My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Real News Network (Independent World Television, Inc.), Baltimore, MD, USA
Over the last decade, my husband and I have been unable to find comprehensive coverage of national and international issues that aren't politicized or censored, certainly this year, controlled on behalf of those best served by the corporate structure in the U.S. I used to read the traditional "newspaper" and watch "the news", but we have long lost faith in any of it. Why? Because it is evident that their content is corporately controlled. We have therefore come to look for in-depth coverage of international and national news via the internet. The Real News Network stands out as one our main two sources (Democracy Now! being the other) to inform the way news should be covered. TRNN examines the news and treats the viewer/reader with the "who, what, when, where" so that we can reason, "why" with sourced news.
Review for Local Government Academy, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
I appreciate the difference between local governmental officials having "on the job" and "formal" training. To serve the public interest through the first experience without benefit of the second is a little like a rookie being handed a game plan and calling plays during the big game. LGA's Newly Elected Official's Course came in time for me to understand what I had struggled with a year before as a rookie governmental official. My course work cut through some rough spots, providing me a much clearer view to local governance and as a bonus, much more confidence. All learning is experience based, true, but so much of LGA coursework is underlined by using the experts to teach these courses. We need these guides in a classroom full of peers who are living through very similar situations. This formal learning enabled an environment that allowed me to excel. I could feel it florish before the course was over. As a result, I want to continue to excel in government and foster this knowledge. I am so much more interested in our superseeding laws, land use, human resources, public safety, infrastructure, and ethics, to name a few because I have a much needed understanding to effectively govern over these areas. I had been elected a year before this course. LGA's founders and executive staff cared enough to understand that to provide a very solid curriculum and line up the best instructors is key. I will thank them by continuing to put this knowledge to better use and long as I can and passing the idea on to others. We as a nation can have no better goal than that.
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Municipal government as a Council member, Monroeville, PA
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