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CityViews 2/16/12: Civility Progress Report



Segment 1:  Civility Progress Report

A year ago, Lt. Gov. Greg Bell, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and a host of other community-minded individuals made a New Year’s resolution: to practice civility. The movement stemmed from the cutting remarks, nasty tone and polarization that pervades much of public discourse. So, how are we doing?



  • Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
  • Cynthia Buckingham, Utah Humanities Council
  • John Kesler, Utah Civility and Community Initiative


On Friday, February 17, “Civility and American Democracy: A National Forum” by the Center for Civil Discourse will stream live  from 6:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. MST.




Segment 2:   First-Person Stories

A new collection of personal histories celebrates the lessons we can learn from slice-of-life stories and on Thursday, we hear stories of dignity and wisdom from Utahns who have had some very diverse life experiences.



  • Paulette Stevens, Utah Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians
  • Dave Homer

Paulette Stevens and other contributors to the book “One World, Many Stories” will be reading from and signing copies Saturday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at Weller’s Book Works, 665 E 600 S, Trolley Square, Salt Lake City.


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City Views was a daily public affairs program that ran on KCPW from 2011 to 2013. It was hosted by Jennifer Napier-Pearce, who later went on launch and host "Behind the Headlines," the weekly news roundup from KCPW and The Salt Lake Tribune. The show featured news reports and interviews with policymakers, local newsmakers and
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    In my experience, I’ve been the target of speech-code enforcement in city-topic meeting. (To focus on the topic of civility, I’m not going to provide the exact example.) I uttered a word, but not a word of bigotry, to describe a type of people that engages in a commonly deplorable activity.

    Immediately, two participants immediately “corrected” me, but I would have none of it.

    In this regard, I hope that the effort for civility does not turn into speech-code policies whose enforcement in itself is hardly an act of civility.

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