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If you’re reading this right now, we have won. Every week, our newspapers struggles to cover local issues. We are limited by staffing, time and newsprint space, and we struggle to pay bills to … more
It's August 2023. A theme is emerging out of my life experiences to date. The theme can be captured in two words: self care. My life as it is unfolding in 2023 is revolving around self care. I … more
As I begin to write, I am aware that pain management continues to be an integral part of my daily life. Surgery, epidurals, pain meds, physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, etc. have not … more
Debate over rent stabilization continues The following letter was sent to Mayor Frey and city council members: In November 2021, by a majority vote, the people of Minneapolis authorized the … more
Across many cultures and generations, storytelling has played an immense role in our understanding of the world. It is the tradition of storytelling in all its unique forms that connect us all. … more
TRUST  This column revolves around three kinds of trust. There is the Donald L. Hammen Trust. There is what I call the Stories and Journeys Readership Trust, as well as the Elder Voices … more
Everyone loves a redemption story. After a few rough years, Minneapolis has a chance to write one. The city is in recovery mode and charting a new path forward, but not everyone is convinced we are … more
Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom. This momentous occasion is an opportunity to pause, reflect, and grow, while renewing our commitment to the pursuit of liberty and justice for all. Fact … more
The Cannabis Legalization Bill, HF100/SF73, was passed in the Minnesota legislature and was signed into law by Governor Walz. This bill, a result of months of hard work, provides a boost to many … more
In April, the Longfellow Nokomis Messenger reported on a series of meetings held to discuss rebuilding the Third Precinct. I went to one of these meetings at Roosevelt High School. There was concern … more
Dear Reader: This column is about signs of cpring showing up in my life experiences and awareness. So, buckle up! If you have read this far you have taken the plunge into the river (flow) of life … more
In a case of good intentions backfiring, Hennepin County has planned a B Line express bus route that will crawl along Lake Street at the pace of stalled traffic. This will result from its lane … more
THANKS FOR MENTIONING IMPACT OF TRAUMA Thank you for your comprehensive write-up on the Third Precinct. I am an urban planning professor and am not surprised by the attitude of the city. Trauma is … more
What are these folks up to in Lake Hiawatha? They're planting a living catchment, one piece of a larger project designed to capture litter entering the Lake Hiawatha/Bde Psin. Neighborhood … more
The recent proposal to reopen a police station in our community is bringing back painful memories and opening old wounds for many of us, me included. I served on the City Council, representing the … more
On Thursday, April 6, Tennessee Representatives Justin Jones and Justin Pearson were expelled from their House seats by the Republican super majority who determined these young Black Representatives … more
For over 10 years, in different settings and with varying titles, I did case management for people who were classified as “disabled.” The Social Security Administration defines disability … more
I am aware that there would be no All Elders United for Justice without the vision, leadership and guidance of Vic Rosenthal. This is my goodbye and thank you to Vic Rosenthal. Sadly, Vic passed away … more
One of my top priorities this session is strengthening rights and protections for renters in Minnesota. We are in the middle of a housing crisis, with rental prices soaring and affordable, quality … more
On Thursday, March 9, Minneapolis City Council passed recommendations to the State Legislature asking for stricter guidelines to remove protesters from council meetings, and to criminalize people who … more
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