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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...

Civility Is a National Security Issue

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

How can democracy best endure through rough times? Whether online or off, civil communication is vital for democratic resilience.

Listen: How to Trump Trump and Make America Greater Than Ever

Kai Degner | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

This is mostly a letter to my kids or grandkids. I don't have kids or grandkids, and am not married. So I don't know exactly to whom I'm writing yet.

Civility in Government

Mike Quigley | Posted 03.22.2016 | Chicago
Mike Quigley

Our constituents, our allies, this world deserve so much more from us. Because today, America definitely doesn't look like the "shining city upon the hill" or "beacon of hope" that we once were. But all hope is not lost.

Conventions are for Voting

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Whether you are a supporter of Mr. Trump or another of the republican candidates vying for the presidency, violence of any sort should never be an option, because violence is simply not acceptable and certainly not at a convention to pick the person who may be the next president of this country.

No Wonder Trump Supporters Hate Political Correctness: It's Gun Control

Kai Degner | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

Is it any surprise Trump's rhetoric continues to escalate and his supporters get angrier and more resolute with each call for civil discourse? These are the same people buying more guns and ammunition every time President Obama says we need more sensible gun laws after innocents lose their lives to gun violence.

Civil Discourse Won't Fix the Trump Problem

Kai Degner | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Kai Degner

I've become afraid I might have nothing to show my future children if they ask what I was doing to fight against a demagogue while he was approaching the presidency.

What Happened to Disagreeing Respectfully in America?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

We are not guaranteed happiness in this country, but we should be given every chance at safe passage. Until we talk to each other and find common ground, safety is at best an illusion.

Faith Leaders: 2016 Election Needs Civility

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 02.17.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Political season is in full swing, and no one is happy about it.

The Politics of Governing

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Even numbered years are tough on the country. Someone somewhere is running for office and that always seems to start a vicious tug of war between governing and politics. Every four years being a presidential year simply adds more weight on the political side of the game.

Accentuate the Positive: Behavioral Science and Politics

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

The cost of the 2012 presidential race broke a record with a cost of $2.6 billion, with $1.12 billion coming from the two candidates and the rest from outside groups and the two political parties. There are estimates that the 2016 race could end up with a total price tag anywhere from $3.5 to $5 billion.


Francis Levy | Posted 02.05.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

Civility is a tightrope walker. It's a word that connotes the kind of obligatory manners that are tantamount to hiding the truth or it can be an overa...

As Goes Iowa...

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Monday night Iowa spoke as thousands of Iowans went to caucus and put their stamp on the beginning of the road to the White House. What message they sent will be debated for days to come by pundits and political players across the country.

NICD's Civility Revolution: Proven Strategies, New State Leaders, Active Foot Soldiers and a Ready-and-Eager American Public

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Just last week, a large survey of citizens asserted loudly their dislike of the rampant incivility in our nation. NICD heard them - loud and clear. And I am deeply proud that several of our key programs, which are growing daily, are exactly the actions needed to turn the tide on incivility.

A Republican, Democrat, Green & Libertarian Walk into a Living Room: A Report from the Front-Lines in Iowa

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In Iowa one week before the Presidential caucuses, we were far from the only group discussing politics that blustery night. From Sioux City to Davenport and everywhere in between, we Iowans have been bombarded with political billboards flanking our daily commute and dozens of ads in our physical and virtual mailboxes on any given day.

Civility Does Still Matter

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

None of us needed a poll to tell us why civility is important, but it is comforting to be reminded that we, the people, really do place a high value on it and want our politicians to embrace civility.