THE VILLAGE SQUARE LAUNCHES ‘OUR TOWN’ FORUM SERIES Leadership Tallahassee and Tallahassee Democrat partner in local leadership forum
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – February 13, 2012 – If you want to participate in civic life in Tallahassee but aren’t interested in preparing a three-minute speech for a commission meeting, what options do you have? This Thursday night, February 16, citizens will have a rare opportunity to talk over pizza with both Tallahassee City Commissioners and Leon County Commissioners.
“OUR TOWN: Local Leadership Forum” is the first in an ongoing series of unique local issues forums being launched by The Village Square, a nonprofit formed by local leaders – from both sides of the political divide – to improve the civility and factual accuracy of civic dialogue. The series is part of a grant funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Fund at the Community Foundation of North Florida to foster an informed, engaged community. (more…)
This unique New York Times blog by Maira Kalman makes me tear up a bit every time I re-read it. America is such a Big Idea. And our country’s greatness really is fundamentally located in our communities, with our humble town hall or wherever it is we manage to make civic connections to our neighbors. We’re launching OUR TOWN this Thursday night because we believe it’s time to live up to that legacy of greatness. We hope you’ll join us for our first event on February 16th. We want you there so badly, we’re buying the pizza.
The Village Square is giving Tallahassee citizens a chance to interact with local officials in a less-formal setting than a commission meeting.
Next week — Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. — anyone with anything to say is invited to the “Our Town” forum discussion at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where they can ask questions of their city and county commissioners over pizza and drinks.
Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge, who will speak at the forum, said this sort of setting is rare for the politicians involved. He encouraged anyone with a question about what’s going on in the city and its surrounding areas to come out. View the article online at Tallahassee.com HERE. Get more details and RSVP for the forum HERE.
CLAUDE PEPPER LIBRARY PUBLIC ISSUES FORUM ON HEALTH CARE
This spring, the Claude Pepper Library at Florida State University in conjunction with the Kettering foundation would like to extend invitations to those interested in participating in a public forum discussion on National Health Care. The forum date has been set for Tuesday, March 20th from 5pm-8pm with the room location to be announced (the forum will be held within the Pepper Center Building on Call Street). The topic for this forum will focus on National Health Care and is titled: “Coping With the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need?”
Included below is a brief summary of the forum as well as the three “approaches” that will be discussed by the participants:
Nearly three out of four Americans today worry that their income will not keep up with rising prices…These worries outstrip anxieties about losing a job, terrorist attacks, crime, and losing savings in the stock market.
The questions we must address are: How can we get the health care we require, in the face of rising costs? How can we pay for what we need?
There will be three approaches to be discussed:
Approach #1: Reduce the Threat of Financial Ruin Proponents of this approach say we need to make health insurance that covers major medical expenses available to everyone.
Approach #2: Restrain Out-of-Control Costs Health-care costs are too high for too many people. This approach holds that they should be reduced directly through price controls and other means.
Approach #3: Provide Coverage as a Right Proponents of this approach say that health care coverage is something every citizen is entitled to
If you are interested in participating, please contact:
“Americans of all ages, all conditions, and all dispositions constantly form associations. They have not only commercial and manufacturing companies, in which all take part, but associations of a thousand other kinds, religious, moral, serious, futile, general or restricted, enormous or diminutive. The Americans make associations to give entertainments, to found seminaries, to build inns, to construct churches, to diffuse books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they found hospitals, prisons, and schools. If it is proposed to inculcate some truth or to foster some feeling by the encouragement of a great example, they form a society.”
There was some role reversal Tuesday night at The Village Square’s latest panel discussion. Media experts were put on the receiving end of some tough questions, with members of The Village Square conducting the interviews.
A panel — consisting of a newspaper editor, the man who runs who runs a Florida news aggregate website, two longtime reporters and a professor — tackled inquiries about the state of the news media, where the industry is going and how The St. Petersburg Times picked up a new name.
“Media Wars,” a dinner discussion hosted by The Village Square, concentrated on how the news industry can thrive in a more online-oriented era. CNBC Washington correspondent John Harwood served as the keynote speaker for the event. Read the whole article online at Tallahassee.com HERE.
