Monday, March 25, 2013
The 5th District congressman shot down Bill O’Reilly’s claims that the Congressional Progressive Caucus wants to end capitalism.
Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison went on MSNBC Wednesday to counter Fox talk show host Bill O’Reilly’s claims the night before that members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are “far-left kooks.” O’Reilly criticized the proposals for decreased defense spending and increased spending on job creation, science, energy, the environment and education—adding “some conservatives claim that’s what the far-left wants: a collapse of the entire capitalist system.” On MSNBC’s Martin Bashir’s show, CPC co-chairman Ellison said the proposals enjoy widespread support and that he isn’t pushing for a collapse of capitalism. Watch the full interview in the video above. Iraq War Ellison also released the following statement on the 10th …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Tuesday is the 10th anniversary of the war. How has it affected your life and what does it all mean to you?
Ten years ago Tuesday, two F-117 Stealth fighters and nearly 40 cruise missiles targeted a farm that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was thought to be visiting. The next day, coalition troops at the border crossed into the country. In an address just after the war began, President George W. Bush said the country’s mission was “to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.” Of course, bitter experience would come to cast a shadow over those goals. Weapons of mass destruction were never found. No meaningful connection to al-Qaeda was ever uncovered. And violence that continues to this day could be as oppressive as a dictator’s rule. In the end, the promising …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Patch readers give their thanks to past and present military men and women.
As someone who has always had a warm bed, family and friends by my side, and just a general sense of happiness and safety, I literally can't understand what it takes to be a member of the military. The simple comforts I've enjoyed and continue to enjoy are due to the opportunities this lovely country presents. And, of course, the service men and women work hard to ensure it stays that way. While it's evident that there's a long road ahead, I'm comforted knowing I'm not the only one who wants the best for every other American—and I'll go so far as to say, the best for everyone on Earth, even if we disagree on what "the best" is. Thank you to all those who have served, continue to serve and will serve the United States of America in one of …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Get in the Memorial Day spirit by supporting the local Honoring All Veterans Memorial, its organization and recognizing vets. Details here.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Richfield resident Jake Rappe remembers Sept. 11, 2001 and his decision to join the U.S. Army.
Editor's Note: The following was submitted by Richfield resident and U.S. Army veteran Jake Rappe, who served in Iraq and was also slightly injured while there. Long has it been said that everybody remembers where they were on Nov. 22, 1963. I'm sure the same could be said about Dec. 7, 1941, and now the same can is said about Sept. 11, 2001. I was 18 years old on 9/11. The previous school year, my senior year, I made the decision to join the Army after graduation and, in September, I was working on losing weight so that I could do so. Tuesday the 11th started off no different than Monday the 10th. That morning, I was driving my sister to a class as her car was being fixed. When we started driving, the radio was not broadcasting the usual…
Thursday, September 1, 2011
A husband stands a chance of serving a second tour of duty in Iraq; 9/11 anniversary looming.
Richfield residents Brian and Amanda Johnson are a normal family unit. They met on the playground of then Richfield Intermediate School in sixth-grade and a little more than 10 years later were married. They have a home, two children, a dog and love to have a night out playing trivia at Sandy's Tavern. However, they're also a military family. And Brian's Army unit is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq in February 2012. If he were to go, it would be his second tour of duty there. But the fact that Brian may or may not be deployed isn't the worst part—it's the waiting game. Brian's unit deployment date has been pushed back multiple times. “The uncertainty is the worst part … you can’t plan anything,” Amanda said. With the anniversary of the 9/…
Thursday, August 11, 2011
The 10th anniversary of the attacks is just a month away.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Nine years and 11 months ago today, life in the U.S. was permanently altered. The September 11 attacks—four coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda on American soil—took nearly 3,000 lives in total and forever changed our lives. The reach of the incident was widespread and all-encompassing, leaving an indelible mark on our collective conscience. A decade later, the wounds are still healing. In an effort to show the impact of those events that now seem so far away, Patch is looking for local people who felt the sting of the attacks and their aftermath. Did you lose a loved one that day? Did someone you know enlist in the military after the attacks? Maybe you decided to get involved in anti-war efforts? Perhaps a family member was one of …