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Drawing the line on 'rigged redistricting'

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:19:01 EDT

As a Democrat, I was offended by the comment attributed to Virginia's State Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw (D) in " The rigged redistricting process ," the March 18 op-ed by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein. Mr. Saslaw apparently thinks it's reasonable to deliberately "make the...

How to help D.C. teachers make the grade

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:19:01 EDT

The March 18 front-page article " D.C. teacher evaluation becomes a delicate conversation " related how teacher Clay Harris's evaluator applied nine standards to Mr. Harris's teachings and rated the latter "ineffective" and "minimally effective." The evaluator interpreted Mr. Harris's flexible...

Hooray for governmental regulators

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:18:01 EDT

Lloyd Eby's March 19 letter, " There's no such thing as disinterested regulators, " argued that governmental regulation cannot be "disinterested" since every regulation "is set up for and in support of some interest, and every regulator has an interest in whatever he or she is doing."

Stopping would-be liars across the board

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:18:01 EDT

Herbert Rakatansky [ letters , March 20] said that in his 40 years of practice as a physician, no one who wanted a medical record misrepresented ever answered yes to his question, "Do you want to go to a doctor who is dishonest?"

Gay marriage and God's intentions

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:16:01 EDT

Thomas R. Viets [ letters, March 17 ] is fully entitled to his belief system and moral code regarding his opposition to gay marriage. However, marriage is only a "sacred union" when performed by a clergyman within the framework of a given faith. Our government also recognizes civil marriage, which...

How Social Security works

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:37:01 EDT

In his March 18 column, "Still an empty lockbox," Charles Krauthammer wrote: "The Social Security surpluses of the last decades were siphoned off to the Treasury . . . and spent. . . . Treasury then deposited . . . IOUs."

Deer me

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:34:01 EDT

On Thursday morning, as I was driving on Nebraska Avenue NW, I was stopped by a red light when I reached the rotary on Massachusetts Avenue. It is unusual to see deer in heavy traffic during the full daylight of the morning rush, but this morning the behavior of the wildlife was even rarer. After I...

Long-term contracts are for winners

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:32:01 EDT

Hall of Fame Dodgers manager Walt Alston got along pretty well with 23 one-year contracts, taking teams in Brooklyn and Los Angeles to seven World Series. Yet Jason Reid [ "Time to show Riggleman he's part of the future," Sports, March 18] wants to give a long-term contract to someone with a .442...

The case for combat pay for everybody

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:29:01 EDT

It's a nice idea that Michael G. Cummings has ["I didn't deserve my combat pay," Washington Forum, March 18], but he forgot one thing: We are all riflemen. That things may be considered good for some time does not mean they always will. Every soldier and Marine must be prepared to fight at a...

Make us all energy shareholders in Maryland

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:27:00 EDT

Regarding the March 13 Local Opinions letter, "Wind energy's costs and benefits" :

Workers would go unheard without collective bargaining

Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:24:01 EDT

In his March 18 Washington Forum commentary, "Wisconsin's bargain budget," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) justified taking away collective-bargaining rights for government workers in his state by arguing that his plan is a better deal than the law grants federal employees.

The ethics of concealing medical information

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:05:00 EDT

In her March 15 Health & Science article, " Why would my patients not tell me the truth?," Daphne Miller pointed out various reasons why patients are not wholly truthful with their doctors.

L'Enfant would be proud

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:03:01 EDT

Thank you for the March 16 Metro article "Hero unveiled in L'Enfant Plaza escalator mishap."

Street parking in D.C. isn't a divine right

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:01:00 EDT

I am always amazed at people who think that they should be able to enjoy public resources without any personal cost. It takes money to maintain roads, and there is no right to free parking for revelers and restaurant patrons.

The post-earthquake nuclear future

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:59:00 EDT

While Keith Richburg's analysis of nuclear energy alternatives [" Second-guessing is underway about nuclear power's feasibility ," March 16] provided helpful insight into several options on the energy portfolio table, it missed the mark completely on the lowest-cost, least-polluting alternative:...

Why do we need all those nuclear weapons?

