Stop the stadiums
I have put my state Sen. Dan Larson and state Rep. Paul Thissen, as well as my Hennepin County Board Commissioner Gail Dorfman and Gov. Pawlenty, on notice that if they ever vote for public funding for any stadium (again), they will have lost my support forever and, in fact, I will work actively against their re-election to any public office.
As expected, the Star Tribune (Oct. 4) has begun its patented self-serving editorials in favor of a publicly funded stadium for the Vikings and billionaire Zygmunt Wilf. It worked for trillionaire Carl Pohlad and if we, the people, don’t speak up now before the ’08 legislative session, it may work again. Contact the governor, your state senator and state representative and your Hennepin County Board rep, and voice your opinion on public funding for a new Vikings stadium.
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
Willard B. Shapira
A respite from airport noise
The new runway repairs at the airport are in many ways among the best things that have happened to Southwest Minneapolis in the last 20 years. Before the repairs began, there were 200–300 ear-splitting flights every day, making outdoor conversation almost impossible. On the other hand, there are now days with simply no flights at all and others with fewer than 20 or 30 flights. For now, our gardens are our own again, and nice evenings and weekend days outdoors are possible without the everlasting din of the airport; normal life outdoors is a reality.
The control tower says that the runway usage pattern during the present repairs is "absolutely safe" — otherwise they would not use it — and surely nothing can be safer than absolutely safe.
Why can’t the new flight patterns be used in the future at least on alternate weeks? In the interest of fairness, balance and decency, why should the neighbors of Southwest Minneapolis be discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens by the airport when there are other ways of running the airport?
Not all the animals can be saved
[Regarding the "Barking mad" column in the Sept. 24–Oct. 7 Journal] Deborah Morse-Kahn’s loving interventions on behalf of stray and feral creatures are formidably commendable; but, alas, intractably Sisyphean. To wit, we should never underestimate the capacity of some of those in our midst when it comes to their being pigheaded jerks.
Some people, no two ways about it, can, in these circumstances, just be downright venal and stupid — and hard-hearted. And, invariably, their pets — not they themselves (God forbid!) — bear the brunt of the consequences of their egregious acts and attitudes and callousness.
So as tenderhearted as Ms Morse-Kahn’s actions and gestures have been, I feel that, grimly enough, neither she — nor anyone else — will ever be able to be super-hero enough to make much of a difference.
I really enjoyed reading your stories on Mr. Ellison and Mrs. Klobuchar. They were well done and insightful. However, I felt that you’re doing a disservice to Southwest Minneapolis by not including a Republican (i.e. Norm Coleman) in the interview. With Mr. Coleman up for reelection it would have been more relevant to interview him and have him explain of his views, rather than Mrs. Klobuchar. I hope we can see something like that in the future.