Easy, Cowboy.

Ever been with a group of “leaders” and you just feel like:   They aren’t perceiving you as an experienced person, due to not knowing your history or simply not feeling you “rise to their level” of knowledge? They aren’t respecting you or your passion for your work, many times due to Point #1 above. […]

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Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections (Intelligence Community Assessment) 01.06.17

Read for yourself… this is what our intelligence community has determined in the alleged Russian activities (and intentions) regarding the 2016 US Election. Scope This report includes an analytic assessment drafted and coordinated among The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA), which draws on intelligence […]

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Democracy at its Most Complacent

Man… we are lame. Official numbers aren’t officially tallied quite yet, but estimates put our Voter Turnout for 2016 somewhere in the neighborhood of 56%. Fifty. Six. Percent. If you took at your cues from social media, you would swear that 100% of eligible voters turned out (plus some dead guys voting, of course) and […]

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The .gov Role: The Hub for Community Development

Ahh… local government. The place where we pay taxes that we complain about the most, the place we pay our parking bills that we complain about the most… actually come to think about it, for many of us City Hall is a big “complaint box” where we all gather (if ever) and complain about stuff. […]

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Nothing Personal…Cuz It’s Public (Policy)

It is a consistent adage that there is no “perfect” public policy. You could argue things like women’s suffrage and reconciliation to right the wrongs our founding fathers did (or more accurately didn’t do) regarding non-white races (the despicable “3/5th” compromise) should be no-brainers… but still there isn’t perfection. Someone, even those simply living with […]

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A Letter to the Next Generations: Three To Think About For The “Bookends”

A Letter to the Next Generations: Three To Think About For The “Bookends” There’s a lot of talk and writing about the inter-generational challenges and opportunities we are knee-deep in at this point in our world with the amazing “bookend generations” – The Baby Boomers and The Millennials.  Two huge generations, two interesting viewpoints, two […]

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WIIFM & NIMBY: Sadly, That’s Not A New Cartoon Show

When talking about any kind of economic and community development, the conversation very quickly turns to two major factors: where and how much money?  It’s as natural as when greeting someone you instantly ask “how are you?” Sadly though, these questions in economic development aren’t generally meant out of concern or care in the macro […]

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