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:56:01 EDT

In his Fine Print column on the March 15 Fed Page , Walter Pincus missed the target in discussing U.S. nuclear strategy. Mr. Pincus calculated that if the Navy had four of its 12 Trident ballistic-missile submarines at sea on any given day in the future, there would be enough warheads to strike 320...

A case of insanity: U.S. intervention in Libya

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:25:02 EDT

As I read the article " U.S. diplomats seek increased authority to intervene in Libya " [news story, March 17], I couldn't help but think of the famous saying that defines insanity as "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." Have we learned nothing from the Iran-Iraq war...

Design for disaster: Zalmay Khalilzad's foreign-policy ideas

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:24:01 EDT

Zalmay Khalilzad's March 16 op-ed, " Freedom's call ," was astonishing for outlining a program to involve the United States in the turmoil of virtually every state in North Africa and the Middle East.

The Transportation Department's true record on FOIA goals

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:23:01 EDT

It is ironic that because the Transportation Department was ahead of the curve in addressing the Obama administration's aggressive Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) goals, it was inaccurately identified by the National Security Archive and in The Post [" Report on transparency says administration is...

Rewarding lawbreakers with tuition

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:22:02 EDT

The March 14 editorial "Let all Maryland students dream" failed to note that undocumented immigrants cannot lawfully work in Maryland or anywhere else in the United States. So to use millions in tax dollars to provide these individuals tuition benefits not available to lawful U.S. residents...

There's no such thing as disinterested regulators

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:21:01 EDT

In his March 16 op-ed column, " Our Lisbon moment? ," Harold Meyerson wrote: "What [recent failures and catastrophes] should teach us is that the need for active, disinterested governmental regulation is rooted not in any radical impulse, as the American right continually contends, but in a sober,...

Frank Buckles deserved every honor

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 20:45:02 EDT

The March 16 front-page article about the burial of the last doughboy, Frank Buckles, included these statements: "Tuesday's hours-long viewing in the amphitheater chapel was a consolation. Buckles's family and members of West Virginia's congressional delegation had wanted him to lie in honor in the...

A nickel-and-dime distraction from Montgomery's real problems

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:16:01 EDT

Montgomery's proposed bag fee is a nickel-and-dime distraction from the county's real problems.

The U.S. intervened successfully in the Balkans twice, not once

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:00:01 EDT

In their March 12 news story on possible military support for Libyan rebels [ "Obama joins E.U. in cautious support for Libyan rebels "], Scott Wilson and Edward Cody made the remarkable statement that President Bill Clinton was criticized for waiting "too long to intervene in the Balkans, doing so...

The professionalism of Maryland's student newspapers

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:56:02 EDT

While trying to make a point about sports coverage in The Post , Chuck Hadden chose a most unfortunate and offensive phrase when he stated, "The Post needs to remember that tens of thousands of its readers follow U-Va. and don't appreciate an article that is too one-sided even for Maryland's student...

Professors come in all shapes, sizes and fashions

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:52:01 EDT

If Post writers and editors ever took a college journalism course, they might understand that professors come in all shapes, sizes and clothing options. Recently, an obituary writer referred to the late David S. Broder as "once likened to an MIT professor in appearance," and, according to a Style...

How Free for All serves readers

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:50:01 EDT

Regarding Philip Schaenman's letter about indulging mistakes in The Post [Free for All, March 12]:

Defining a soldier as 'lowly'

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:48:01 EDT

"A lowly corporal"? I started to read Paul Duggan's article on the burial of Frank Woodruff Buckles , the last U.S. veteran of World War I to die, and I was turned off by those first three words in the article. Rank is rank, and to refer to Frank Buckles as a "lowly corporal" was a direct insult to...

What happened to the pork expose?

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:46:01 EDT

I started to read the Saturday Conversation piece, intrigued by the headline, "An aristocrat gets down to 'Pig Business' " [Style, March 12].

Looking for balance in Afghanistan coverage

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 18:23:01 EDT

Two stories on the same page on March 10 illustrate a continuing problem with how The Post reports events.

