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Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen
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Bob Banov - Writer, Stage and Screen Play Consultant, Activist
Since the eighties, Bob has had a dual career. He has served as script consultant and public relations representative for a variety of well-known authors, such as Edgar Allan Poe Award winner and writer-producer of “Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris” Eric Blau and John Scoullar, whose musical adaptation of “The Little Prince” won awards at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany and was published on CD in Japan. His credits include Off-Broadway directing and writing, editing for Theater Craft Magazine and writing for Common Cents and “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery.” He has served in several managerial positions, has produced and edited financial forecasts for Business International (now owned by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist) and has served as writer, researcher and investigative reporter for such global marketing advisories as GlobalReach-SBI.

Roger Ohlsen - Opera Singer and Writer
Roger is an operatic tenor with forty years of experience in major opera companies in Canada and the United States. He performed as an entertainer for fifteen years in two Greenwich Village cabarets, The Asti Restaurant and Bianchi & Margherita. He gained extensive customer relations experience as office manager of Ad Hoc Marketing advertising firm in New York City, creating effective, high-level client communications. His experience as a writer began when he was editor of his college yearbook, and culminated when he was required to do complex, descriptive writing as supervisory editor of Trademark Research’s Inaugural 50 State Database.

For more of Roger's and Bob's political insights, please visit The Civil New Yorker. Their most recent screenplay "Stuart Bente" (pronounced Bent) is a realistic romantic comedy.

Entries by Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

"The State of the States Address" Coming to a Theater Near You

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 10:34 AM

Every January, our president delivers a "State of the Union" address to the joint houses of Congress. He is not given an opportunity to deliver a "State of the States" address, presumably because states in our country enjoy "states rights."

"State of the State" addresses are relegated to the...

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Mastering Seesaw Politics

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 4:00 PM

The cat is already long out of the bag! In recent years, the misuse of political power in our nation interferes with our government's ability to generate effective policies, and we need to find more moral and effective ways to engage this wonderful thing we call the U.S. Constitution, or...

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They Do It Much Better in High School (Debating)

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 6:59 PM

In 1858, when the Lincoln-Douglas debates for the senate in Illinois were held, the format was simple and strict. One candidate, Douglas, the incumbent, spoke first for 60 minutes, then Lincoln spoke for 90, and Douglas got a 30-minute "rejoinder."

The subject was slavery and both men put real...

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Will Someone Please Increase My Taxes!?

(7) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 2:41 PM

The article began:

Last November, Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy issued a major study of the federal income taxes paid, or not paid, by 280 big, profitable Fortune 500 corporations. That report found, among other things, that 30 of the companies...
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Honest Fair Elections and Honest Campaign Ads in New York!

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Since Andrew Cuomo became Governor of New York, good government groups, unions, religious and interfaith organizations and national organizations have been urging him to work with New York lawmakers to create a viable voluntary system of public financing for political campaigns. If New York's governor were actually to prioritize passage...

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Reflections on the Earnest "Pursuit of Happiness"

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 12:00 PM

When you consider that the founding fathers of our country tried to provide us with the means for the actual separation between church and state, you may find yourself forced to acknowledge that, at best, they could only have partially succeeded in doing so and could do no better today....

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Confessions of a Nightly News Junkie

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 4:12 PM

There are always people who say they hate politics and never watch the news. At the opposite end of the spectrum are people who are obsessed with a particular party or who devour the news with a curious brand of gusto, as well as people who pay attention to what...

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I'm Voting Against the Other Guy

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 4:00 PM

During a recent interview on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Newsweek's Andy Newman asked Lawrence whether back in his school days he'd been one of the kids who ran for student council, and Lawrence said "no." But he said he remembered those kids. The two were discussing stalemates...

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Give Me Back My Money, I'll Make Something Happen

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 10:23 AM

Something politicians seem to avoid considering, and that President Obama's State of the Union address brings to mind, is that the funds our politicians are using to run our country, pay their salaries and buy their health insurance is money that is ours, and they shouldn't be using it to...

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