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Political quote of the day

October 21, 2014 by

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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 […]

A recipe for boosting civility

October 20, 2014 by

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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

Recognizing the lack of respect in political commentary

August 7, 2014 by

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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 […]

A plea for civility from a university campus

August 7, 2014 by

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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: […]

Newspaper headline over the line

July 18, 2014 by

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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.

Deception in soccer: A plus or a minus

June 30, 2014 by

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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.

Does diving and faking injury do honor to soccer?

June 29, 2014 by

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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.

Disrespectful discourse by Michigan official criticized

January 21, 2014 by

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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

A year of civility is a good start

January 17, 2014 by

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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 […]

Bullying is under attack and that’s good news

January 15, 2014 by

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It seems people are increasingly becoming aware of the devastating effects bullying can have. Education programs for our children are springing up at schools around the country. Many more are needed. Our sports fields

A turn for the worst for New York radio

January 14, 2014 by

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The radio market in the nation’s largest city is deteriorating. The on-air personalities assuming new roles will not, sadly, be adding anything positive to the

Group seeking bipartisanship in D.C. launches new program

January 13, 2014 by

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We’ve written about the group, No Labels, before. It’s a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents dedicated to promoting bipartisan cooperation in Congress. It’s undertaking a

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