Letter: Reeder and corporate elite now attacking labor history

Originally Posted Online: April 22, 2014, 11:00 pm
Last Updated: April 23, 2014, 7:53 am
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I would just like to take the opportunity to thank Scott Reeder for giving all of us his enlightened revisionist history of the Haymarket riots ("Debunking myths of Haymarket Riot," Sunday Viewpoints).

Maybe next month Mr. Reeder and his Koch brother sponsors can give us the version of before labor laws how children really preferred working in the mines and fields to recess and how coal miners secretly preferred black lungs to clear lungs.

It is not enough for Scott to use his bully pulpit to discredit the current labor movement, but he has now decided to take aim at the past labor movement as well. You know the labor movement that protected children from sweat shops and gave workers a better life in general.

Good job, Scott, I am sure that your corporate sponsors are sending you your checks as I write.

Maybe the reason that the truth was so hard to get to back then was that there were too many reporters who were bought and paid for by the corporate elite.

Gregg Johnson,
East Moline


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  Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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