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COLUMN: Reflections from the ‘Schmooze Bowl’ in Minneapolis

Minnetonka, Hopkins, Plymouth, Wayzata, St. Louis Park, Deephaven, Excelsior, Medicine Lake, Tonka Bay, Shorewood, Greenwood

 

 

By John Freivalds

Published 2/13/2018

Sun Sailor-Wayzata, MN

Guest Columnist

Did you go to Super Bowl LII? No? Neither did I, but I did go to a number of schmoozing events which is really why Super Bowls exist in the first place. C’mon, who besides the people of South Lobster, Massachusetts, and Philly Cheese Steaklandia cared about the game? The purpose is for corporations to treat their clients to a fun weekend of wining, dining and, in the end, a game. Oh yeah, neat ads get shown off on TV. The Super Bowl has become a national rite of passage like the Fourth of July.

Reflections from the Schmooze Bowl in Minneapolis

 
 

 

By John Freivalds

Published 2/4/18

Did you go to Super Bowl LII?  No? Neither did I but I did go to a number of schmoozing events which is really why Super Bowls exist in the first place.  C'mon, who besides the people of South Lobster, Massachusetts and Philly Cheese Steaklandia care about the game?  The purpose is for corporations to treat their clients to a fun weekend of wining, dining and, in the end, a game.  Oh yeah, neat ads get shown off on TV. The super bowl has become a national rite of passage like the  4th of July.

Trump's Tariffs: Not Good For Anyone

 

By John Freivalds

Duluth finds itself smack in the midst of the heated debate over free trade.  The Ports of Duluth and Superior are not imploding while miners and mines on the Iron Range want tariffs on imported steel. And we consumers want Walmart's mantra -- goods at low prices so what if they are imported

 Back to the Future:
Pacific Island's Cargo Cult
Mentality is Alive and Well in
Appalachia
 

 

 

By John Freivalds

My late wife's' father was an Air Force pilot in World War II some 70 years ago.  In flying to various remote South Pacific islands he noticed some strange habits of the primitive natives living in the jungle.  They had a subsistence lifestyle with little change and suddenly they saw hundreds of planes landing in their jungle and disgorging goodies they had never seen before.  They wanted some as well and hacked crude landing strips out of the jungle hoping planes will see the strips, land and off load goodies.  Urban westerners would laugh at this but upon reflection are we no different from the "cargo cults."

 

Freivalds: The theology of taxation: Martin Luther, Where Are you now that we need you?

 

 

Published 12/9/2017

By John Freivalds

Freivalds runs an international communications firm in Lexington.

We just marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his Ninety Five Theses complaining about the practice and efficacy of indulgences in the Catholic Church. In modern parlance this allowed you freedom from God’s punishment for your sins if you purchased it with money. A theological loophole. And it’s worthwhile to reflect as we are debating the merits of new tax bill and why we need a present day Martin Luther to rescue us.