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Jon Tevlin keeps it real

The Star Tribune columnist has been critical of his paper’s commenters before, but this morning, he cranks on food-stamp haters with an especially effective rejoinder: My family got that “monopoly money,” and government cheese, too.

I think someone who experiences that kind of setback becomes one of two kinds of people. Either they claim to have pulled themselves up through hard work alone and insist that everyone must, or they recognize they also had help and good fortune and realize bad things can happen to everyone. I feel lucky to be the latter.

Whether or not you believe the “elitist media” meme, it’s good to be reminded that journalists emerge from a diversity of family experiences.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Paul Gustafson on 12/08/2009 - 10:26 am.

    Very good column by Tevlin.

    Not a knock on Jon, but, this could have been written by Nick Coleman. Nuances and personal stories different, of course. But, honestly, it’s in the Nick Mode. It makes the same points, I believe, Nick would make. So, WTF?

    I hope the point isn’t that if you are a Strib columnist, and you piss off a certain demographic group, you get canned.

    Strib columnists? A short shelf life? All about the money?

  2. Submitted by Tom Horner on 12/08/2009 - 11:49 am.

    Two years into his Senate term, my former boss Dave Durenberger, was under attack from Republicans for his support of food stamps during the economic problems of the late 1970s/early 1980s. To his credit, he went before the GOP state convention to tell them that we as a country could do better for those who were vulnerable and that welfare reform was needed, but that he would support increasing food stamps until there was a better way. Durenberger was re-elected in 1982, a mid-term election in which his party had the White House and unemployment went over 10% for the first time in post-WW II years and while running against a candidate who spent the then unheard-of sum of $7 million. Sadly, that Republican leadership and courage is all too rare today. Another great Tevlin column!

  3. Anonymous Submitted by Anonymous on 12/09/2009 - 08:32 am.

    Tevlin is a good antidote to the millionaire “journalists” of the beltway.

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