The Village Square wants to ensure the community can keep up with the constantly changing face of the news media.
Today, several media experts will gather to discuss how media have evolved in society, in the classroom and, of course, on the Internet.
At 6 p.m., The Village Square will host “Media Wars: The Future of How (and What) We Know,” which is part of its “Dinner at the Square” series of events.
CNBC Washington correspondent John Harwood will serve as keynote speaker. Neil Skene, moderator for the event, said Harwood was a “terrific” option and added that the panel will offer a wide variety of views.
Panelists include Tampa Bay Times Editor Neil Brown; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucy Morgan; Florida A&M professor and Knight Chair in Journalism Joe Ritchie; and Justin Sayfie, publisher of Sayfie Review. Read the article at Tallahassee.com HERE.
CNBC CORRESPONDENT TO SPEAK AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
John Harwood, the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, will present a lecture, “Fragmented Politics, Fragmented Media: Challenges to American Journalism.” The lecture is part of the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy’s Laird B. Anderson and Florence H. Ashby Lectureship on Public Policy Journalism series.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7
3:30 – 5 P.M.
CLAUDE PEPPER CENTER
636 W. CALL ST.
In addition to his work at CNBC, Harwood is a political writer for The New York Times. He also provides political analysis on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and oversees The Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll. Following his graduation from Duke University in 1978, Harwood joined the St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, local government and politics, as well as working on investigative projects. Later he became the paper’s state capital correspondent in Tallahassee. In 1991, he joined The Wall Street Journal as White House correspondent, covering the George H.W. Bush administration and, subsequently, Congress. In 1997, he became the Journal’s political editor.
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(Parking available on the top level of the parking garage on the corner of Call and Macomb Streets)
TWO EVENTS FOCUS ON CHANGES, CHALLENGES AND FUTURE OF JOURNALISM CNBC’s John Harwood to speak at Florida State University and The Village Square;joined by leaders in Florida’s media landscape
(TALLAHASSEE, FL) – February 2, 2012 – In just a few short years, everything has changed about how we get our information, and John Harwood, CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent, is coming to Tallahassee to talk about it. Harwood will share his views on the changes, challenges and future of journalism as the featured speaker at two February 7 events in Tallahassee. (more…)
I looked and looked for a video of these touching moments to share with you if you didn’t catch Tuesday night’s State of the Union, but I couldn’t find one. So I’m sharing this video as an introduction. You can see Congressman Flake at Giffords’ left in the first half of the video below.
Last year’s State of the Union found Arizona Republican Representative Jeff Flake sitting next to Representative Gabby Gifford’s empty seat as she struggled for her life in the aftermath of the shooting. So this year he reports being delighted to be able to – as NoLabels.org advocated for – sit in a bipartisan fashion next to his colleague. Throughout the speech, Rep. Giffords stood up with her Democratic party at the appropriate Democratic applause lines.
And each time she did, it was Representative Flake who both helped her to her feet and helped her sit back down again. He was, many times that night, the only Republican in the chamber standing.
“She knew when she wanted to stand up,” Flake told Yahoo News. “And I stood when she stood.”
President Obama in last night’s State of the Union: Those of us who’ve been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you’re marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you’re in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind.
One of my proudest possessions is the flag that the SEAL Team took with them on the mission to get bin Laden. On it are each of their names. Some may be Democrats. Some may be Republicans. But that doesn’t matter. Just like it didn’t matter that day in the Situation Room, when I sat next to Bob Gates – a man who was George Bush’s defense secretary; and Hillary Clinton, a woman who ran against me for president.
All that mattered that day was the mission. No one thought about politics. No one thought about themselves. One of the young men involved in the raid later told me that he didn’t deserve credit for the mission. It only succeeded, he said, because every single member of that unit did their job – the pilot who landed the helicopter that spun out of control; the translator who kept others from entering the compound; the troops who separated the women and children from the fight; the SEALs who charged up the stairs. More than that, the mission only succeeded because every member of that unit trusted each other – because you can’t charge up those stairs, into darkness and danger, unless you know that there’s someone behind you, watching your back.
So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong.
Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.