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Where Does Corporate Giving to the Arts Go?

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.11.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

Recent studies by Americans for the Arts, Giving USA, and others have drawn welcome public attention to the role of corporate giving in the creative ecology -- some sounding alarms and others offering rays of hope.

Government, Not Taxes, Should Set Our Priority

Martin Lobel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Martin Lobel

Until we decide what we want government to do, "tax reform" will merely shift the tax burden from those who can afford expensive lobbyists to those who can't. One result will be a more complex and inefficient tax code that cannot be administered by the IRS because of deliberate cuts to its budget.

When Did the Lines Between Good and Bad Guys Become Blurred?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

We must let go of the labels that artificially divide us if we are to move out from under the cloud of suspicion and fear that hovers over us all these days.

Don't Let Seoul's Mayor Buckle to Homophobia and Transphobia

Andy Marra | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Andy Marra

As mayor, Mr. Park halted the enactment of Seoul's Charter of Human Rights for the city's upcoming observance of Human Rights Day. Why? The Charter included a provision stating support for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Battleground Main Street: The Trust War

Mark Coleman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Mark Coleman

The issue has become too big for us to ignore. American's have become less trusting of big business, big government, and big media. But what is most alarming is an intensifying loss of faith in each other.

...See How They Run

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.05.2014 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


Why Did the Government Stop Fining Travel Companies?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 12.04.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Government fines against airlines for consumer rule violations are on track to hit a six-year low as the U.S. Department of Transportation's enforcement actions shift from punishment to preventing infractions.

A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime -- So Why Don't We Have It Yet?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

All things considered, the trauma alert implant sounds like a sensible and impressive thing. So why don't we have them yet?

People With Felonies, Criminal Records and Gang Affiliation Are Our Friends and Family

Abraham Paulos | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Abraham Paulos

President Obama's recent speech fits a historic and racist framework through which we can describe the exclusion and banishment of people with felonies who are detained and deported. Even while some parents of citizens will be eligible for relief, parents with felonies and their families will remain vulnerable.

How Can Illinois Trim Its Massive Amount of Local Government Bodies?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With 7,000 bodies of government, Illinois leads the nation by a long shot for number of taxing entities. By contrast, Texas ranks second with 5,000.

Illinois' State Government Must Monitor Its Own Size

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Government is self-limiting -- only government can make itself smaller. Illinois is the state with the highest number of taxing bodies, so Nancy Mathieson of Truth in Accounting believes that Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner should take it upon himself to enact those self-limiting governmental powers.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

Problems and Fixes for the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Tom Fox | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The government deeply needs to attract a new generation to federal service as well as groom future leaders, which happens to be the dual purpose of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

Divided Government Doesn't Have to Mean Gridlock

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Speaker Pelosi was able to pass meaningful legislation despite an ideologically diverse cause because she made sure that her members understood that even though they might disagree on many things, their job was ultimately to negotiate a compromise and take action to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.

Step up to Inclusiveness

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Devishobha Ramanan

The Bangalore Political Action Committee ( B.PAC), a non-political outfit set out its simple "Agenda for Good Governance" with the help of another great organization called Daksh. They let the numbers do the talking.

This Election Proved We Need More Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts in Politics

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

In effect, a candidate's recovery status can be a sort of shorthand for their value system and personal code. A shorthand that, when expanded, should mean a lot more to voters than the empty campaign promises and vitriolic attack ads we have come to settle for.

An Inconvenient Process: How Solar Permitting Reform Can Help in the Fight Against Climate Change

Maury Blackman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Maury Blackman

Climate change is such a big issue that at times it seems nearly impossible to solve. But simplifying our bureaucratic process for solar permitting is something that local, regional and state governments can start doing today.

You Don't Need to Found a Company to Change the World

Jeremy Pesner | Posted 11.06.2014 | Small Business
Jeremy Pesner

With all of these wonderful resources, what could possibly be the downside of entrepreneurship? Well, there are a few reasons, and they indicate the wider systems of institutions, policies and economics that play just as large a part in shaping the state of the world.

The Republicans Won -- But Have Travelers Lost?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 11.05.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Every major industry -- from cruise lines to wireless companies -- could now have its way with us, unfettered by "burdensome" state and federal regulation, if the experts are to be believed. Consumers are powerless to stop it.

Change Is Hard

Carla Shutak | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

I look at the Republican Party I grew up respecting and I don't recognize it anymore. I traveled to countries that don't have the same level of infrastructure as The United States of America. I talked with people who had differing belief systems.

What Would Happen Tomorrow if Coffee Were Banned?

Quora | Posted 11.04.2014 | Taste

I'll assume this happens in the U.S., since it's what I'm familiar with. I think other instances of prohibition would be a pretty good model.

The Path to Better Political Leadership: Not Smaller Government, Smaller Countries to Govern

Tim Ward | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Tim Ward

Has national politics reached the end of the line? Are we so weary of mainstream politics and politicians that we are no longer searching for new personalities or even parties to lead us, but have actually reached the stage where we are looking for new forms of government?

The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

For a clear snapshot of a country's economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of th...

Neil Young: Who's Gonna Stand Up? (And Save the Earth)

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Climate change and the effect on our environment and our species isn't an abstract concept; it's about the lives of people, real people -- your family, your friends, your neighbors -- and of the collective consequences of our individual actions upon our tiny blue planet.

Three Nassau County, NY Legislators Kick-Off Initiative to Empower Local Small Businesses

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

At the forefront of this initiative is second term Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages and his Democratic Minority Caucus colleagues, Legislators Kevan Abrahams and Siela Bynoe.