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Oct'18

Impossible to Be Civil?

Hillary Clinton said this week “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand …

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Sep'18

Lost in the Outrage

Much of the press coverage about the Supreme Court confirmation process, mainstream and otherwise, has been about the alleged low …

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Sep'18

Constitution Day

Monday, September 17, is Constitution Day.  It’s a good excuse to think about a few things.  First of all, what’s …

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May'18

Unintended Consequences

Policy driven by loyalty, passion, and frustration can lead to unintended consequences.

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Mar'18

The 2nd Amendment & Changing Times

Things have changed between the time of the founding fathers and now. On the one hand, the USA now has an extremely well-armed military force, while most state and local governments have well-armed police forces, and all of those forces are under the control of elected civilian leaders. On the other hand, the USA has a far higher rate of gun deaths and mass shootings than most citizens are willing to accept. Whether and how things should be re-balanced are open questions suitable for respectful debate.

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Mar'18

Regular Elections, Regular Census

The US Constitution requires a census every 10 years. The census is mandatory because it affects the numbers of seats …

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26

Jan'18

Spite

Would you shoot your chief of police because he arrested your best friend?  Or would you malign his reputation in a very public way?  If you did, could you count on him to help you later?  Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. 

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Dec'17

Happy Holidays

The religious tolerance and freedom that our founding fathers gave birth to is something to celebrate – and something each of us can uphold personally.

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Nov'17

THANKSGIVING DAY 2017

On Thanksgiving Day, let’s give thanks for all the people who make up our American democracy.

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15

Nov'17

From Fighting to Solution: Redwoods

It is possible to achieve good and useful things with people you disagree with. Here is a real world example.  …

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