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  • A Malat Musing: Must Focus on Solutions

    William F. Buckley once cautioned against any acceptance of a universal definition for conservatism. He contended that we will learn more about the author than we will ever learn about the ideology...

  • A Malat Musing: Bobby and Bernie

    When we lost Robert ‘Bobby’ F. Kennedy, it spelled the end of a progressive movement in America.  It was a movement whose ideals and principals were the guiding force in the creation of a compassionate government...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Bernie's Biggest Obstacle

    Nothing is more arduous in America than political change. It takes an inordinate amount of time requiring unparalleled endurance, persistence, emotional toughness and persuasive charismatic and intellectual expertise...

  • Bernie Sanders | Hillary Clinton Rubber Stamp Democracy

    There is a crucial reality to contemporary American politics that does not garner the attention and the consideration it so richly deserves. National conventions held every four years by the two major political parties, no longer select their presidential nominees...

  • David Brooks Brooks Fills Buckley Void

    It has been accurately stated that the most significant loss to America with the passing of William F. Buckley is a voice of reason in exposing many of the destructive elements and individuals within the “so-called” conservative movement.  ...

  • COLUMN: Malat Musing: Christmas is a Mother's Love

    The Christmas season always presents us with the stark reminder of the importance of love, compassion and selfless behavior.  It is the one time of the year when we universally make sacrifices that place others before our own comforts and desires - a reminder that life is so much more important than just ourselves...

  • The United Auto Workers recently agreed to new, four year contracts with auto manufacturers.  The agreements were ratified by the slimiest of margins.  A large number of workers, almost a majority, were, and still are, displeased with their hourly wage. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: UAW Workers Get Bad Rap

    The United Auto Workers recently agreed to new, four year contracts with auto manufacturers.  The agreements were ratified by the slimiest of margins.  A large number of workers, almost a majority, were, and still are, displeased with their hourly wage – their spendable income – the income badly needed to stimulate the economy...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Fiorina Close to Impressive

    Carly Fiorina came dangerously close to being very impressive in the last Republican debate held on Nov. 28.  But, unfortunately as Maxwell Smart is noted for surmising, she “missed it by that much.” Her most impressive moment in the national spotlight came when she spoke of the awful frustrations faced in the marketplace by small and medium businesses... 

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Activism Needs Proper Focus

    While “Black Lives Matter” might be well intentioned, they lack the proper focus, proper objectives and the skilled and savvy leadership necessary to positively impact any meaningful change. First they must deal with their chosen name; “Black Lives Matter.”...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: We Need a New National Holiday

    Edward R. Murrow was a journalist in the truest and strictest sense of the word.  He threw stones at giants recognizing it was NOT his responsibility to protect them, as we often see today, but to expose them.  He clearly understood the primary function of journalism to be the preservation of our republic – a concept that is lost on today’s so-called journalists...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Only Our Resolve Will Work

    In the 276 days in 2015, there have been 294 shootings in which at least four people were shot in one spree or setting. The NRA – the gun rights lobbyist group whose expressed purpose is to sell as many guns as humanly possible – continues to spend millions of dollars promoting the idiocy that more guns and fewer restrictions on their sale and use will solve the problem...

  • Photo provided by Phil Malat COLUMN: A Malat Musing: 'War On Women' Cry Untenable

    “It’s a ‘War on Women’” is the contemporary battle cry used whenever any viewpoints or programs offered run contrary to the thinking of a particular segment of the electorate.  It has been used so often and misused so egregiously that it has lost almost all its perceived influence...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Hillary Embracing Mitt Deceits

    False gods are most common on both sides of the political aisle in American politics today. We long ago moved into an era where political strategies are purposely crafted to embrace as many different perspectives as possible. What follows is absolute and total confusion as to what the candidates really believe and represent...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Laura Jean Needs to Be Emulated

    Pete Rose has requested reinstatement of current baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.  At this point, Manfred has agreed to meet with Rose even though there appears to be little to no chance he will be reinstated.  All appears to be well on that front....

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Irresponsible Political Rhetoric Directs Discourse

    The political season has begun.  What naturally will follow are enormous amounts of speculation and misinformation primarily designed to foster fear and hatred. In a 24/7 news coverage environment, the media on all fronts love and promote this behavior because it creates controversy and stirs up the basest of emotions...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Realities of Rugged Individualism

    Every now and again the notion that rugged individualism is lost in America and that therefore America is in decline rears its ugly head...

