Monthly Archives: August 2009

Democracy Requires Information

The concept of the town hall meeting may soon be a thing of the past. As more and more of these gatherings are disrupted to the point of being both ineffective and downright dangerous, elected officials are losing a powerful … Continue reading

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A Legislative Listener

You don’t have to have agreed with anything Senator Edward Kennedy ever said to admire him as a United States Senator. Certainly his legislative accomplishments are significant, but he is being remembered as a friend and colleague of Senators from … Continue reading

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We’re All in It Together

Anyone who thinks politics is a game is a danger to the survival of our nation…Democrat or Republican…liberal or conservative…libertarian or federalist…red state, blue state or yellow with purple polka-dots state. Those people who want to extend the life of … Continue reading

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United or States or Both?

This is not a new question, but in our country in 2009 it is a question with both urgency and importance. It would seem that in the 233 years since the bold statements of the Declaration of Independence were signed … Continue reading

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Creating a Culture of Conversation

It’s very sad to see so many angry, disrespectful and intimidating outbursts in recent public meetings on the critical issue of health care reform. Of course, we all have our opinions about how people are conducting themselves…some agree with the … Continue reading

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The Public as Parent

Being the public is at least a little like being a parent with small children. The public is responsible for setting appropriate limits, so individuals, businesses and institutions have the freedom they need for innovative learning, healthy growth and independent … Continue reading

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