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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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Commentary By Jeanne Connelly: Don't Put Off A Visit To The Arboretum

This time of year a lot of people head outside to enjoy the weather and take in some of the spring blossoms. But Commentator Jeanne Connelly, of Friends of the National Arboretum, warns that one of those local dispalys is now in jeopardy.

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Consider This: The Royal Wedding And The Modern Monarchy

In a world beset by myriad problems –- wars, failing economies, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and rising oil price -– more than a billion people, one-third of the planet's population, watched the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.

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Commentary By Joe Horning: A Plea For Comprehensive Homeless Services

As Congress returns from its recess this week, potential budget cuts -- including those affecting programs that help prevent foreclosures -- will be on the agenda. Commentator Joe Horning -- chairman of the D.C.-based Horning Brothers development company -- is urging federal and local lawmakers to consider the consequences.

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