Category Archives: Public Service

We Are All In This Together: A New View of Citizenship

“Ask not, what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country…” President John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961 The New Citizenship In everyday life, every single person has the power to change the world.  This … Continue reading

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No Security Without Community

Today elections are about the acquisition of government power to enable the victors to establish their view of the best social order.  Often the opposing views breakdown to security versus community.  But is this a real choice?  In my view … Continue reading

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Real Change: Not Just in the Hands of the Politicans

After a lifetime of public service, I am convinced that real change is not just in the hands of the politicians.  Real change is within the reach of each and every one of us depending on how we do our … Continue reading

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The Need For True Service

Introduction  Since graduating from law school I have been a public servant for most of my career life: a prosecuting attorney, a city attorney and a trial judge.  I am a deep believer in public service.  In my private life … Continue reading

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The Practice of Law as a Public Service

By Eric Z. Lucas[i] “A lawyer, at minimum, must stand for truth and not falsehood…Too long have we been known by our fellow citizens as agents of deception.  The era of deception in legal practice must be brought to a … Continue reading

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The Nobility of Every Day Work

By Eric Z. Lucas Every citizen can feel a sense of mission, place and importance. Every task can be considered an act of service to our nation. Tim Knopf, an English teacher at Mariner High School, just retired after 38 … Continue reading

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No Pay, No Spray: Isn’t Firefighting A Public Service?

By Eric Z. Lucas A Failure of Law Negates A Public Service             On September 29, 2010, Gene Cranick of Obion County, Tennessee and his family lost all of their possessions when their house burned down. As it burned, firefighters … Continue reading

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