Posts by Laurie Coltri

Posts by Laurie Coltri

Who Are Your Heroes?

Polio.  The word is associated with my earliest memories of real terror. I could see the look on my mother’s face when Los Angeles summers arrived, with those big crowds of children and the swimming pools.  Shaking her head, she would contemplate whether she should risk allowing me to join in.  She remembered, after all, FDR, the great hero in his braces and wheelchair. …

Is Incivility a Disease?

UUCC Member Jim Caldiero recently attended a public hearing where he observed what he felt were incivil, heavy-handed tactics, including an adult harassing a teen and a council member verbally berating a witness. Jim wrote in an email that these events reminded him of what historian Thomas Fleming said about John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry in the book A Disease in the…