Over the past 11 months, Civil Beat has made it a priority to promote civil engagement. We believe people can disagree without being disagreeable.

We remind our members to “be civil” every time they comment in our discussions. We mention it as often as we can when we share our articles on Facebook or Twitter with our #becivil tag.

We think this attention to civility has heightened the quality of our discussions and strengthened the connection between our readers and our staff.

I was inspired this week when I saw the “be civil” mentality spreading to other ends of the web.

After we published our interview with Senator Daniel K. Inouye, two Civil Beat readers shared their opposing views on the senator and his politics. The conversation was a stimulating debate that got “hot” at certain points – but in the end the two agreed to respect each other’s opinions in a civil manner.

It was great to see – and I hope more examples of civil discussions over important issues continue to surface.

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  • Dan Zelikman
    Dan Zelikman – Marketing/Community Host As the Community Host at Civil Beat, Dan is fully engaged with the readers on the site. He is responsible for pushing content through multiple media platforms while discussing the different issues with Civil Beat readers. From answering questions to sharing opinions, Dan is responsible for Civil Beat's voice in the community – both online and off. Dan is also tasked with Civil Beat's digital marketing efforts. From analyzing web data to promoting content, Dan uses technology to understand what Civil Beat readers enjoy reading most. Between the data and the responses, Civil Beat tries to apply that feedback to become better every day. Dan was born in NY and has studied around the globe in parts of New England, Sweden and Australia. Dan loves exploring Hawaii – and when he’s not blogging about his adventures you can find him surfing waves, climbing mountains, and hiking off the beaten path. Dan thinks that "board meetings" are meant for the water.