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


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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