Thumbs down: The D.C. Council, which in just one year managed to run off Wal-Mart, raise the minimum wage to a noncompetitive rate and figured out how to tax D.C. businesses so that people who live in Virginia and Maryland will get lots and lots of paid leave. Can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!
Thumbs up: Pepco got its act together.
Seriously, notice how we don’t lose power anymore when the wind kicks up to, say, 5 mph?
Thumbs down: All local jurisdictions who once again failed to figure out a way to give Metro a dedicated funding source like every other transportation system in the world!
Thumbs up: Metro.
This might seem illogical considering all the issues with the system this year, but, at last, the new general manager, Paul Wiedefeld, is actually addressing the problems (painful as it is) instead of just slapping on a Band-Aid, as has happened for years in the past.
(AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)
AP Photo/Ben Nuckols
Thumbs down: Donald Trump for being a sore winner.
For heaven’s sake, you won. You get to be president. Shut up about the popular vote already.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
Thumbs up: Prince George’s County.
For years Montgomery’s inferior little brother, the county is now the hot destination choice, with its glamorous National Harbor complex and new casino. Take that, Bethesda!
Thumbs down: The Nats and Caps for once again folding early in their playoff runs.
And the Redskins and the Wizards for being … well … the Redskins and the Wizards (sigh).
(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
AP Photo/Nick Wass
Thumbs up: The U.S. Supreme Court for throwing out the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Seriously, you Virginia taxpayers want to pay to incarcerate this guy? What he did was boneheaded, but probably not illegal. His career is toast anyway.
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)
AP Photo/Steve Helber
Thumbs down: The University of Maryland for taking so long to honor former basketball coach Lefty Driesell.
All the man did in his 17 years in College Park was to take a pretty pathetic program and turn it into “the UCLA of the East.” The Terps will finally hang a banner in his honor in February.
(AP Photo/William Smith)
AP Photo/William Smith
Thumbs up: The voters of Montgomery County who approved the latest “Ficker Amendment.”
This one imposes term limits on the county executive and members of the county council. Imagine: George Leventhal will have to get a real job.
Thumbs down: Volkswagen.
Seriously, guys? After years and years of bragging about your clean diesel engines, it turns out you were cheating? What? Is Lance Armstrong one of your engineers?
(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file
Thumbs up: Katie Ledecky. Don’t need to say more.
She makes her sport, her hometown and her country proud. And she can run for president in just 16 years.
Thumbs down: Congress, for managing to go another year without addressing any of the major issues facing our country.
Apparently squabbling with each other like spoiled brats is more satisfying.
(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Thumbs up: The stock market.
Its latest run-up has given some of us hope that maybe we will be able to retire sometime. In the future. Waaay in the future, but still.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
WASHINGTON — From Metro’s funding woes to local Olympian Katie Ledecky’s triumph, WTOP commentator Chris Core weighs in on the year’s biggest successes and stumbles.
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