Friday, June 10, 2011

More Washington Examiner Friday headlines

Grant mischief at Obama's Employment Prevention Agency

Officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency annually dole out billions of tax dollars in the form of research grants, payments for program services and products, and funding of litigation.

Examiner Local Editorial: Wanted: CFO who can keep track of the beans

Accusations that Natwar Gandhi, the District's chief financial officer, failed to collect millions in uncollected commercial real estate taxes are a dispiriting reminder that the "Golden Hammer" has lost his glow. The Tax Clarity Act of 2001 -- which Gandhi helped write -- removed a tax exemption for commercial property owners, requiring them to pay taxes on the entire refinanced amount, not just new debt. 

Give me Walmart's bounty over 'neighborhood ambience'

Personally, I think of the Champs d'Elysee every time I walk past the site of the Wal Mart planned at Georgia and Missouri Aves. Run-down Chinese takeout, Laundromat, McDonalds -- who would want to destroy all this ambience?

Education policies fail a promising young star

Meet 18-year-old Josh Coyne, a brilliant African American musician who will graduate on Monday from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md. 

Big Green donors give money, marching orders

Why does New Orleans' little do-gooder charity, the Alliance for Affordable Energy, push the most expensive power sources and fight the cheapest? It's dancing on the money strings of Big Green and feeding at the taxpayer trough at the same time, of course. 

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