Ed Raymond

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Ed Raymond is a former Marine officer and school board superintendent, and resides in Detroit Lakes.

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Thu. Feb. 9th, 2017

Bye-Bye Miami—Greenland is Melting

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There are many societies in the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, who take much better care of all of their citizens. The United States has never reached that level.

Thu. Feb. 2nd, 2017

I’ve Always Lived In A Great Country

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There are many societies in the world, particularly in Scandinavia and Europe, who take much better care of all of their citizens. The United States has never reached that level.

Thu. Jan. 26th, 2017

Here Comes Trumpistan!

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The election of Donald Trump by whites has “shocked” the pundits who say we have never seen anything like this. With the growth of the black, Latino, and “other” populations it is predicted that whites will soon be a minority in a country they now dominate. That was proven to be a big factor in the 2016 election

Thu. Jan. 12th, 2017

Gender Myths and Beliefs

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“A person’s feelings of attraction toward other people. A person may be attracted to people of the same sex, of the opposite sex, of both sexes, or without reference to sex or gender. Some people do not experience sexual attraction and may identify as asexual.

Wed. Dec. 21st, 2016

What Kinds of Freedom Do You Want With Your Religion?

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We still have a long way to go in recognizing and accepting gender and sexual identities—but we are currently up to 60 different gender options. The idea that God gives all humans a very precise dose of testosterone, estrogen, and hormones

Wed. Dec. 14th, 2016

Deportation Might Be One Answer

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The Violence Policy Center reports that since 2007 concealed-carry permit holders have killed 898 people not involving self-defense, including killing 139 people in 29 mass shootings. Research indicates guns are rarely used in self-defense

Wed. Dec. 7th, 2016

Is Life a Poor Player?

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Does religion really give men “wisdom” and a sense of “values?” Or is it really about control of women? In the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammed his wives and daughters rode horses and camels, the only means of transport.

Wed. Nov. 30th, 2016

Is The White God Creating A Mighty White Fortress?

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TV preacher Pat Robertson is another man of the cloth, as long as it’s cashmere, who dismissed the Access Hollywood tapes because Trump was only trying to be “macho.” So sexual assault is manly? Who leads these guys?

Tue. Nov. 22nd, 2016

Chaos and the American Empire

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Millions of guns in the hands of good guys and bad guys, so to speak, brought about the consequences of Columbine, Ferguson, the murder rate in Chicago, and all of the “Black Lives Matter” protests.

Wed. Nov. 16th, 2016

When The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer

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I had hopes that after 156 years the 2016 elections might signal additional healing among the races. But after examining the vote in the election of Donald Trump as president-elect, we have made very little progress in the last 50 years.

Wed. Oct. 26th, 2016

Are We Actually Seeing A Reversal Of The Evolutionary Chart?

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They also discovered there is a strong link between religion, privation, and poverty. Research by Dr. Tom Rees suggests that the absence of strong safety nets and the opportunities for upward mobility, the hallmark of poor counties, and the condition

Wed. Oct. 19th, 2016

The Good, The Bad, And The Really Ugly

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Many Trump supporters will have to enter a mosque in order to vote in their precinct. Only one mosque will not be used because of complaints. Perhaps the anti-muslims will actually gain some knowledge about Islam by crossing through mosques doors.

Wed. Oct. 12th, 2016

Religion and Elections

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“Imagine a woman who showed up to a presidential debate unprepared, sniffing like a coke addict and interrupting her opponent 70 times. Let’s further imagine that she’s had 5 kids by 3 men, was a repeated adulterer, had multiple bankruptcies

Wed. Oct. 5th, 2016

A Country Divided By Money And Colors

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My relatives the French serve five-course meals to all students at noon, teaching them at the same time to like all kinds of vegetables as much as dessert. Great for the diet. Very few French kids are obese. Why can’t we do that? Don’t we have the $?

Wed. Sep. 28th, 2016

Our Climate Is Going In The Toilet—A Solid Gold One

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“Climate change has been going on as long as the planet has been here. There will always be a little bit of it. We can’t stop it.” Tony Schwartz, the actual writer of The Donald’s “The Art of The Deal,” says

Wed. Sep. 21st, 2016

Teaching History, Grading Papers–And Driving For Uber

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The corporate headquarters for Wells-Fargo, the largest bank in the country, is in San Francisco. It recently paid a fine of $185 million for setting up fraudulent accounts for depositors. It fired 5,300 bank employees for establishing these accounts

Wed. Sep. 14th, 2016

A Collection Of Stuff

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During the campaign for the Democratic nomination for president Senator Bernie Sanders called for a free college education for all Americans, following the pattern set by some Scandinavian and European countries.

Wed. Sep. 7th, 2016

Income Inequality, Wars, and $400,000 Helmets

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Christianity has been around 700 years more than Islam, so thinkers such as Voltaire and Rousseau raised questions about the tolerance level of Christians who reject all other religions.

Wed. Aug. 17th, 2016

When Will The Door Of Mercy Open To Gays?

