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A Pragmatist's Take

By Douglas Moran

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

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In Defense of "Incivility"
Oct 14, 2014 2:45 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 1,767

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
LWV City Council Candidate Forum: Interesting Points
Oct 1, 2014 5:11 am
Comments: 3 | Views: 1,763

These are my observations about some of what I found interesting at the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Tuesday September... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 3 of 3)
Dec 6, 2013 1:10 pm
Comments: 0 | Views: 1,608

This recognize some promising, albeit understated, reactions of several of the Commissioners to a bad Staff report. The previous parts of this series addressed persistent... More
Politics: Empty appeals to "innovation"
Oct 19, 2014 7:35 pm
Comments: 13 | Views: 1,603

The word "innovation" is widely bounced around in this campaign, both for Council and the School Board. Anyone actually involved in innovation knows that most... More
Why the City doesn't hear residents' perspectives? It doesn't want to (part 2 of 3)
Dec 4, 2013 1:13 pm
Comments: 1 | Views: 1,467

Residents complain that they and their viewpoints were not treated fairly after far too many of the Council and Commission hearings that I have participated in over... More
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