Civil Politics For a Shared Future
Making Government Work
Our elected representatives owe their loyalty to us, not to their political parties. Our government should work for everyone. It is up to all of us to make that happen.
Health Care Policy
Health is a public good. It is in our national interest to create a health care system that balances quality, access, and cost.
Primary & Secondary Education
Access to high quality education is a basic right of every child, regardless of family income. But top-down federal initiatives continue to fail us.
Helping people overcome poverty makes our nation stronger. Let’s focus our efforts on public education and on antipoverty initiatives that work.
Restoring Competitive Markets
Free markets only work when they’re fair. It’s time for government to shift focus from pro-business policies to pro-market policies.
Reducing Federal Debt
Uncontrolled growth in federal debt threatens both our economic stability and national security. We need a comprehensive, bipartisan, long-term plan to reduce the debt.
Today’s challenges, from terrorism and nuclear proliferation to cyberattacks and pandemic disease, don’t respect national borders. Resolutions are not possible without some degree of American leadership and international cooperation.
Open-ended foreign policy commitments and undisciplined spending have overextended the US military. Our military capabilities should reflect our foreign policy initiatives.
Immigration enforcement and counterterrorism are very different functions of government. For either one to be effective, both must be conducted separately.
Freedom of Religion
Gun ownership, religious freedom, reproductive rights, drug policy -- all are complex and deeply personal issues. They shouldn’t drive us apart.
It is possible to find a balance between the right of individuals to own firearms, and the need for society to know that gun owners are accountable for their use and control.
Clear Away the Smoke to Find Constructive Immigration Policies
Few issues on our political agenda are more heated than the debate on immigration policy. The most recent escalation in that debate came earlier this week when President Trump…
Basic Principles of Immigration Reform
Politicians mean a lot of different things when they advocate comprehensive immigration reform. Their ideas run the gamut, from offering legal status to the 11 million undocumented…
D.A. Dan Conley Speaks Out on Concealed Carry Reciprocity
On December 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would require all 50 states to honor concealed carry permits…
Tougher Laws, or Thoughts and Prayers?
How do our political leaders respond to mass killings? It all depends on the killer. If a Muslim assailant kills innocent people in a terror attack, they…
A plea for leadership in Washington
The Hill, 1/29/18: This month, our federal government shut down for the second time in five years. I know our country has endured times of intense political…
Radio Interview with Howard Konar, Founder of Common Ground
Connections with Evan Dawson, 12/12/17: Is there a way to remove the stain of partisanship from politics? A local developer says yes. Howard Konar is the founder…
Interesting people of Rochester 2017: 15 notables worth knowing
Democrat & Chronicle, 11/21/17: As executive director of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, Tracey Dello Stritto works to get people from across the country to fall in…
Now, let’s move beyond politics on health care
Albany Times Union, 8/28/17: The national conversation about health care has veered far away from common goals that most Americans care about. It has instead turned into…