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By Bob Melville | April 20, 2018 | Comments Off on News Summary
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Civic Engagement Views

By Bob Melville | February 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Civic Engagement Views
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Title Description Our op-ed pages carry the cries for action—populism, centrism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism and all manner of hybrid isms. Go left. Go right. Double down on the center. Each expert makes his or her case with varying degrees of persuasiveness, but most miss a fundamental point about America. We are not and have never…

Civic Progress Views

By Bob Melville | February 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Civic Progress Views
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  Title Description As Americans watch the 2018 Winter Olympics, we can count our blessings, and with good reason. Our ancestors have built—and given their lives to preserve—a land of freedom and affluence. With self-assurance, teamwork and timely investments, those who preceded us built a society to be envied. Each generation brought new energy and…

Governance Views

By Bob Melville | January 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Governance Views
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Title Description If it is true that no crisis should be wasted, it is equally true that no administration evades a crisis. Every public executive—governor, mayor or county executive—at some point in his or her term faces a crisis, be it an economic collapse, operating deficit, administrative scandal or angry electorate. Every small issue—economic, budgetary,…

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