The future of Democracy in Fort Collins is bright!

You're gonna see some big changes on your ballot in November regarding Fort Collins elections. I went to City Hall on Tuesday night to speak in favor of RCV for Fort Collins, and was tremendously proud of our City of Fort Collins staff and City Council for being willing to hear from 60+ residents on …

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A note about Ranked Choice Voting in Fort Collins

“It's a safe assumption that voters in Fort Collins are smart, passionate, able to articulate their choices and will fill out the ballot to the degree that they wish to,” Armstrong said.a quote from the RCV explainer article in The Coloradoan on 5/4/2022: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2022/05/04/ranked-choice-voters-may-decide-if-system-right-fort-collins-election/7338020001/ There’s a lot of stuff coming down the pipeline for you …

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Schadenfreude Isn’t A Sustainable Way of Life

As a country, we need to take a breath and deeply study what's occurred leading up to the events at the Capitol today to identify which leaders, systems, actions, and words have enabled this unprecedented, divisive, and irresponsible act of chaos and violence against democracy. Accountability is the first step, prevention is the next. Whataboutism …

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About That Personal Responsibility

If you believe in the merit of personal responsibility, at some point, it's important to behave responsibly. Everybody is on the same team about the survival of small businesses. Everybody, even if the words coming out of their mouth or the policies implemented sound anti-business. There's literally no one who benefits from the death of …

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Checks/Balances

The US election system consists of a robust system of checks and balances. There are career professionals whose job it is to ensure every American's voice is heard fairly, both Republican and Democrat, swearing up and down that there was no wrongdoing. There's no evidence of fraud. None:  https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/10/donald-trump-longshot-election-lawsuits and https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/10/us/politics/voting-fraud.html Almost every court case …

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Star Trek Solved Its Stuffy-Shirt Problem

Star Trek has traditionally had a stuffy-shirt problem, especially via fans of The Next Generation (think Picard/Riker/Data era). The ethics of the 24th-century Federation were so lofty as to seem unachievable and unrealistically idealistic to many. I grew up as one of those insufferably idealistic kids, espousing the virtues of Trek wherever I went (usually …

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It is OK to not be OK

Listen: things are not normal right now. It is OK to not be OK. A global pandemic, catastrophic fires exacerbated by climate change, a divisive election, ongoing political bickering amidst diminishing civility, human rights violations, and racial/caste injustice… In the face of unprecedented, unimaginable, unrelenting heartbreak it is OK to not be OK. Focus on …

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Lying is Incompatible with Leadership

The first duty of every leader is to the truth. There is no faster method to completely undermine the efforts of your smartest people than to obfuscate, distract, distort, or dissemble. There's no more egregious waste than that of resources dedicated to the pursuit of a false premise. "Good deception" or leading an enemy on, …

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