I'm on the board of W.A.M.M. (Women Against Military Madness) and active in several W.A.M.M. committees. My family recently relocated to the Twin Cities from Chicago where I was involved in school and peace issues.
Billionaires for Wealthcare visited Senator Klobuchar’s Minneapolis office Friday to present the Senator with a million dollar check in appreciation of her refusal to take a position on the Public Option. Billionaires around the country are optimistic that spending $5,000,000 weekly on Congress is successfully defeating meaningful healthcare reform. Unfortunately, Klobuchar’s staff was reluctant to be publicly videotaped accepting the million dollar contribution. Her Director of Constituent Services, Kali Cruz, repeatedly requested the Billionaires to come into a private room without a camera so that the privacy of people filling out job applications would not be violated. Senator Klobuchar has courageously refused to listen to the two thirds of the American people who back a Public Option, a Medicare for all proposal in the healthcare reform legislation. The Billionaires applaud her leadership in not releasing a position statement on the Public Option. There is a lot of constituent pressure to support a Public Option, but Klobuchar is wisely taking into consideration the millions in campaign contributions made by the Billionaires and the healthcare industry. Billionaire representatives Mrs. I. M. Rich and Mrs. Dee Regulation gushed over the fabulous lifestyles they enjoy as wives of healthcare industry executives. They each have multiple homes, private jets, and yachts – courtesy of an industry that makes enormous profits from denying people medical care. They bemoan any reform legislation that would limit health insurance profits. Mrs. Rich was ecstatic about the potential for profits if everyone is required to have health insurance and there are government subsidies. Continue Reading
Minnesotans for Personal Responsibility applauds Governor Pawlenty for keeping his no new taxes pledge and cutting discretionary funds for adults with disabilities by 25%! Adults with disabilities who live in group homes will have their discretionary money cut to $89/month in Pawlenty’s budget, down from $121 – $129/month. All individuals should be more personally responsible!! The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Continue Reading
ByTerry Burke, Member of W.A.M.M. Media Committee |
Two days of the Star Tribune’s coverage of the shoe throwing incident illustrate how the Strib spins the news to give us an inaccurate picture of the situation in Iraq. On December 16, the Strib carried a large article on page 4 devoted to the incident where Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidei threw his shoes at President Bush. Their sources for the article were stated as a New York Times and an AP article. It is instructive to note what they chose to put in the article and what was edited out. They did cover the anti-U.S. demonstration in Sadr City “calling for an immediate U.S. troop withdrawal”, a demonstration in Baghdad for his release, and three paragraphs about his family’s comments. Continue Reading
Many Minnesotans who seek an in-depth understanding of the important issues of our times regard Minnesota Public Radio (91.1) as their radio station. They see it as an important alternative to the mainstream media – a station that will give them the news that the commercial media ignores, an outlet that will cover more news from the left, a counter to the more conservative slant of the corporate sources. The Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases. Then why didn’t Midday air Jack Nelson Pallmeyer’s Westminster Forum on September 25? Continue Reading