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Retta Fontana
United States

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Retta Fontana is an atheist, anarchist, baker, potter and parenting teacher.  Children are her favorite people.


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Columns by Retta Fontana

Assume The Position
Retta Fontana 2009-04-14 15:00
Exclusive to STR December 28, 2007 'Hang down your head, Tom Dooley Hang down your head and cry Hang down your head, Tom Dooley Poor boy, you're bound to die' - The Kingston Trio
Law and Ordered
Retta Fontana 2009-03-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR June 12, 2009
Citizen Gain
Retta Fontana 2009-01-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR I can see that you are a good, caring person; your social conscience requires you to be concerned about your own welfare and the needs of others. Problems arise when you refuse to embrace logic, open your own wallet or soil your hands to help the needy, but insist that someone else pay to 'take care of everyone.' It doesn't seem to matter to you that most dollars earmarked '...
You Haven't Done Nothing'
Retta Fontana 2007-12-27 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 28, 2007 As occasionally happens, dear reader, this column wrote itself. It has been nagging at me for a while now. Inspiration for it comes from no less than the great Stevie Wonder. It seems clear to me that he wrote this song to question authority. For your listening pleasure, click here. Best regards for a free and prosperous 2008.
I Will Not Compromise
Retta Fontana 2007-12-13 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 14, 2007 I reported to you in a previous column some time ago, dear reader, about my unexpected conversation with Christine Smith, a candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for President. I received a response from Smith expressing pleasure at the coverage, which really surprised me.
How to Protect Your Daughter from Sexual Assault
Retta Fontana 2007-11-11 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 12, 2007
Sham of a War
Retta Fontana 2007-11-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 5, 2007 I know what you're asking yourself. 'To what particular sham does she refer?' I realize I will have to narrow it down for thinking people. I am referring, dear reader, to the particular sham of the War on Drugs.
A Fool and His Liberty Are Soon Parted
Retta Fontana 2007-10-11 15:00
Exclusive to STR October 12, 2007 I spend a lot of time wondering how our nation has become lazy, stupid and completely dependent on the talking heads of government and their toadies in the press to navigate life. As is my nature, I've been searching for a practical solution to this problem.
Raise Your Fist and Yell'
Retta Fontana 2007-09-20 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 21, 2007 "If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem." ' George W. Bush, Jan. 2001
Teen Week
Retta Fontana 2007-09-04 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 5, 2007 Anarchists abhor the initiation of force to achieve social goals. Much is said against it and rightfully so. Railing against tyranny is surely easy to do. As government grows ever larger and more intrusive, the supply of fuel for that fire is unlimited. However, little is said in regards to what does work in problem solving for groups of people working together...
Baghdad on the Potomac
Retta Fontana 2007-08-20 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 21, 2007 Yahoo's headline today read, 'Bush War Advisor Says Draft Worth a Look.' It seems like just yesterday that the Decider in Chief, George W. Bush, was denying that there is a need or an interest in a military draft. For something that is not on the table, there is certainly a lot of chatter about it.
The Emperor Is Not Naked, Really
Retta Fontana 2007-07-29 15:00
Exclusive to STR July 30, 2007 I know what you are thinking, dear reader. Where are parts II through XXX of the delusions under which the masses operate? This is not an exhaustive list, just an exasperating one. I'd love to hear your responses. You might need another cup of coffee for this list, but it will only hurt for a little while. That's it - now sit back and keep breathing. Delusion #13
The Soul Eaters--A Family Business
Retta Fontana 2007-06-28 15:00
Exclusive to STR We moved lock, stock and barrel yesterday. Today I woke up one sore puppy and, for some reason, thinking about the Clintons and their media-saturated daughter, which made me feel even worse. However, I often get inspiration for writing in the hazy moments between sleeping and waking, so I knew not to resist this, no matter how unpleasant such thoughts were. Politicians are the...
