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Smarter Cities, Smarter Government

Smarter Cities, Smarter Government

Recently, I was involved in a terrible car accident in which my car was struck by another in an intersection. Luckily, no one was seriously injured. While the police arrived…

The Nation at a Point of Inflection

The Nation at a Point of Inflection

As a country, we have experienced what many believe to be the most politically and socially corrosive presidential campaign in American history. The dominance of electronic communications has allowed the…

What Happens When City Leaders Believe Government Can Be Great?

What Happens When City Leaders Believe Government Can Be Great?

“America’s Most Satisfied City.” That’s what Time magazine called Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2014. According to Gallup survey data, nearly 95 percent of the city’s residents said they were satisfied…

Edge County Syndrome

All counties share similarities but vary in their services, cultures and settings. Edge counties are differentiated by the impact of forces that rapid growth unleashes within their microenvironment and the…

The Dangers of Bioterrorism

The Dangers of Bioterrorism

The activities of many extremists worldwide have been focused on methods to inflict high mass casualty incidents. They seek weapons of mass destruction which they would not hesitate to deploy…

Japan’s Government Medical and Care Support for Elderly

Japan’s Government Medical and Care Support for Elderly

Longevity is the wish of all mankind. But it is this ‘healthy life span’ older people wish for so they can enjoy a longer life. …

Lessons from the Fight to End Veteran Homelessness

Lessons from the Fight to End Veteran Homelessness

Homelessness is pervasive among veterans who are disproportionately represented among the homeless population. In addition to employment barriers such as increased instances of mental illness and substance abuse, veterans tend…

Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

Hillary Clinton did not lose the 2016 presidential election because of low black voter turnout, voter suppression, Hispanics voting for Trump or white men. Clinton lost because not enough white…

Making Our Voices Heard

Making Our Voices Heard

Twenty years ago Susan Tolchin, then a professor at George Washington University, published The Angry American: How Voter Rage is Changing the Nation. Sadly, Professor Tolchin died in May 2016…

The Public Sector as the Employer of Choice by Youth in the Middle East

The Public Sector as the Employer of Choice by Youth in the Middle East

Youth in the Middle East present an interesting case for the study of the attractiveness of the public sector. Data collected in many polls show the preference of the public…

Water, Water Everywhere — Well, Maybe Not so Much

Water, Water Everywhere — Well, Maybe Not so Much

When scientists look for signs of life in the universe, the first thing they look for is water. Over 50 percent of our bodies is water. We can live only…

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