A film of white smoke hugs the earth like the skin on a pot of milk let to scald. The boiling milk is Delhi and the skin is pollution from the fields charred after agricultural burns. I’m in India for a wedding but cannot resist comparing government service delivery here with what we have back… Read More The Gift of Context for American City Managers
I recently attended a local government meeting in which program team members were warned not to include clients outside the jurisdiction because of funding source restrictions. The funding was from a federal source. The “do-not-share” message was startling to some in the audience, but others understood. Someone had to deliver this administrative message. At the… Read More A Need for Further Intergovernmental Program Collaboration
By Jason Bowns Can a school district function as a criminal enterprise? What about a probation department or a political party organization? According to recent convictions for violating federal and state racketeer influenced and corrupt organization (RICO) laws, the answer is “yes.” RICO was initially designed to combat La Casa Nostra when it was originally… Read More Racketeering in Public Service
The Ongoing Debate About Abortions By Winnie Eke With the introduction of six anti-abortion bills in Congress, it seems the government wants to control a woman’s choice. Granted the country is divided over abortion but it appears this Congress wants to make its mark on controlling what a woman does. I wonder if it is not… Read More Are We Turning Back the Clock?
By Henry Smart Thanks to the likes of Mitt Romney, there has been recent media coverage about the plight of the poor in the United States. A timely report, recently released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) states that approximately 1 million adults will lose their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.… Read More SNAP 2016 and Beyond: As We Prepare This Table…for All of Us
By Jason Bowns As a snowstorm opens its wings to envelop the Northeast, a political storm surges in Albany. There, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under fire with calls for his resignation from the leadership post he’s held for more than 20 years. His New York State Senate counterpart, Joseph Bruno, endured… Read More Hobson’s Choice in Public Service
By Craig Donovan Various health issues have kept me from writing in the past two months. While I cannot recommend the various trials and tribulations I have experienced, they have given me a time of retreat to take stock and reflect on the past, present, and future: something which I recommend. Flat on my back,… Read More Disney Days
By Winnie Eke It appeared that some people were shocked about the recent revelation and news on children’s homelessness in America. That number, one in every 30 children, is an increase from the previous number of one in 45. It is also a reminder of the systemic failure in policies on poverty in the country.… Read More The Homeless Children and Youth Act (S.2653)– A Ploy or Problem Solver?
Which may cause more damage than the drop in gross domestic product. By Thomas I Miller While the consequences of the recession of 2007-2009 on world economies have been well-studied, less understood are social- psychological impacts of the recession that have realigned world expectations. Though the economic crash of that time is abating and our… Read More The Recession Hurt Our Feelings…
By Henry Smart, III At some point in your life, you may have been asked–What does it mean to be an American? Maybe it was posed during a civics class in middle school or at work. No matter when you were asked, you were probably able to produce a plausible response. However, during a crisis, do… Read More American in Waiting: The Disconnect Between the Definition and the Doing