Part of me is reveling in this soft, beautiful snow coming down today, especially with the kids, grandkids, my mom and Janine’s dad with us around the fire for Christmas these last two days. But part of me fears for so many who are unjustly dying and suffering, and fears the growing acceptance of murder and torture by too many in this society.… Read More Inaugurating Small Town Blue (Final “Let’s Have At It” Column)
This nation has produced scores of true heroes who saw injustice, corruption or poisoning of our waters or air, and rose up to fight it.… Read More Activist or Actress Awards?
Well, it looks like Governor Mark Dayton caved in to the Republicans. Why? Because he couldn’t stand seeing thousands of people who work for us, the community, in government jobs, being out of work, along with thousands more Minnesotans in connected private sector jobs.… Read More Congratulations, Republicans
It is disappointing to hear a few people react to the government shutdown with: “Oh, let’s throw them all out of office!” Are they really saying that Governor Mark Dayton should cave in to the Republican position? Do they really want hundreds of our elderly and disabled people being forced… Read More The Minnesota Republican Budget Proposal
My despair over the midterm election results was lightened by Mark Dayton’s election as Governor, along with the “Island of Blue” here in western Minnesota. DFL Senator Gary Kubly, and DFL Representatives Andrew Falk and Lyle Koenen all were re-elected.
As to the “tidal wave” of Republican victory… Read More 2010 Midterm Election Results
By Brian Wojtalewicz. Originally published in The Appleton Press on January 8, 2008. I am frightened by the fact that most Americans live under the illusion that the people that we have imprisoned at Guantanamo and secret “black sites” in foreign countries were actually in combat against us in Afghanistan or Iraq. The biggest reason for… Read More Please Stop the Torture
By Brian Wojtalewicz. Originally published in The Appleton Press on October 19, 2004. In the lead up to the Iraq War, we had some clear statements from President Bush and his appointees. On August 26, 2002, V.P. Dick Cheney told Americans: “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”… Read More Firing a Government Employee