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All Opinions Are Local: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

Year in review: What works in D.C.

Complaining is one of our favorite pastimes in the D.C. area. We complain about crime, construction, corruption, traffic, bad weather, lousy sports teams and bad coffee at the office. But in 2010 I noticed three things in our area that...

By Jim Fowler, Ashburn  | December 24, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Year in review 2010  
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Sacred cows in D.C.'s child services budget

Ideally, a budget crisis would bring out the best in our public officials — a search for creative solutions and a willingness to take on even the most sacred cows to spare those who will suffer most as belts tighten...

By Richard Wexler, Alexandria  | December 24, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  D.C.  
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Something found in the ashes

Late one afternoon in November, my apartment building caught fire. A friend of mine called me with the news. At the time, I was a few blocks away, having a drink. I was about to go to an election night...

By Joe Flood, Washington  | December 24, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic  
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The sacking of Ralph Friedgen

The fashion in which Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen was fired does not reflect well on the University of Maryland [“Friedgen is shown door,” Sports, Dec. 21].In the past decade, Mr. Friedgen returned a failed football program to relative prominence,...

By Jim Hoehn, Rockville  | December 23, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Prince George's County  
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U-md.'s bad 'business' decision

Let me get this straight: The University of Maryland is firing Ralph Friedgen, an alumnus, even though the football coach made kids go to class, was named ACC coach of the year, engineered one of the biggest program turnarounds in...

By Thomas Ponton, Columbia  | December 23, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County, Prince George's County  
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How Washington responds to snow

Last week D.C. faced its first 'real snow' of the winter. The weather event actually reminded me of a few notable things about snow. First, it's really not about how much snow falls, it's about how governments and citizens...

By Rob Pitingolo  | December 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, weather  
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A schools slogan that doesn't ring true

As a parent of an Alexandria public school student, I was disappointed by the catchphrases offered to illustrate how a new slogan could help the school system: "Try us, you'll like us" and "ACPS - it's Alexandria's best-kept secret" ["Alexandria...

By Alisa Goetz, Alexandria  | December 22, 2010; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Virginia, education, schools  
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The CDC's misleading look at D.C. water

Regrettably, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [letters, Dec. 15] seems unable to tell the truth about lead in D.C. drinking water. Attempting to challenge news stories exposing the CDC's past failure to protect D.C. residents from lead...

By Yanna Lambrinidou, Washington  | December 22, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, environment, public health  
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Want a Trader Joe's? Then add more residents

Residents in many neighborhoods often say they wish their neighborhood had a Trader Joe's or other new retail options. There's only one real way to get such businesses to move in: Add more residents who can shop there. Lydia...

By David Alpert  | December 22, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, development, economy  
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Enough beating up on Prince George's voters

Regarding Lee Hockstader’s Dec. 20 op-ed column, “A new day in Prince George’s?”:Enough of the self-righteous tongue-lashings about apathetic Prince George’s County voters! We usually have had a choice between Mr. Horrible and Mr. Worse, and none of us had...

By Charles Pickett, Upper Marlboro  | December 21, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  HotTopic, PG County, Prince George's County  
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What Metro can learn from Delhi

The Dec. 17 news story “Metro to conduct random bag checks” reflected riders’ concerns about a security plan that could inconvenience commuters. The performance of the Delhi Metro in India, one of the most modern and technologically advanced transit systems...

By Subhash Vohra, Falls Church  | December 21, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., Metro, traffic, transportation  
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Stimulus for the print sector?

What can you buy with $78,869? Well, that sure is a lot of money. Let's see. You could be the proud owner of this two-bedroom home at 823 46th Street N.E. in Deanwood, and have $3,000 left over to...

By Aaron Morrissey  | December 21, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, economy  
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What the D.C. zoning process hearing should address

Washington's extensive zoning update process continues with a hearing tonight on the Green Area Ratio proposals and the deadline for submitting written comments on car and bicycle parking minimums and maximums. First, today is the last day to submit...

By David Alpert  | December 20, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, housing  
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A fraud case McDonnell could have pursued

While Gov. Robert F. McDonnell was attorney general in 2006, he did nothing when informed about serious accusations that eventually led to the conviction and 10-year sentence of John W. Forbes II, a former state finance secretary. The accusations...

By Peter Galuszka  | December 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, crime, development, economy, education, health care, public health, smoking  
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Your year in review

Local Opinions is seeking 300-word essays on the Year in D.C. (and the rest of the region). We’re looking for insights and anecdotes to sum up 2010. What will we remember most? What changed? What stayed the same? What trend...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | December 20, 2010; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lost in the haze at Metro Center

On Monday, Metro demonstrated that it continues to struggle to deliver professional and safe service to commuters.As I got off a Red Line train at Metro Center to catch a connecting train downstairs during my morning commute, I detected a...

By David Bates, Takoma Park  | December 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Metro, transportation  
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