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  • Reply to: Where Did All the Teachers Go?   1 week 3 days ago

    Which explains why this country is so stupid.

  • Reply to: What Kaepernick Started: A Former NBA Player Reflects   1 week 3 days ago
    Excellent "re-Kaep" of the supporters and dissenters thus far and the effects of Kaep's protest on the youth of this country. Every time that i hear or read about another high school, college or now middle school "taking a knee". i'm reminded that the Civil Rights Movement was largely ignored by the media until children began to join the protests.
  • Reply to: Where Did All the Teachers Go?   1 week 5 days ago

    You can thank politicians like Scott Walker and neo-liberals like Rahm Immanuel for their budget cuts,privatization schemes,and anti-Union stances and attacks on tenure all designed to put profit into education for they're corporate donors.

  • Reply to: Where Did All the Teachers Go?   1 week 5 days ago

    Teacher salaries are falling because of the leveling effect of union negotiations. Good teachers should be paid significantly more and poor teachers retrained or fired.Teachers are professionals and should not be treated like assembly line workers. that means we must establish teacher performance evaluation and pay according to skill and difficulty of subject and student body.

  • Reply to: Investigation by The Progressive Leads NLRB to Bust Menards for Labor Law Violations   1 week 5 days ago
    I have been a loyal Menard's customer for many years. Although I am not familiar with the union issues, the employees certainly seem to be happy and most are long timers. This company has better lumber at better prices than the competition. If some employees are unhappy, they are free to work elsewhere - with Iowa's low unemployment rate a good worker has many opportunities.
  • Reply to: President of the Locker Room   1 week 6 days ago
    The great part of this is that people no longer need to live in fear over voting for Jill instead of Hill.
  • Reply to: Book Review: Poor Whites and Donald Trump   1 week 6 days ago
    The fact that this author considers Dolly Parton white trash is extraordinarily ignorant and calls into question any other statements in this book. I find it as offensive as those police officers that assume because an African American dresses a certain way, they are criminal; or all other parts of the country, assuming that if you are from the south, most specifically with a southern accent that you are a uneducated right wing nut job. Not everyone in the South lives up to that stereotype and no one rises above it better than our own Dolly Parton. Place this book on the shelf with "The Art of the Deal" and see which one collects the most dust.
  • Reply to: How Native Americans commemorate Columbus Day   2 weeks 11 hours ago
    I'm grateful to be reading this posting on October 12th, traditionally called Columbus Day. When will we have an Indigenous Peoples Day?
  • Reply to: Why I’m Not Patriotic   2 weeks 1 day ago
    I've always felt this way and have been accused of being anti-American by rednecks. Glad other people share this view. From my understanding this view is mainstream outside of the U.S.
  • Reply to: Why Can’t We Do Anything About Guns?   2 weeks 1 day ago
    I've always felt it was odd that gun control was a progressive issue... Generally, progressive platforms have tried to focus on positive functions and benefits as a way to bring changes. Things like gay rights are where they are because of strong efforts to change public perception on what a real gay person is like. If you asked someone 20 years ago to describe a homosexual, you'd probably get something along the lines of Richard Simmons. Ask that question today and you'll likely hear a completely average person who just happens to be gay (Maybe dresses really well, heh). Women take up more management positions than ever before, which has the effect of showing others that woman can do those jobs. Progressives have always been good about shining the spotlight on positive effects of those movements. Discussion about effective companies with women at the helm, or articles of healthy homosexual relationships and their (adopted) children leading very normal lives push public perception towards viewing these changes as good things. They tend to push for legalization of weed and proper sex-ed being taught in schools as they are not nearly the problems they had been made out to be, and that education and information are the best way to promote not only safety, but rights and freedoms. Even though those things can, and have, been abused, showing the positive outcomes to the public really pushes the country forward in areas like rights, safety, privacy, and respect. Firearms, however, don't get such treatment. Many progressive policies focus on correcting the minority of negative aspects of firearm ownership in the United States at the cost and punishment of the vast majority of positive aspects... Progressive news coverage focuses on when a firearm is misused in a crime or murder. During interviews at rallies and gun shows the least diplomatic and, quite frankly, dumbest firearm owners are shown as if to say 'see? look how stupid these people are! This is what a gun-owner looks like!" A progressive journalist is the one who would write a story about an inner city barbecue, showcasing the good community and cohesion of a neighborhood of people singing and chatting about while food is cooked out on the sidewalk. Interviews will be with long time residents, kids, even local law enforcement, all to show that people in inner cities are normal people, not crooks and bullies. Things like that promote understanding and support. They promote trust and bring the country together, seeing the positive functions of inner city life. For gun owners, though, they get lambasted as uncaring, mindless, and radical blockades on the road to progress. There's no progressive reporting on the Boy Scout troop going target shooting with their parents, or the police officers talking about proper firearm safety and interacting with inner city kids, or the local gun club who get together to banter and talk about their latest treasure find at an old auction. There's no coverage about the gun enthusiasts of the south, going out to the range with their homosexual friend to show them how to safely use a firearm, or even the women that carry a pistol so that they can be just a little more self assured that they will be better able to take care of themselves should something happen. There's no coverage about the high school students that bring their rifles to school because they're going hunting later that day. There's no coverage on the 99% of the times when firearms have a positive effect on their owners and communities... Progressives have always pushed for more education and information to make good decisions; to counter-balance the negative numbers in papers with what people are really like. They focus on the best parts of the melting pot, on humanizing the seemingly inhuman. We need stronger communities and trust to rebuild black communities, not harsher penalties and stricter policing. We need education and information to end drug abuse, not more arrests and longer sentences. We need empathy and experience to solve our healthcare crisis, not demonizing and neglect. Gun violence will not be solved by bans and registries, it'll be solved by communities and education, by showing the positives of what firearm ownership can do for people. I wish Progressives could see that...



It's time to stick up for journalism.

The movie crosscuts between the desperate newcomers and longtime Italian inhabitants, who lead simple lives.

It is unacceptable to send our students to deficient schools and expect taxpayers to continue funding those schools...

By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).

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