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Commentary By Norman Allen: Making Theater Experiences More Affordable For All

In the District, theater groups are organizing to fight a 6 percent tax on ticket sales proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray. But Commentator Norman Allen, playwright and head of the English department at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School, says actors and directors aren't the only ones who should be concerned.

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Commentary By Ellen London: Saving Children’s Summer Programs

As the school year comes to a close, children and parents are gearing up for summer. But commentator Ellen London, president and CEO of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation says this year there will be fewer camps and activities to go around, and is urging the community to help out.

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Commentary By Roger Wood: Striving For Diversity, Living In Separate Societies

America has long touted diversity as one of its strengths, and according to a Pew Research Center survey, six in 10 Americans say they’d prefer to live in racially-mixed communities. But as commentator Roger Wood notes, diversity may be more of an ideal than a reality.

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Response To Fred Fiske's Commentary: Hiring Ex-Offenders

Last week during this program, WAMU commentator Fred Fiske talked about the challenge of finding a job for individuals with criminal records -- and its impact on unemployment.

More than 80 percent of employers check for a criminal record before considering hiring an individual. And about 1 in 4 adults today has a record of at least one arrest. Fiske highlighted the assumption that a criminal record signals higher odds that the individual will commit crimes in the future. But commentator Thom Feucht, executive senior science advisor at the National Institute of Justice says prior arrests aren't necessarily as predictive as you might expect.

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Commentary By Washington Post Columnist Robert McCartney

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis on some of this week's top stories including former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson's decision to plead guilty and opposition to Metrorail's plans to extend the rail underground to Dulles Airport.

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Commentary By Rabbi Jessica Oleon: I'm Ready To Invest In A Great City

As the D.C. Council prepares to vote on the city's budget, Northwest resident Rabbi Jessica Oleon urges the council to balance the budget with an unusual message: "Raise my taxes." Oleon is associate rabbi of Temple Sinai in Northwest D.C. and a board member of Jews United for Justice.

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Commentary By Sally White: Honoring The Art Of Caregiving

May is Older Americans Month, but commentator Sally White, executive director of Iona Senior Services, says we should take the opportunity to pay tribute to those caring for older Americans as well.

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Consider This: Promoting Renewable Energy

Big news stories seemed to have followed one upon the other in recent weeks, with a result that our attention to each is relatively short-lived. There was the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the uprisings in Egypt and Libya, the huge stories about the death of Osama bin Laden, followed by the record floodings in large parts of our country.

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Consider This: Hiring Ex-Offenders During High Unemployment

You've heard the expression, "Damned if you do, damned if you don't." You've also read, I'm sure, that the stickiest problem facing the United States is unemployment.

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Commentary By Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson: Weatherization Means Jobs

The joblessness rate in D.C.'S Ward 7 is 16.4 percent; in Ward 8 it's more than 24 percent, according District estimates. Commentator the Reverend Jered Weber-Johnson -- pastor at St. Alban's Episcopal Church -- says community-led efforts expanding the local green energy economy can both improve the environment and create green jobs for residents.

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