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All Opinions Are Local: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Why the word 'marriage' matters

At my wife’s brother’s wedding in July, my wife’s aunt and I talked about our weddings. We compared minor disasters (bad directions to the church, no-show caterers), and she asked what surprised me most. I paused. “The minister’s homily was...

By Jane Rigby, Silver Spring  | February 12, 2011; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Montgomery County  
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Take the politics out of parole for lifers

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s budget proposal this year calls for increasing the use of parole in Maryland. Given rising incarceration costs, this is a wise policy decision. Too many people who no longer pose a risk to public safety are being...

By W. Roland Knapp  | February 12, 2011; 9:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Maryland, crime  
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Too quick to credit vouchers

Vivian Butler [“What school vouchers have bought for my family,” Local Opinions, Jan. 6] is pleased with how her daughter Jerlisa has done in the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship voucher program and at St. Benedict the Moor, but anecdotes do not...

By Carol Nissenson, Washington  | February 12, 2011; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  D.C., education, schools  
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Late-night Metro maintenance

I was angry yesterday. I was angry that WMATA’s leaders don’t seem to get that city residents are dependent on Metro for more than their daily commute. I was angry that we have to fight this same fight year...

By Dan Malouff  | February 11, 2011; 11:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., Metro, traffic, transportation  
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Arlington's roadblocks to traffic relief

For more than a decade, the members of the Arlington County Board have thumbed their noses at every motorist sitting in traffic on our region’s congested highways. Harsh words, yes. But given the board’s gutter-style tactics to block and delay...

By Pat Herrity, Springfield  | February 11, 2011; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  HotTopic, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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The National Guard is there for D.C.

As a member of the D.C. National Guard, I would like to educate Capt. Steve Trynosky [“The dangers of D.C.’s commuter National Guard,” Local Opinions, Feb. 6] on how we operate. We as an organization mobilize once we are called...

By Ronald Wilson, Waldorf  | February 11, 2011; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., Maryland, weather  
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The real story in D.C.'s gun data

In his Feb. 8 front-page article “In D.C., wealthy take up arms,” Paul Duggan examined relevant data and then drew an irrelevant conclusion. First, the data: Since the Supreme Court’s June 2008 Heller decision overturning the District’s gun ban, 151...

By Robert A. Levy, Naples, Fla.  | February 11, 2011; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, guns  
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Lack of equity in funding for D.C. schools

The Feb. 7 Metro article "D.C. high schools face funding gap, study finds" shed light on the inequity that occurs in the D.C. public schools. As a first-year DCPS teacher in 2009, I was given a run-down classroom, with a...

By Erin McKee, Washington  | February 10, 2011; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, economy, education, schools  
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Not 'apples to apples' at D.C. schools

It would have been illuminating if the chart that accompanied the article on the District's per-student funding disconnect had included the 2010-11 enrollment data for each school. The four highest-funded schools on a per-student basis (i.e., the magnet institutions of...

By Jack Koczela, Washington  | February 10, 2011; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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WMATA board won't stop bag searches

WMATA CEO Richard Sarles and Chief Michael Taborn retain the authority to keep randomly checking riders' bags, after only Tommy Wells and Kathy Porter stood up clearly opposed to the program during a board discussion today. Others either cited...

By David Alpert  | February 10, 2011; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  HotTopic, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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WMATA ponders cutting late-night service

WMATA Board members, including federal representatives and new members from DC and Arlington, expressed a willingness to explore cutting back late-night weekend transit service at their meeting today. The tenor of the debate differed greatly from that of previous...

By David Alpert  | February 10, 2011; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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Is Webb's departure such a disaster for Democrats?

Jim Webb's long-awaited and unsurprising announcement that he will not seek reelection as U.S. senator from Virginia has the blogosphere buzzing about who's in, who's out and whose bench is simply too small. There seem to be a number...

By Peter Galuszka  | February 10, 2011; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Prince William County, Va. Politics, Virginia, economy, education, energy, environment, guns, media, military, taxes, traffic, transportation  
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Let Congress drive the plows?

I no longer have to commute, but vivid memories of hazardous journeys home in snow and ice drew me to your Feb. 7 editorial, "Lessons from snow gridlock." Your conclusion gave me a good chuckle. "If the local jurisdictions can't...

By June Kilpatrick, Haymarket  | February 9, 2011; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., weather  
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A strong advocate for Montgomery consumers

I was delighted to see the Feb. 6 Metro article "Dedicated friends of consumer protection," about the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection. May I add a bit of praise? Two or three years ago, I had a problem reaching...

