Author Archives: Joanne Boyer

We Didn’t Run Out of Stones

We didn’t leave the Stone Age because we ran out of stones. We found a “better way” to do things. We can find better ways but it will take all of us committing to DO SOMETHING to shake off the paralysis that currently grips us. Continue reading

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Gray Areas In Life & College Football

At this time of year, we tend to cut college football teams a lot of slack in their bid to see “Who’s In?” Why do we forget to recognize gray areas that exist in real life for many people? Continue reading

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100 Years Ago We Thought Very Differently About The Pope

100 years ago it would have been unthinkable for a Pope to address the U.S. Congress. Anti-Catholicism and anti-immigration fervor ran rampant. We take a quick trip back in time to illustrate how one of today’s premier Catholic universities and its premier football team came of age despite this discrimination against the Catholic Church. It gives us hope that 100 years from now, the issues Pope Francis discusses today will also lead to progress. Continue reading

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A Time To Remember The Origins Of Bernie 2016

Jim Hightower once referred to Bernie Sanders as “Tim Carpenter with a Brooklyn accent and a Senate seat.” As Bernie 2016 rightfully gains in popularity and poll numbers, now is a good time to remember the origins of all of this. Without Tim Carpenter and Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) starting the idea of “Run Bernie Run” there wouldn’t be this wonderful political revolution happening. Things of this nature don’t “just happen.” There are people who had the wisdom to see the future and believe in the possibilities. Tim Carpenter was such a man. Continue reading

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Labor’s Defiant Lady: Remembering Mother Jones

On Labor Day 2015 we take a look back at the great Mother Jones, who spent most of her life as a union organizer working side-by-side with striking miners, steel workers, and children. It is through efforts of this great woman — and others — that a great American Middle Class was born. Things like the 8-hour work day, the 40-hour work week, and child labor laws didn’t “just happen.” It took literally, blood, sweat, and tears to win what now appears to be slipping away from us again in the 21st Century. Labor Day — a time to remember workers. Continue reading

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We Remember… and We Look Ahead

This week marks a somber anniversary for human kind. August 6 and August 9, 1945. It has been 70 years since the United States military dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In an age of 24 hour news … Continue reading

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Looking Good At 50

There are many reasons to celebrate as Medicare turns 50 this week. Yet it’s a time to ask why we still don’t have a “Medicare For All” single payer health care delivery system in this country and how the “for profit” insurance companies continue to make it impossible for many to access health care. Bonus points if you know where Lyndon Johnson signed this historic bill into law. Check it out at the end of our blog. Continue reading

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July 4, 2015: We Are Once Again Called To Reclaim Our Democracy

A great Jesuit once asked, “Where is it we think our dead have gone? Do we think they remain buried in the ground, or is their spirit alive with us today?” There can be little argument that Bernie Sanders’ stop in Madison, Wisconsin on July 1, 2015 reverberates with the message of “Fighting Bob” La Follette and his speech from July 4, 1897. Continue reading

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Fighting For Single Payer: Rose Roach Keeps Hope Alive For A Better Way For Health Care In The U.S.

No matter what the U.S. Supreme Court decides about the Affordable Care Act, the fight for a single payer health care delivery system in this country continues. Health care as a human right. For profit insurers out of health care. “There are plenty of health care dollars,” Minnesota Nurses Association Executive Director Rose Roach tells us. “It’s a matter of allocating them to actual health care.” Read more about how Roach continues the push for single payer to bring our country in line with the rest of the educated world. Continue reading

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Bernie’s Strength & Appeal: He Really Listens To Us

Bernie Sanders “official” announcement yesterday in front of approximately 5,000 enthusiastic supporters in Vermont that he is running for President of the United States has been analyzed from dozens of political directions. Yet, there was one thing that struck me … Continue reading

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