The Prez Sez 

November 2019 

By Bill Davison 

To begin with, I would like, on behalf of the NCC, to extend a hearty welcome to our newest members – Larry Trautner, Ali Houshmand and Spence Milne. We all hope that you will find your time spent here as informative and enjoyable as many of us have found ours. 

I would also like to announce that Nancy Bashant has agreed to serve as Chair of the NCC’s Public Relations Committee after she completes some time consuming personal business over the next few months. Pat Reeve has graciously agreed to assume the responsibilities of the Chair until Nancy finishes that business. So, we now have that important position covered by two very experienced people!

On October 29, the San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC) will have a program in which Professor Dipak Gupta, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at San Diego State University (SDSU), will present "Kashmir: Where Identity Rises Above a Territory".  After providing a brief history of Kashmir, Professor Gupta will examine the dynamics that keep the Kashmir conflict alive and will attempt to look into the future of this seven-decade long conflict. You can get more information or sign up for this program at the SDWAC website –

Finally, in reviewing some past Newsletters, I was reminded that my commitment to you last May not to rant about NCC’s commitment to civility for several months has been met and I can address this important topic once again. So let me do so! 

I continue to be convinced that NCC’s organizational commitment to civility is truly important and something that the rest of the world would do well to emulate. In this age of easily accessible and narrowly focused social media, it is becoming increasingly hard to find any information source that presents different perspectives on a topic in a clearly honest and evenhanded manner. Quite the opposite, in fact, and the looming likelihood of deepfake videos could well take this deception to a new level in the not-too-distant future. This is not an environment that gives one confidence that wise, reality-based decisions will be made by our citizens and our governments.

In these circumstances, it could well be critically important for people to decide that they should always try to address their differences and concerns in an honest, open and constructive manner. Perhaps civility in a face-to-face mode, such as we try to practice at NCC, could grow into a presence on social media that spreads around the globe. Maybe not but it’s certainly worth a try! 

(I will promise to stay away from this topic for another few months!)

Thank you.

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