Get with the program Blockbuster
If you stop and think about the business we each support, every once in a while you realize you are supporting a business that doesn’t match your values. Blockbuster Video is one simple example for our family. Most of the people who live or have businesses in our Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood, take great pride in their homes and businesses. I won’t go into what type of corporate giving programs Blockbuster Video may or may not have, I’ll just stick to what is obvious from walking by their store.
In a charming neighborhood like Southwest Minneapolis, the Blockbuster storefront is a visual eyesore. Most businesses in the neighborhood plant trees, shrubs and flowers in their sidewalk median. Blockbuster cut their trees down and replaced it with tacky landscape stone which has now evolved into weeds, trash and cigarette butts. The building itself is covered with signage. The awning is really a legal loophole for a sign. Each window has large banners covering it. The building has graffiti. Their main sign was damaged and they took nine months to replace it. The list goes on. In these days of choices, why are we supporting Blockbuster Video? Our family decided to vote with our dollars and support their competitor, Netflix.
Why no bailout for the homeless?
Eric Johnson’s piece on the homeless deaths of ’08 and how they will be memorialized Dec. 18 begs the question: Why was no one there to bail them out as we almost automatically do for the rich everytime their finances falter, and who will bail out the homeless of ’09? Readers should pose this question to their elected public officials at all levels.
We’ve got beaucoup bucks for stadiums for the super-rich but for the homeless and other poor, nothing. If you think the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan are immoral, what are the lack of wars on poverty and who is to blame? More important, who will rectify this sad, intolerable situation?
Stay out of the streets
Just responding to the story about traffic calming in Linden Hills. I think it’s great that a solution was found for that particular intersection, but it said "He also noticed cars nearly hitting children playing in the streets." Children should not be playing in the streets. This is a city.