#679 – Dick Bernard: Thoughts on Martin Luther King's "Why We Can't Wait", on Martin Luther King Day 2013

Yesterday at Mass at Basilica of St. Mary visiting Priest, Fr. Pat Griffin, in his homily, included a snippet of Martin Luther King’s writing: “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly….” I wrote enough snippets of the quote so […]

#677 – Dick Bernard: President Obama's Moment

In my opinion, Wednesday, January 16, 2013, will go down as President Obama’s John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King moment. It took an immense amount of courage for him, January 16, 2013, to confront our nations culture of violence, particularly the fringe – it’s really only a fringe – which worships the unrestricted “right […]

#663 – Dick Bernard: Dr. William Beeman "The Consequences of the U.S. Election on our Relationship with Iran"

Today at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) about 60 of us heard a fascinating talk by Dr. William Beeman of the University of Minnesota on Iran. He is a man of diverse talents, including academic. Dr. Beeman is recuperating from a recent surgery but that didn’t deter his presentation. He […]

#649 Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #66. Your Thoughts about What November 6 means; and a memory of a long-ago and very significant political event in Minnesota.

Here is data about the November 6 elections, MN local and state and National. (click on photos to enlarge) If you wish, send me your brief comment about the meaning of yesterdays vote and I’ll post it here. Keep it very brief, perhaps a paragraph. Send to dick_bernardATmeDOTcom. Unless you specifically say otherwise, I’ll assume […]

#646 – Dick Bernard: Election 2012 #63. Your future is completely in your hands, now.

The American people – of which you are one – decide their future on Tuesday, November 6. The choice has never been more stark, at all levels, in all states. If you are an ordinary person, as I am, and 98% or more of the American people are ordinary like me, you are well advised […]

#643 – Jack Burgess: Election 2012 #61. About The Office of President of the United States "I feel it's my duty to share what I've learned in 75 years."

Jack Burgess is a friend, and in retirement a regular columnist. His self-description: “Jack Burgess is a retired Chillicothe [Ohio] teacher and former Executive Director of the Columbus [Ohio] Education Assn., as well as Chief of Arbitration Services in Ohio’s Office of Collective Bargaining.” The following commentary is long, but worth the time to read. […]

#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, […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

#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 […]