We would benefit if more public servants decided to spend their retirements in our towns, rather than in this town, and to follow the models of Tom Eagleton, Walter Mondale and John Danforth and others who have returned home to be public citizens.
Of course, if you aren't clear about your ambitions and what you want to achieve in your career this may be a lengthy period in your life when you'll change jobs often on your path to discovering the work you'll ultimately do.
Children and families need to be the number one priority in our society. Currently, we only pay lip service to such things. Our children are our future. Isn't it time that we reflect on our true values as a society?
I cannot imagine a circumstance in which he would get my vote. (Well, maybe I can -- if for instance he were running against Ted Cruz.) But there are things about the man himself that I greatly admire.
I spent these years wondering why the rest of the world spoke so slowly, how some towns ever got built when change was "hard," how candor sometimes challenged colleagues who mistook bluntness for bad manners and why the rest of the world didn't see the humor and tragedy in life.
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]."
At the heart of our ad-saturated democratic process is a moral paradox. Politicians raise and spend billions of dollars to convince us to trust them. But the fevered competition for votes virtually compels them to lie to us.