Chickens, Pigs, Tics and Ho's
Retta Fontana 2007-06-19 15:00
Exclusive to STR June 20, 2007 'The word 'politics' is derived from the words 'poly' meaning many, and the word 'tics' meaning blood-sucking parasites.' ~ Larry Hardiman
Seize This
Retta Fontana 2007-06-11 15:00
Exclusive to STR Previously, in The Real McCoy, I expounded the benefits of consuming raw milk. In Raw Milk Is Not Crack, I reported the true misadventures of my local farmer. Richard Hebron sadly came into the crosshairs of the Michigan FDA for peacefully supplying raw milk to cow share owners who willingly purchased it. I'm happy to report some good news, for a change, and that's besides...
On the Care and Feeding of Humans
Retta Fontana 2007-06-06 15:00
Exclusive to STR June 7, 2007 Like my fellow anarchists, I bristle at the notion of the coercive state. But there is no state, really, just people. So in my quiet, reflective moments, I must ask myself whether or not I am doing better than the average untamed bureaucrat. Do I resist using the power over others that is available for the taking in my relationships, especially parenting? It is...
Under Pretense of Care
Retta Fontana 2007-05-30 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 31, 2007 'I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.' ~ Thomas Jefferson.
Slumbering Nation
Retta Fontana 2007-05-23 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 24, 2007
Passion Delivers
Retta Fontana 2007-05-16 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 17, 2007 'If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening, All over this land.'
There Is No "I" in Democracy
Retta Fontana 2007-05-09 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 10, 2007 Jolly old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way. Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say. Christmas Eve is coming soon; now you dear old man, whisper what you'll bring to me; tell me if you can.
Morons Rule the World
Retta Fontana 2007-04-24 15:00
Exclusive to STR April 25, 2007 'Idiocracy' is a film that was released in 2006 to little fanfare. In it, Joe 'average' is put into a hibernated sleep in a military experiment. (They wanted to 'freeze' a woman too, but couldn't find one of average intelligence within the military.) Due to a bit of government oversight, Joe wakes up--not one year later, but 500 years later. He finds the world...
Lady in Red
Retta Fontana 2007-04-09 15:00
Exclusive to STR I got a phone call this morning from a passionate woman asking for my husband. He wasn't at home, so she decided to feel me out instead. Now, there's something that doesn't happen everyday! Christine Smith is seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination for President. She's been invited to attend the Libertarian Party of Michigan convention and she's looking for financial...
What If They Threw a Trial and Nobody Came?
Retta Fontana 2007-04-01 15:00
Exclusive to STR Angelo Mike's writing always inspires me. His latest column on jury 'dooty' is no different. When reading it, I immediately sensed the creepy coercion inherent in government and the good citizens who worship it. The feelings of revulsion I get from government are worse than ones I get from seeing a snake slither, an adult abusing a child, or gory road kill, perhaps because it...
Government Is a Fatal Attraction
Retta Fontana 2007-03-25 15:00
Exclusive to STR March 26, 2007 I once had a cousin named Jackie. She was a beautiful, divorced mother of three who was murdered by a stalker when she attempted to escape the relationship. I know this horror first hand. I tell you today that the relationship between good citizens and their masters in Washington is nothing short of the same, victimizing, violent, delusional, deadly disaster.
Peace Recipe
Retta Fontana 2007-03-11 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 12, 2007 On September 12 of 2001, my college instructor said she needed to take a moment to say how bad she felt about the previous day's terrorist attack. She asked if anyone else in the class had anything they needed to say about the US being attacked because of our wealth and freedoms. As usual, after 12 years in government schools, no one in class responded. They've...
Peace Recipe
Retta Fontana 2007-03-11 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 12, 2007 On September 12 of 2001, my college instructor said she needed to take a moment to say how bad she felt about the previous day's terrorist attack. She asked if anyone else in the class had anything they needed to say about the US being attacked because of our wealth and freedoms. As usual, after 12 years in government schools, no one in class responded. They've...