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‘Commentary’ Archives

Birthing the Seed

Birthing the Seed

Largest Black Bean ever? Sacred to some Native American Tribes & regarded as “poor man’s meat” beans are rich in protein, supplying 1/3 of the essential amino acids to the corn, bean and squash trinity. By Peter Molenaar Two seasons ago, amidst the typically mottled ones, the harvest of Scarlet Runner Beans revealed two completely [...]

Beyond Word Magic

In The Alley Newspaper April 2017 issue, nestled between front page columns authored by good neighbors, a letter from the President of the United States was found! If overwhelming disdain did not prevent the reading, the ensuing wall of cognitive dissonance was likely to cut it short. Yet, I read on and on…to discover, deep on page 8, the credit [...]

Frank Reflections – May 2017

BY FRANK ERICKSON How can the forced removal of a doctor from an airplane get more press coverage and national outrage than a U.S. missile attack on Mosul, Iraq that killed 140 civilians? It appears the world revolves around America. And then the U.S. government drops a 22,000 pound bomb on Afghanistan. They can’t be stupid enough to believe [...]

Happy Mother’s Day–Happy May Day

Happy Mother’s Day–Happy May Day

“Capitalists are our Feudal Barons”

“Capitalists are our Feudal Barons”

Project Earth

By Peter Molenaar March 8, 2017… (Note: DAPL refers to Dakota Access Pipeline.) The Walker Community United Methodist Church continues to showcase our resilience, this time beckoning a “Café con Alondra.” The forum was to feature a panel of #NoDAPL veterans, fresh from the Battle of Standing Rock. Alondra Cano’s presence was [...]

Frank Reflections

BY FRANK ERICKSON Here is how the process works. State lawmakers get to the Capitol by being elected. Then, they get a 45 per cent pay raise $31,000.00 to $45,000.00 from an independent Council created by “voter approved Constitutional amendment.” Interesting how they allow us to vote on a constitutional amendment to give a raise to [...]

Tony and Fidel

By Peter Molenaar In their February 2017 issue, our friends at Southside Pride saw fit to publish an article by Tony Bouza, a former Minneapolis chief of police.  In this piece, Tony fondly recalls his youthful encounter with the charismatic Fidel Castro, but sadly, at midpoint he advises: “socialism doesn’t work.” Before launching any [...]

Dave’s Dumpster, March 2017

Dave’s Dumpster, March 2017

As the Trump era begins, local unions will practice solidarity and resistance

Reprinted with permission from the Minneapolis Labor Review, January 27, 2017 By Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, President, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation Never before have the institutions of the labor movement faced as formidable a threat as Donald Trump in the White House with Republican-controlled majorities in the U.S. House and U.S. [...]

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