In regard to a recent letter to the editor in the Southwest Journal suggesting that the alternate flight plan used during the September and October runway repairs at the airport should be made permanent to alleviate the airport noise problem in Southwest Minneapolis, I should like to add my own observations:
1. Some years ago, a Northwest Airlines pilot friend was visiting us on our deck in Linden Hills when a series of noisy conversation-stopping planes flew overhead in rapid succession, to which she exclaimed, "My God, do we do that to you guys; it’s positively horrible and unnecessary!"
2. A couple of months ago, my wife and I were attending a concert at Lake Harriet, and during the hour-and-a-half that we were there, I counted at least 42 planes roaring overhead.
It’s also interesting to note that the recent letter to the editor mentioned above never made it into the Star Tribune — further evidence of the callous insensitivity and lack of concern by much of the media and public officials, who could care less about the quality of life for those of us living in this beautiful segment of South Minneapolis.
My hats off to the Southwest Journal!
Some day the city of Minneapolis will be thankful to Sheryl Senkiw for kicking off the citywide Save NRP initiative. In the opposite corner of Minneapolis, the Longfellow Community Council has just passed a resolution to form a Save NRP committee and hooking up with the neighbors.meetup.com/45/ soon gave the committee citywide reach. Apparently a lot of other neighborhoods were about to do the same thing since the Neighbors4NRP.com group, a website spinoff of the Meetup site, is on a exponential growth curve. If you think NRP has helped Minneapolis to become a better city, please go to Neighbors4NRP.com and sign the petition, better yet participate in the group, go to the Meetup site for information as to where the group will meet next.
Cooper neighborhood and Longfellow Community Council member
A Walsh fan
Of course, you me and our neighbors, friends and families should be talking about our kids, their education — even gardening and cooking if that’s what we’re into. But, shouldn’t we also give some of our attention to the war and other matters which go beyond our own four walls and concerns? I think of Jim Walsh’s last piece as part spot-on social analysis; part preemptive movie review; part book critique; and part music commentary. And, I, for one, am planning to see the movie; read the book; check out the CD and keep reading Walsh’s column.
Dibble a leader on conservation
Minnesota families choose to live here because we value our high quality of life and the great outdoors. Area state Sen. Scott Dibble did an outstanding job in the state Capitol this year by voting consistently for these values.
Clean, job-producing energy, protection of our lakes, and increased investments in conservation are just some of the accomplishments of the 2007 legislative session. The release of our legislative scorecard this month gives us the chance to award Senator Dibble our "100 Percent Minnesotan" designation for his perfect voting record on conservation. We appreciate his leadership in looking out for Minnesota families and our future.
Citizens who want to see all legislators’ scores on conservation in the 2007 session can do so online at www.mnvotercenter.org.
Conservation Minnesota Voter Center
Waiting for wireless
Just a word of advice to Southwest residents — don’t get your hopes up regarding wireless service coming soon. In Seward, where I live, we have supposedly had service for weeks, but there have been so many problems that a number of people have dropped USI. One day it works, the next day (or hour) it does not. Support people are uniformly earnest and eager to help, but the fact remains there are a myriad of glitches still causing many problems. Don’t quit your other ISP anytime soon! Keep it as a backup, as I have done.