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National Issues Forum at Wayne State College Will Focus on National Debt

Published: 10-31-2011 10:30 am

Wayne State College will host a National Issues Forum about the national debt at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Gardner Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

“As a country, we are, increasingly, spending more than we bring in—a trend that is fast becoming unsustainable,” according to the National Issues Forum Institute. “Most Americans understand that the need to reduce deficits and lower the national debt has become urgent. What should we do?”

Participants' opinions, along with those of thousands of others who participated in these forums, will be reflected in a summary report that will be available to all citizens, including those who took part in the forums, as well as officeholders, members of the news media, and others in the community. The National Issues Forum Institute will publish the report in the spring.

National Issues Forums bring people together to talk about important issues. They range from small study circles held in people's homes to large community gatherings modeled on New England town meetings. Each forum focuses on a specific issue such as illegal drugs, Social Security, or juvenile crime.

The forums help people of diverse views find common ground for action on issues that concern them deeply. NIF forums are structured deliberative discussions, led by trained moderators. Using nonpartisan issue books, participants weigh possible ways to address a problem. They analyze each approach and the arguments for and against.

NIF does not advocate specific solutions or points of view but provides citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those choices, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.

Parking is available in lots 6 and 10 by Gardner Hall. Refreshments will be provided.  

For more information, or if you plan to bring a large group, please contact Chuck Parker at Wayne State College, 402-375-7036 or



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