The Power of Everyday Civility

Erica Pandey at Axios: Small and simple, kind gestures have immense, underestimated power.   Why it matters: When it comes to doing nice things for others, a little goes a long way. That should encourage all of us to put in that bit of extra effort to make...

Incivility in Chicago

Craig Wall at WLS-TV in Chicago: Some former Chicago City Council members suggest a lack of civility in the city council is one of the driving reasons for why so many people are leaving. Nearly one-third of the council has left for one reason or another. Former...

Dealing with Disruption and Incivility

At the Los Angeles Times, Mark Z. Barabak notes that public meetings have increasingly been subject to disruption: The result is a new California law that will make it easier to conduct the public’s business by spelling out just how and when bullies, bad actors and...

Election Officials in Danger

Neil Vigdor at NYT: In Wisconsin, one of the nation’s key swing states, cameras and plexiglass now fortify the reception area of a county election office in Madison, the capital, after a man wearing camouflage and a mask tried to open locked doors during an election...

Insult Politics

John F. Harris at Politico: The paradox of modern technology, especially as harnessed by social media, is that it is especially proficient in unleashing primitive dimensions of human character. That suggests a renaissance of insult, indignation and conspiracy theory —...