According to definitions.net, “civil discourse is engagement in discourse intended to enhance understanding.” Kenneth J. Gergen describes civil discourse as “the language of dispassionate objectivity,” and suggests that it requires respect of the other participants, such as the reader. “It neither diminishes the other’s moral worth, nor questions their good judgment; it avoids hostility, direct antagonism, or excessive persuasion; it requires modesty and an appreciation for the other participant’s experiences.” (www.definitions.net, 8/4/19). Social media is anything but social. It has encouraged anonymous posts that are full of anger, disrespect, rancor and ignorance. Let’s have a conversation begin with sincere listening to one another’s side of the issue. Let’s thoughtfully point out
HRW was able to sit down for a chat with the Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer “One of the biggest problems that we have in our country is a lack of civility and a lack of respectful and effective communication. We have become smitten with social media to the point where people don’t talk to one another anymore; they have more comfort in texting. We have certainly lost the human touch. I also attribute the lack of civility to social media, since this is where people feel that they can say anything online, regardless of whether or not they hurt someone else’s feelings. We have become desensitized and ineffective communicators. In terms of politics, people don’t trust government anymore and they feel they can say or do whatever they want in the p
At age 16, Washington had hand copied 110 rules on civility and decent behavior, originally attributed to a 12-year-old boy. While some might be relegated to the arcane and silly, the spirit of the majority of the rules was the code of politeness and respect for other people. It is the essence of the Golden Rule; to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. In the words of Scripture, the second great commandment, is to love thy neighbor as thy self. Where is this virtue in our culture and political discourse today? While it is alive and well in our churches and synagogues on Saturday and Sunday, it is possibly being administered the last rights in the civil discourse of our national politics, the media coverage, and the streets of America. Most of us dese...
Hampton Roads Weekly had the pleasure and privilege of sitting down to talk with Cheryl McLeskey who is our contemporary woman leader of today. This dynamic, warm, multi-talented woman has overcome incredible odds with the help of her God-given strength. We are lucky to have Cheryl as a tireless leader in Hampton Roads. TAKING OVER THE HELM OF MCLESKEY COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT I have to give credit to my late husband Wayne for building a solid foundation through decades of hard work. He developed high-quality residential and commercial projects all around the region to help serve people. Becoming CEO of the company after my husband‘s death in 2012 was very difficult as I fought through grief. Through the great senior leadership team that Wayne trained for decades, and the
Possible Solutions to Mass Shootings After the terrible tragedy that occurred in Virginia Beach on Friday, May 31st, people all over the country are once again asking when these mass shootings will stop. There are two primary strategies that have been discussed for several years. The first strategy discussed by Democrats and the media is gun control. The second strategy discussed by Republicans is arming schools and citizens and eliminating stringent gun control laws. We can debate for years (and we have) the advantages and disadvantages of each proposed strategy; however, at the end of the day, they are not solutions to the problem. They are, in fact, just a band aid. The infection is still raging and both strategies are not the “antibiotic” that
On behalf of our Hampton Roads Weekly family, please keep in your prayers the victims and the families of all those murdered and injured this afternoon. We understand we all must come together now to give comfort. Many thanks to our incredible first responders. We at HRW will keep you informed of how we may be able to help in any way. #loveforvb
He almost had me. For a moment last Wednesday I actually felt a twinge of sympathy for Joe Biden. Why not? I used to like him. Biden was the kind of common-sense Democrat I voted for before he became a they-want-to-put-y’all-back-in-chains kind of veep. I watched the video Biden made last week to apologize for pawing and sniffing women, children and even some men over the past several decades. And it was pathetic. There he sat, snowy-haired and tieless, the guy with nothing but participant ribbons to show for jumping into presidential primary after primary, looking for one last hurrah. How irritating must it be to see that old commie, Bernie Sanders - a year older at 77 - getting all the love while you’re being accused of being a serial groper. In the video Joe
By Kerry Dougherty Here’s something we can all agree on: Many American newspapers are circling the drain. There are a multitude of reasons. But much of the blame goes to penny-pinching, short-sighted, unimaginative publishers. Dullards who know how to count beans but know nothing about news reporting. They’ve either laid off or bought out most experienced journalists, leaving many newsrooms in the hands of green reporters and editors with little historical knowledge of the localities they cover and without the courage to sometimes say, “Hold on, something about this story doesn’t feel right.” On top of that, pressure to get stories online means more errors - hey, they can be corrected later - asnews outlets join the arms race to spew digital information. If you want to
Some Thoughts on the Passing of a Great President – George H.W. Bush By Bruce Meyer With the recent passing of President George H.W. Bush, I began to think about the time of his Presidency and his impact on my life as well as the Republican Party. When George Bush Sr. was elected to office, it was 1988. I was Chairman of the Old Dominion University College Republicans. This was the “Eighties” and the era of Ronald Reagan. The baton was going to be handed over to a new leader. These were exciting times! The Republican Party in Virginia was a very different animal than it is today. Back then, the Party was organized and motivated, preparing for our future growth. Sure we had our share of interfamily squabbling; however, at the end of the day, we would all come together an
We are Hampton Roads Weekly and I am Bruce Meyer, the publisher of the game-changing publication named Hampton Roads Weekly (HRW). Over the years we have seen our news media spiral into either a daily crime sheet or a stream of negative political stories. At one time the media was about reporting the news and educating the public about what is happening in their respective communities. We at Hampton Roads Weekly get it! We decided to put together a team of professionals to create a new and refreshing publication that will provide an entertaining and unbiased outlook for the greater Hampton Roads Market in the areas of politics, news, business, culture, lifestyle, fashion and entertainment. Hampton Roads Weekly is a free publication distributed throughout Hampton Roads via prin...