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Guest Essay: Going green: Obstacle or Opportunity

A now-predictable protest against public environmental initiatives, whether proposed law or big project, is the lament, “we can’t afford it.” The “we” is cast as larger society, although those actually objecting are usually a smaller group. Viewing public sustainability decisions as obstacles, however, is, itself a choice. What Evanston’s recent win of the 2011 Mayors’ […]

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Guest Essay – Bubbles, Filters and Prisms: Bridging Our Disconnect With Government

I once asked a politician about accusations of disproportionate campaign cash from members of one industry. “Campaign contributions don’t buy votes,” he assured me. “All they buy is access.” He said this without irony. Access, of course, has been a key point in the push for lobbying reform. Intuitively, government’s output correlates to input. Lawmakers […]