We’ve all known for some time that the Internet is not a model of civility. Too many people use their anonymity as a license to say anything they want to. Some of those who identify themselves abuse
We’ve previously pointed our dislike of NFL players celebrating after making a tackle, sometimes by pounding their chests. We say they’re doing their job. You don’t celebrate every good play you make. Imagine the accountant who balances two statements, getting up and dancing. Another thing we find annoying is when professional or college coaches whose […]
Oddly enough, it came from actress Jessica Lange. During an interview aired this evening on Extra where she was honored as a legend at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards, she was asked what freaks her out. The reply, “Politics freaks me out, yeah, that to me is the biggest horror show.” We wish we […]
Here’s an article that provides five priorities on the road to greater civility. We think it’s worth your time. “We need to nurture civility” Mark Molldrem In Season Beaver Dam Daily Citizen (Pa.) There is so much polarization
Americans seem to be slowly beginning to speak out about the disrespect shown by some political commentators. We believe that if there is no effort to set and enforce basic standards of dignified discourse, the publIc and the media have to step forward to call for change. The letter that follows that appeared in a […]
We have repeatedly argued that serious efforts to bring civility and peace to the world would have to involve young people. The following opinion piece appeared recently in The Daily Pennsylvanian, the student newspaper of the University of PennsylvanIa. It reflects an awareness of the negativity that too often permeates public discourse. Here’s the commentary: […]
A controversy has raged in New York city over whether to retire the city’s carriage horses. Proponents believe it is cruel to force the horses to take customers for rides on congested, polluted streets and house them in small stalls.
What does this have to do with respect in politics? Do many politicians disrespect their constituents by taking positions that put them in sync with their party leaders when personally, they may have different views? Sadly, yes.
The subject is especially timely during the World Cup. It relates to integrity and respect and, perhaps, can be compared to the phony outrage many politicians show, disrespectfully, to those with whom they disagree. We’ll look at the question in a post tomorrow.
An ongoing controversy in Michigan over derogatory comments by a Republican official has prompted a statement from the party’s national chairman. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement
Every attempt to boost respect and limit incivility is welcome and we’ve pointed out that local programs seem to be leading the way. While the federal government struggles to act responsibly, many communities are making meaningful attempts to promote positive public discourse. Here’s a report on one such effort from the Jefferson City News Tribune […]