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 Sunday, Sept. 21, the 264th day of 2014. There are 101 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We hear that Col. Reynolds has employed C.D. Merrill to drill for water to supply the Rock Island Barracks.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Billy Catton, famous billard player, returned to Rock Island with a view to making this city his home in the future.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The belief is growing that a great decisive battle of the World War was being fought at Verdun, a strong fortress of France on the Meuse near the French frontier, according to a London dispatch.
1939 -- 75 years ago: William Stremmel, 91, Rock Island's last Civil War veteran, died.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Workmen of the Midwest Wrecking Co., Clinton, have begun razing the historic old office building of Deere & Co., 1325 3rd Ave., Moline. The site will be used by the Deere Plow Works for its shipping and receiving department.
1989 -- 25 years ago: East Moline developer Jim Massa says the financial package for the proposed $34.5 million Quad City International Motor Speedway is down to making sure "all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. Finalizing this will give the green light to see if NASCAR and CART, the auto racing sanctioning bodies, approve race dates.

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