Waiting for the Debate
I'm at home waiting for the second McCain-Obama debate, full of nervous energy. Blogging seems as good as way as any to burn it. So here are a few thoughts and links:
- Here is a link to a provocative piece in Slate that is critical of Obama's criminal justice positions.
- I spent the afternoon today with Sam Sullivan, mayor of Vancouver, as he toured Common Ground's Times Square project. Sullivan is a fascinating figure: a quadripelgic (from a skiing accident as a teen) and a conservative with a deep interest in urban planning and novel approaches to crime control (including an emphasis on harm reduction). More important, at least from my narrow, parochial perspective, Vancouver has just opened a community court that will hopefully serve as another model project for the world.
- Yesterday, Al and I spent a few hours with Denise O'Donnell, the commissioner of New York State's Division of Criminal Justice Services. She seemed extremely interested in our work -- and extremely pessimistic about the state's current fiscal climate. As if to underline her point, today's Times had a story on how non-profits are struggling. Here's a link.
- I didn't want to end on a down note, so here is a link that celebrates the reunion of one of my favorite bands from the 80s/90s: the Feelies.