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Frank Perley

Frank Perley

Frank Perley is senior editor for opinion. Joining the newspaper at its inception in 1982, he served as a reporter covering Fairfax County, Va., and Prince George’s County, Md., and as an assistant editor for the national news desk. For the past 18 years, he served on the staff for opinion, where he has written articles, editorials and book reviews. He has received awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.

Mr. Perley has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Ithaca College and a master of arts degree in religious studies from the Unification Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Marianne, live with their three sons in Northern Virginia.


Articles by Frank Perley

Black Panthers but no white rights

Let's avoid all the mealy-mouthed euphemisms: In the now-infamous New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case, Attorney Published May 14, 2010

Obama's mounting hypocrisy

Barack Obama promised to bring change to Washington if elected president. Greater transparency was a major pledge he repeated across the country from the campaign trail. Mr. Obama vowed to end backroom deals and to open up important negotiations to C-SPAN, allowing voters to see live on TV how government operates with special-interest groups. Most of these commitments were abandoned after Mr. Obama took the oath of office. Published May 13, 2010

Virginia's new tax on motorists

Some conservative think tanks have peddled the notion that converting America's freeways into toll roads would somehow be an innovative, free-market thing to do. This line of thought is causing otherwise solid, anti-tax Republicans to act like Democrats. Published May 13, 2010

The siren song of a would-be judge

Cheap ambulance chasers are bad enough, but far worse are those high-powered plaintiffs attorneys who chase big bucks by manufacturing the impression that a catastrophe has occurred. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the judicial nomination of one of those sleazy profiteers. John J. "Jack" McConnell Jr. has no business getting within hailing distance of a federal judgeship, and the committee should dismiss him. Published May 13, 2010

Senate secrecy breeds corruption

Secrecy that hides public business from the public itself should be anathema in a constitutional republic. This is true whether the secrecy is a ploy to speed things up unnaturally or to slow things down unfairly. In different ways, Republican Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Ron Wyden of Oregon are working to end the secrecy that abets corruption and fiscal incontinence. Their proposed amendments, perhaps with a tweak or two, ought to be approved. Published May 12, 2010

One million votes against Obamacare

Congressional Democrats and the Obama administration are still feeling the euphoria after establishing a federal role in dictating health care coverage. Enacting an unpopular new law in the face of solid Republican opposition may have demonstrated broad legislative power, but the administration's deafness to public opinion may prove to be Obamacare's undoing. Published May 12, 2010

Chumps at the pump

We all remember how painful it was when gasoline prices surged past four bucks a gallon a couple years ago. The price is now around $3 a gallon. That steep sum will seem like chump change if global-warming alarmists in Congress have their way. Published May 12, 2010