By Abby Thomas, Silver Spring  | February 9, 2011; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Montgomery County, economy  
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Is there a Tea Party urbanism?

Many conservatives, especially Tea Party conservatives, strongly believe in removing powers and taxes from the federal government and transferring power to states and localities. At the moment, this view has strong support in Congress, especially the Republican-controlled House of...

By David Alpert  | February 9, 2011; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., DC Vote, Local blog network, Virginia, taxes  
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Virginia's Tea Party needs to grow up

Is that yellow rattlesnake slithering back into its hole? It could be, since the Virginia Tea Party movement seems to be sputtering now that it has worked its way into the mainstream of state political activity -- namely the...

By Peter Galuszka  | February 9, 2011; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, education, energy, environment, guns, health care, immigration, traffic, transportation, weather  
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Some Inclusion 101 for Va.'s 'exclusive' colleges

Nothing could better illustrate why the Virginia General Assembly should compel the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary to accept an increased number of in-state students than the counterarguments set forth in John E. Valliere’s Feb....

By Grant Donald Beale, Arlington  | February 8, 2011; 8:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Driving is a right

Although I agree with the writer of the Feb. 6 letter “More red-light cameras, please” that the cameras save lives and that those who object to them should simply stop for red lights, I must object to his quoting that...

By Bryon Stiftar, Springfield  | February 8, 2011; 8:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  D.C., traffic, transportation  
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Ticketed by a camera

Once again The Post has by its own admission subjugated the Constitution to “common sense” [“Red-light cameras: Q.E.D.,” editorial, Feb. 6].Citing a self-serving insurance lobby study, the paper deemed the right to confront one’s accuser less important than feeding the...

By John R. Posniak, Alexandria  | February 8, 2011; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  D.C., traffic, transportation  
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A heartbreaking hearing in D.C.

Last Friday's D.C. Council hearing on pedestrian and bicycle safety was certainly one of the more emotional in recent memory, featuring several stories about cyclists and pedestrians who were killed or severely injured in incidents with vehicles. Greater Greater...

By Aaron Morrissey  | February 8, 2011; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Don't scapegoat Pepco

I must side with Pepco regarding power outages during the recent snowstorm. There were trees and limbs down everywhere. On Arcola Avenue in Wheaton, it seemed as if every tree had at least a limb broken off. Many whole trees were down. Pepco did not plant these...

By Sheldon Cheney, Keedysville, Md.  | February 8, 2011; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Montgomery County, energy, weather  
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How the ICC will change Maryland

The first phase of Maryland's newest superhighway, the Intercounty Connector, will open to traffic on Feb. 22, running between Gaithersburg and Georgia Avenue. Once that happens, Montgomery County will never quite be the same. On one hand, it's clear...

By Dan Malouff  | February 8, 2011; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Baltimore, HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Montgomery County, traffic, transportation  
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Things aren't so sweet for Virginia's sugar-daddy

Stealing from the future to fund the present is turning into a favorite pastime for Virginia lawmakers. And at the center of this thievery lies our battered and bruised pension fund. The trickery has been going on for a...

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | February 8, 2011; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The value of a Prince George's 'prerogative'

The Feb. 4 editorial “Draining the swamp in Prince George’s County” used flawed logic when it cited a number of scandals, none of which involved County Council members, and then criticized current council members for wanting to keep “prerogatives” that saddled...

By Todd Reitzel, Beltsville  | February 7, 2011; 7:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  HotTopic, Maryland, Prince George's County  
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Going ballistic over a pea-shooter

The Feb. 2 Metro article “Va. student expelled for shooting pellets” stirred some old memories. When I was a student in New York in the 1950s, almost every boy had a similar “weapon” — they were called pea-shooters. A student...

By Richard Kennedy, Lorton  | February 7, 2011; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Virginia, crime, education, schools  
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New life for 'no taxation, no representation'

Our license plates have long complained of "Taxation Without Representation." Now, one Republican congressman says he'd like to change that slogan to "No Taxation, No Representation." According to The Hill, freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) -- who said that...

By Martin Austermuhle  | February 7, 2011; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, DC Vote, HotTopic, Local blog network  
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What Pepco might learn from Vepco

There's plenty of news these days about how electric utility Pepco seems to be letting its customers down. The Post ran a front-page story Sunday about the etiquette of homeowners running generators during Pepco outages. Politicians have called for...

By Peter Galuszka  | February 6, 2011; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Local blog network, Maryland, Va. Politics, Virginia, development, economy, energy, environment  
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