What homeless residents need most is a job

Some people look down their noses at retail jobs. But as someone who runs a program for the homeless in D.C., I know that a job in retail is a quality job that provides people with the opportunity to bring in the money they need to support their families. It also gives them access to benefits and the chance to get promoted.

In other words, a retail job gives someone a chance to earn money, start a career and make life better for his or her family. I see it as giving a homeless person opportunity and a way to start over, something that is lacking in so many parts of the District right now.

That's why I have to ask: Why should we listen to a group of special interests outside D.C. who want to make it harder for businesses to come here? If you didn't already know, there's a bill currently being considered by the D.C. Council that would make it much harder for businesses to grow, or even to come to the District at all.

We need jobs to give our people the chance to get their lives on track, so why would we let others come in and make it harder for employers to hire?

Sarah Hawkins


Workers can't afford to retire in D.C.

I am a 68-year-old who has lived in Dupont Circle since 2001. I have worked as a conductor for Amtrak for almost 30 years, but I cannot afford to retire and remain in my lovely neighborhood because there is no affordable housing here. My rent for a studio apartment is almost $2,000 a month.

I just walked past the boutique hotel going up on the corner of M and 22nd streets. It makes me angry that the District government can subsidize this luxury hotel for the rich with my tax money but will not provide or require affordable housing in the Dupont Circle/West End corridor for working taxpayers like me.

In fact, the only affordable housing I've seen in this area is the depressing nursing home on "O," and I don't want to go there!

Samuel Augustus Jennings


Examiner has the area's best local news

Re: "Readers losing unique voice in Washington," From Readers, March 27

Why on earth are you stopping circulation of the most popular newspaper in the area for local news, with a much-needed conservative slant to Metro and national news?

I watch and see people go to the red boxes you have in the area to obtain their morning news every day. Too often, they are disappointed because there were not enough papers placed in the box.

I would be willing to pay whatever amount deemed necessary to save the daily printed edition, and I'll bet if you did a survey, you would find a large percentage of people would agree. Perhaps The Examiner's management should take another look at its decision.

In any event, thank you for the past years of very enjoyable reading.

Ron Dooley

Fairfax Station