The Civility Project included stories and columns, town hall meetings and the Civility Luncheon and Forum. The COVID-19 pandemic has since engulfed the nation. The Civility Project seemed to come to a halt, but behind the scenes we remain committed. Basic civility is listening. It is being patient. It is understanding and accepting political differences. It is even being polite.
The following stories and columns exploring the challenges of civil discourse in a divided society appeared in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News as part of the Civility Project, a series of reporting and community events aimed at furthering the discussion.
The National Institute for Civil Discourse states 78 percent of Americans believe incivility and political dysfunction prevent the nation from moving forward.
BOISE — It’s been 50 years since Scott Bedke was kicked out of the sixth grade, but he still grits his teeth at the memory.
As she struggled through a difficult divorce, Robbie Paul noticed that some of her depressive episodes weren’t linked to her crumbling marriage.
For more than 150 years, a simple adage has helped children deal with the daily parade of schoolyard insults: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.
Barely eight years after the Constitution was ratified, America’s first and only independent president cited extreme partisanship or “the spirit of party” as one of the greatest dangers facing the republic.
On the day after Valentine’s Day, I feel confident revisiting a top-notch buddy story — a political “bromance,” if you will.