How the hospital performance rating system works

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:55:01 EDT

Regarding the Feb. 28 letter " Making money off the above-average ":

No divine intervention in forces of nature

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:52:01 EDT

In your March 9 editorial about tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve ["A crude idea "] you said that historically, "presidents have tapped the reserve to cope with acts of God (hurricanes Ivan and Katrina) . . . ."

It wasn't the buzzer that expired

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:50:02 EDT

In the March 12 Sports article "The clock strikes for Virginia Tech," Mark Giannotto wrote that a Florida State player "hit what appeared to be a game-winning jumper as the buzzer expired . . . ." Poor buzzer; may it rest in peace. I wonder how a buzzer expires: Does it give one last little "buzz"...

Not the whole story on Stephen Strasburg's delivery

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:48:01 EDT

I read with great disappointment Adam Kilgore's March 10 Sports story about Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg [ "Should Strasburg tweak his delivery?" ].

How the Greenbrier deal went down

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:39:01 EDT

Regarding the March 6 profile of Jim Justice , who "bought the Greenbrier in dramatic fashion in May of 2009 - snatching it out bankruptcy, outfoxing the executives of the Marriott Corp. . . .":

A Post editorial's rush to exonerate Adrian Fenty

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:05:01 EDT

The March 15 editorial " Never mind " predictably cherry-picked findings to play down special counsel Robert Trout's preliminary report to the D.C. Council special committee investigating Department of Parks and Recreation capital projects under then-Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

Is Libya worth the risks of intervention?

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:04:00 EDT

Retired Gen. Wesley K. Clark's March 13 Outlook commentary said that "Libya isn't worth the risk" to the United States of intervening - in other words, that Libyans aren't worth the risk. I could not disagree more.

Undercover love: I also found my match in another CIA agent

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:59:01 EDT

Regarding the March 15 book review of " The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story ":

The FDIC isn't slow on lawsuits over bank failures

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:58:01 EDT

The March 15 Economy & Business article " FDIC too slow to sue officers and directors at failed banks, critics say, " by Ben Hallman of the Center for Public Integrity, criticized the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s pace of filing lawsuits arising from bank failures. The piece left out the broader...

The Pentagon's valuable cancer research

Thu, 17 Mar 2011 18:58:01 EDT

I am one of the advocates prodding lawmakers to increase funding for the Defense Department's Ovarian Cancer Research Program [" Cancer research is in Pentagon budget ," news story, March 13]. Advocacy groups and members of Congress have been strong champions of Pentagon-conducted cancer research...

The individual mandate isn't unconstitutional

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:49:03 EDT

Regarding George F. Will's March 13 op-ed column, " Necessary - and improper ":

Political timidity and moral values in Maryland's same-sex marriage debate

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:46:01 EDT

Regarding the March 12 article " Gay couples assess Md. marriage setback ":

E.J. Dionne Jr.'s deficit denial

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:46:00 EDT

E.J. Dionne Jr.'s definition of being broke is vastly different than my own and, I suspect, that of the vast majority of American citizens [" A broken metaphor ," op-ed, March 13]. The only reason that the United States is able to pay its employees and its bills and continue to provide services is...

Lower swipe fees would be a boon for consumers

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:45:01 EDT

Michelle Singletary's March 10 Color of Money column, " In the battle over debit card swipe fees, consumers will be the losers ," accurately explains the current debate over interchange, or swipe, fees charged to merchants or service providers when they accept a debit card. But the column grossly...

When autistic children grow up, larger challenges appear

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 20:16:00 EDT

The March 13 front-page article " In assault case, anxious parents recognize 'dark side of autism' " underscored a reality that haunts families like mine that are touched by autism. But it is not fear of violence. Rather, it is the demographic reality that children with autism quickly become adults...

In journalists' detentions, Turkey is committed to rule of law

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Readers of the March 11 editorial "Turkey's poor example," about the recent detention of journalists in Turkey, will benefit from more background about a complicated matter.

Safeguarding the promise and fairness of Social Security

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Regarding Charles Krauthammer's March 11 op-ed column " Et tu, Jack Lew? ":