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Raise Your Voice By PETER MOLENAAR “The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You!” Such was a recent caption in the New York Times. For the first time, thanks to Trump’s tax cut, the 400 wealthiest Americans now pay a lower overall tax rate than any other income group… and some folks had the gaul to steal [...]

Cover Crop Seeds

Cover Crop Seeds

RAISE YOUR VOICE By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar From time to time, readers of the alley are reminded that Wendell Phillips, our neighborhood’s namesake, was an abolitionist. I will assert here that, were he still alive, he would be opposed to the ongoing oppression of the Palestinian people. Now days, this opposition to all forms of [...]

On Entering the Twilight Zone

On Entering the Twilight Zone

RAISE YOUR VOICE By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar Sales of color televisions began in 1954, but it was not until September of 1961 that the premiere of Walt Disney’s World of Color persuaded consumers to purchase color televisions. Having entered the realm of consciousness prior to ’61, “baby boomers” like [...]

Democracy and the Wizard of Oz

Democracy and the Wizard of Oz

RAISE YOUR VOICE By PETER MOLENAAR A few blocks east of Cedar on Riverside Avenue is the People's Center where, at age 70, I received the Moderna Vaccine. Given that my father died of COVID-19 at age 99, I look forward to voting in seven more presidential elections. Right? Looking back, at age 20, I was actually fit enough [...]

CCC: Applause, Applause

Raise Your Voice By PETER MOLENAAR Yes, yes, yes…! In response to decades of popular mass action and the concerted effort of such stalwarts as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, President Biden has signed an executive order to create a Civilian Climate Corps. This CCC, reminiscent of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great [...]

Path of the Lemming

Raise Your Voice By PETER MOLENAAR Gardeners in the Phillips Community are probably familiar with the vole. Like all rodents, voles are highly intelligent within their own realm. However, within the span of a day, one of them might take down every red beet sprout. “Oh”, they smile sheepishly, “I couldn’t help it”, before scurrying [...]

The Forest Through the Trees

Raise Your Voice  By PETER MOLENAAR  Folks from this part of the world are familiar with the “signers” who regularly occupy every niche at the intersection of Franklin and Cedar avenues. For some, it is a desperate way to “make ends meet”, while others panhandle for their next “fix” of heroin. Normally, I avoid eye contact. [...]

Raise Your Voice: Commentary Honor The Community’s Vision Of A Better World. Please!

Raise Your Voice: Commentary Honor The Community’s Vision Of A Better World. Please!

Our Righteous Community By PETER MOLENAAR Note: In the realm of politics and leadership, the designation of “opportunist” intends a pejorative, i.e., it describes a person whose self-interest supersedes the longterm benefit of the whole. By now, every reader of “the alley” newspaper, is aware that governance of Minneapolis [...]

Raise Your Voice: Consuming the orange coronafruit

Raise Your Voice: Consuming the orange coronafruit

By PETER MOLENAAR Remembering: April 14…Most of the day was spent responding to text messages and calls of concern. Comrade Harry had entered Hennepin County’s ICU (COVID-19). Blood oxygen was dangerously low, and failed to improve. January 8…The CDC issued a warning.January, February, March…Eight campaign rallies and five golf [...]

Raise Your Voice

Raise Your Voice

The Elders Have Spoken Peter Molenaar By PETER MOLENAAR Little Earth, Phillips Community Center, Ebenezer Towers on Portland and Park Avenues, and Anderson Community School – for the Phillips Neighborhood, these were the Primary Vote polling places. Thanks to the volunteers who made it happen, those who had navigated the information [...]

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