In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, someone sent me a copy of an essay he wrote in 1948 called THE PURPOSE OF EDUCATION, a thoughtful critique . I’ve just finished my Master’s degree, and at St. Mary’s University Commencement Sunday, I was surprised to hear similar sentiments echoed. Here are a few quotes […]

“Where do we go from here?” Martin Luther King Jr.

“I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their tired bodies, education and culture for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the alters of God and be […]

Environmental Listening Session

Last night was the “Environmental Listening Session” or “Natural Resources Listening Session,” with Rep. Ray Cox, Rep. Dennis Ozment, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Finance, and Rep. Tom Hackbarth, Chair of the House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee. Like the Energy Listening Session, it was well attended, standing room only in […]

Out to Lunch — back soon!

From Carol Overland: David’s finishing his Masters, and as you can tell, he’s taking a short break from blogging — it’s hard enough to complete a Masters, let alone do it while working full time, so this time out is well needed and deserved. That said, here’s what’s going on while he’s working: It’s a […]

Rock for Democracy at Javalive

Saturday December 6th I joined Patti Fritz and Jeremy Kalin of Young Progressives and many other good Democrats at the Javalive Coffee shop in Faribault for some great music presented by Bonnie and the Clydes. Young Progressives is an issues oriented group organized to engage young people in grass roots politics. In addition to working […]

Education – What matters…

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. ” -Upton Sinclair I think what bothers me so much about the President’s No Child Left Behind initiative is that it establishes a system for education that is so far removed from the system I envision […]


It’s worn out over time, but my kids still ask me, “So where were you when Kennedy was shot?” I do remember — sixth grade, returning from lunch. I was the first student in the classroom because I was told to come in over recess to work on my handwriting. The teacher sat stunned staring […]

Seagren, Sykora, Cox Hold Education Listening Session

This past week Bridgewater school hosted an education focused legislative listening session with Rep. Alice Seagren, chair of the House K-12 Education Finance Committee Rep. Barb Sykora , Chair of the House K-12 Education Policy Committee and Rep. Ray Cox of Northfield. The meeting was advertised as chance to comment Governor Pawlenty’s education initiatives, namely […]

St. O. Pol. Awareness Com. presents – Nadine Strossen and Patrick Buchanan

St. Olaf Political Awareness Committee presents: Nadine Strossen and Patrick Buchanan This was forwarded by Bob Ciernia and has been edited a bit: The St Olaf Political Awareness Committee is pleased to present a debate on civil liberties between two of America’s foremost scholars in this field, Nadine Strossen and Patrick Buchanan. Strossen and Buchanan […]