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We Have A Right To Question Because He Is A Public Servant And We Are His "Boss"

Heather Gillis-Harris | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Heather Gillis-Harris

"He's your president now and you have to get over and deal with it." Yes, he is my president which means he is a public servant. As a public servant...

Vote Like Your Life Depends On It

Pastor Michael McBride | Posted 11.08.2016 | Black Voices
Pastor Michael McBride

Our lives and our families matter. This election, we can't stay home, nor can we vote solely for the top of the ticket. We must go to the polls, vote all the way down ballot, including local races. We must vote like our lives depend on it.

Politician for College President? Consider This.

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 10.10.2016 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

Some politicians make good college presidents, at least on paper. As Rick Seltzer reported in Inside Higher Education last week, the best of them poss...

An Open Letter To Our Politicians. Please Protect Our Oceans Now!

Dana Ellis Hunnes | Posted 08.05.2016 | Green
Dana Ellis Hunnes

The reason I set out to write this letter to you is because, in 2048, my son will be my current age. But I fear the planet will not look as it does today, at my current age.

Why Electing A President Who Believes In Climate Change And Wildlife Conservation Is More Important Than Ever

Dana Ellis Hunnes | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Dana Ellis Hunnes

Climate change is happening. More Americans than ever believe that anthropogenic climate change is here. Yet somehow, Congress, hasn't gotten that message.

The Supreme Court Throws Kryptonite At Democracy's Supermen

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The McDonnell case will make it harder for people like Superman prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who are looking out for the integrity of the system, and the good of the voter, to do their jobs.

Why Do People Lie?

Lisa Longo | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact
Lisa Longo

It seems like every time I turn on what used to be the news I'm faced with some new nonsensical allegation against a person or institution that is obv...

The 3 Questions We Should Ask All Candidates For Elected Office

Krist Novoselic | Posted 04.02.2017 | Politics
Krist Novoselic

As we see it, three urgent questions face America, and if the next president, Congress and the American people themselves do not answer those questions honestly and realistically, the future for our children and the nation will be immensely more difficult.

Teach and Learn

Rumni Saha | Posted 02.28.2017 | GPS for the Soul
Rumni Saha

Go ahead -- call me unadventurous and old-fashioned. Yes -- I crave for simpler times when words meant what they said. I want "News Anchors" to be ...

There IS Something You Can Do to Prevent Gun Violence

David C. Bohnett | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
David C. Bohnett

The sad reality is that most gun deaths result from the 300 million guns primarily owned by decent, law-abiding people who assume they are bringing guns into their homes for self protection, and not anticipating a tragic accident.

Post Bureaucratic Stress Disorder: An Epidemic Not Cured with Departure of Secretary Shinseki

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Evans

Don't get me wrong. I have no beef with public servants, and I'm not looking for a referendum on bureaucrats. But, I do think we expect too much from government and too little from ourselves.

Effective Advocacy Leads to Action: Managing a Changing Landscape

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 03.25.2014 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Earlier this month new elected officials took office for the first time in city and town councils and state governments across the nation, including h...

Questionable Convictions: Congressman's Cocaine Problem Shows Need for a Political Bullpen

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Normally, if a person is convicted of a crime and goes into a drug rehabilitation program, he or she often must cope with harsh consequences. But not...

The Advantages of a Lame Duck: Officials Should Do More in Their Last Terms

Lily Liu | Posted 11.11.2013 | New York
Lily Liu

An elected official's final term could be a great time for getting things done. All too often, though, this is just not the case as elected officials in their last terms -- a.k.a. "lame ducks" -- opt to ride on cruise control up until their last day.

Inspired by Wendy Davis? Run for Office

Nina Flores | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Nina Flores

Need more inspiration? Wendy Davis is not alone in confronting increasingly absurd legislative efforts aimed at maintaining the status quo and the will of dominant institutions.

The Importance of Engaging Millennials to Protect Freedom

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Zachary K. Pearce

For our generation, for the millennial generation, is this indicative of what we can expect of our lives? Will the United States continued to be mired in a "war" of aggression with those who abhor freedom?

Helping Our Children Navigate a Politically Partisan World

John McCormick | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

Shortly after this month's election, I overheard several of my son's friends talking "smack" on the playground about the election's winners and losers. Nothing too derogatory, but several voiced digs along the lines of, "I can't believe your parents voted for [Candidate X]."

An Educated Voter Is Our Democracy's Best Citizen

Matthew Tolliver | Posted 09.15.2012 | Media
Matthew Tolliver

Are the citizens of this country, by virtue of our general lack of political fluency, the cause of this lackluster discourse? The numbers support the idea. We need to set a new standard for our political leaders' fluency in policy.

Shame of Fools

Thomas F. Miller | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Thomas F. Miller

Serious reform in a democracy requires looking in the mirror. As long as money rules the process, your studies and your debates, and even your votes, will make no difference at all.

Who WIll Care For Us?

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 08.14.2011 | Religion
Dr. Cindi Love

My first message to our elected officials is to quit using our money and time to demonize gay people and get on with the important work of building effective service delivery systems for our people who need help.

The Bin Laden Effect: In Praise of Our Government

Peter Block | Posted 07.04.2011 | Politics
Peter Block

By Peter Block The death of Osama bin Laden completes a painful chapter in our history. The reaction of many is celebration. Some will use this occas...

Being Immigrant, Becoming American

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sayu Bhojwani

When faced with bureaucracy, xenophobia, and the persistent sense that you don't belong, it takes perseverance to reach full citizenship on paper.

Why Do So Few of Us Vote?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Last week I arrived in the Los Angeles City Hall parking lot to visit a high-ranking, elected City official. When I told the parking attendant who I was there to see, she had absolutely no idea who I was talking about.

Jail to the Thief

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Since Hevesi has turned out to be a crook, what politician can we believe to be honest? In China, such a person would be executed, but that is not the American way.

Why It Matters (Gov 2.0)

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Alan W. Silberberg

The other day I had an awesome opportunity to moderate a panel at Los Angeles City Hall. As part of the Social Media Week Los Angeles, we were having ...