Have you seen pictures of the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and wondered what is going on down there? It may seem chaotic to a visitor with people taking calls at phones, brokers gathered at trading posts, pages pushing through the crowd and electronic equipment everywhere. While it may seem disorganized, the operations that occur on the floor are orderly and systematic as all get out.
Last week this column focused on the deadly Spanish Flu that spread across the globe like wildfire, killing millions in 1918. The medical community was helpless, and scientists searched for some clue to fighting this mysterious disease. While thousands of soldiers sickened in Europe, doctors at home were hampered by limited knowledge, a cloak of wartime fear, and by a shortage of medical personnel.
In her Oct. 31 letter, Barb Anderson again uses claims from websites such as David Barton’s Wallbuilders that just do not stand up to scrutiny. Barton and others publish Christian nation “proofs” that are either logical fallacies or distortions. Not one proves this is a “Christian nation.” In fact, only one item even mentions Christ.
Some question why newspaper editorial boards bother to endorse candidates for office. In other words, why should newspaper editors tell their readers whom they should vote for?
Election Day has come and gone, but fulfilling our civic duty to stay informed and let our elected officials know what we think should always be important to us.
Contacted on Election Day, two key Minnesota House Republicans offered several priorities in education. Democrats are still the majority in the Minnesota Senate, and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton was re-elected, but Republicans replaced DFLers as the majority in the Minnesota House.
The recent Ebola scare brings to mind the horrible devastation caused throughout history by diseases, especially during wartime. Soldiers, who were always moving and crowded together in unsanitary conditions, provided (and still continue to provide) the perfect vehicle for transmission of contagious pathogens. The “Spanish flu” as it came to be called, was an example of this method’s deadly efficiency.