Former ambassador Roemer defines ‘civility’

first_imgOn Friday afternoon in the Hesburgh Center auditorium, former Congressman and ambassador to India Timothy Roemer spoke about the current state of political discourse in a talk entitled “Civility in the Public Square: A Strong Leadership Principle.”Roemer, a South Bend native with masters and doctorate degrees from Notre Dame, began by explaining how he defines civility and how the public often misperceives it.“There’s a perception that civil people are afraid to speak their minds and stand on their principles,” Roemer said. “I couldn’t disagree more.“Civility is not the same thing as compromise. It’s treating your opponents with a measure of respect.”Quoting President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Roemer reminded the audience “civility is not a sign of weakness.”Roemer then listed strong historical leaders who embodied civility. He said the efforts President Abraham Lincoln and General Ulysses S. Grant made to treat the South with respect after the Civil War showed the tremendous power of civility. He also said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exemplified the same virtue in his actions of peace and restraint toward those who viciously attacked him.Roemer said the current lack of civility in public discourse stems from a few factors. The first, Roemer said, is “political apathy and indifference,” shown by record-low voter turnout and overall decreasing participation in the democratic process. Roemer said this allows more extreme voices on both sides of the spectrum to gain power while moderate voters stay home on Election Day. Voter disenchantment with political polarization fuels even lower voter turnout and the vicious cycle perpetuates itself.“No one is going to come along and make politics work for you,” he said.The influence of “big money” also leads increased incivility, Roemer said. After the Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission Supreme Court decision, the “the price of reaching voters skyrocketed,” he said. Roemer noted that the cost of an average Congressional campaign today is 300 percent greater than it was in 1990.Roemer said the media also contributes to the brutal political discourse.“Outlets like Fox News and MSNBC need to have a pre-packaged cast of good guys versus bad guys in order to attract viewers,” he said.Addressing the power of newer forms of media, Roemer said “people are able to say things online they would never dream of doing in person.”Roemer concluded with a few more examples of civility he sees in the world today, including Malala Yousafzai, the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for educational rights of women in the face of violent oppression, the democratic protesters in Hong Kong, who take great pains to clean up after themselves while being attacked by the police, and Pope Francis, who has spread the message of the Church effectively without changing fundamental doctrine.Tags: ambassador to India, Congressman, Hesburgh Center auditorium, Public Square, Timothy Roemerlast_img read more

Owego man arrested for gas station robbery

first_imgOfficials say they received several tips from the public which helped the investigation. Deputies arrested 32-year-old Charles Haupt from Owego Saturday morning and charged him with 1st degree robbery, a class B felony. OWEGO (WBNG) – The Broome County Sheriff’s office says it arrested a man involved with a robbery at a gas station in the town of Union. Haupt was dropped off at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility, where he will await further action in Broome County Court.center_img Sheriff’s deputies say the robbery occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Speedway gas station at 1015 Union Center-Maine Highway in the town of Union. Officials say cigarettes and cash was stolen from the gas station. Broome County Sheriff David Harder says he would like to thank the public for their assistance in the investigation.last_img read more

Chevy’s struggles keep Penske out of Indy 500 pole shootout

first_img FOLLOW US Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 16th August, 2020 07:33 IST COMMENTcenter_img Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 07:33 IST Chevy’s Struggles Keep Penske Out Of Indy 500 Pole Shootout And when the gun finally sounded, the most successful team in race history found itself shut out of Indy’s nine-car pole shootout for the first time since the format debuted in 2010. It’s also the first time Team Penske hasn’t had a car start in the first three rows since 2002 Associated Press Television News One by one, Roger Penske’s four drivers took their shots during Indianapolis 500 qualifying Saturday.Each time, they returned frustrated or flummoxed, futilely searching for answers.And when the gun finally sounded, the most successful team in race history found itself shut out of Indy’s nine-car pole shootout for the first time since the format debuted in 2010. It’s also the first time Team Penske hasn’t had a car start in the first three rows since 2002.“Not a chance, not a chance,” Will Power said disgustedly after posting a four-lap average of 229.701 on his four-lap run. “One of the slowest cars ever. We ran less down force than Josef (Newgarden) and it was slower. So that’s it, man, that’s what we’ve got. At least we can focus on the race now.”The 2018 Indy winner made two more attempts but wasn’t any faster. Penske’s other drivers — three-time 500 winner Helio Castroneves, defending Indy champion Simon Pagenaud and two-time series champ Josef Newgarden — continued making attempts, too.Nothing worked.Newgarden qualified 11th on the three-car, 11-row grid. He’ll start on the inside of Row 5 next Sunday. Power wound up 22nd with a 229.701, Pagenaud was 25th at 228.836 and Castroneves will be 28th — the worst starting position in his 20-year career at the Brickyard. He posted a 228.373But unlike 25 years ago, when Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi did not qualify for the race, this was not just Penske’s problem.The Chevrolet-powered cars struggled all day, with Honda engines claiming the top five seeds and eight of nine shootout spots. Marco Andretti had the fastest car at 231.351.Rinus Veeky, the 19-year-old Dutch rookie, was the only driver standing in the way of a Honda sweep. He was sixth at 231.114.“It was my fastest lap ever at Indy,” he said. “I haven’t done too many laps as a rookie, but I feel really happy. I had a good car at high speeds, so I already knew what the car was going to do. It just felt great and I didn’t have any problems at all.”That was a rarity for the Chevy drivers.VeeKay’s teammates, three-time pole winner Ed Carpenter and Conor Daly, qualified 16th and 18th. Carpenter also owns the team.Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy winner, is starting 23rd, and JR Hildebrand, the 500 runner-up in 2011, qualified 32nd after avoiding the wall during his only attempt of the day. Two-time world champ Fernando Alonso never had a chance, either.“I was happy with the run and I think it’s what we have at the moment,” the Spaniard said after qualifying 20th at 228.768 in his Chevy. “We knew this morning or maybe yesterday, we were not going to be real good with the boost. So we said let’s focus on the race car.””The obstacles for Penske’s team kept getting worse.“Obviously, we are working on it,” Castroneves said after making the first of three qualifying runs. “We’ve got to see if we can find something, just to find it. However it’s going to take at least two to 2 1/2 hours to cool down this car to see if that’s possible. We’re going to try. Otherwise, we have a very good car for the race.”Things went so poorly, Newgarden and Power were back in line when Hildebrand, the last driver to make an attempt, finished his run.When that didn’t work, Team Penske returned to its garage where crew members and engineers watched television coverage, looking for a glimmer of hope.That moment came when points leader and 2008 Indy winner Scott Dixon improved his morning time during a mid-afternoon run, sending he Penske crew back back to pit road. They tried everything, at one point even attempting to time a run under cloud cover.Castroneves told NBC he finally figured out what was wrong on his ensuing run. But in a seemingly fitting conclusion to the day, Castroneves was still in line when time exprired.“At least we can focus on the race now,” Power said. “We’ll work on the race car and then we’ll see.”Image credits: AP LIVE TVlast_img read more