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Gay people are “demonic, seek to abuse children, and are similar to terrorists.” Gay legislative victories will “lead to forced homosexuality and another civil war.” Staver continues to praise foreign countries that outlaw same-sex relationships

Wed. Aug. 3rd, 2016

For The Common Good?

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Nothing wrong with making profits, but sometimes greed overwhelms commonsense—and the common good. Government does the unprofitable stuff, like building airports, bridges, flood diversions, roads, sewers, water treatment plants, dams, wells

Wed. Jul. 27th, 2016

Old and New Normals

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Warren Wiley of Duluth wrote this revealing letter to the StarTribune: “I am a white male licensed to carry a gun, and I’m scared. Recent events make me wonder how I am supposed to react when pulled over by an officer of the law.

Wed. Jul. 20th, 2016

Patriotism And A Very Uncivil Race War

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Patriots don’t pander to divisiveness, racism, sexism, homophobia, or religious and ethnic divisions. They strengthen, confirm, and celebrate the “we” in “we the people of the United States.” Compare the political platforms

Wed. Jul. 13th, 2016

Warning: This Sex Column May Endanger Medieval Thinking

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Sex is very important to life on earth. We do have the irresistible urge to multiply. We have over 1,750 slang words for “human sexual intercourse”—and only 1,000 for the word “stupid.”

Wed. Jul. 6th, 2016

Dog Bowls Made Of Silver And Instant Diamonds

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The loss of well-paying manufacturing jobs in the United States has created a situation where 80% of the metropolitan areas experienced drastic income declines in the middle class. The middle class has shrunk in 203 of 229 cities in the last 15 years

Wed. Jun. 22nd, 2016

A $3,456,789 Lunch For The Homeless

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“Wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work.”

Thu. Jun. 9th, 2016

Building Walls Of Ignorance

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The NRA’s latest push? They want felons to be eligible to purchase firearms as soon as they are released from prison. But they don’t think felons who have served their time should ever be allowed to vote again.

Wed. Jun. 1st, 2016

Are Robots Becoming The Scabs Of The Labor Market?

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Stephen Hawking and other eminent scientists have been worried that AI will overpower human intelligence in the future. Even Albert Einstein, before the development of modern computers

Wed. May. 18th, 2016

A Pandemic of Toxoplasma Gondi Parasite

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The American columnist H.L. Mencken had a way with words when it came to voters and politics. His theory of democracy is illuminating: “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Of Cruise Ships and Homemade Rowboats

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Because of the invasive investments of Silicon Valley billionaires it now has the most expensive real estate in the country. On the sidewalks, driveways, and lawns of this very expensive property are tent encampments and many rag-covered homeless

Thu. Apr. 28th, 2016

Euthanasia and Will Shakespeare

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I have a feeling that Pope Francis and Shakespeare would have similar views about the power of love and sex. Shakespeare’s plays are loaded with eroticism, desire, ecstasy, and ballads made to eyebrows.

Thu. Apr. 21st, 2016

America – A For-Profit Democracy

Ed Raymond

The U.S. Treasury estimates that it would collect about $124 billion ($36 billion from individuals, $88 billion from multinational corporations) each year in additional taxes if we eliminated tax havens and other financial schemes to hide money

Thu. Apr. 14th, 2016

The Difference Between Tolerance of Ambiguity And Moral Purity

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There is some evidence in the study that liberals have qualities which make them more creative than conservatives: “Liberalism, novelty-seeking, and creativity all share the tendency (or the ability) to think in ways that differ from established

Thu. Apr. 7th, 2016

How To Keep People From Voting? Let Me Count The Ways!

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In 2013 in a 5-4 vote the five justices on the Supreme Court appointed by Republican presidents suddenly decided that we no longer had any racial discrimination or voting problems in this country

Thu. Mar. 31st, 2016

Does Money Unite Citizens? Some Say No

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As an example, the Internal Revenue Service has approved Karl Rove’s creation, Crossroads GPS, as a nonprofit social welfare group, the same tax-standing as the American Red Cross, the Humane Society, and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016

America: A Land of Warts

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There are many unappealing jobs in society, whether it is picking up garbage or keeping the sewers flowing, but if people are paid well enough they will see that society values their jobs. There is no doubt that, if work is meaningful and worthwhile

Thu. Mar. 17th, 2016

Do You Live In An Iceberg?

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In order to have safe bridges by 2028 we must spend $20.5 billion a year, but we are scheduled to spend only $12.5 billion. I haven’t heard any of the Waltons pledge to pay their fair share of taxes. Maybe it’s difficult when all of your U.S. profits

Thu. Mar. 3rd, 2016

A Case of Confirmationus Interruptus

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“He was a three-dimensional justice with an often two-dimensional worldview. History will remember him as someone who was gloriously, powerfully on the wrong side of so many important questions. But history will surely remember him.”

Thu. Feb. 25th, 2016

Shouldn’t Everyone Carry Blood Red Poppies?

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“Blood red poppies sway over silent fields where birds no longer sing/ Once big guns roared and young men suffered terror in the mud/ Chaplains searched the carnage for God finding him gassed and bloody crucified upon the wire/ One poppy lost among