How to Get Beyond Our Tribal Politics

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:The most-watched made-for-TV movie in American history is “The Day After,” a 1983 portrayal of life in Kansas and Missouri in the days just before and after an all-out nuclear war with the Soviet Union. If you’ve had even fleeting thoughts that Tuesday’s election could bring about the end of the world or the destruction of the country, you might want to find “The Day After” on YouTube, scroll to minute 53 and watch the next six minutes. Now that’s an apocalypse.…We think that it is. After all, civility doesn’t require consensus or the suspension of criticism. It is simply the ability to disagree productively with others while respecting their sincerity and decency. That can be hard to do when emotions run so high. But if we understand better the psychological causes of our current animosity, we can all take some simple steps to turn it down, free ourselves from hatred and make the next four years better for ourselves and the country. Three time-honored quotations can serve as guides.…Mrs. Clinton began with weak praise by saying that she respects Mr. Trump’s children. But then she made it strong and generous by noting how “incredibly able” those children are and how devoted they are to their father, adding, “I think that says a lot about Donald.” Mr. Trump responded in kind: “I will say this about Hillary. She doesn’t quit, and she doesn’t give up. I respect that.”That brief exchange was emotionally powerful—the only uplifting moment of the night for many viewers. Had it been the opening exchange, might the debate have been more elevated, more constructive?This has been a frightening year for many Americans. Questions about the durability, legitimacy and wisdom of our democracy have been raised, both here and abroad. But the true test of our democracy—and our love of country—will come on the day after the election. Starting next Wednesday, each of us must decide what kind of person we want to be and what kind of relationship we want to have with our politically estranged cousins.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journallast_img read more

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Brownlee, Ginebra roll past NLEX in Comm’s Cup

first_imgBarangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings’ Justin Brownlee (left) mows the defense of NLEX Road Warriors’ Arnett Moultrie. PBA MANILA – Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings got back on the winning track in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup after a 93-85 victory over NLEX Road Warriors on Saturday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legaspi City, Albay.Justin Brownlee led the way with 23 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists, while Japeth Aguilar and Gregory Slaughter had 13 and 12 points, respectively, for Kings, which ended its three-game losing skid to improve to 2-5.Kings opened the match with a 15-9 lead on hits from Aguilar and Mark Caguioa. Road Warriors rallied to get within 16-17 on hits from Ilonggo Emman Monfort but Ginebra pulled away anew 22-16 on baskets by Slaughter and Scottie Thompson.NLEX kept the game close early in the second quarter as its trailed just 2 points but 3-pointers from Brownlee and Solomon Mercado gave Kings a 41-35 halftime edge. Kings was up 49-40 after a triple by Brownlee early in the third when Road Warriors had another run to take a 52-51 lead. Ginebra regained the lead 75-66 on triples by Kevin Ferrer and Negrense Joe Devance.Ginebra went on to build its largest lead 85-66 at the onset of the fourth quarter with conversions from Brownlee and Devance. Road Warriors rallied to get close 83-91 but free throws by LA Tenorio sealed the win for Kings.“We’re playing our third game na kumpleto kami. I think there are positive things na pwedeng kuhanin namin sa mga laro na iyon, but of course there’s room for improvement pa sa amin,” said Tenorio.Arnett Moultrie finished with double-double 30 points and 19 rebounds while Monfort added 14 markers for Road Warriors, which dropped to 2-6./PNlast_img read more

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Valley wants, needs 10,000-seat center

first_imgOur resolve and commitment to The Oasis remains unwavering, and so we are beginning negotiations to acquire a site this week. We look forward to working with the community and addressing all of its concerns once we have successfully acquired a site. Mark Steele is president and founder of The Valley Sports Authority, LLC.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system So it took me aback when many members of the neighborhood council complained about our having the “gall” and “audacity” to waste their time by coming to them with only an idea or concept. When was the last time a business reached out to a neighborhood council at the earliest possible stages in the development process of a major potential project? We offered to create a working coalition among the City Council, Zine, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and ourselves to select a site and explore developing the best possible Oasis for the community. While it is conceivable that ultimately the public may reject the idea of The Oasis in Woodland Hills, isn’t the idea at least worth exploring? Therefore, we were quite surprised that the neighborhood council chose to reject the mere concept of a new idea. But its 9-to-8 vote hardly represents a mandate. Nor is it representative of the positive feelings of the vast majority of local residents and businesses toward the concept of The Oasis. Based upon exhaustive research, we were able to provide the neighborhood council with the following projected Oasis statistics: 160 events per year, an average of three a week, with an attendance of 6,000, resulting in 2,000 car trips. That would generate $50 million in projected on-site annual taxable revenue, plus $45 million in annual taxable business revenue at local hotels, restaurants and shops. Additionally, The Oasis would provide at least 3,250 parking spaces and create 175 new jobs. The Oasis would also elevate the men’s basketball program at California State University, Northridge, and the university to greater prominence. By playing home games at The Oasis, the CSUN men’s basketball team would generate enough new revenue to eliminate most, if not all, of the $1 million annual budget deficit plaguing CSUN’s athletic department. WITH a population of more than 1.6 million people, the San Fernando Valley is equivalent in size to Phoenix, the sixth-largest city in the country. Phoenix has three major professional sports teams, major college athletic facilities, cultural venues, concert halls and arenas that can host family events such as ice-skating shows. The Valley doesn’t have a single such venue. This is why we’re proposing The Oasis events center, a 10,000-seat, state-of-the-art venue in Woodland Hills. We are confident that the overwhelming majority of Valley residents want and need such a venue and support our efforts. Why Woodland Hills? Because this area is ideal for several reasons. It has close proximity to two major hotels and shopping malls, upscale restaurants, retail shops, the highly successful Orange Line and the business and corporate offices in the Warner Center. Additionally, this area is close to the communities west of the Valley, such as Westlake, Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley, whose residents would gladly come to the Valley to attend events, patronize its restaurants and shops and spend their recreational dollars. When we began focusing our efforts on several sites in the Woodland Hills area, we immediately contacted Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine’s office. We were informed that we must first take the concept of The Oasis to the Woodland Hills Neighborhood Council, and so we did. last_img read more

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