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Metro’s free-rider problem
Regarding the Nov. 15 editorial “No time to waste for Metro”: It escapes me why taxpayers throughout the state of Virginia should subsidize a mass-transit system used solely by people in one small c...


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What do teachers think about cellphones in the classroom?
As a retired Montgomery County Public Schools high school teacher of 35 years and a regular high school substitute teacher for the past 12 years, I was eager to read the Nov. 14 front-page article “...


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Why believe Moore’s accusers but not Trump’s?
Thanks to Ruth Marcus for her Nov. 12 op-ed, “Roy Moore and the art of the cowardly dodge.” In it, she asked what I and many women and men have been asking: If some Republicans believe the allegatio...


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Making fun of Donald Trump Jr.’s intellect is over the line
Speaking as a despairing citizen who believes that President Trump is the single worst thing to befall this country since the Great Depression, I have to take exception to Dana Milbank’s attack on D...


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The long-term effect of capping the mortgage interest deduction
In his Nov. 13 op-ed, “Why tax breaks don’t die,” Robert J. Samuelson cited a study as proof that a cap on mortgage interest deduction would not significantly affect homeownership. While this is tru...


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The Bible museum’s unwelcoming political message
The Nov. 15 news article “Bible museum aims for apolitical despite Trump hotel gala” reported that officials from the Museum of the Bible said the museum does not exist to make a politica...


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Political attacks haven’t distracted Trump from protecting us
Regarding the Nov. 15 news article “Trump’s nuclear authority divides senators alarmed by his ‘volatile’ behavior”: Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to ensure that our military remains subservi...


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Montgomery County’s $15 minimum hurts its businesses — and itself
Regarding the Nov. 14 Metro article “$15 minimum-­wage bill is signed into law in Montgomery”: The Montgomery County Council proudly telling its businesses how to allocate their resources — requi...


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Puerto Ricans on the mainland are strangers in our own land
I read with great interest the Nov. 15 Metro article “On the mainland, redefining home,” on the effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rican families that reside in the Northern Virginia area. Among o...


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Should a special counsel investigate Hillary Clinton?
Regarding the Nov. 15 front-page article “Prospect of new special counsel rattles Justice”: Were those concerned about Attorney General Jeff Sessions considering a second special counsel to invest...


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Think carefully before letting your children play risky sports
My heart goes out to the boys and parents described in the Nov. 15 front-page article “Damaged bodies, healing hearts.” I was reminded of our family’s near miss with this kind of pain. When my son w...


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Don’t believe businesses that say they can’t find qualified applicants
Catherine Rampell in her Nov. 10 op-ed, “Tax breaks that really would help,” trotted out shopworn assumptions by others that are demonstrably false. She stated that what would help workers are “sk...


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A detective named Nancy drew us into reading
In her Nov. 6 Style essay, “A sleuth who lit the way for me,” former sex-crimes prosecutor and crime novelist Linda Fairstein joined several female Supreme Court justices and other noteworthy wom...


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Romance fiction doesn’t deserve to be patronized
I was disappointed in the Nov. 2 obituary for Carolyn Nichols, “Romance novelist showed readers heroines’ tougher sides,” which said, “She began writing what is known as regency romance novels, of...


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The justice everyone forgets
In his Nov. 5 Book World essay, “Scalia on originalism and turkey hunting,” Steven G. Calabresi wrote that Justice Antonin Scalia “and Justice Joseph Story are the only two justices to have publis...


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No, this is the best way to brew your own coffee
The brewing options detailed in the Nov. 1 Food article “We’re boiling it down for you” did not include the method my family uses, which saves time and money over the Clever dripper a...


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The Post objectifies women in the military
While the text of the Nov. 5 Washington Post Magazine article “As They Are” was interesting and informative, the choice of the photographs for the cover of the magazine was not. Instead of using o...


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Don’t blame the Flint River for Flint’s water crisis
Regarding the Nov. 7 Sports article “Guard from Flint takes on feature role for Mason”: Congratulations to Jaire Grayer for stimulating some good news about Flint, Mich. Grayer is one of many out...


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The real reason we outlasted the Neanderthals
I loved the Nov. 2 news article “Modern humans outlasted rather than outsmarted Neanderthals, study finds,” about the disappearance of Homo neanderthalensis . Homo sapiens are hard-wired to s...


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Why comparing shooting deaths to car deaths doesn’t work
David Von Drehle presented a false premise in his Nov. 8 op-ed, “Bridging the gun-control divide.” He tried to compare the ridiculous notion of a car being blamed for a drunken-driving accident to t...


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