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Open Think Tank Topics

Questions June 14, 2009
Votes
1 I support education. Should teachers be getting raises in these difficult economic times?
7
2 Why is there so much hate being talked about on TV and Radio?
6
3 What is it about an acquaintance with grief that reveals beauty
7
4 Mandatory National Service for all - not necessarily military - after High School - 1 to 2 years?
8*
5 What do you think about our policies in Afghanistan? Are air strikes ruining our chances to make a difference? Will this war turn out to be a big mistake?
7
6 What would it mean to live in an intentional community?
9*
7 How do we bring more of a tax base to town?
3
8 I went on the Garden Tour yesterday. Not one of the eight gardens on the tour has a vegetable garden and several showed obvious use of pesticides on their lawns. Should the tour be more environmentally aware in choosing the gardens?
6
9 How can we improve America's public schools?
5
10 How to make best use of the summertime?
5

 


Questions May 17, 2009
Votes
1 What is the Inner City Hip-Hop influence on White Suburbia?
3
2 What can be done at the local level to help people who are struggling financially?
7
3 Constantly in touch - 24 hour communication? Good or Bad?
10*
4 What have been the most positive things that have happened over the last year...the most negative?
4
5 Bi-partisanship vs. non-partisanship?
4
6 How can we improve information about local government to its citizens?
3
7 What is the most important feature of Public Education?
7
8 How can we encourage/establish vegetable farms?
5
9 Will we actually be reaching a point where health care will need to be rationed and can its rationing in fact display a sign of humanity?
7
10 Should this admnistration investigate and put on trial the higher-ups, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, John Yoo, etc. - responsible for torture?
6
11 What do you think of the need for television conversion?
2
12 What can we do for the Palestinians?
7•
13 What are local (town) solutions to global environmental problems?
6

 


Questions April 5, 2009
Votes
1 Do we need some internal public transport in Guilford?
5
2 Will we be able to attract high school kids for OTT? Should?
6*
3 What is enought and when is enough, enough?
3
4 Is the government doing enough to give people hope during these trying times?
2
5 Are competitive sports for children having a bad effect on education?
5
6 New Haven County has some of the worst air quality in the country. How can we cope with this?
5*

 


Questions March 8, 2009
Votes
1 Are we doing enough to help the poor around the world?
7
2 What are your thoughts on regional consolidation of services, purchasing, etc?
7
3 Do we need public transportation in Guilford?
6
4 Should the stimulus money have gone to consumers instead of banks?
2
5 Why are we to love our neighbors and how are we to accomplish that?
6
6 What are your thoughts on Obama's health plan proposal?
7
7 Can we be less dependent on getting food and goods from afar?
8*
8 How do you stay centered & keep peace in your life with all the negative happenings?
9*
9 How well are our local, state, & federal govt serving us?
4
10 What do you think about the U.S. policy in Afghanistan?
4
11 Who has been the most important woman in your life and why?
4
12 What would stimulate the US Economy??
3

 


Questions February 8, 2009
Votes
1 Has the business paradigm gone too far? -- i.e. the bottom line is what counts?
7*
2 How do you feel about the current state of the local and national economy?
2
3 What "good things" might come from the economic recesssion?
8*
4 Look at all the lonely people. Where do they all come from? Where do they all belong?
4
5 How can citizens get factual information with so much flux in our media outlets?
6
6 Would safe driving campaign by the State of CT be of any value?
1
7 Do we need exams in our schools?
6
8 Healthy Food & Drink Health
1
9 Spiritual Evolution
4
10 Public Transportation within Guilford?
5
11 Afghanistan: What is our best strategy?
5
12 What is "Community" in terms of Guilford?
6

 


January 11, 2009 Suggested Topics for Discussion

  • How can we increase public participation in Guilford town decision making? *
  • What do you think of the digital evolution in all aspects of our lives;  online news vs. print, social networking, cellular phones vs. land lines? Are you prepared to use these devices?
  • What role does dissent play in a society?
  • How can we work to supply the country with more mass transit?
  • What do we want democracy to mean?
  • How should Connecticut go about regionalizing some services in order to achieve cost efficiencies?
  • Are local newspapers serving the needs of the citizenry? If not, how could they improve?
  • What are the pluses and minuses to society of a population with a long life span (80+ years,) versus a shore span, (55-65 years?)
  • What will happen to Capitalism?
  • Does the two party system work in the best interest of our community or in the interest of the parties?
  • Why aren't we all, including the press, talking about population?*
* received most votes by those in attendance and was discussed
 

December 14, 2008 Topics that were discussed

  • Is society too fast paced and if so how can we slow it down?
  • Genetics and the criminal justice system

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