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Day 153 – Philando Castile, Mr. President.

Photograph from the Star Tribune Dear Mr. President, Skim a number of online dictionaries to see how they define “upstanding citizen.” You will see certain trends: Follows rules. Obeys laws. Helpful. Honest. Strong morals. Upright. Straightforward. Honorable. Imagine...

Day 152 – DACA Flip-Flop? More of the Same? Utter Confusion? Yes?

Photograph by Joe Frazier Photo Dear Mr. President, Most of us may not like it, but living in the United States means living in your world now.  Of course, this is great for you.  You love being in charge. The people you govern, however, have had to acclimate to...

Day 150 – Keeping Nailing Them In, Mr. President. Good Job.

Photograph by Adam Rosenberg Dear Mr. President, I dread this time of the month. No, not the time where blood comes out of my "wherever." The time when I committed to writing you this letter, and I have to face reality and dig through the news stories I spend most of...

Day 146 – Violence Bloodied Us as a Nation Today, Mr. President.

Photograph by IMDB Dear Mr. President, As representatives seek to hurl one of their injured number against each other in a quest for political dominance mere hours after Steve Scalise took a bullet, let me tell you where I was when he was shot. There is a point to...

Day 143 – It’s Time for Contemplation…and Soap, Mr. President.

Dear Mr. President, You have had, truly, an embarrassing week. From your insensitive and inappropriate response to the London attack, to your feigned bill signing and childish binder tossing of Infrastructure Week, to your inane and incomprehensible responses to...

Day 136 – What Are You Walling In Or Walling Out, Mr. President?

Photograph by Andrew Gustar Dear Mr. President, “Good fences make good neighbors.” It seems possible that you encountered Robert Frost’s poetry somewhere in your education; if so, you may have been asked to read “Mending Wall.”  You’ll recall that in the poem the...

Day 135 – Stop Pretending You Care About Coal Miners, Mr. President.

Photograph by IMLS Digital Collections and Content Dear Mr. President, I listened carefully to your speech justifying withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Accords. What came through was your lack of concern for the impact we have on Europe, Africa, and the rest of the...

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