Can we stop the yelling? (And should we?)
In March, Americans protesting health-care legislation called Congressman Emanuel Cleaver a racial epithet as he walked into the Capitol. Around the same time, a USA TODAY poll reported that more than two-thirds said Americans “should be ashamed of the way elected officials acted” during the recent health care debate. The ugly clashes have brought a new focus to civility in public life. Does civility matter? Who wins and loses when the gloves come off? And when is incivility necessary?
Join KCPT’s Nick Haines at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 3, in the Helzberg Auditorium of the Kansas City Central Library at 14 West 10th Street, for a spirited conversation about the dwindling American resource called civility. A reception will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and there is free parking in the library lot. The event is free, however, please RSVP at http://civility.eventbrite.com.
And be sure to spread the word!
• Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, who has partnered with Republican colleagues to promote decorum in the halls of Congress;
• Reed Chambers, chair of the Tea Party Missouri State Conference;
• Lana Oleen, former KS Senate Majority Leader; and
• Ronnie Metsker, chairman of the Johnson County Republican Party.
Consensus is sponsoring the event, and will report what local residents had to say about civility in a series of focus groups and an online poll. To take the poll, go to
Consensus is the nonprofit that puts the public in public policy. We provide information and processes that allow people to tackle even high-conflict public policy issues. For more information, see http://www.consensuskc.org/. To learn about c/three consulting, its social enterprise arm, go to www.cthreeconsult.com.