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All Opinions Are Local: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

If Sargent Shriver had run for Maryland governor ...

In the stories about R. Sargent Shriver this week, it was often mentioned that he was a second choice to be George McGovern’s running mate in the 1972 presidential election and that he ran unsuccessfully for president in 1976. Shriver...

By Patrick McGrath, Churchton, Md.  | January 22, 2011; 8:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, history  
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Remembering Bill Hanna

The Jan. 19 editorial page has a fitting tribute to R. Sargent Shriver, a fine national figure. But I’d like to note a locally important personage of great vision and grit who also died last week.William E. Hanna Jr. served...

By Gus Bauman, Silver Spring  | January 22, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County  
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Why my Metro assault is a problem for all of us

On a Sunday evening this month, I was reading a book while waiting for the train at the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station when I was attacked. My teenage assailants did not try to rob me, and we had no interaction...

By Allen Haywood, Washington  | January 21, 2011; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  D.C., Metro, crime  
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Smithsonian chief should stand up or step down

Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough was undoubtedly correct [“Clough defends removal of video,” Style, Jan. 19] when he said, “This institution is a big place. . . . It continues to do its work.” Unfortunately, what he seems unable to grasp is...

By Steven Alan Honley, Washington  | January 21, 2011; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, National Mall  
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President O'Malley?

Speculation about Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s presidential ambitions (for 2016) hit the front page of The Post this week, as the governor was sworn in for a second term Wednesday. Here’s my quick take in three areas: job competence,...

By Keith Berner  | January 21, 2011; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Martin O'Malley, Maryland  
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A flawed report on traffic congestion

The Texas Transportation Institute today released the final version of their report on congestion, which ranks the DC area tied for first with Chicago in hours wasted in traffic. Unfortunately, the report's methodology completely misleads as to the seriousness...

By David Alpert  | January 21, 2011; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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A wedding like any other

Apparently, a week or so before his wedding, a friend of mine got fed up with all the decisions he had to make about this and that, about who would take care of the music at the ceremony, what would...

By Tom Moriarty, Salisbury  | January 21, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  D.C., Maryland  
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Invasion of the vultures (continued)

Regarding the Jan. 16 Metro article “Birds of a feather, disgusting together”:We moved to Chantilly almost nine years ago. It was the first house my husband and I had owned, and we were ecstatic (but inexperienced) about living in a...

By Meredith Lynch, Chantilly  | January 20, 2011; 7:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Virginia, wildlife  
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D.C., under Congress's thumb

Regarding the Jan. 19 Local Digest item “New chairman for House D.C. panel”:Good to see that things are getting back to normal for the District in its relations with Congress. First, the GOP disenfranchises the taxpaying Americans who reside in the...

By Paul Carver, Arlington  | January 20, 2011; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  D.C., DC Vote  
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Ham, mustard, chips, AR-15

The next time you are packing up that picnic lunch for a foray into a Virginia state park, you might want to include an AR-15 assault rifle or a Glock 19 automatic pistol with your mustard and ham sandwiches....

By Peter Galuszka  | January 20, 2011; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, crime, domestic violence, guns, parks, police, public health, sports, tourism, wildlife  
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Virginia Medicaid wasting more money

There's a lot of slicing and dicing going on in Richmond as legislators chew on Gov. Bob McDonnell's spending proposals. Democrats are criticizing the governor's plan to borrow money for transportation without hiking the gas tax. Some Republicans don't...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | January 20, 2011; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Local blog network, Vincent Gray, health care, public health  
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Traffic? What traffic?

Apparently the Washington region has bad traffic congestion. That’s a bummer. I say “apparently” because I virtually never experience any of it first hand, since I’ve opted out of the lifestyle that requires people to sit in traffic. I...

By Dan Malouff  | January 20, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, traffic, transportation  
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Southern without the Stars and Bars

Sweet tea and country ham are reasonable Southern culinary markers [“Dixie and D.C. region drift farther and farther apart,” front page, Jan. 16]; the District is also the northernmost point where grits are a common breakfast food. But the dearth...

By Adriane Fugh-Berman, Washington  | January 19, 2011; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic  
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'Same state, different world'

Regarding the Jan. 16 front-page story "Dixie and D.C. region drift farther and farther apart”:The story on the southward migration of the “cultural Mason-Dixon line” brought to mind a visit to Richmond that my wife and I, then recent transplants...

By Donald F. Graff, Fairfax  | January 19, 2011; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C.  
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I wish I were in ... D.C.?

Regarding the Jan. 16 front-page story "Dixie and D.C. region drift farther and farther apart”:A few years after I moved to the D.C. area in 1978, I got caught up in the Joe Gibbs glory days and those words we...

