Letters to the editor

Questions for Park Watch

Park Watch, the “advocates for openness and accountability,” evidently still supports discredited Commissioner Bourn. Arlene Fried writes in the April 19 SWJ “that Forney was unable to prove that Bourn was to blame for her loss.”

How does that lessen Bourn’s culpability for lying on campaign literature?  Who would now vote for a candidate who lied in order to win an election? If Park Watch is serious about accountability, let them question why Brad Bourn has not resigned as chair of “Standards and Conduct” for the Park Board, or why he has not resigned, period.

Martha Bolinger
East Calhoun


Criticism for School Board headquarters

I would like to let you to know that not all of us think that the $27 million building project for the School Board office building is all that wonderful. It’s too much to spend for a school board office building which includes no hands on services for the students of the Minneapolis Public Schools. One wonders how many other school districts in the state work in a
$27 million building for their headquarters.

One of the members of the board pointed out at the meeting that our state legislators would be looking askance at any future requests for state aid from the Minneapolis School Board when they are able to spend that much money on a building project. Once again the Minneapolis taxpayers would be footing future expenses for our district with no help from the state.

The next question is where will the money come from to pay for this project? I would guess that if this project were put to the voters of Minneapolis for approval it would be voted down. As things stand now Minneapolis citizens have no say when it comes to financial issues. And you wonder how the Tea Party got started?

Old buildings can be refurbished for lesser amounts of money. The building that stands on Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis is perfectly fine. In fact, a recent newspaper article said that they were talking about how the Northeast building could be sold and
used as housing. So what gives, is the building bad or not?

Joyce Murphy
East Isles


Caring gardeners

Last year neighborhood garden center Tangletown Gardens started selling their own fabulous locally grown produce — produce grown with no pesticides and with sustainable practices. Southwest resident Barbara Melom, an old hand at working with food shelves and feeding homeless people, asked Tangletown Gardens owner Scott Endres if they would donate unsold but perfectly good produce.

They said yes, and every week Barbara would fill her Volvo station wagon with good stuff, and drive it to places that serve the needy. Thousands of pounds of good food went to people in need.

This year, once again, Tangletown and Barbara will unceremoniously deliver the goods. I hope readers of the Southwest Journal will thank them both when they can, and I also hope that you will buy locally from Tangletown, a great garden center with a great heart.

Susan M. Kennedy
East Harriet


Help battle the beetle

We should all be aware that the emerald ash borer beetle has arrived in the Twin Cities, and it will soon be all over the Minneapolis area (if it isn’t here already). This beetle will infest and eventually kill all the ash trees, if they are not treated.

Most of us probably have a few ash trees on our property — can you image what it will be like with all of them gone?

And, can you imagine how much money it will cost to cut down and replace all the ash trees with something comparable?

While treating every ash tree on your property might be cost prohibitive, I would encourage those in our neighborhoods to consider treating and protecting their legacy trees to protect our community and property values. We don’t want to a tree-less, barren land! Let’s keep our healthy, beautiful community and fight the emerald ash borer beetle.

Lonny Leitner


Linden Hills doesn’t need more condos

I was surprised and rather amused to read that “empty nesters” approached first-time developer Mark Dwyer with the request for condos. I know several people who have tried to sell their condos in the neighborhood but finally just decided to rent them out as they had no offer to buy. Many of the condos in the neighborhood are rental units. Quite a few apartments around here have vacancies. Other plans to build new condos in the area have been dropped. In what decade did these people approach him?

Anyway, now that the only grocery store is leaving and we locals will now have to drive to the store what this neighborhood really needs are more gift shops, toy stores and coffee shops — oh, and condos!

Steven F. Brown
Linden Hills

Letters to the editor

Bikers need to play by the rules, too

I take offense at the letter from the reader exhorting “self-absorbed (typically baby boomers) joggers to stay off the bike paths” for its egregious assumptions. My response is to remind bikers that they too are subject to the rules — and signs — of the road. As a resident of East Isles I cross the Midtown Greenway several times a day. Often cars are three or four deep at a stop sign because it is the exception rather than the rule that a biker will bother to slow down much less stop at the stop sign on the bike path. Both the vehicular traffic and the Greenway traffic have stops; the bikers, however, seem to think they have the right of way.

Lane Rosenthal
East Isle

Both bikers and walkers need to be considerate of one another

In the April 19–May 2 edition there was a letter concerning joggers staying off the bike paths. I am both a biker and a walker. It works both ways; bikes, especially when there are parallel paths for both bikers and walkers, need to stay on the bike paths instead of biking on the walking paths, as I often notice they do.

Mike Fiedler