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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: 5,822

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
In Defense of "Incivility"
Oct 14, 2014 2:45 am
Comments: 19 | Views: 5,229

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
Public Art Policy
Feb 7, 2015 4:36 am
Comments: 20 | Views: 5,159

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
Frustrated with arguments on the parcel tax
Apr 17, 2015 2:33 am
Comments: 76 | Views: 5,073

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
Why is Palo Alto politics so stubbornly pre-Internet?
Jan 7, 2015 4:31 am
Comments: 7 | Views: 4,954

Most meetings I attend are insignificantly different from similar ones in the 1970s and 1980s, both meetings conducted by City Hall and those by various civic group.... More
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