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A Civics Lesson for 21st Century Americans as We Return to the 1950s

Art by Rob Goldstein

Cover of the 1955 recording of Roger's and Hammerstein's Oklahoma Oklahoma! (1955 film cast) found on the Internet Archives

With all the talk of America’s return to the 1950′s I thought Americans
should know what we need to have in place to help President
Trump make our return a success.

A collage of Donald Trump as a 1950's greaser riding a bike in front of the White House with Hillary Clinton falling off. His shrt reads 'if you can read this the Bitch fell off' Make America Great Again – ‘America…in T Shirts’
by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.

The sense of community and the income equality of the
1950’s were the result of two generations who forged a new social
contract out of shared suffering.

The older generation had fought and won World War One and
the young adults had fought World War Two or had older siblings
who fought. Some women served in the military.

Women also fought on the home front by going to work in
the factories.

Photograph of a woman working in a factory in the 1940's Woman in the Factory- 1940’s – Public Domain.

The people of that time decided the use their government
to fund public services and to…

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Great-Great Grandfather Knows Best: Civilized Men Don’t Shove

Art by Rob Goldstein

‘Everyday Courtesy’ is a 1949 film for elementary school
civics courses.

Children marched to the school’s auditorium to watch the
film then marched back to the classroom for a discussion.

Some people criticize the film for being a product of its time
but teaching our children the fundamentals of good manners
is a damned good idea.

‘Everyday Courtesy’ – 1947.

Reprocessed screen shot from the movie ‘Everyday Courtesy’- 1947. May I pass please, Prime Minister Markovic?



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Our ability to choose our elected leaders is an inalienable right we must protect…

Art by Rob Goldstein

“…for the last 241 years, the nation and the citizens have cherished the freedom and liberty upon which this country was founded upon. Many brave Americans have lost their lives to protect that freedom and liberty and lost their lives to protect the freedom and liberties of other peoples around the world. Our ability to choose our elected leaders, as we see fit, is, I believe, an inalienable right that we must protect with all of the resources and authority and power.

“And the fact that the Russians tried to influence resources and authority and power, and the fact that the Russians tried to influence that election so that the will of the American people was not going to be realized by that election, I find outrageous and something that we need to, with every last ounce of devotion to this country, resist and try to act to prevent further…

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Howard school staff, mental health experts weigh in on suicide depiction in Netflix series

A must read for anyone with kids. M

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Andrew Michaels Contact Reporter Howard County Times

The Netflix hit series “13 Reasons Why” has the Howard County school system, and schools in neighboring counties, warning parents about the show’s graphic depictions of teen suicide, rape and bullying. At the same time, many are saying the show opens a doorway into conversations on suicide and other “uncomfortable” topics.

The streaming service’s show caught viewer attention nationwide after its debut in March. The show follows the story of high school student Hannah Baker, who commits suicide and leaves behind 13 cassette tape recordings for her peers, who she said contributed to her decision to end her life.

Based on a 2007 novel with the same title, the graphic depictions in the 13-episode show – rated TV-MA for mature audiences only – raised concerns among mental health experts, educators, parents and youth. Efforts against the show include that of Oxford…

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Training To *LGBT Aging Resources*

Important Read. M

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Minneapolis ranks 4th among U.S. cities in percentage of gay, lesbian and bisexual residents. Approximately 12.5% of Minneapolis identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Transgender was not a category in analysis. (UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law & Public Policy)

There are an estimated 48,000 LGBT older adults living in Minnesota. Many LGBT older adults do not have the same support networks that are available to heterosexual peers. LGBT older adults are five times less likely to access senior services than heterosexual peers. By not accessing these services, LGB&T older adults are more susceptible to experiencing increased isolation, depression, substance abuse, and institutionalization.   M

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I Salute Men & Women fighting in Combat & War on Homefront- Today & Yesterday for American Freedom

Enjoy the long weekend.

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Sending prayers to family and friends for their loss of loved ones serving the Military.Daily I’m reminded of the sacrifices made to defend the freedoms we enjoy today in America. I pray every soldier comes home soon.

Gramps, I’ll never forget the sacrifices you made to win WWII. I love you.

Xx M


Protecting our ports after Pearl Harbor.

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