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Phil Malat

  • COLUMN: 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: 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: 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...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Defining Moment of Greatness

    Whenever his name is mentioned some will surely conjure up what is now routinely referred to in sports vernacular as “the catch.” Others may remember the four home runs he hit in a single game on April 30, 1961 at County Stadium in Milwaukee...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Short Memories Unacceptable

    In 1948 President Harry Truman wanted a civil rights plank in the Democratic national platform.  The southern states threatened to walk off the convention floor and pull their support from Truman if any effort was made to introduce anything even remotely resembling such a plank...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: "Aged-Out" with Jonny Mathis

    “Aged-Out” is the current music business and record industry jargon used to describe those of us who are no longer active enthusiasts of current or contemporary music.  We don’t own, and have no plans of ever owning, any “Hip-Hop” or “Rap.”  We long for the days when listening to and purchasing music was far more personal – a far more enriching experience...

  • COLUMN: Johnny Mathis Performs at State Theater

    “Aged-Out” is the current music business and record industry jargon used to describe those of us who are no longer active enthusiasts of current or contemporary music. We don’t own, and have no plans of ever owning, any “Hip-Hop” or “Rap.”  We long for the days when listening to and purchasing music was far more personal...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Change Never as Easy as Just Voting

    Contemporary American vernacular requires we read between the lines whenever we hear the word change bandied about. For example, when the Minnesota Vikings assured us that Percy Harvin wasn’t going anywhere we all knew his days were numbered.  Sure enough, a few weeks later he was a Seattle Seahawk...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Super Bowl Tickets Available?

    Venting can be cathartic especially when experiencing rough patches in life. Such an opportunity presented itself recently when I was asked if I would be willing to relinquish my Super Bowl tickets...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Why Voting is Crucial

    Many Americans don’t vote especially in non-presidential election cycles.  There appears to be a disinterest in the role local politics plays in the quality of our life and the impact local politics can have on the nation as a whole.  Certainly life in Massachusetts and Minnesota, in many respects, is vastly different for that of Mississippi or Nevada.  Yet all these states can play an important role in framing national thought and direction.  Such was the case in 1934...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Insanity's Definitive Poster Child

    Americans can rest easy. We now have a strategy for dealing with the ISIS or ISIL terrorists. It is precisely as Bill O’Reilly advised; “If I’m the president I’m going kill every one of those bastards.” O’Reilly wisdom was confirmed with the full fledged support of Senator Ted Cruz; “Bomb them back to the stone age.” ...

  • 'Where's The beef?' COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Insufferable Friendship

    Commercials are our friends. Those who have toiled in the broadcast industry know this as the battle cry of all who serve in sales and management at their respective radio and television stations.  Those who gave their hearts and souls to the programming departments could find this battle cry most cumbersome and, at times, most unreasonable.  Nevertheless, they understood a cooperative effort between excellent programming and sales was necessary to keep everyone employed...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Houston, We Have a Problem.

    The troubling events witnessed in Ferguson, Missouri are all part and parcel of a malady that has been festering for decades in American. After the March 3, 1991 high profile beating of Rodney King by police officers resulting in rioting and violence in Los Angeles, we might rationally assume that problem would be resolved...  

  • Column: A Malat Musing: What Do We Tell Him?

    He recently attended a funeral in which his deceased uncle was laid to rest in the Fort Snelling veterans cemetery in Minneapolis. As he gazed at what appeared to be the endless head stones in this beautiful and peaceful setting he couldn’t help but conjure up thoughts of the all the lives violently lost in the service to our country...

  • 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...

  • COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Time for Respectful Remembrance

    One can only hope that the 50th anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history will not result in the same old rehashing of the unfounded, wild-eyed speculations surrounding the death of President John F. Kennedy.  There is so much more worth noting and remembering about the man and his remarkable accomplishments in his scant, 1,036 days in the oval office...

  • Demonstrators holds up banners with the photo of Edward Snowden during a protest outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Protesters demanded that the U.S. Congress investigate the NSA's mass surveillance programs. COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Apologizing for Spying

    Oh how the media loves that Russian rascal Mr. Snowden.  They absolutely revel in gnawing on every bone he throws them.   The most recent is the revelation that America was spying on its allies.  My Lord, the horror of it all – allies spying on allies.  But wait…

  • Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig COLUMN: A Malat Musing: Bud Selig's Departure

    As the now circus silliness surrounding the once revered autumn classic gets underway, we should appreciate that this has been a banner year for our national pastime.  Not because of anything that has occurred on the field but because Bud Selig has mercifully (for the fans) decided to end his reign of cruelty to the game by announcing his retirement in January of 2015...


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