Passing the Buck (or, Yes! I’m a Patsy)

You’ve heard the saying “the buck stops here,” right?  President Truman famously kept a sign with the phrase on his desk.  He recognized the common sense idea that leaders should take responsibility for the consequences of their decisions. But as we all well know, most politicians don’t like this idea very much.   Our representatives […]

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Want to Ignite a Culture War?  Use the Bathroom (or Locker Room)

The bathroom wars have sadly come to our schools here in the East Penn School District.   A fight has been raging nationally for over a year now, as opponents of extending civil rights protections to transgender men and women have focused public attention on public bathroom use in places like Texas and North Carolina. […]

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Outside Money Means Less Local Control

photo credit: stash via photopin (license) The U.S. Congress has a longstanding law prohibiting American politicians from taking campaign contributions from foreign governments and citizens.  The law was affirmed unanimously by the Supreme Court as recently as 2012, and for good reason:  Outside powers should not be able to choose our political leaders, or control […]

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What Kind of Community Do You Want?

photo credit: Purity via photopin (license) I’m sad to report that there was lots of hate and vitriol on display at the East Penn school board meeting last night. Board members were accused of conspiracies, cover-ups, and conflicts of interest. They were called Stalinists, bullies, fascists and mentally unfit.  They were threatened with personal lawsuits. […]

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Partisanship Makes Us Stupid

photo credit: porschelinn via photopin cc As anyone following the fiasco in Washington DC knows, bitter partisanship is costing taxpayers money, damaging the economy, bringing hardship to ordinary Americans, and threatening the full faith and credit of our country.  Yet even amidst this partisan meltdown, some local candidates for office here in the Lehigh Valley […]

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Defining Decency

photo credit: miuenski via photopin cc School board candidates Garrett Rhoads, Wanda Mercado-Arroyo and Chris Donatelli recently distributed  campaign literature that accused me and other candidates of not having “the decency to make themselves available for a public debate.” (You can see their flyer in its entirety here.) My record of engagement with the community […]

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