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And We Prayed


Fri, Mar 21st, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Many of us, of certain age and blessed or handicapped as long time Minnesotans, know religious diversity as Lutheran vs: Catholic. What the Lutherans had in numbers the Catholics battled with fully uniformed nuns and movies starring Bing Crosby. Even in Minnesota, our world has expanded considerably. How different is different and how much is common?

In the diversity we knew in Minneapolis, where I grew up, intellectual property and logical case presentation held no weight. It was a team sport and took its championships by sorting out ethnic hordes. I was a marginal Lutheran among swelling herds of Polish Catholics. Their team held down every corner of the neighborhood with either an Our Lady of Mystery Church or a smoky bar full of burly foundry workers. These were the team planning locations for all those Catholic parents trying to keep their daughters pure by forcing them to wear ugly plaid pleated skirts. I could have told them it wasn't working but they didn't consult with the youth from the other team.

Protestants were so diverse in their branches, synods and prayer books that they did not appreciate their kinship in blandness. They did not touch, they would lip sync the hymns so never to break the ritual of silence in worship. They were a team only in respect to their distrust of Catholics. All those kids, you know. It's not right. We were churched, baptized, confirmed and well trained in the kneeling, or Not, crossing, or Not, confessing, or Not and I was glad to be on the team that Did Not.

The other side still patrolled the streets and kept us uneasy. The nuns were out walking the neighborhood, two by two like Mormons, crosses the size of Olympic medals swinging on beaded chains from within folds and pleats of acres of black fabric. The city had no need for police presence in Catholic neighborhoods because the nuns had it covered. Even a Protestant kid knew, a cop could send you to some juvenile detention center but those nuns, they could send you straight to hell. It was an equal opportunity God Squad. Any kid was within their reach.

Jewish kids existed in their own neighborhoods and I bet they didn't have nuns scaring them over there. Mixing Catholics and Protestants together was enough diversity for a few decades. A kid named Goldstein? Oy. Muslims were unheard of. So far, Jesus, Mary, Joseph and vaguely, Abraham, were quite enough to sort through. Mohammed? He was yet to appear and did not enter our landscape .....
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Them that serve

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It must be difficult to be an elected government official. They must be responsive and accountable to various constituencies including themselves. These include the people whom they represent, which also includes people from their state or district ..... 
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Death by a thousand catastrophes

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

One day in the not so distant future, the Discovery Channel will air a documentary detailing the life and death of the Conservative Movement, that all-white tribe of bible-thumping, war-mongering, rich folk, who, for a brief period in American histo ..... 
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My forbidden fruits (and vegetables)

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Rushford, Minn. - If you've stood in line at a farmers' market recently, you know that the local food movement is thriving, to the point that small farmers are having a tough time keeping up with the demand.

But consumers who would like to b ..... 
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Speaking out: The Muni is a win for all of us

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

It is a fact that a resolution to rebuild the Rushford Municipal Liquor Store (the Muni) with both on and off sale has been brought up for vote before and after change of council members and passed both times. There remains a small group (mostly bus ..... 
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What happened to the R word?

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

What happened to the R word? You know, that old fashioned word called Regulation. Government regulation to be specific. With the sub-prime mortgage crisis and it's shady lenders about to put us into a recession for the second time in 20 years, isn't ..... 
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The ugly stain of torture

Fri, Feb 29th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Morris Davis, a bird colonel in the Air Force, and until October the chief prosecutor in Guantanamo Cuba, related the story of Tom Ahern in the New York Times ten days ago. According to Davis, Ahern was the Tehran station chief during the Iran hosta ..... 
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Is it time to change how we campaign for President?

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Eight months until November 4th! Can we bear it?

How many of us are honestly sick of political ads, phone calls, polls, attacks, claims, and sound bites?

Maybe it is time to consider putting some limits on how we campaign for preside ..... 
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Hey, just take a pill

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Commentary

Winter TV watching is a special health hazard- guaranteed to increase weight and decrease IQ in direct proportion.

Sandwiched between ads for extra cheese pizza and All-You-Can-Eat buffets are ads for cholesterol medications. Dr. Jarvik is ..... 
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