There are still pockets of New England where communities come together for long weekends to discuss and decide on town matters like school budgets and property taxes. This is the story of one such meeting held in Massachusetts last summer. This form of direct democracy is rare, but in communities where residents are committed to the process it gets results. Reading this article got us thinking about how other communities across America can work toward this kind of citizen engagement.
In this piece from the Huffington Post, Richard Kirsch, senior fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, offers us a great model for talking about the value of the public systems and structures, the benefits that businesses and their employees gain from … Continue reading
We’re sure you’ll enjoy this humorous video by “Citizen Pete.” From his public-access show, Pete walks us through ways we can improve our streets both by reaching out to city officials and by offering up a bit of our own … Continue reading
The Atlantic does a good job in this short piece of connecting the dots between the declining federal funding for public construction and infrastructure and America’s woefully poor bridges. Lack of federal funding certainly didn’t cause the recent bridge collapse … Continue reading
A new poll from Gallup finds 54% of Americans believe the federal government has too much power. That’s up slightly from the prior year, which may not be surprising giving the recent attention to the Pentagon’s PRISM initiative involving Americans’ … Continue reading
By Elaine Mejia and Patrick Bresette My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From ev’ry mountainside Let freedom ring! – Samuel Francis Smith With … Continue reading
In a recent blog post titled “We are citizens not customers,” Rob Schofield with NC Policy Watch expressed concern that the debate about school vouchers has turned parents into “customers,” forcing schools to compete for their “business.” He worries about … Continue reading