A Flag Born of Protest Endures

After having endured another round of ham-fisted divisive remarks by our chief executive – designed to bring more heat than light to the complicated issues we need to wrestle with as a country – I went searching for some light. I found it in Bob Costa (video). Once again, Mr. C. showed why he is among the best in his business. While speaking to the "kneeling during the anthem" issue he gave the type of greater overview which we all need to keep in mind before getting all pissed off. After listening to him, it only reinforced a few things that I have long believed. The flag is stronger than your opinion of it. The flag is more resilient than whatever sensitivity you have about what others m

Minnesota Nice

I recently was on tour in and around Minneapolis and stayed in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood – referred to as Little Mogadishu. I had read that thousands of Somalians had made Minneapolis their home since the 1980’s, with many more arriving in the 1990’s to escape the horrific civil war in their homeland. What’s the saying… "seeing is believing." In this case "seeing is heart warming." This is the spirit of America. This is the spirit that received my grandparents from Poland as they escaped yet another pogrom. This is the spirit that has made our country so loved and yearned for the world over. When we lose that spirit, we are nothing more than a selfish, closed, capitalistic democ

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