Bill Rizzo

Bill Rizzo

Civility, according the Institute for Civility in Government, is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process. That was the topic at the UW-Extension’s Lunch ‘N’ Learn event that occurred on Thursday morning. Bill Rizzo, who is the Extension Community Development Educator and Professor, presented on how the public has lost its civility in government and community and what it can do to get it back. He said that the idea of civility is not a new idea. “George Washington came up with 110 rules on civility at the ripe old age of 16,”said Rizzo. “So this has been a part of a formation of our government since its inception.” Several people brought up a possibility that civility has degraded over the past few years is the public has become more independent and have lost the skill set to interact with each other. Rizzo said this is an issue and he related that back to government on how politicians and the public needs to interact with each other more. He went on to say that in order to get back civility in government, the public needs to change its behavior locally and hopefully the impact will occur nationally.