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Protecting Democracy from Politicians

By Bob Melville | September 14, 2021 | Comments Off on Protecting Democracy from Politicians
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The Case for Making Elections More Impartial and Competitive This is one of several essays issued by Civic Way on state and local elections. Our intent is to step back from the interminable partisan battles over election integrity and voter rights. Our goal is to offer a comprehensive, yet pragmatic approach to reforming our election…

Reinforcing Democracy with Real Election Reform

By Bob Melville | August 30, 2021 | Comments Off on Reinforcing Democracy with Real Election Reform
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If Tomorrow Matters, We Need Fair and Reliable Elections This newsletter introduces a few essays on issues impacting the integrity, fairness and competitiveness of America’s elections. This series will address gerrymandering, voter registration, voter access, voting methods, election administration and post-election audits. Our goal is to present pragmatic ideas for restoring public faith in the…

Our Indispensable Government

By Bob Melville | August 26, 2021 | Comments Off on Our Indispensable Government
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Haiti’s Cautionary Tale for America’s Next Generation This is another Civic Way essay on the importance of good government and engaged citizenry. And how the next generation must invest in government and citizenship to prepare for future crises. The author, Bob Melville, is the founder of Civic Way, a nonprofit dedicated to good government, and…

Municipal Engineering and Maintenance Supervisor

By Bob Melville | August 16, 2021 | Comments Off on Municipal Engineering and Maintenance Supervisor
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Making our Local Tax Dollars Work a Little Bit Harder This is another in Civic Way’s series of stories highlighting public servants in America. Our initial stories involved the County Court Clerk, School Bus Driver, School Principal and ESL Teacher. We hope that these stories, and those to follow, will illuminate the daily challenges facing…

A Detente over History?

By Bob Melville | August 12, 2021 | Comments Off on A Detente over History?
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A Shared Sense of our Past, a Shared Vision of our Future This is a commentary on the need for a shared sense of American History, first posted on February 15, 2021 in Between Hell and High Water. The author, Michael Koetting, writes a regular column, Between Hell and High Water, and is an advisor…

The Power of Good Governance – Part 4

By Bob Melville | August 8, 2021 | Comments Off on The Power of Good Governance – Part 4
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Rethinking the Media’s Role in Saving Democracy This is Civic Way’s fourth commentary (of four) on America’s broken politics, with a special focus on reforming the media. The first commentary introduced the threat of extremism, the second commentary explained how extremism infects politics and the last essay offered some ideas for using good government to…

The Power of Good Governance – Part 3

By Bob Melville | August 5, 2021 | Comments Off on The Power of Good Governance – Part 3
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How Good Governance and Informed Citizenship Can Save America This is Civic Way’s third commentary on the state of politics in America, outlining some potential strategies for improving governance, rebuilding citizenship and fixing our politics. The first commentary addressed the threat of extremism and the last commentary discussed media extremism and political polarization. The author,…

The Power of Good Governance – Part 2

By Bob Melville | July 31, 2021 | Comments Off on The Power of Good Governance – Part 2
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Extremism’s Threat to State and Local Government This is Civic Way’s second commentary on the state of politics in America. How biased media are corrupting public discourse. How the insistence of some national leaders on relitigating the past hinders our ability to meet the future. How extremism is crippling our ability to govern, not just…

The Power of Good Governance – Part 1

By Bob Melville | July 28, 2021 | Comments Off on The Power of Good Governance – Part 1
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How Political Extremism is Destroying America This is Civic Way’s commentary on the state of politics in America. How political extremism is putting our future at risk. How extremism must be understood to be defeated. How our two-party system, once thought to protect us from extremism, is irrevocably broken. The author, Bob Melville, is the…

The Perils of Political Extremism

By Bob Melville | July 19, 2021 | Comments Off on The Perils of Political Extremism
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A Bipartisan Call for Saving American Democracy and Forgiving Those Who Would Destroy It This newsletter introduces a brief series of essays on America’s current political climate. This series includes an analysis of the growing extremism of some Republican leaders, an assessment of the (thus far) tepid Democratic response and some promising ideas for restoring…

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