In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance.  Democracies are accountable to their citizens.  They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and respect the…

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Have you ever read a news article about an "alleged" crime or event and wondered why it sounds like even the writer of the piece wasn't sure what happened? This isn't just because journalists are hurrying to be the first to break a story: It's actually to prevent a libel lawsuit.

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The year 2020 has been one that even the most prepared people likely were not ready for.  As city officials, we often take classes on how to prepare for disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and other natural happenings. There is no course, book, or teacher that could prepare us for e…

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If the past few months have shown us anything, it is that there is no going back to normal. Beyond the unimaginable thought of full subway trains and crowded restaurants and bars, our “normal” was horribly flawed.

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John William Boehne III’s uncle influenced him to join the V-12 College Training program while attending Indiana University in Bloomington. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, attending midshipman school at Columbia University in New York. After becoming an ensign, Boehne went to Little Creek, …

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For early childhood educators, the double pandemic of coronavirus and racism gripping our nation presents a complex set of challenges—and opportunities for change. In this moment of deep crisis, there are glimpses of a more just and equitable future ahead, and many action steps we can each t…

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It is a privilege to be working in the behavioral health profession and being able to help those in need. As both a provider and a caregiver, I understand the challenges taking care of another individual and the struggle to make care decisions. Last year, my family and I were faced with the …

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None of us like rejection. The simple word feels mean. And yet, all of us face rejection at some point or another in our lives. So it’s worth asking the question: How can we respond to and handle rejection well?

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Political endorsements have been around as long as campaigns have.  But are they effective?  That depends on a number of factors, according to Carol Fowler of Columbia, a member of the Democratic National Committee and a former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party.  One factor, she s…