May 3, 2009
Colbert I. King ["In D.C., a Spat Among Spongers," op-ed , April 25] rightly condemned Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for accepting Washington Nationals tickets and suggested that all such handouts be refused. I agree. But I would go further. I not only condemn the practice but believe it should be made an impeachable offense, requiring removal of the official from a position of public trust. There are strict rules regarding gifts to government officials. Those rules should apply universally.
December 23, 2012 |
"THERE'S A REAL difference between not being criminally charged versus running a campaign properly. " That point, made by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. this month as he closed the criminal case against Kwame R. Brown's 2008 reelection campaign, is apparently lost on the former D.C. Council chairman. That's all the more reason we hope that D.C. election officials are serious about pursuing lingering issues that surround this campaign. Mr. Machen called upon the D.C. Board of Elections — which had requested the federal...
June 24, 2011 |
Journalists are not public officeholders, nor do they manage public funds. But they do hold, precariously, a public trust. And at the foundation of that trust is the pledge to tell the truth, or at least to get as close to it as they can. One way journalists keep that trust is to be transparent about their profession, about who they are, and, yes, about their flaws and biases. This is even more true today in the age of social media when online readers, Twitter followers and Facebook friends want to know...
August 7, 2012 |
David Strickland is the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the agency dedicated to reducing automotive crash -related injuries and fatalities while ensuring safety on the nation's roadways. He previously served for eight years on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Strickland spoke with Tom Fox, who writes the Washington Post's Federal Coach blog and is the director of the Partnership for Public...
August 10, 2009
I applaud and agree with Aug. 4 letter writer Geoffrey E. Greene that it would be refreshing for a politician to admit error, accept responsibility and honorably resign. That should be the norm. However, Mr. Greene erred when he said that Alexandria Police Chief David P. Baker resigned last week after being charged with drunken driving. Chief Baker's letter announcing his departure clearly specified his intent to "retire" from the city Police Department, and he will receive full retirement benefits.
August 10, 2012
The Aug. 6 editorial " A watchdog for the airports authority " failed to note that the construction on Metrorail's Silver Line is progressing on time and close to budget estimates and that, until the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority assumed responsibility for the project, few thought it would ever be built. The editorial correctly noted that more government funding, which we are pursuing, would mitigate rate increases on the Dulles Toll Road to help pay for the rail line — and that public...