4 book picks from our Roundtable guests

Paul Bogard is reading the novel “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver and “What It Is Like to Go to War” by Karl Marlantes.

Jose Luis Villasenor is on Volume II of Derrick Jensen’s “Endgame.”

Michelle Rosier reviews vegan cookbooks in her spare time. She likes “Isa Does It” by Isa Chandra Moskowitz. She also mentioned the mystery novel “S” by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst; she says it is more of an experience than a book.

Here’s Moskowitz making vegan chili:

  • Randolph

    Yes. I am willing and do pay more for certain products I know were produced locally, in MN, and in the US. Part of that is an interest in sustaining a stronger economy, but part of it is also self-interest in knowing more about the materials and working conditions that go into things I bring into my home. The price is usually higher, but the long-term cost is not.

  • mason

    No, because buying local doesn’t scale very well. If everyone in every city only used products made in the own area, every company from MN that sold products out of the state would suffer and people here would lose jobs. The economy as whole would suffer because of the needless inefficiency that would caused by everyone buying local.

    Only doing business with MN companies also implies that people from MN are more deserving of jobs than people from other parts of country or other parts of the world.

  • Gary F

    Panther Arms in St Cloud. Check them out if you are in the market for a tactical rife “Assault Weapons, for you gun haters”.

    Made is St Cloud.

    • KTN

      Tactical rifle. Are the deer you hunt with that tactical rifle somehow more cagey, or considered a true adversary, thus requiring tactics, or are you just a bad shot and need 15 or 30 to take it down. I’m guessing its the latter

      • Gary F

        I don’t deer hunt with a .223 caliber rifle. It is legal to, but the round doesn’t have enough take down power in my opinion.

        • James

          The ‘modern sporting rifle’ is also available chambered in 7.62, nearly identical to a .308 – that’s a very effective deer rifle.

          • Gary F

            I didnt know this but Magnum Research makes some of their Desert Eagle 1911′s in Pillager MN

            Good to know

          • Pearly

            Yep

          • Pearly

            Also SOTA Arms, and Branch Custom Weaponry

      • mason

        Or it could be that they are just plain fun to shoot, which they are.

  • Paulj

    Within reason, just to be nice.

  • James

    I’ll pay more for a locally produced product if it’s of a higher quality and I need (or want) the additional quality. I also prefer to shop at our locally owned hardware store rather than the big box store when I can.

  • Pearly

    I buy Red Wing boots at about $210.00 per pair. And I get about 2 years out of a pair

  • Sue de Nim

    I’m willing to pay more for a MN-made product when I think it’s better or when being local is part of the appeal (e.g., microbrews). I’m willing to pay more for American or European products when the treatment of workers or the ecosystem is an issue (e.g., I’m leery about products from Bangladesh these days). If there’s a reason not to buy from some particular place, that might be a factor (e.g., I haven’t bought a Florida orange since the acquittal of George Zimmerman). Other than that, Mason is right. If I want people from elsewhere to buy MN-made products, it’s hypocritical not to be willing to buy products from elsewhere.

    • Pearly

      No justice, no OJ!

    • Gary F

      So you buy Mexican or Brazilian orange juice? What about the rain forests being cut down to grow orange trees?

  • david

    Isn’t quality bike a wholesaler that only sells to bike shops? And what they sell for the most part are the same components made in china, Taiwan, etc?

    The only new vehicle I ever bought was a Ford Ranger made in St. Paul. That had some bearing on that decision.

    Now I do spend the vast amount of my money on local businesses. My top two expenses are rent and medical (after taxes), both locally run businesses. If that medical part wasn’t so much I could probably be pickier about where I buy everything else. And I didn’t choose either because they are local. Those type of businesses usually are local by their very nature.

    • TEA

      That’s correct, but they also have different lines of bicycles; Salsa, Surly, All city, etc…

      • david

        I didn’t know surly bikes were local. I would like a moonlander if I ever had the money for such an unique toy, and rode more in winter.

        • TEA

          If I remember right, all QBP bikelines are made in Taiwan or China. I’m not sure what lines of bikes will come back. As a cycling enthusiast who owns two Salsa’s, I’m interested in how this plays out.

          • david

            You wouldn’t think it would be too expensive to make frames here. Robots work cheap once they are set up and paid for.

          • TEA

            My understanding is robots don’t build bikes well. Yet….

          • david

            Hmmm you may be somewhat correct. I worked in a Schwinn shop in the late 80s and at that time Schwinn had 3 levels of bikes. The most inexpensive were made in Taiwan. The middle were made in America, and the top of the line models were made in Japan. I though it was weird but my boss asked if I would rather have a frame made by a guy with a hang over or a Japanese robot. I always assumed he was correct, but looks like they were hand brazed/welded too.

            I did find one mention that aluminium’s biggest reason for becoming so wide spread is since it’s thicker, it’s easier for robots to weld. But yes seems robots are not good at intricate small three dimensional welds. Who’d a thunk it.

  • Jim G

    I buy local at our summer farmer markets; honey, apples, vegetables, meats, and craft-goods. Today, with my summer cold I’m looking for local cold remedies. Perhaps something in which I can mix honey?

  • JQP

    The same advocates that tell me I should buy my health care, cigarettes, gas and booze from out state to foster competition are now barking that I should buy weapons, food and bikes from instate to foster the local business growth.

    Idi-ology head-spinners working hard today.

    • Gary F

      I tell people to buy cigarettes here. I actually thank them and encourage them to smoke because it helps fund the DFL’s spending habits.

      That doesn’t mean they will. Same goes for health care, gas and booze. Taxes drive people away.

      If you can go over to North Dakota to buy a bike made in Minnesota and pay less taxes, all the better.

      • JQP

        I think you’ve just met your petard.

  • lindblomealges

    Here’s the real problem: American companies didn’t want to pay higher wages, so they shipped manufacturing jobs like this (making bicycles) overseas. Because so many American companies have done that (while, simultaneously charging us a higher fee to buy said manufactured Chinese bike) American manufacturing and service industries have depressed wages (in an effort to stay competitive with other large cheap labor forces) to the degree that you and I have trouble reasonably buying a product that was made here in Minnesota. The more dependent we become on CHEAP goods, the more likely wages here in the United States will keep falling and the price of CHEAP goods continue rising. This, PARADOXICALLY, was the same bind the American colonists found themselves in when the British started adding high taxes on American goods and services. The whole point of the British doing that was to eliminate American competitors while making America dependent on CHEAP BRITISH GOODS. We’ve come full circle, so to speak, with our Founding Fathers OBJECTING to large imported cheap goods to us here in the 21st Century praising the influx of (get this) large cheap imported goods.