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Letter to the Editor: On American socialism

It is about time that the American people were educated and informed about what true “Socialism” is and is not.  The fact is that in true socialism “the means of production” are owned by all of the people.  In other words, all of the workplaces and businesses are owned, controlled, and run by all of the people for the good and well-being of all of the people. They are not privately-owned by individuals and groups.  In true socialism, we would not be totally equal in terms of how much we would get paid for our work, but we would be much, much more equal than we are now.  There would not be any billionaires or people who have hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of millions of dollars in total wealth, most of which they inherited and did not earn by their own labor.  We would share what we have.

The Future of the Democratic Party

It seems as if most Democrats are either Feeling the Bern or Ready for Hillary, the notion being that the two are mutually exclusive. The leading candidates have yet to directly attack each other, but the former is often viewed as a revolutionist, the latter a calculated establishment politician. But must the Democratic Party really choose between idealism and pragmatism? I don’t think so.

Snarky Puppy at the symphony

They’re called Snarky Puppy (I don’t know why), and depending on the day they have anywhere from eight to 18 members. It’s hard to say what genre they fall under, if any. They won a Grammy for best R&B single of 2014, regularly play international jazz festivals and their compositions bear the fingerprints of a world…