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All Opinions Are Local: January 9, 2011 - January 15, 2011

Honest questions about D.C. child services

Over the past few weeks, there have been a number of opinions expressed on this page regarding child welfare and child protection in the District [“Taking toys from foster kids won’t fix D.C. child services,” Jan. 9; “Three years after...

By Roque Gerald, Washington  | January 14, 2011; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, child services  
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Rallying around a speed hump

The Oct. 3 Local Opinions page carried a piece [“Casualty of the traffic wars”] I wrote about my community’s efforts to slow speeding drivers in Annandale’s Winterset/Varsity Park neighborhood. I had been moved to write by the death of Stephen...

By Jennifer Cooke, Annandale  | January 14, 2011; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C., Virginia, traffic  
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Clearing hurdles to help wounded troops

I read with great interest Ann Scott Tyson’s Jan. 9 Metro story about the difficulties encountered by the charity called Troops Need You [“Despite red tape, group helps veterans’ families”]. Our experience has been different from that cited. Yes, there...

By Janet R. Southby, Washington  | January 14, 2011; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., military  
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NCPC plans to be more open

The National Capital Planning Commission is working on an Open Government Plan, to "increase transparency, public participation, and collaboration." You can vote on their various ideas at an interactive site. Ideas include putting online more of the plans that...

By David Alpert  | January 14, 2011; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, development  
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If Virginia liquor stores were private ...

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has put forward a modified plan to the General Assembly to privatize the state liquor stores [Metro, Jan. 12]. The plan would privatize only the retail end of the business and would generate a...

By Bob Hugman, Woodbridge  | January 13, 2011; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Va. Politics, Virginia, economy, transportation  
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On student transportation, D.C. misses the bus

In the Jan. 7 editorial cautioning the District against changing leadership in the D.C. Public Schools, The Post commented that "progress" is being made regarding special education transportation services for public schoolchildren. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. It...

By Steven Ney and Bradford P. Johnson, Washington  | January 13, 2011; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, child services, education, schools, transportation  
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A whole network is better than one line

Northern Virginia Congressmen Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran have introduced a bill authorizing (but not allocating money) to study and conduct preliminary engineering for suburban expansions of all of Virginia’s Metrorail lines, as well as an extension of Maryland’s...

By Dan Malouff  | January 13, 2011; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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On legislative transparency, Virginia plays catch-up

I've found the most hilarious bill filed for the Virginia General Assembly session that began yesterday, thanks to the bill-tracking Web site Richmond Sunlight. It's a House resolution to commend a Hampton high school for launching an ... anti-sagging...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | January 13, 2011; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia  
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Seeking a hospital that doesn't limit care

The statement from Marilyn Moon, chair of the Maryland Health Care Commission, that Montgomery County does not "lack available and accessible options" for obtaining reproductive health services ["Adventist keeps up fight for new hospital," Metro, Jan. 6] is inaccurate, and,...

By Susan F. Wood and Laura Meyers, Washington  | January 12, 2011; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Maryland, health care, public health  
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When teachers are wrongly accused of sex abuse

Regarding the Jan. 10 Metro story "Virginia schools study proposal on sex abuse": I read with interest and disgust the excellent story in The Post several months ago describing the devious means by which disgraced former school teacher Kevin Ricks...

By William J. Cummings, Fairfax  | January 12, 2011; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Virginia, crime, education, schools  
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Georgetown real estate market makes a comeback

In 2010, the Georgetown real estate market appears to have started to pull itself off the bottom. While the numbers are still down, the market is definitely finally moving upward. There were 215 homes sold in Georgetown in 2010....

By Topher Mathews  | January 12, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown, HotTopic, Local blog network, real estate  
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Will the real Bob McDonnell please stand up?

As the Virginia General Assembly opens, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is once again fiddling with any number of things. These include yet another proposal to privatize ABC stores, a new budget based on a phony surplus and an ambitious...

By Peter Galuszka  | January 12, 2011; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, education, energy, environment, health care, schools, taxes, traffic, transportation  
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Snow shoveling law hasn't been updated since 1922

As your editor-in-chief walked between Columbia Heights and U Street last night, all I could think about was how much complaining there would be about the state of the city's sidewalks come morning. While I wouldn't go so far...

By Aaron Morrissey  | January 12, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, weather  
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If court oversight of D.C. disability care ends ...

Regarding the Jan. 5 Metro article “D.C. considering rights and care of the disabled”: If court oversight of those with disabilities ends, who will be responsible for protecting those individuals in the District who lack minimal capacity to defend themselves?...

By Virginia M. Schofield, Washington  | January 11, 2011; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic  
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Little-known infrastructure

Every visitor from the Midwest knows about the Washington Metro and the Beltway, but those well-known structures only scratch the surface of interesting infrastructure in the D.C. region. Here is a list of some fascinating, but oft-forgotten, pieces of...

By Dan Malouff  | January 11, 2011; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Metro, Virginia, transportation  
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Say it with me: Snow bubble

Last winter, D.C. had a Snowpocalypse. Could this winter be the winter of the snow bubble? It sure looks that way, after yet another winter storm appears to be working its way around Washington, D.C. You'll remember that we...

By Aaron Morrissey  | January 11, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, weather  
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It's time to change the name

Regarding Courtland Milloy’s Jan. 5 column, “A reminder that ‘Redskins’ is a name fit only for the dustbin of history”:I’m as loyal a Redskins fan as there is. At 60, I have followed the team for more than half a...

By Richard P. Rosano, Potomac  | January 10, 2011; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, sports  
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In D.C., a vote for fewer bike lanes

Lest John Glad [“We cycle in the District, and we vote,” letters, Jan. 6] believe that only suburbanites disapprove of turning the District into Amsterdam or Munich with regard to dedicated cycling lanes, I submit that indeed there is not...

By Kevin Moore, Washington  | January 10, 2011; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  D.C., traffic, transportation  
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DOT heads to take charge of WMATA reform

DDOT, MDOT and VDOT have been planning how to enact some of the recently proposed WMATA governance reforms. The plan highlights a good set of proposals for immediate action, but cuts out Northern Virginia governments in a way that...

By David Alpert  | January 10, 2011; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, Maryland, Virginia, transportation  
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Idaho Rep. puts Prince George's killings in D.C.

Yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press," freshman Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador mistakenly ascribed the rash of murders in Prince George's County -- nine so far, including two on Saturday alone -- to the District. The slip-up came during...

By Martin Austermuhle  | January 10, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, PG County, Prince George's County, crime  
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