citizenship

Electing Beaver: The Politics of Place in the Public Square

Beaver December 15, 2011

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what he saw in a plain way …”
John Ruskin…
I do not know William “Beaver” Watkins, supervisor of a bucolic township where

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The Real Educational Issue: College Students and a Crisis in Citizenship

pomona protest September 19, 2011

The fact that the people who will likely occupy the top of the socio-economic chain—and whose decisions will thus set the terms of most Americans’ existences—have little room for the necessarily leveling notion of citizenship is our most significant and least discussed educational crisis.

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Extra, extra!

March 9, 2011

I grew up reading newspapers that serviced large metropolitan areas–the Denver Post and Tulsa World. Strangely, it was only after moving to a suburb of Washington, D.C. that I discovered local journalism is alive and well. ARL Now is an online newspaper…

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Walk, Damn It!

BoysCrosswalk January 27, 2010

If you walk the same route at about the same time every day, as I do, you develop a certain familiarity with the automobile culture that perfumes the public air. You can rattle off in your head the license plate of the red Ford coming your way, unless it’s that other red Ford, in which case you know that the driver, a somnambulant woman leaning into her steering wheel, mouth agape, is already, at this early hour, wearing her cell phone.

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Citizens of the World, Divide!

December 15, 2009

Moorpark, CA…. We are told to be careful with our words, to be aware of how our words might make other people feel or of how we might be misunderstood.  However important is this advice (and it is

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