By Roderick S. Speer, Alexandria  | January 19, 2011; 7:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Getting Virginia out of a jam

The Jan. 16 Metro article on Virginia’s transportation problems, “N. Va. likely to be stuck a bit longer,” noted that the state has gone 25 years without raising its fuel tax of 17.5 cents a gallon. Our legislators’ obsession about...

By Ron Glaser, Haymarket  | January 19, 2011; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Va. Politics, Virginia, taxes, traffic, transportation  
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Push-back for Cuccinelli

Finally, Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli is getting some push-back against his grandstanding legal fishing trips. Del. David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville) and Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Richmond) are seeking legislative limits on what the attorney general can do, with...

By Peter Galuszka  | January 19, 2011; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, crime, education, energy, environment, public health, taxes, weather  
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Yes to a soccer stadium, but not near Nats Park

DCist reports that DC United is considering four sites in the city for a potential soccer stadium, and that one of the sites is a couple of blocks from the Nationals baseball stadium on South Capitol Street. DCist says:...

By Dan Malouff  | January 19, 2011; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., DC United, HotTopic, sports, stadium  
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Mara's in the race

Patrick Mara, a Republican who tried to win a seat on the D.C. Council in 2008, is trying again -- he announced today that he is jumping into the race for the at-large seat once occupied by Council Chairman...

By Martin Austermuhle  | January 19, 2011; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, education, schools  
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Less bell-ringing equals less money

Regarding the Jan. 14 letter “Stop targeting Giant Food:Giant Food’s new nonprofit solicitation policy, which restricted the number of hours we could collect donations, had a negative impact on our annual Red Kettle Campaign, which supports year-round programs and services....

By Robert Betz, Arlington  | January 18, 2011; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, economy  
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Smooth rides on Metro

Metro receives a lot of criticism on the editorial pages, much of it deserved. But all too often the system doesn’t receive praise when it performs well. Over the past five months, I have experienced the consequences of two major...

By Joel Cohen, Arlington  | January 18, 2011; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., Metro, traffic, transportation  
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Tea Party-backed freshman to lead D.C. subcommittee

Of the two House subcommittees tasked with overseeing the District, one will be led by a moderate Republican with local roots -- and the other by a freshman Tea Party member from South Carolina. This should be interesting. The...

By Martin Austermuhle  | January 18, 2011; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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The lessons of school gardens

As co-chair of the D.C. Schoolyard Greening Committee, I was thrilled to see the school gardens program receive such prominent coverage in The Post [“School gardens revisited in D.C.,” Arts & Living, Jan. 12]. But the article failed to mention...

By Joshua M. Volinsky, Washington  | January 18, 2011; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, education, schools  
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Blame game in U-Md. student's death

Last Tuesday, police found 22-year-old University of Maryland student Justin DeSha-Overcash dead inside a home he was renting on the 8800 block of 38th Street, across the street from the University's campus. DeSha-Overcash's death, the 11th in a series...

By Aaron Morrissey  | January 18, 2011; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, PG County, Prince George's County, University of Maryland, crime  
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A Georgetown store count

Every January, GM walks up and down the streets of Georgetown updating his database of the stores of Georgetown. He started this two years ago by simply scribbling down on a notepad every establishment on M and Wisconsin. Last...

By Topher Mathews  | January 18, 2011; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Georgetown, HotTopic, Local blog network, economy  
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Another half-baked rail project

I read the Jan. 12 editorial “Hit the brakes,” on the questionable rush to build a high-speed rail system in California, and immediately thought many of the same issues and objections were appropriate for the Maryland Purple Line. The Purple...

By Pat Garvey, Bethesda  | January 17, 2011; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Purple Line, transportation  
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Seeing the good in a vulture

Regarding the Jan. 16 Metro article “Birds of a feather, disgusting together: Vultures are wintering locally”:Just how “disgusting” are vultures?  I’d advise a fresh look at a bird with a stinky reputation. Their role as nature’s janitors is vital. They have...

By Deborah Richie Oberbillig, Takoma Park  | January 17, 2011; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Virginia, wildlife  
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A longer line at the 'Parade of Human Services'

This month marks the beginning of a new legislative year in Virginia. Like clockwork, public hearings will be held across the commonwealth to address the governor’s proposed budget. The hearings give residents a chance to provide feedback on the budget...

By Nancy Mercer and Kathy May  | January 16, 2011; 12:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Virginia, health care  
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How oversight can keep school reform on track

Despite the strain of the recent recession and the painful financial choices that we are all facing, I plan to push forward with education reform even more aggressively than ever as the leader of D.C.’s legislative body. There can be...

By Kwame R. Brown, Washington  | January 16, 2011; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Vincent Gray, education, schools  
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