Archives: Local Editorials

  • Local Editorial: Moving on down the road

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Thu, Jun 13, 2013

    Coverage of local news, a major focus of The Washington Examiner since it first began publication eight years ago, ends today. As Bob Hope used to sing, "Thanks for the memories." We've had a good run. The Washington Examiner was the first to quote a top Federal Transit Administration official's...

  • Local Editorial: Welcome to Maryland, home of the immortal voter

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Mon, Jun 10, 2013

    Why do the world's oldest people live in Maryland? Even though modern medicine has greatly increased human longevity, it's still unusual to make it well past the century mark. It was news when Guinness World Records formally recognized 114-year-old Misao Okawa of Japan as "the world's oldest...

  • Local Editorial: Don't make CityCenterDC a prize for Big Labor

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Sun, Jun 9, 2013

    Exactly how far does the federal government's power to regulate publicly funded construction projects go? According to the Labor Department, it goes all the way to privately funded construction projects. The feds and the D.C. government are currently engaged in a struggle over precisely this...

  • Local Editorial: Maryland hospitals caught in financial squeeze

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Thu, Jun 6, 2013

    Just a month after denying Maryland hospitals' request for a rate hike, the seven members of the state's Health Services Cost Review Commission reversed course and unanimously approved a 1.65 percent increase, which goes into effect next month. But this is only a temporary solution to a much...

  • Local Editorial: Shady contractors keep getting D.C. contracts

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Wed, Jun 5, 2013

    District officials are suing the city's former Medicaid provider for allegedly diverting $17 million to other companies owned by former majority shareholder Jeffrey E. Thompson, Mayor Vincent Gray's most generous campaign donor. Thompson is also under federal investigation for allegedly running...

  • Local Editorial: Failing schools should be converted to charters

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Tue, Jun 4, 2013

    David Catania, chairman of the D.C. Council's Education Committee, wants to increase DC Public Schools' accountability and academic results. Catania has the right idea but the wrong approach, one that is as doomed as other past attempts at school reform. But he's not bold enough to propose the...

  • Local Editorial: Transit still getting more than its fair share

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Mon, Jun 3, 2013

    It will be an early Christmas for local public officials who make up the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. The massive transportation tax increase passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell gives them $190 million to spend on regional projects and $85...

  • Local Editorial: Chartered lawsuit is deja vu, again

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Sun, Jun 2, 2013

    D.C.'s former Medicaid provider, Chartered Health Plan Inc., owes health care providers in the District $60 million for services rendered. Last week, the company, which is in receivership, sued former major shareholder Jeffrey E. Thompson for allegedly diverting $17 million in taxpayer funds to...

  • Local Editorial: Don't blame the test

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Thu, May 30, 2013

    Montgomery County residents have long been proud of their award-winning public school system. But then came the shocking news that 61 percent of high school students flunked the final Algebra I exam, while only 11 percent earned an "A" or "B." Similar high failure rates were posted in geometry...

  • Local Editorial: Ride Metro at your own risk

    Examiner Editorial

    Published: Wed, May 29, 2013

    Sovereign immunity ("The king can do no wrong") is a medieval legal doctrine that holds that a sovereign cannot be sued without its consent. By signing the interstate compact that created the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the courts have ruled, Virginia, Maryland and the...