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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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About this blog: Real power doesn't reside with those who make the final decision, but with those who decide what qualifies as the viable choices. I stumbled across this insight as a teenager (in the 1960s). As a grad student, I belonged to an org...  (More)

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A reprehensible political ad
Nov 2, 2014 1:35 pm
Comments: 32 | Views: 6,433

This is not so much about a particular set of lies at the core of one political ad, but more about Palo Alto's political environment. When very prominent people... More
Visioning or Potemkin Villages?
May 8, 2014 4:38 pm
Comments: 10 | Views: 6,349

The city government of Palo Alto has announced that it will be sponsoring a series of meetings about the future of Palo Alto and wants ordinary residents to participate... More
In Defense of "Incivility"
Oct 14, 2014 2:45 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 5,854

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. ? Yogi Berra

Civility is one of those things that in theory you... More
Frustrated with arguments on the parcel tax
Apr 17, 2015 2:33 am
Comments: 76 | Views: 5,804

I am hearing from various of the people I talk to that they are as frustrated as I am with the information being provided on the merits of the PAUSD parcel tax currently... More
Public Art Policy
Feb 7, 2015 4:36 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 5,799

There has long been widespread public dissatisfaction with what has been chosen as public art and the process behind those choices. This is good time to visit City... More
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