Some Thoughts on Governing

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I have been working in or around government for over 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most people imagine. This doesn’t excuse its lapses or sluggish rate of … [Read more...]

Viewing Political Corruption More Broadly

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Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is “widespread” in … [Read more...]

November’s Elections Won’t Resolve Much of Anything

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Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about. The Congress that just recessed until after the elections makes the 80th — … [Read more...]

The President and the Congress Should Work Together on Military Intervention

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In his speech last week outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are … [Read more...]

Hey Mon, Try a Little Jamaica

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By Tom Garrison Who doesn't want to visit Jamaica? Beautiful beaches under swaying palm trees, cool Caribbean swimming, and a friendly population. However, if you can’t afford the real Jamaica (who can?), take a short drive to Little Jamaica … [Read more...]

The Summer of Our Discontent

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Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it’s been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling U.S. … [Read more...]

Why Government Openness Matters

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One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies … [Read more...]

Preserve the Harvest for Winter Meals and Holiday Gifts

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by Melinda Myers The cucumbers have filled the vegetable drawer, you've run out of cabbage recipes and your family is refusing to eat one more BLT. Or maybe you just couldn’t resist that special deal on a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes or apples at … [Read more...]

Ely: Mining, Murals, and Trains, Oh My

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Sometimes you just need a break from the hectic retired life. How about a road trip? Vegas? Hawaii? Been there, done that. Since Deb and I like to sample remote destinations, Ely, Nevada, is the place to be. And it fulfills our main requirement by … [Read more...]

Why Government Fails, and What We Should Do About It

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As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in government’s … [Read more...]