Civil Politics For a Shared Future
Health is a public good. It is in our national interest to create a health care system that balances quality, access, and cost.
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.
Free markets only work when they’re fair. It’s time for government to shift focus from pro-business policies to pro-market policies.
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.
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.
A representative democracy cannot sustain itself without active citizenship. Americans are imbued with certain fundamental rights as citizens, and those rights carry responsibilities.
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…
Suburban Outlaw: Independence Day for a family and nation
This year, Independence Day has special meaning in our family. As the nation celebrates its founding, our son and recent college graduate is moving cross-country to begin…
Hey Washington, regular Ohioans agree on these federal budget fixes
Listen up lawmakers in Washington, middle America Republicans and Democrats agree on a common ground mix of spending cuts and tax increases that would reduce the federal…
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…