Medical care continues to dominate our attention in this nation. I hope we don't have millions of people without healthcare in the next year or so. However, in reality, we already do. A 50-year-old woman told my wife and me that she seriously needs a knee replacement, but she can't pay her deductible and twenty percent. Together they would be several thousand … [Read more...]
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"Black coaches vanish from Big Ten, once a model for diversity in college basketball,” was the March 6, 2017 headline in the Star Tribune. The sub-headline was “Black coaches becoming a rarity in big-time college basketball.” The article was 2,393 words long. Was that article significant or just another “Minnesota Nice” move to gloss over racism and anti-diversity? Or, was … [Read more...]
“In my mind I see a line, and over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.” — Harriet Tubman, quoted by Viola Davis in her 2015 Emmy acceptance speech. Acting’s triple crown — Oscar, Emmy and Tony — has … [Read more...]
First of a two-part column The disposition to admire and almost worship the rich and powerful, and to despise, or, at least to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments. ― Adam Smith We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, … [Read more...]
The next night following Moonlight’s win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a Black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out Youth Theater — the country’s longest running LGBTQ youth theater company — celebrated a first: a 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented to them in November at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. The National Arts and … [Read more...]