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The Two Sides of Incivility

Last week I attended a course called Crucial Conversations, which is based on the NY Times Best Selling book of the same name. It was a great training and worth the time investment. As I took some time to go … Continue reading

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Zone in or out?

Dear Joseph, It has been fun spending time on these letters. I feel like it’s given me a chance to think about you and helped me to be more observant of your strengths and character. I’ve realized during this process … Continue reading

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Bipartisan Incivility – We’ve Got the Gimme’s

While much of the Tuscon civility debate has focused on words and pointing fingers for uncivil speech/rhetoric, no one seems to be looking at a more serious way that both Republicans and Democrats may be contributing to the growing lack … Continue reading

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Being Polite is Not Civility

As part of my work on this blog, I like to monitor and read the ongoing stream of articles on political civility. The more I read, the more I am reminded of the line in Princess Bride where Inigo remarks … Continue reading

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Bret Stephens Defines Incivility, But Don’t Tell Him

I thought Bret Stephens’ article in the WSJ today about Keith Olbermann was interesting. What I found most interesting is that Stephens claims that incivility is not the greatest threat to political discourse rather he says: “…the real threat is … Continue reading

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Beginners are Many…Enders are Few

Dear Joseph, At times I wonder what you will remember most from what your mom and I try to teach you and how that it will probably be different from what your brother and sister remember most. One of the … Continue reading

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Little spark of celestial fire called conscience

Dear Joseph, I know that I’ve told you this before, but I don’t think I can say it enough. There is something very special about you. I know you were put on this earth to do an important work.  To … Continue reading

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Jon Stewart on Civility

Jon Stewart is know for his political humor, but during this clip, he takes a break from his “norm” and provides some valuable insights into what a more civil political climate may look like. Enjoy: The Daily Show With Jon … Continue reading

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George Washington & Civility

One of my heroes is George Washington. As I have taken the time to read several books on our first president, I am just amazed at the quality and ability of America’s original Founding Father. It seemed from an early … Continue reading

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Do Government Experiments in Civility Work?

Recently the Mayor of Salt Lake City and Utah’s Lt. Gov., Greg Bell, launched an initiative to improve civility or rather public discourse in the state. As I read through the website and the associated media write-ups on the civility … Continue reading

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