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Fighting online trolls with bots

The Conversation US | Posted 01.11.2017 | Technology
The Conversation US

By Saiph Savage, West Virginia University The wonder of internet connectivity can turn into a horror show if the people who use online platforms deci...

Meryl Streep Fills In For Bishops

Celia Wexler | Posted 01.10.2017 | Religion
Celia Wexler

What's sad for me is that in this day and age, we have to look to the entertainment industry for moral guidance. They are filling a huge vacuum created by the deafening silence from the leaders of my church, and from other faith leaders.

I'm Going To Stop Dissing Donald Trump. Here's Why.

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I decided to stop dissing Donald Trump. I would give him a chance. I'd keep an open mind.

Move Beyond The Election To Embrace Kindness And Respect

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

After this polarizing election, there is considerable tension among Americans. In families, neighborhoods, the workplace and even between friends. It doesn't have to be this way.

Meatless Monday: Table Manners

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.14.2016 | Green
Ellen Kanner

I believe going vegan has a positive impact on your health, your karma, your planet, but you can argue otherwise and I will listen and not reject you....

The 2016 Election, The U.S. Civil War 'Angel,' And Civility As A Moral Imperative

Christopher Rollston | Posted 11.07.2016 | Religion
Christopher Rollston

May all of us strive to rise to follow that model in the coming days, months, and years. After all, the current division and divisiveness in our country is not useful, it is not productive.

Gratitude And Responsibility

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

In one week Americans will head to the polls to cast their votes. Given the unprecedented incivility, angst, and bitter words we have been subjected ...

A Requiem for the Asterisk

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Omissions are not accidents. Marianne Moore, Complete Poems, author's note This election season has had many unexpected consequences, but none has b...


Anthony Hatcher | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Anthony Hatcher

Two students in my Journalism in a Free Society class sent me emails on the same evening recently. Each message contained a disturbing video depicting...

The Phone Call That Taught Me The Importance Of Kindness

Nancy Roman | Posted 10.23.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

I was rude on the phone. I heard from my doctor's office that Medicare had my coverage screwed up. This was the first time I have used my card since turning 65. And my claim was denied. So I got on the phone with Medicare. That alone brings my blood pressure up.

America The Good

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. - Alexis de Tocqueville I want to believe we are ...

Manners Matter: A Sermon On Gratitude In A Season Of Incivility

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 10.14.2016 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

Manners do matter. Whether its children spending the night at a friend's house, or emerging adults being dropped off for college, or perhaps even young professionals in preparation for an important job interview, we tell those we care about to mind their manners.

Where Are The Leaders?

William E. White | Posted 09.21.2016 | Politics
William E. White

Look at the current political mess. Where are the leaders? "We the People" need inspiration, but there is a dearth of leadership. Across the political spectrum--local, state, and national politics--selfishness, denegation, dishonesty, and partisanship are the rule.

The Role Of Higher Education In The Search For Civility

Bill Destler | Posted 09.14.2016 | College
Bill Destler

We in academia have an opportunity and an obligation to serve as examples of how to engage in civil discourse in an increasingly polarized nation.

Don't Weaponize Civility

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Living Room Conversations by Ralph Benko Much has been written and uttered recently bemoaning incivilit...

Caterer Murdered At Wedding Over Chairs

Sandy Malone | Posted 08.25.2016 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

I woke up this morning and saw this article in my WTOP news email update. I couldn't believe what I was reading. I don't think I'd ever have suspec...

Beyond The Purple Tent: Make America Civil Again

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Under our respective "purple tents," we can all recognize that America is more united than divided, that thoughtful people can have thoughtful dialogue, and that disputes can get resolved and urgent issues solved.

Live From The RNC Convention: Civility Trumps Conflict In The Purple Tent

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Many have concluded that America is dividing and disintegrating. I believe that Americans are really looking for solutions that make us the nation of our shared values, the America whose vision, actions and outcomes we can embrace and be proud of.

Why I Remain A Christian

John Colatch | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
John Colatch

Now that we are faced with a growing appetite for fascism abroad and at home, we need the radical imperative of the Gospel message more than ever. So, as far as Christianity as a faith and profession is concerned, count me in.

Taking Back The United States Of Civility

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

More troubling is that modern-day culture -- driven largely by media -- assumes that civility is not happening in America; that noise, negativity, confrontation and in-your-face behavior rule our communities and guide our interpersonal relationships.

Hate, Fear, and America

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

In the wake of the unspeakable horror in Orlando, we're seeing what hate and fear do to civilization. Fear is what terrorists seek. Anger only breeds ...

Obama: If You Want More Civility In Politics, Don't Vote For People Like Trump

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama on Wednesday said voters have a responsibility to promote civility in politics by not voting for "somebody who is just popping ...

On the State of Our Politics -- Commencement Message

Eric Schwartz | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Eric Schwartz

Given the current tenor of our national political debate, I've thought a fair amount about what I might say this afternoon, beyond my traditional welcome. Of course, what I will not address is the question of what one's partisan political preferences ought to be, or ought not to be.

Practice What We Prize

Cheryl Hatch | Posted 05.05.2016 | Education
Cheryl Hatch

By Cheryl Hatch/Copyright 2016 "Silence becomes cowardice when occasion demands speaking out the whole truth and acting accordingly." ― Mahatma Ga...

When Civility Really Means Silence

Nadine Smith | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Nadine Smith

A video of a woman angrily confronting Florida Governor Rick Scott in a coffee shop has been ricocheting across the internet. The quick and potent cli...