Statues Are Not People and Not History

Yeah, I do not mourn the statues coming down – even if some of the ones removed have questionable historical context. But statues are not teaching us any history. They do not speak to us in the present. They are a frozen moment in time.

The World is Complicated

The death of George Floyd and others in recent months has caused a national outbreak of protests and concerns about racial disparities in the US around police enforcement. .Recent articles in the news cover the rise in violence in our cities, often caused by gang conflict. The following information and discussion illustrates the fact that […]

MN Senate Republicans Interpret Police Reform

Majority Leader Paul Gazelka knows what is needed for police reform and he cannot understand why Democrats are not gleefully embracing their proposals… So what are they? In a late night video, Gazelka gave us a brief outline. Ban choke holds…except in an emergency situation.  Trump was floating this today as well and let’s just […]

Believe It Or Not : MN01 Jim Hagedorn proclaims Obama Green Energy program “essential” to quality of life in Southeast Minnesota

Yep, it’s the start of election season when incumbents hope voters forget their previous statements (and votes) and instead just appreciate funding for programs their communities want. Case in point … remember when Jim Hagedorn referred to green energy as “global warming extremism” … and remember one of his first votes in Congress was to […]

Turn Anger into Action

The recent unrest caused by the killing of George Floyd has created a local and national backlash. People are protesting and even rioting in the streets. They are causing fires, looting local stores, and creating havoc that is undermining civil society. While the anger and energy are understandable, it is time to do something more […]

Counter Narrative

There is divided attention regarding our current public health situation. While the majority are dealing with the virus spread in the best way they can, there is this counter narrative that minimizes all of the issues. I’m not sure that 100,000 dead can be minimized, but they are trying. Making it clear that it could […]

The Ultimate Insult

Unbelievable. Memorial Day was a day to celebrate our veterans and pay respect to those who have sacrificed their time and their lives for our country. And on this day President Trump, the Commander in Chief, chose to insult a member of Congress, Conor Lamb. Lamb is a military veteran, having served as a captain […]

Memorial Day 2020

Today is Memorial Day. It is a time to honor and remember those Americans who gave their lives in service to their country. Their bravery, their loss, and their memory are all important reminders of the importance of giving service to honor and respect your country and your fellow citizens. It is ironic that the […]