Culture & Community News

The cozy conclave of legislators and the insider baseball played by regulators with those they regulate have become the engine driving too much of our state, local and federal policies and public largesse.

Do you think of yourself as white? Or have you never thought of it before? If you think of yourself as white, how do you feel about it. Do you think of yourself as a person who is usually trusted, who can buy what you want anywhere you want with whatever credit you might need without paying extra for the privilege? Can you live pretty much anywhere you wish?

Like Minneapolis in 2006, enough Saint Paul residents signed petitions to place a Charter:http://www.municode.com/Resources/gateway.asp?pid=10061&sid=23 amendment on the General Election ballot:http://tinyurl.com/StPaulBallot asking voters to approve a new Instant Runoff Voting (Ranked Choice Voting) system for city elections. Unlike Minneapolis, *St.

Minnesota’s media landscape continues to exhibit a generational shift. Aging boomers cling to the printed word, news talk sources, and television news while younger consumers increasingly get their news and information digitally. The Twin Cities dailies slipped away from being reliably family-owned to never-satisfied, Wall-Street controlled profit centers.

There’s something in the soil, in the turning of it, in the planting of seeds and watching them sprout and bloom with food and flowers for family, friends, and neighbors that attracts us in ever larger numbers. It brings together young and old, the low-income and affluent, as well as many other racially and economically diverse urban dwellers seeking better nutrition and self-confidence.

Mary Lethert Wingerd, author of North Country: The Making of Minnesota, the untold history of how the land of the Dakota and Ojibwe became the State of Minnesota.

The annual Freedom of Information Day:http://mncogi.blogspot.com/ is upon us March 16, sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Government information (MN-COGI):http://www.mncogi.org/. You’d think this would not be a necessary day, but government at all levels, remains hell-bent on classifying or labeling as private or secret or confidential much of the information that should be made public.

Record-breaking foreclosures continue apace across the country – and in Minnesota, but, despite laws designed to help tenants avoid premature eviction, renters are getting taken for a ride by banks and realtors who want them out of their homes and units so the properties can be turned over for a profit much sooner than the law allows.

From all indications, we can’t take the need for an accurate count of all our state’s residents too seriously. At stake could be the millions of federal dollars and, ultimately, the strength of our representation in Washington DC.

In this, our last of three programs covering Twin Cities elections, journalists from around Minneapolis come together to talk about that city’s Mayoral, Ward, Park Board, and Board of Estimate and Taxation contests, which are the hottest or the most obscure, and who may or may not deserve much more scrutiny that local media are giving them two weeks away from the November 3rd election.

Pages