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 Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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