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Posts tagged with ‘Washington’

  • Obama breaks his promise to be open with the public

    By Jeffrey M. McCall on September 11, 2014
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    The U.S. system of government relies on citizens having full access to information that can be used in self-governance. Journalists and other First Amendment advocates were enthused when the Obama administration came into office with convincing statements about transparency and open government. President Obama himself has claimed, “This is the most transparent administration in history,” and his press secretaries have […]
  • Presidential powers are widely misunderstood

    By David Adler on September 10, 2014
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    The humanitarian crisis that began brewing last week in Iraq, with the news that the lives of some 40,000 religious minorities were gravely threatened by the self-pronounced Islamic State, generated calls from politicians and members of the media for a quick, resolute military response from President Barack Obama. The demands were predictable. Whenever challenges arise, Americans of every stripe and […]
  • Israel, Palestine and the American Public

    By Matt Impink on July 31, 2014
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    Let’s face it. The last two weeks have been awful as we have seen one international crisis after another. The crisis at the US-Mexico border has been spurred on by violence and corruption in desperately poor Central American nations. The massacre of 298 innocent people in the despicable downing of a civilian airplane in Eastern Ukraine by Russian-backed separatists. However, […]
  • Accountability

    By John Guy on June 7, 2014
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    Are you “accountable?”  I doubt it.  Me?   Probably not.  Yet others should be accountable.  Right? “Accountable” appears in letters to the editor, newspaper columns and opinions, and coffee pot conversations.  What does it mean?   Here is one definition:  “adjective, (pertaining to a person, organization, or institution) required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible.” In public discourse about civic […]
  • If you rely on air and water, you’ll want to read this

    By Bruce Hetrick on February 10, 2014
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    Viewers of “Downton Abbey” have learned a painful lesson this season about the dangers of distraction: While everyone’s attention is focused elsewhere, a dastardly deed might be done—one with long-lasting and mushrooming repercussions. On “Downton,” the crime is rape. The victim is one of the sweetest women on the show, a lady’s maid named Anna. The bad guy is an outsider, […]
  • Free Speech Week Celebration

    By admin on October 18, 2013
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    If you didn’t know this week is Free Speech Week and I celebrated it by catching up with my friend and local author Hugh Vandivier. He recently made a powerful expression for Banned Books week and spent the entire week “imprisoned” in the Vonnegut Memorial Library to raise awareness around censorship. You can read the summary of our conversation with […]
  • So what is that Debt Ceiling thing, anyway?

    By admin on October 16, 2013
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    I thought this video from the Washington Post is a nice explanation of what the fuss is about in Washington, DC. If you don’t trust WaPo or anyone with a horse in this race (I can’t blame you), also go and check out factcheck.org for the latest fact checking from the politicians trying to frame the issue in their favor. […]