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Why 'Politics' Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word
| October 4, 2012
It's the way we get things done as a society. We seem to have lost sight of that.
Bicycles, Beer and the Factory Jobs that Aren't Coming Back
| October 1, 2012
Manufacturing is going the way of agriculture, which technology has reshaped to employ ever-fewer workers. But traditional manufacturing isn't the only game in town.
When the Music Stops
| September 27, 2012
A lot of our symphony orchestras are in trouble, and the changing nature of cities is part of the problem. But Buck Owens may have some lessons for Beethoven.
Essential Values and the American Character
| September 24, 2012
We're better than we think we are, and so are our leaders. Just ask Tony Blair.
The Bottom-Line Benefit of a Healthier Public Workforce
| September 20, 2012
Some approaches to employee wellness programs have more of a track record than others. But they clearly can save a lot of money.
The Subtle Slide into Municipal Bankruptcy
| September 17, 2012
The insolvency that leads to local-government bankruptcy unfolds gradually. Public officials need to monitor and heed the early warnings.
The Inexorable Pressure to Say Something Dumb
| September 13, 2012
The 24-hour news cycle makes it all too easy for public officials to react too quickly. They would do better to "think gray."
Riots, Rebellions and the Importance of Social Order
| September 10, 2012
Effective government is critical to the stability we need for society to function. These days, that stability is threatened.
Cops, Cutbacks and Crime
| August 29, 2012
It’s clear that more police, strategically deployed, reduce crime. Cities that are cutting their police forces are risking more than public safety.
Government’s Big Bags of Money
| August 27, 2012
Many jurisdictions lack good internal controls for handling the money their employees collect. A treasurers’ group can help fix that.
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