Author Archives: Joanne Boyer

Paul Tsongas: A Journey of Purpose

“I will die someday. All of us will die someday. And we will be judged by those whom we have left behind. Much of that judgment will not be kind. That is a prospect each of us must confront separately. But as a nation, as a society, as a political culture, we face that judgment together. And we, more than any generation in American history, will fail that test if we do not mend our ways.” That from former Senator Paul Tsongas in 1995. A look back at the all too shortened life of a man who learned to create a life of purpose in the time given to him. Continue reading

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Will It Take A Constitutional Amendment To Stop Voter Suppression?

Congressman Keith Ellison (DFL-MN) and his colleague Mark Pocan (D-WI) have introduced a bill which would amend the U.S. Constitution to explicitly guarantee the right to vote for American citizens. Read more how these two are fighting back against voter suppression in this, the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Voting Rights Act. Continue reading

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Henry A. Wallace: The ‘What Ifs’ Are Inescapable

Find out more about Henry A. Wallace, a wisdom voice lost to history. He came within an eyelash of being president, but lost out to political bickering to retain his spot as vice president on FDR’s 1944 re-election ticket. Wallace envisioned a post-war world built on peace as well as economic and social justice. Of course, these views made him too “controversial” for those already in power. Continue reading

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From The Ashes…Remembering A Teacher’s Hope

Why on a day when the State of Wisconsin is implementing Right to Work legislation just weeks after gutting public education would I have been rummaging through old documents and found the following hand-written notation from my father, a proud … Continue reading

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Forgetting Our Land Grant Colleges History: Government Does Make Education Work For All Its People

We have forgotten that our Founding Fathers and Abraham Lincoln knew that federal and state supported public education was the lifeblood of the nation. We look back on the founding of the time-honored tradition of the land grant colleges. We ask those who think the world began with them, who do you think educated those who educated those who educated you? Continue reading

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‘The Boundaries Of The University Shall Be The Boundaries Of The State’: A Lesson Wisconsin and Scott Walker Forgot

Most people knew that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker would attack public education after his re-election in 2014, but his $300M cuts to one of the premier research institution is stunning by any measure. The privatization of public education is happening at record speed. How and why did we lose sight of the fact that PUBLIC education benefits all of us. Our heart bleeds for the University of Wisconsin and others facing the same fate. Continue reading

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Best Governor In The Nation?

Minnesota DFL Governor Mark Dayton has been providing great leadership for his state and his latest comments: “The land may be yours. But the water belongs to all of us, and to all who will follow all of us.’’ caused us to ask if he may be the country’s best current governor. Read more and see if you don’t agree. Continue reading

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Hope: A Duty, Not A Nicety

We asked last month: “Where do you see hope?” We received some great responses and found other everyday life examples to share. Keeping hope alive in 2015 and beyond is our duty. Read and please add your comments at the end to encourage all of us. Continue reading

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Working To Curb Hatred: The Day After The 2014 Elections

Of the many reasons one can offer up for what happened in the 2014 mid-term elections, have you asked yourself what part hatred and fear played among the electorate? A nagging feeling we had that “something was different” about these 2014 results was shared by the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s co-founder Morris Dees. This incredible man who has spent nearly all of his adult life fighting against hatred and fear shared his insights the day after the election. Continue reading

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It Didn’t Used To Be Like This: A look back to when a U.S. Senator campaigned on $200 total

It really wasn’t that long ago when campaigns were run without the truly obscene influence of money brought on by the disastrous U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United ruling. We take a look back at the great U.S. Senator Bill Proxmire, who as recently as 1982 (that’s not that long ago) ran his re-election campaign on $200. We don’t have to run our “democracy” as we do today. There are better ways. Continue reading

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