#633 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #54. Three weeks from today…

(Click on photos to enlarge. Both photos from Minnesota State Fair 2012) Three weeks from today, the 2012 U.S. Election will be over. Optimistically, possibly 60% of those who are qualified to vote will actually mark a ballot somewhere, hopefully reasonably well informed. We basically make the decision on who we vote for privately. “Don’t […]

#632 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #53. Political Signs

Earlier this week I was paying a tiny bit of citizen dues to the Democratic candidates I support, and walking along a street in Maplewood came across a hand-lettered piece of poster board with two words on it: Vote NO! That was all it said. The owner of the house, an older man of my […]

#631 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #52. "Romneyesque"

Less than 24 hours from now Debate #2 will be concluded. Earlier today a good friend sent her contribution to the political vocabulary: “Sharing with you that I just coined a new word: “Romneyesque,” adjective meaning a desperate turn (flight) toward the center.” Madeline Simon Thanks, Madeline, who is, like me, someone who watches what […]

#630 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #51. "Taxes" and other words.

The best blogger on politics I know is a retired guy in Los Angeles. Alan, aka Just Above Sunset, offers very long commentaries six days a week, summarizing what other well informed people are saying about political issues of the day. His posts typically arrive in my e-box about 2 a.m. I always scan their […]

Franco-Fete 2012 Minneapolis MN: Martine Sauret on Louis Hennepin

At Franco-Fete, Martine Sauret, visiting professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, gave a talk on Louis Hennepin. Here is the pdf text, in French, of Dr. Sauret’s remarks: Louis Hennepin. Texte Dr. Sauret’s remarks were presented to a diverse group, including students and teachers of French, persons of French-Canadian descent, and others. For those […]

#629 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #50. The Senate District 53 Candidate Forum in Woodbury October 9.

Last evening we attended the candidate forum for Senate District 53 at City Council Chambers in Woodbury. The event was expertly moderated by the League of Women Voters, and was televised by South Washington County Telecommunications Commission, and will likely be rebroadcast there between now and general election November 6. Check with SWCTC for details. […]

#628 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #49. Four Weeks to Election 2012

Four weeks from today, Tuesday, November 6, we Americans will vote as we always do: by secret ballot. Many of us have already voted. Some will vote informed, some uninformed. Huge numbers will not bother to vote at all. Nov. 6, I will proudly vote to reelect President Obama, as well as for the Democrats […]

#627 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #48. A short seminar on Minnesota Public Schools and Public Policy

Recently, there seems a sudden reverence for public schools in Minnesota. After years of using the schools and the local communities as a piggy bank to avoid political decision making requiring use of the word “tax” in the state political conversation, the architects of damaging schools are suddenly proclaiming that they are about the business […]

Franco-Fete 2012 – Remembering Our Lady of Lourdes. B. Marshall West with Dick Bernard

UPDATE Jan. 22, 2013: At the time of Franco-Fete, Sep 28-30, 2012, I cobbled together an earlier version of this post conveying spontaneous thoughts of B. Marshall West (Marshall) of Petaluma CA about his family roots at Our Lady Of Lourdes in Minneapolis. What follows is an edited version of the original. A few days […]

Franco-Fete Nouvelles Villes Jumelles Minneapolis September 29, 2012. Hon. Jacqueline Regis

On September 29, those attending Franco-Fete heard very meaningful remarks from Hennepin County Judge Jacqueline Regis. Her 12-page remarks, printed here with her permission, “Serving our Community through the unique perspective we acquired through our French language”, can be seen here: Jacqueline Regis at Franco-Fete Sep 29, 2012 Her talk concluded with sustained applause. Judge […]