Category: Dave Scott

In praise of rhetoric

August 26th, 2015

Mention “rhetoric” these days and many people frown, spit or otherwise show contempt. In their minds, “political rhetoric” is tantamount to, well, brown stuff.In its original and more honorable form, …Read More

Please pardon my impatience

August 5th, 2015

Please excuse me if I seem to have an evil grin as Akron talks about civility. My better nature tells me I should be glad it’s an issue at all …Read More

Two words for civility

July 12th, 2015

No one speaks out in favor of civility but many people express frustration about how to confront it.Here’s one small thing you can do.When you hear or read something that …Read More

Difficult steps to civil discourse

July 7th, 2015

When Lou Kraus showed me the Old Testament advice about civil discourse, it made me think about my parents’ basic advice: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything …Read More

Our goals, simply stated

July 5th, 2015

We BelieveOur mission is to help people learn what Civil Discourse and Civility are and how to use it to communicate and find Common Ground when opinions differ.Incivility is difficult …Read More

If I had a billion dollars

June 11th, 2015

I almost made a mistake a few days ago. I wrote an essay excoriating some public officials who were slinging incivility in all directions. My strategy was to sling some …Read More

Golden silence

March 17th, 2015

Shortly after starting my first fulltime job as a reporter I found wisdom typed on newsprint and glued to the body of a typewriter.A closed mouth gathers no foot.Words to …Read More

Why be civil

March 6th, 2015

In recent years it has become popular to slam some concepts as “politically correct.”  The implication is that a complaint is petty, insignificant and fails to acknowledge that the public …Read More

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