  • How many still remember? How many still care? COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Memorial Day About Honor, Not Vacation

    Memorial Day has passed again, but how much do we really recognize our fallen service members with this holiday? With many people simply enjoying the day off, columnist Phil Malat argues that we must use Memorial Day to honor and remember. In a time when sports can drown out the true purpose of the holiday, we need to strive to emphasize the service our veterans have done for the country.

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Rebuttal on Flawed Thinking

    Long time columnist Charlie Reese retired from the Orlando Sentinel in 2001.  He has since died in 2013. His column suggesting that 545 people are "responsible for the domestic problems that plague" the U.S. has been circulated ad nauseum on the internet and social media sites for years...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Those April 15 Blues

    Seldom do we see any joy in “Mudville” on April 15.  It was on that date in 1865 that Abraham Lincoln died from an assassins’ bullet to the head.  It was also on that date that 1,500 people met their demise in an icy sea when the Titanic sunk in 1912.  And, of course, April 15 is tax day in America....

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Overcoming Polarization

    Intransigence and polarization fueled by hatreds is certainly not a foreign struggle in America. We have faced it before and overcome it, thus leaving us with a very clear and concise understanding as to what must be done to defeat it again...  

  • Minnesota Wild center Stephane Veilleux, top center, celebrates with teammates after he scored on Dallas Stars goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Rare Minnesota Treat

    The Wild are one of the most remarkable sports stories in Minnesota in years. Just six weeks ago they were an excellent team that had become a bad joke through their pathetic play. Although it wasn’t through any fault of head coach Mike Yeo, many hockey fans not only wanted him fired but tarred and feathered...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Dayton Courage Admirable

    Wages in America are quickly heading for all time lows and there doesn’t appear to be any real relief on the way. In 1968, the minimum wage in the United States was a $1.60 an hour.  Adjusting for inflation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that to be equivalent to $10.74 today...

  • The invasion of Europe took place on the beaches at Normandy France on June 6, 1944.  It encompassed amphibious landings on five beaches; codenamed Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah and sword. Column: A Malat Musing: America Had No Choice

    The invasion of Europe took place on the beaches at Normandy France on June 6, 1944.  It encompassed amphibious landings on five beaches code named; Juno, Gold, Omaha, Utah and sword.  Before the fighting would end, it would claim approximately 10,000 casualties, more than half (6,603) would be Americans...

  • Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in the 1962 film 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' COLUMN: A Malat Musing: 'Due Process' is MIA

    We are a nation of laws. As such, the American psyche should always stubbornly adhere to the belief that everyone - without exception - is innocent until proven guilty and that that guilt can only be established through proper due process. But alas ­­- there appears to be a serious chink in that armor of protection...

  • Photo courtesy of Phil Malat COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Bread Crumb Compassion

    "The era of big government is over;" so stated then President William Jefferson Clinton in his State of the Union Address on January 23, 1996. While we have come to expect certain political rhetoric as a means to achieve acceptance, our acceptance of such rhetoric should be quite a different matter if it approaches reality...

  • The film 'Field of Dreams' was released in 1989. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: The Dyersville Reality

    It defies all rationale. A tiny piece of farm land tucked away in the northeast corner of Iowa has become a real slice of Americana. For 25 years it has had an amazing and profound impact on hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people worldwide...

  • Photo courtesy of Phil Malat COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Worth the Fight

    "Inequality for All" is the official Facebook page of economist and author Robert Reich. The following is a post from Wednesday, March 5. It is offered because it is an excellent and extremely accurate perspective worth your consideration...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing:Capable of Anything

    Each and every time the news reaches us, we take a brief moment to ponder how those with such extraordinary advantages and blessings - blessings that the vast majority will never know – can behave so very badly...

  • Construction is ongoing at the site of the new Vikings Stadium. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Moving Toward a Pandora’s Box

    The controversies surrounding the building of the new billion dollar stadium in downtown Minneapolis are badly tarnishing the image of both the Minnesota Vikings and the Wilf family. One simple act would easily bolster that image.  It would be to provide a loan from the Wilf family to the state of Minnesota to cover whatever suspended funds may be needed to continue construction until the current bond dispute has been resolved...

  • Photo: MGN Online COLUMN: A Malat Musing: The Passing of the Dome

    There exists the need for a proper perspective on the razing of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metro Dome or the Mall Of America Field or as it is commonly referred to “The Dome” and the construction of a new billion dollar stadium on “The Dome’s” current site...


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