#562 – Dick Bernard: Jamie Nabozny. Bullied.

My friend, Lynn Elling, founder of World Citizen, is fond of a particular quotation of Gandhi: “If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” I kept thinking of that phrase, and looking at […]

#561 – Dick Bernard: Heather, an exceptional citizen and contributor to society

Back on April 1, my daughter Joni sent me an iPhone photo of her sister (and my daughter) Heather. (click on photos to enlarge) Yesterday Heather and I went bowling. We did two lines. She got a strike on her first frame. She won the first line, I won the second. No need to do […]

#560 – Dick Bernard: The Chicks

Saturday morning a few of us were waiting in line at the Woodbury Post Office. A woman was waiting at the counter, and the clerk had disappeared. An educated guess was that the woman was picking up held mail. Of course, the few of us were feeling impatient – places to go, things to do…. […]

#559 – Dick Bernard: Jackie Stevenson. A Shero Passes On

Jackie Stevenson passed on Sunday evening. This morning’s Minneapolis Star Tribune obituary carried a summary of her political life, and accolades about her. They speak for themselves. Even among other Sheroes, Jackie seems to have been a cut above. Somewhere in my photo files I probably have a better photo of Jackie than the below. […]

#558 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #14 – "The Catholic Vote" and "Making Hay While the Sun Shines"

UPDATE May 5, 2012 at end. This afternoon I attended the first of three sessions called “Forming Our Conscience” in the Undercroft (church basement) of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. I was most positively impressed. There were 50 of us in the room – more than I expected. Linked is the outline for […]

#557 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #13. Attending Cong. District 4 Political Convention.

I’m a Democrat (called DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor) in Minnesota). Today I attended the 4th Congressional District Convention as a voting delegate. This was my first 4th CD Convention. It was a simple matter of redistricting due to the 2010 Census. The previous ten years we lived at the same address, but in the 6th CD. Registered […]

#556 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #12. The Proposed Minnesota Voter Disenfranchisement Act.

Highest on the list of contemporary issues I am concerned with is what I would call the “Minnesota Perpetual Voter Disenfranchisement Act”. This Act, HF 2738, is the proposed Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution which covertly (at least to public gaze) ends same day registration (the means used by one of six Minnesota voters) and […]

#555 – Carol Turnbull: Election 2012 #11. Thoughts about ALEC

From Dick Bernard: Carol Turnbull is a local friend, about as fair and even-handed a person as I know. Recently ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) has gotten into her spotlight, and she wrote the following excellent column for our local paper, the Woodbury Bulletin. The article appeared in the April 5, 2012, edition. [UPDATE April […]

#554 – Dick Bernard: Parents United for Public Schools, looking forward

Towards the end of yesterday’s most stimulating conference of Parents United for Public Schools, a slide appeared on the screen: “I skate to where the puck will be, not to where it has been.” Wayne Gretzky Gretzky was the almost superhuman hockey player who made it all look easy. I had the privilege of seeing […]

#553 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #10 – Enlisting the Middle Class (Proles) to kill itself.

I’m very near 72 years of age. The people of my and my parents generation created the Middle Class, and have been huge beneficiaries of it, in endless ways, from Medicare to the GI Bill to Unions, and on an on and on. For the younger generation, as Joni Mitchell’s popular song goes, they may […]