Results for the site category: community

    • Douglas Bedell

      Words of Identity

      President Obama: "...As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it's an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago – these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these...
      • Douglas Bedell

        Wikipedia on Online Communities

        By Douglas Bedell

        Categories: community

        Wikipedlia, itself a product of community, says online communities are places for sharing and learning together. "Online communities were developed to encourage individuals to come together to teach and learn from one another. They open the door...
        • Douglas Bedell

          Kindness of a N.Y.C. Police Officer

          How about the New York City police officer who took time off his rounds to buy a pair of boots for a barefoot homeless man on the street. That wasn't fairness so much as simple kindness and concern for a fellow human being in need. We commend Officer Lawrence DePrimo for his act of kindness. 
          • Douglas Bedell

            Voting Without a Photo ID

            Voted today in Pennsylvania, maybe for the last time without having to show a "Photo ID" card. (A court stayed the state's new voter (photo) ID law for this election.) There I was, looking down at the way I have voted all these years. There was my signature upside down: I just had to duplicate it...
            • Douglas Bedell

              The Nature of Fairness

              By Douglas Bedell

              Categories: community, counselling

              Fairness is an ethical and philosophical concept, it's not simply in the eye of the beholder – or of the person experiencing a felt lack of fairness....
              • Douglas Bedell

                Storm Duty by a Public Servant

                One of our Lebanon County, Pa., commissioners, Jo Ellen Litz, is an exemplary public servant, especially during times of emergency. She takes it upon herself to keep residents informed by e-mail of road closings, etc., during storms like Sandy. Her dispatches are very helpful unless, as ours did...
                • Douglas Bedell

                  Photo ID to Vote an Unfair Requirement

                  Pennsylvania's pending voter ID law (not in effect for the presidential election) seems like a one-time poll tax – collected in a voter's time and effort – and, for people who haven't needed photo IDs, a pain thereafter. It's a hindrance to, not a mandate of, the voting process and...