politics, Virginia  
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What a dose of uranium will do to a policy debate

The apparent terror of Virginians living near a potential uranium mine illustrates how drastically things can change when they become personal. Located at Coles Hill, about 60 miles southeast of Roanoke, the undeveloped uranium deposit is the only one...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | December 16, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Virginia, economy, energy  
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Debating the District's deficit: Jack Evans

The second part of a three-part series on what's to come for the District's finances and how to close the huge budget deficit. More Cuts, No New Taxes Jack Evans (Ward 2) is the longest-serving member of the Council,...

By Martin Austermuhle  | December 16, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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No foul play in Ward 5 development project

The Dec. 13 editorial "The tangled tales of Harry Thomas" continued The Post editorial board's unrelenting and inappropriate venture into investigative journalism. The insinuation of a quid pro quo between Rhode Island Avenue Metro LLC's January 2008 donation to Team...

By Harry Thomas Jr., Washington  | December 15, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, Metro, development, economy, media, real estate, taxes  
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This train might move ... eventually

To the roster of Great Lies ("Sure, I'll respect you in the morning," "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help," etc.) we must add: "This train will be moving momentarily." I heard that at least two dozen times...

By Kevin McCormally, Washington  | December 15, 2010; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., Metro, transportation  
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The new immigration battleground

Ever wonder why white opposition to darker-skinned immigrants seems to be centered in outer suburbs such as Prince William and Stafford counties? An analysis of new Census data provides the answer. The reason, the American Community Survey reports, is...

By Peter Galuszka  | December 15, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Prince William County, Va. Politics, Virginia, crime, development, economy, education, history, housing, immigration, police, real estate, religion, schools, traffic, transportation  
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Debating the District's deficit: Tommy Wells

During last week's debate over how to close a $188 million budget deficit for the current fiscal year, members of the D.C. Council debated two separate proposals which would have increased income taxes for certain District residents as a...

By Martin Austermuhle  | December 15, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redesigning Dunbar High

The long-awaited redesign plan for Dunbar High School was unveiled this morning -- and, at the risk of sounding eager, it looks, well, spectacular. The school has been in the news quite a bit recently for negative reasons and...

By Aaron Morrissey  | December 15, 2010; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The CDC's message on lead water lines

Last week, the scientific journal Environmental Research released the latest study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the health impact of lead in the Washington water supply [“D.C. water study sharpens view of lead threat,” Metro,...

By Christopher J. Portier, Atlanta  | December 14, 2010; 10:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, environment, public health  
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A mural or a gigantic ad?

The Post appeared not to understand marketing or the concept of the public commons in its defense of a mural promoting an Arlington dog-care store [“Hounded in Arlington,” editorial, Dec. 11]. The editorial questioned the Arlington County government’s grasp of...

By Dan Thompson, Silver Spring  | December 14, 2010; 10:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Arlington, Virginia  
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The difference between better and good

The I-395 air rights development in downtown Washington that I discussed last week has been redesigned. At that time I said it was good planning but bad architecture. That’s still true. The new design is marginally better with regard...

By Dan Malouff  | December 14, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., economy  
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McDonnell risks AAA for big-league bonds

Interviews with Virginia lawmakers often begin and end with boasts about how great they are at managing money. Not only are we fiscally responsible, they say, we're also the nation's hothouse for business growth, as they polish off Virginia's...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | December 14, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, economy  
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Why D.C. shouldn't cut child-care subsidies

Petula Dvorak’s Dec. 10 column, “Cutting D.C.’s child-care subsidy isn’t the way to fix the city’s budget,” cited many reasons for not decreasing funding for subsidized child care in the District.But there is another important reason: the kind of care...

By Edna Ranck, Washington  | December 13, 2010; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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An unfair tax exemption in Maryland

Montgomery County’s projected $300 million budget shortfall [“Leggett orders cuts in spending,” Metro, Dec. 3] will make for difficult choices. We in Montgomery must minimize cuts that will harm the neediest populations, and we must also seek new revenue sources....

By Seth Grimes, Takoma Park  | December 13, 2010; 9:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County  
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White Flint: Another giveaway to developers

A plan to replace the strip malls of White Flint with higher density development has been in the works for some time. This is a good thing. As one would expect, the giant development corporations that stand to gain...

By Keith Berner  | December 13, 2010; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local blog network, Maryland, Montgomery County, development  
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Mark Warner: anti-regulation, except in large doses

In today's Post, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) decries the red tape that has been spooling out from the federal government, which, he argues, impairs growth and job creation: Our economic recovery remains frustratingly sluggish, unemployment is still unacceptably high, and...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 13, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Va. Politics, Virginia, economy  
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Hold Pepco accountable

I read with great interest the Dec. 5 front-page article "Why Pepco can't keep the lights on." Pepco's operations in the District of Columbia are, by law, regulated by the Public Service Commission (PSC), a three-member body backed by approximately...

By Mary M. Cheh, Washington  | December 12, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, energy, environment, weather  
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Care that women need

The protesters targeting LeRoy Carhart in Germantown [Metro, Dec. 7] are misleading the public about the kind of care he provides to families in heartbreaking situations. Very real circumstances force women to make the difficult decision to have a late-term...

By Jennifer Blasdell, Silver Spring  | December 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Montgomery County, health care, religion  
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