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Traveling for the Holidays? 6 Ways Airlines Reflect the Decline of Civility

Laurie Levy | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Just took a routine flight from Chicago to Boston. No rain. No snow. Only a 30-minute delay going there due to a "typographical error on the pilot's checklist." (What on earth is that?) So why am I complaining? Well, air travel has become a metaphor for the overall lack of caring and civility we see around us every day.

When Police Violate Our Values, 'Ferguson' Happens

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 12.17.2014 | Crime
Stuart Muszynski

Lack of values, justice and fairness between police and black Americans is the decades-long backdrop leading up to Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and so many others that are part of the "Ferguson Effect" in our country.

The Grandmother on "Respecting the Part You Play"

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

Each President holds the only office in the United States voted on by all of us. We do not need to agree with our President, but we should remember that, like it or not, each is chosen by a majority of us for this honor. The honor deserves respect. That's class.

Civility, Free Speech, and Israel

David Moshman | Posted 11.18.2014 | College
David Moshman

A recent letter provides university officials with excellent advice on free speech in connection with issues of Israel and Palestine. The bottom line is this: Political speech, regardless of its civility, is protected by the First Amendment.

Voters to Politicians: Start Working Together

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We the people of the United States need to hold all of our leaders' feet to the fire. The challenges facing our nation, both nationally and internationally, are enormous and cannot be solved by either party acting alone.

Millennials Offer Hope for More Civil Future

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Millennials are a generation that has seen it all politically, and not surprisingly but unfortunately, accept incivility in politics as the norm, significantly more than other generations.

Faith in Citizens

Joan Blades | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Joan Blades

I've come to believe that even if there was agreement in the U.S. that climate is a key concern, we would do a poor job of addressing the problem. Adversarial solutions will not suffice -- we must learn to hold the tensions of our differences and use this tension to inspire solutions that are better than we have yet imagined.

Civility and Its Discontents

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 11.19.2014 | College
Brian Rosenberg

So long as no actual harm is caused and no one's opportunity to live and work in safety is threatened, rudeness, coarseness, and other varieties of incivility should not be forcibly excluded from a college community

A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.11.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

As another academic year begins The Castle's shadow is bringing more and more Kafkaesque darkness to university campuses. That shadow continues to transform our places of higher learning into corporate enclaves in which mindless civility eclipses uncomfortable debate.

7 Habits Of Considerate People

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living

"Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree." - Marian Wright Edelman Edel...

Restoring the Promise of the American Dream

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

We are hopeful the Majority Leader's words will lead to action on the part of House leadership and members on both sides of the aisle. Then Congress will be able to take action on the major issues facing our county.

Drawing the Line on Civility

Nora T. Akins | Posted 08.09.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

The NLRB conducts thousands of unfair labor practice investigations each year. A recent finding ruled it unlawful to require employees to refrain from negativity in the workplace.

Maya Angelou -- A Pioneer of Civil Discourse

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

As we continue our path to promote civil discourse with our elected officials, in the media, and throughout our homes, we honor Dr. Angelou. She has set the path for how best it can be done: through the powerful use of words.

What Would You Do For A Million Dollars?

David Briggs | Posted 06.29.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Seven in eight Americans say they would turn down any amount of money up to $1 million to kick a dog in the head. However, half of Americans say th...

Two Little Words That Can Make All the Difference!

Craig Dowden | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Craig Dowden

This sentiment is often accompanied by an exasperated acceptance of defeat, as it seems the problem is too big to solve. However, the above research suggests that we may be more powerful than we think.

The New College Button: Question Assholes

Tom Hayes | Posted 05.04.2014 | Comedy
Tom Hayes

Social media has spawned a new breed of ugly citizen who makes outrageous noise because it gets attention -- and attention is the oxygen of the Internet.

How Can Journalists Repair Our Public Discourse?

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 03.09.2014 | Media
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Americans blame the media for creating a level of incivility that is undermining their faith in journalism and deepening our nation's political dysfunction. The Civility in America 2013 survey found that 70 percent of Americans believe incivility has reached crisis proportions.

Resolved: Quitting the Progressive Christian Internet in 2014

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

In 2014, it's time for the Christian Internet to recover a love for the church - to produce rooted, relational content that actually fosters restoration in God's world.

What I Wanted from Santa: He Didn't Deliver World Peace or Political Civility Again!

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

I don't expect very much from Santa Claus these days. I mean, he's been a disappointment over the years. My desires are few--power, money, and fame, that sort of thing--but he's yet to satisfy any of them. So I tried downgrading my requests to world peace and the end of international poverty. But that didn't work either. He still didn't deliver. This year I tried to be more realistic. I had just a few simple requests. It's been a difficult year so Santa, this would have been a good time to give me at least something that I wanted. But no! It's Christmas Day and I got up early to check under the tree, and nothing.

Teaching Civility

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 02.08.2014 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

We all should take time to talk about civility with our students, our children, our colleagues, and our citizens. I have always believed that if you are clear about your expectations most people will meet them.

The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in 2013

Rob Richie | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Rob Richie

If you followed the local elections and the special elections that took place in 2013, you probably heard some stories about ranked choice voting -- there has been a wave of positive national press and great new examples of how it works in practice.

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

A Suggestion for Our Politicians: Try Meeting in the Field

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 12.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

While it may be a bitter pill to swallow, at some level the same polarization that has immobilized our leaders in Washington must exist within us, because it is we who put them there and keep them there.

Road Rage: There's Nothing More Ridiculous Than Calling Someone A Mother-F#$%$%

Dan Levitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Dan Levitz

Even the most serene and placid person can be transformed, while driving a car, into a raging, angry, freak

Einstein Was a Mensch

David Sable | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
David Sable

Thumbs up and thumbs down have become the ubiquitous symbol of like and dislike; good and bad; continuation and end; virtual life and death in our digital world.