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Angry black cattle on the white ranch

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 19th, 2018

We failed to educate the players of “flag” football
I passed all of the American history courses in Morrison County District 54, Little Falls High School, and Moorhead State Teachers College, but I’m often appalled about what I don’t know about the history of race relationships in this “shining city on a hill.” I had never heard of the 1873 Colfax, Louisiana Massacre of blacks that took place eight years after our American Civil War killed 750,000 until I read a September 4,…

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​A Flock of Precariats

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 12th, 2018

The dilemma of spenders and producers
The Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts all killed workers who protested their wages and working conditions. They gained so much wealth using such tactics it has kept their descendants from soup lines for five generations. After acquiring so much wealth, power, mansions, and personal possessions enough to boggle our minds even today, these three families did do paybacks. Andrew Carnegie built 25,000 libraries across this great expanse of…

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A World of “Fake” Men

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | September 5th, 2018

Let’s start with a riddle
A car containing a father and his teenage son failed to make a curve and hit a tree. The father was killed instantly, but his son was severely injured and was taken to the city’s hospital and immediately wheeled into an operating room. The trauma surgeon on call raised the sheet on the boy’s face and exclaimed: “This is my son! I can’t operate on him!” How can that be?

I was going to write a column about a “real” fact that first-time mothers on…

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​What Is Democratic Socialism?

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 29th, 2018

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Just How Long Will Our Democracy Last?
A truth hit me the other night while Corky and I were watching Simone Biles defend her national championship in gymnastics. Our democracy is very young and vulnerable. One of our daughters was a very competitive gymnast in middle and high school and was a member of the F-M Acro team that entertained at half-time for numerous state and national events, including several National Basketball Association playoff games in the 1970’s. We have…

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​PQ: “Who is creating all of these socialists? Of course, it’s American capitalists!”

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 22nd, 2018

What Kind of Country Will Our Grandchildren Live In?
Perhaps the developers of a new science called cliodynamics will help us find an answer. In this new field, scientists and mathematicians analyze history in the hopes they can find trends and patterns in order to predict the future. Remember the adage: “Those who don’t know history are bound to repeat it.” I wonder if they are analyzing history to see if there ever was a leader with less character than Donald Trump. The word…

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​American Dream Bye-Bye

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 15th, 2018

Joe McCarthyWell, Mr. President, Have You No Sense Of Decency Sir, At Long Last?

We might have another flag debate in this country. We still see the Confederate symbol flying in activities promoted by white supremacists on the streets of America and at numerous Klu Klux Klan meetings in the South. And on rural pickups. A new American flag has been created by a New York artist that symbolizes our divided country. Yes, the red, white, and blue stars and stripes are still there, but a divided black…

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​Abortion—Cow Dung, Religion, And Technology

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 8th, 2018

Actually The Times Have Been A-Changin’ Since The Big Bang
Bob Dylan did a terrific job reminding all of us that “the times they are a’changin’.” My first 14 years were spent on a small farm near Little Falls, living in a house with no electricity or running water, reading books by kerosene lamp, and dashing to the two-holer 60 feet away in the boondocks when it was 20 below.

This morning I microwaved an old cup of coffee, got on the Internet and read The Washington Post, The…

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American Paychecks

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | August 1st, 2018

1978-2018: Average CEO Pay Up 64% To $13.94 Million Average Worker Pay Up 2.6% To $38,613
Since the Bush Great Recession ended in 2009 corporate profits have grown at an annualized rate of 6.5%. Big bank profits have grown at even a higher rate. If we go back forty years we come up with the shocking figures in the headline. Since the end of the recession in 2009 yearly wage growth has never hit 3% while the Consumer Price Index has hovered around 2%. The Labor Department just announced…

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​American Exceptionalism

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 25th, 2018

The Long Road From Plymouth Rock To Fantasyland
Did a liberal or conservative make this statement?

“I believe that in a modern, moral, and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live. So what that means is health care is a human right. It means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade school education if they so choose it. And, you know, I think that no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and…

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​American Coyotes and Fat Cats

by Ed Raymond | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | July 18th, 2018

“Hi Ho, Hi Ho! It’s Off To Work We Go!”
How many undocumented workers are in the United States? Estimates range from 11 to 25 million. We need some history to understand why our immigration laws are in such a mess. The most important of our hundreds of immigration laws has never been enforced. That’s the one that says any employer who hires an undocumented worker is committing a felony and can be rewarded with a clanging jail cell door. Over three decades ago fat cat American…

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