Monthly Archives: January 2008

from TIME’s story on the “year of the youth vote”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Tampa) These are helpful statistics. They put into numbers what we can feel experientially: an enormous increase in the proportion of young Americans who are paying attention to the election this year. (Also, a very steep tilt … Continue reading

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to Tampa

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0If this page is going to remain a blog, I need to return sooner or later to daily posting. Right now, I’m heading to Tampa, Florida, where the Hillsborough County Schools are launching a major initiative to … Continue reading

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Joseph M. Levine

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Syracuse, NY) My Dad, Joe Levine, died at 6:50 am today after a long struggle with cancer that gave him many trials and indignities. I have some misgivings about using a blog to write about his death. … Continue reading

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vigil

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Syracuse) I haven’t wanted to post here because I have been helping to care for my Dad at the very end of his good life. I have an appreciation of him written and ready to post when … Continue reading

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on shared responsibility for private loss

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Syracuse, NY) Yesterday, I wrote a fairly frivolous post in response to Steven Landburg’s New York Times op-ed, because I found one of his analogies risible. But I suppose it’s worth summarizing the standard serious, philosophical argument … Continue reading

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the dismal science

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Steven E. Lansburg in yesterday’s New York Times: Even if you’ve just lost your job, there’s something fundamentally churlish about blaming the very phenomenon that’s elevated you above the subsistence level since the day you were born. … Continue reading

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the presidential candidates on community and national service

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Courtesy of the National Service-Learning Partnership, here is a chart showing the presidential candidates’ positions on AmeriCorps, community service and service-learning in schools, student loans in return for community service, and related issues. Some highlights: Chris Dodd … Continue reading

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the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I have some reflections on the recent spat between Senators Clinton and Obama, but first, here is the actual “text” of their dispute as accurately as I can capture it. At the Democratic Debate in New Hampshire, … Continue reading

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citizens at work

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Syracuse Airport) Public Agenda’s president, Ruth Wooden, writes, “Neither Third-Party Candidate nor Leadership Alone Can Solve the Problem.” The “problem” that she has in mind is destructive partisanship, but one could define it more generally as dysfunctional … Continue reading

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the joy of flying

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0(Gate 44, Washington National Airport): In December and January, I’ve taken 20 separate flight segments for family reasons and/or business. Two flights have been canceled outright and at least another eight have been seriously delayed. I guess … Continue reading

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