Author Archives: Joanne Boyer

‘We Are Not Made For War’: Will we let our 2016 presidential campaign turn into a 1960’s game show?

Those of us who grew up in the 1960s watching TV game shows may recall one of the classics: You Don’t Say. The show’s sign off from host Tom Kennedy went something like… “Remember, it’s not what you say that … Continue reading

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Keeping That “Vigor” Alive Today

Today marks John F. Kennedy’s 99th birthday. For those of us “young” enough to remember the vibrant presidency of the youngest man elected president of the United States, it’s hard to imagine what JFK would be like had he lived … Continue reading

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1776 & 2016: Is Anybody There?

American history and Broadway plays are once again a current topic with the smash hit Hamilton. We take a look though to an earlier play, 1776, and one of its prophetic songs “Is Anybody There” as we look at what awaits the Bernie Sanders drive for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Political revolutions don’t happen in one election cycle or in one year. A look back at 1776 and its relevance today. Continue reading

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Remembering The ‘Joan of Arc’ Of The Early Conservation Movement

Many of us know about the great John Muir and Rachel Carson and the contributions they made and their work on environmental and conservation issues of their day. But how many of us know about the “link” between those two icons. We take a look at the “Joan of Arc” of her day and the work she did to preserve a better world for the generations that followed. Continue reading

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Fix It: What We Do When Something Is Broken

We look to our business leaders to provide innovative solutions and Richard Master, CEO of MCS Industries, Inc. is doing just that. When faced with rising health insurance costs dramatically impacting his bottom line, he set out to find out just why that was. The result: A fabulously produced documentary that dramatically talks to the need for a single payer health care delivery system to help business as well as individuals. Continue reading

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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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