Discussion Archives – Civic Life

 

Where are the visionary professionals?

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Coming back to the city from five years spent restoring a little sheep farm, we returned with…

New ideas really do matter!

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In a world of homogenization and limited choices, new ideas and experiences really do matter….

The Audacity of Privilege

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I really don’t apologize for the fact that I find what our recent ex-presidents are…

Only awakened by the library police

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Just having gotten back from the gym my presence was requested to accompany my wife…

We love our cities too much!

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The cities we love – we love too much — until what is left is traffic,…

A good (but thwarted) effort to avoid abuses

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The Treasury Department recently prepared to release regulations to close a gap in tax abuses by…

Banned from Botswana

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I thought Botswana was a rather civil place, having taken my impressions from . I was…

Oh what a beautiful evening

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We were tired, end of full days, but determined to go to vote in our…

Don’t make jackasses of us

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We don’t like waking up most mornings upset or worried that some extreme action has promoted…

On political debates

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My daughter had a brilliant suggestion for political debates. Each candidate would be put into…

Solutions to our bitter pill

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There is a single must-read, right now, The Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill.  It clarifies the historic…

Picking quarrels and provoking trouble

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Read more international news I am reminded of how many freedoms take for granted.  Imagine,…

Oh! for a little civility, Brazilian style

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Finding civility in American politics is difficult, particularly in US politics.  A local citizen’s reaction…

Healthcare buddies

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Recent hearings on the confirmation of a new Food and Drug Administration nominee was most…

Great humanitarian examples that work

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Take care of the “least of these” my brothers is the mantra of civilized societies…

Small groups do it best.

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Each of us has a unique reservoir of experience, information and social culture. We participate in different,…

More quiet people should rule

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I had an interesting conversation with my sister and brother-in-law this morning about those who rule…

Hard to avoid being sold at?

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For years my exposure to media was limited to my dvd player, my apple tv,…

Universally affordable primary education

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A primary education system that is universally available, that provides opportunity to the cross-section of…

A scholarship for newspapers

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Democracy’s success is based on the choices of many informed persons.  An old farmer friend of…

Not a happy place

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People have lost their trust in large institutions, whether private large companies or government.  They expect people performing…

Why the Experts Miss

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This morning my wife was reading the article  in the New York Review of Books,…

I protected you. Why cannot you protect me?

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There used to be a social contract between the governing and the governed.  It seems…

Ignoring where we might be going

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This might well be an appropriate Yogi Berra-ism, “If you don’t know where you are…

Here’s to you: Joe and Jerry.

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As a “civilized” person I believe we will survive and prosper only with a citizen…

Time to Use Your Vacation Days

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Life is too busy.  But here is one you shouldn’t have missed.  A recent Sunday…

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