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.
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.
The District has a $600 million budget deficit and several agencies are facing budget cuts under Mayor Vincent Gray's plan. Social service programs are no exception, but commentator Ash Kosiewicz says the mayor needs to look beyond the numbers. Kosiewicz is Communications and Advocacy director for the Latino Economic Development Corporation.
It's budget season in the District of Columbia. Mayor Vincent Gray has released his vision of a spending plan -- to close a budget gap of more than $300 million. Now the D.C Council must reevaluate it's priorities. Commentator Peg Hacskaylo, executive director of the nonprofit District Alliance for Safe Housing, is asking the city to remember victims of domestic violence.
I don't know whether it more closely resembles the gladiators, who pummeled each other to amuse the ancient Roman emperors, or the cockfights, which were popular in the Middle Ages, or the dog fights, which sent Michael Vick to jail. But frankly I'm appalled and ashamed and a little revolted when I hear that mixed martial arts is one of the fastest-growing sports in America.
Here in the D.C. area, people can sample many different types of food; we have restaurants representing nearly every region of the globe, farmers markets, food trucks and community gardens. But some areas of the District are considered food deserts with limited access to healthy, nutritious food. Commentator Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), says it's time to change that.
As localities across the country face mounting budet pressures, many are having to reevaluate spending and focus their priorities. Commentator Robert Rooks -- director of criminal justice programs for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- is urging policymakers in our area to focus spending on education.
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