FREE SPEECH ZONE | The American Dream Overwhelmed

Historian James Truslow Adams coined the term American Dream during the Great Depression. He said: “The American Dream was of a better, richer, and happier life for all our citizens of every rank, which is the greatest contribution we have made to the thought and welfare of the world. That dream or hope has been present from the start. Ever since we became an independent nation, each generation has seen an uprising of ordinary Americans to save the American Dream from the forces which appear to be overwhelming it.” Some random information that overwhelms the American Dream today: 1.    Change in income during the Reagan Era: Incomes of top 1% increased 55%. Continue Reading

FREE SPEECH ZONE | Public employee unions

The union steward for The Newspaper Guild walked smugly to my desk on my first day at the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a condescending tone he told me how to cheat on my expense account, what to do to get overtime for not working, and that I dressed too well for the union guys. I made a personal vow to do everything I could to change this company and for the next almost 18 years I did. I never gave in to union pressures to be a mediocre worker or to act against my values. I rose rapidly in the management ranks-9 promotions in 16 years-and battled the Newspaper Guild, Teamsters, and other unions every step of the way. Continue Reading

“tooth and claw”

Empirically we all have, in given situations, measures of unreflective selfishness of which we may or may not be the master. 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. “tooth and claw”
A classic quote, “Nature, red in tooth and claw” aptly describes the living kingdoms outside of human influence. It likewise characterizes our own ancient human natural history. Continue Reading