Still Working

Mar 14

Still Working

I was enjoying a nice dark roast on the bench behind Cafe Bene in St Paul when I noticed that the guy loading large boxes of coffee onto a two-wheeled dolly and rolling them into the coffee shop was older than most delivery guys you see. Way older. His name was John Dotray, a “retired” machinist who used to make airplane parts and now delivers coffee...

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Dear “John:” Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Patoot

Feb 23

Dear “John:” Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the Patoot

In a piece called, “The Trouble with Taxing the Rich,” Doug Tice at my ex-newspaper plays the violin today for a rich friend of his named “John” who makes a very fat living marketing seafood internationally from Minnesota. The words “Red Lobster” come to mind (Red Lobster was acquired by Minnesota-based General Mills in 1970 and...

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Minnesota’s Wealthiest: Pony Up and Shut Up

Feb 16

Minnesota’s Wealthiest: Pony Up and Shut Up

Gov. Mark Dayton has gotten the richies and the righties (often, they are the same) in a tizzy by sticking to his campaign promises and proposing to close Minnesota’s yawning budget gap by raising taxes on the top 5 percent of state earners. Last year, candidate Dayton’s campaign web site promised, “Read My Lips; Tax the Rich.” He has...

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