About that New Year’s Resolution…

A few weeks back, Rob Mentzer from the Wausau Daily Herald got in touch to ask if I had any ideas about New Year’s resolutions for 2011. I don’t usually make them, but since he asked, here’s what I said, which ended up in the January 2 edition – one week ago today, as I write this:

“If I were offering a New Year’s resolution, it would probably be that we should resolve to employ a more civil and reasoned tone to our public dialogue. I think it would go a long way toward resolving some very difficult issues with public policy that we will be facing at all levels in the year ahead.”

Just imagine that.  It’s not the first time I talked about it here and it’s something a lot of people have been talking about.  Maybe now, a few more people are listening:


After some time has passed, we will all have a better picture of the facts that were in play leading up to yesterday’s tragedy in Tucson, Arizona in which a half dozen people were killed and a member of Congress was left critically wounded, along with a number of others. In the meantime, I’ll stick with the same resolution.  

You may say I’m a dreamer, (but I’m not the only one.)  


UPDATE:  January 12 —

“The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives – to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents. And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let’s remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy, but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud.”

— President Obama at memorial service in Tucson this evening


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