Public Policy

  • D-Day + 70 Years

    I originally posted this on June 6, 2008 on the Flashpoint Blog of the American Security Project.  I’m re-posting it here today, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces, drafted a statement on the eve of the D-Day invasion.  He intended to issue it to the press should the invasion fail and be pushed back into the sea. He wrote: Our landings in … Read More

  • “Climate change” vs. “global warming”

    The Center for Climate Change Communication (4C) at George Mason University has just released a report that discusses the relative merits of the terms climate change and global warming – from the perspective of communicators trying to engage audiences on this critical topic. The results are a reminder that word choice matters – a conclusion I am professionally obligated to endorse, as a cognitive linguist. They are also a reminder … Read More

  • Not about charity

    At a forum last night for Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates (organized by the Economic Progress Institute and held at the Ocean State Theatre in Warwick, RI), one of the participants emphasized a point that all of us would do well to remember. It is worth taking a moment to appreciate State Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s repeated insistence that “This is not about charity,” when talking about tax-supported public programs from Head … Read More

  • One Decade, Many Lessons: Islam in a post-9/11 America

    American Muslims are confronting a stark new reality: mounting opposition to the construction of mosques, congressional hearings into the radicalization of Muslim youth and rising hate crimes against Muslims. Americans hold a less favorable view of Islam today than even after the attacks. What happened? To answer this question, Andrea Elliott transports her audiences into the little-known world of American Islam—a community in search of itself. As terrorism in the … Read More

  • Newport Daily News: “Professors Discuss Healthcare at Forum”

    NEWPORT, R.I. – The Newport Daily News featured an article on the Pell Center’s panel discussion, “Rhetoric of the Affordable Care Act,” on Thursday, March 6: The political tension emanating from the federal Affordable Care Act is simply more of the same and can be traced back to the founding fathers’ debate over the role of government, two panelists agreed Wednesday night. Bryant University political  science professor Richard Holtzman and … Read More

  • Opinion: The Politics of National Interest

    The “Halftime in America” ad from Chrysler that I found so compelling angered Karl Rove. Go figure. You could simply chalk it up to different political perspectives—and that might be true, but not in the way you would think.  I’ll explain. Democrat or Republican, I’m drawn to candidates who put the nation ahead of party.  Liberal or conservative, I’m attracted to public servants who seek common solutions to common problems.  … Read More

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