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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

October 4, 2004
To: Reporters, editors, producers
Fr: Amy Cowles | 443-287-9904 | amycowles@jhu.edu
Re: Political politeness as the campaign nears a climax

The political war of words is taking center stage as the presidential and vice presidential candidates engage in their televised debates. Just as Bush, Kerry, Cheney and Edwards must carefully choose their words, so must co- workers, family and friends who wish to avoid inflaming political passions at home, in the office or in social situations. Johns Hopkins University professor and civility expert P.M. Forni offers suggestions for avoiding angry confrontations while voicing opinions in a way that is both forceful and respectful. Forni is the author of Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct.

Read Forni's tips online at http://www.jhu.edu/~civility/Tipspolit.pdf. Reporters are welcome to use these tips as direct quotes or to edit them for length. Contact Forni directly at 410-516-8047 or forni@jhu.edu.

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