#642 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #60. Bludgeoning "Union"

It doesn’t take close attention to notice that a prime Republican narrative in this election is anti-union, particularly public sector unions. Union hating is in. What are the Republicans afraid of? I spent most of my career – 27 years – representing teachers as an employee of the teacher’s union, first Minnesota Education Association (MEA), […]

#641 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #59. Hurricane Sandy, the Regal Princess and the end-game of the 2012 U.S. Election

A week from today the final voter will exit the polls somewhere in the United States and the 2012 election will be over except for the counting and the postmortems. Many of us have already voted. At this point few will change their minds. We are barraged by messages of all sorts from all directions. […]

Virgil Benoit: a personal retrospective by Dick Bernard

click to enlarge photos The eleven of us who were the Twin Cities Franco-Fete Committee* on site Sep 28-30 are preparing to debrief this years event on November 15. This seems a good time to recognize the man whose vision and determination and passion led to Twin Cities Franco-Fete in the first place: Dr. Virgil […]

#640 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #58. The Local Election for State Legislature in SD District 53 and 53A&B

There is a clear choice in this years election: essentially we are choosing between a moderate Win-Win Democrat philosophy where all matter; or an increasingly extreme Republican faction where Winning is all that matters. “Exhibit A” are the two constitutional amendments on which we’re voting. Both were ramrodded through the 2012 Republican dominated legislature, ignoring […]

#639 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #57. "God Bless the Uns"

In his homily, Sunday, at Basilica of St. Mary, Fr. Greg Welch recited a declaration in behalf of the “uns”, spoken by Cardinal Dolan at the Al Smith dinner in New York City last week. Of course, about all that is newsworthy about the Al Smith dinner is the Presidential candidates poking fun at themselves […]

#638 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #56. Political Lyin'

Tonight is the third “debate” (I really don’t consider them debates at all – they are more political theatre, like two gladiators in the Coliseum in ancient Rome.) Unlike the Coliseum, every frown, misspoken word, will be captured for posterity, to be sliced out and to be used ad infinitum forever…at least until the election, […]

#637 – Dick Bernard: George McGovern. A Memory

George McGovern has died. He was 90 at the time of his death in Sioux Falls. Permit me a memory of a great man and humanitarian. October 21, 2005 – 7 years ago today, it was a Friday – at the Bell Museum Theater at the University of Minnesota, we went to see the film […]

#636 – Dick Bernard: "I DID IT!" Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Thursday night with the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra was, I thought, as good as it could get. But that was before the Saturday afternoon performance of Willy Wonka by a great bunch of thespians from Proact. The Orchestra and conductor Skrowaczewski got their deserved standing ovations; so did the cast bringing to life Willy […]

#635 – Dick Bernard: An evening of resonance in the midst of dissonance with the LoMoMo (Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra) and Maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski

UPDATE: October 20, 2012. Page E1 of Variety Section of Minneapolis Star Tribune by Larry Fuchsberg, here. (click to enlarge all photos) The musicians union website is here; e-address contact@MinnesotaOrchestraMusiciansDOTorg. To the best of my recollection, this is the first time I’ve published two blog posts on the same day. (#634 is below, on this […]

#634 – Dick Bernard: Supporting the Locked-out Minnesota Orchestra Musicians Union

Tonight we go to a special concert given by the locked out Minnesota Orchestra. The details of the concert are here. You likely still have an opportunity to attend this concert. At the very least, become aware of the issues in this most important attempt to break the back of a proud union of outstanding […]