Riverside


Unmarried mothers

BY POLLY MANN The recent movie “Philomena,” which has had tremendous box office success, focuses on the plight of an unmarried Irish woman seeking the son taken from her at birth. But before the movie was made, Catherine Corless, a married mother of four children, had discovered that between 1925…

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Egypt, the Next Chile

BY NATHAN BLUMENSHINE Recently I visited the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile. The exhibits focused primarily on the killings, torture and disappearances perpetrated by the Pinochet military regime during its 16-year rule after overthrowing the Allende government in 1973. As do many monuments memorializing tragedies, I…

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Marijuana Reform: the good, the bad and the very ugly

BY OLIVER STEINBERG As far as the Minnesota “medical cannabis” law, it is a FALSE STEP to reform, not a first step, and we ought to be emphatic about that! It is unequivocally a BAD law, repeating the mistakes of the 1980 THC Therapeutic Research Act, which was a dead…

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Progress reported in fighting racist lending practices

BY ED FELIEN Minneapolis City Council Member Blong Yang will hold a hearing in his committee on the evidence of racist redlining lending practices by Minneapolis banks.  Council Member Cam Gordon, in his newsletter to his ward, said, “On July 23 (1:30 p.m.) Myron Orfield from the Institute on Metropolitan…

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Powderhorn Birdwatch “Growing up in the park”

BY JOHN KARRIGAN My almost regular monthly beginning:  Once again, we had a lot of really strange weather last month. The lake is still very high. I believe all the land on the island was under water at some point and I know, on at least one day, lake water…

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Historic moments for Cedar Avenue, 2014

BY ED FELIEN The summer of 2014 has been big for Cedar Avenue. The President of the United States came and had a Jucy Lucy [yes, it’s spelled Jucy, not Juicy] at Matt’s Bar on 35th and Cedar. Word is he forgot to “Fear the Cheese” and burned his mouth…

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What happened to True Thai?

BY ED FELIEN It’s sad to see a restaurant go. It’s like an old friend who suddenly leaves town without saying good-bye, and you never know if it was something you said or did that made them leave. True Thai used to be one of our favorite family outings. Everybody…

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SNG reduces rates for loans to 2.5%

FROM THE SEWARD NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP The Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) has allocated NRP Phase II funding for home improvements within the Seward neighborhood. Eligible applicants include owner occupants and rental property owners of 1-4 unit buildings: 2.50% fixed interest rate. $12,000 maximum. Flexible terms up to 10 years. Eligible improvements…

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Memorial Day

BY CHANTE WOLF I agonize over Memorial Day. I despise the fly-overs, 21-gun salutes, barbecues and blowout sales that make it all seem so cheap and so easy to forget until next year. I want to throw up, sob, run away and hide. Then comes the anger over our never-ending…

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Letter to the Editor “Include community participation in the city utility partnership”

Right now is a prime window of opportunity for energy sector labor unions, clean energy experts, advocates for low-income residents, business owners, building owners, environmental justice advocates and other energy stakeholders to be asking City Hall to include community input into the anticipated city utility partnership. The City of Minneapolis…

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Extending the sun

BY ELAINE KLAASSEN Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church is the first community of faith in Minnesota to host a solar garden (a solar array) that feeds directly into the Xcel Energy electric grid. Bethel’s pastor, Brenda Froisland, says about the project, “When we say we nourish God’s creation, we really mean…

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Speak up! I can’t hear you.

BY ED FELIEN This Fourth of July at Powderhorn everyone will have an opportunity to speak up and be heard. Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and Southside Pride are co-sponsoring a speaker’s platform on the Tea House on the Lake. Before the age of Twitter and email, before radio and television,…

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Charley’s Garden “The hungry insurgent never gives up”

BY CHARLEY UNDERWOOD I was sitting in a horticulture class at the university, discussing agriculture chemicals and feeling a little ornery, when one of my favorite professors challenged me: “Yes, but can we feed the world without using chemicals?” I snapped back: “Can we feed the world WITH chemicals?” And…

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Patriotism and other mistakes

BY TONY BOUZA I am not an economist, but, then, I don’t think anyone else is either. Just a lot of blindfolded gals pinning the tail on a donkey. But I am, though, an economic animal. Fiercely. I found the cruel competitiveness of capitalism very attractive to my nature. Maybe…

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Raina’s Wellness ” The new food fight”

BY RAINA GOLDSTEIN BUNNAG School meals have been a hot issue since the introduction of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010. This bill was designed to improve the healthfulness of food served at schools throughout the country. Meeting the nutritional needs of all children and reducing rates of…

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