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Letter to community: Arsenic levels map confusing

The April 2019 Alley page 3 shows a map with a confusing description: “Childhood elevated blood lead, arsenic & asthma per 10,000 people.”  It should be clarified to show that the arsenic levels were in soil, not blood.  Soil with greater than 95 ppm (or mg/kg) was removed in an extensive project by 2008.     For more information [...]

Raise Your Voice: The last martyr smiled

Raise Your Voice: The last martyr smiled

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar Elliot Park (1000 E. 14th St.) was host on April 6 to Sudanese immigrants, friends, and families, who had come to observe a revolutionary moment. In Khartoum, a million people surrounded the armed forces. Soldiers were leaving the compound to celebrate among the people. The 30-year dictatorship of al-Bashir [...]

Frank Reflections: How much more death and destruction will we endure?

by Frank Erickson “Military interventions” are murder! They can never be trusted! How can they be trusted when the factor that puts them into motion is a smaller country’s lack of relative defense? There is talk of United States “military intervention” into Venezuela. Here’s an idea: the world powers come together and attack [...]

The Rand Report 2020 plan: ‘Do what I say not what I do’ applies to city

The Rand Report 2020 plan: ‘Do what I say not what I do’ applies to city

By Rand Retterath Rand Retterrath The stated mission of Neighborhoods 2020 is “an opportunity to further develop and improve upon the city of Minneapolis’ neighborhood-based engagement structure…by the people, for the people.” However, neighborhoods all over the city are opposed to this document. Here are my concerns: 1.  The [...]

Letter to the community: Why is YWCA unwilling to have open and fair conversation?

By Doris Overby Midtown COmmittee for due process We have been deeply concerned that the Minneapolis YWCA management and Board chose not to involve the general membership in decision making regarding the new costly pay to park system. We believe that it is now necessary to send this letter to each member of the YWCA Minneapolis Board of [...]

Cartoon: Dave Dumpster

Cartoon: Dave Dumpster

The Rand Report: Sex workers on Lake St. #2

The Rand Report: Sex workers on Lake St. #2

By Rand Retterath Rand Retterrath Part 2 of a series. After the one man research project attempting to fully comprehend all the mitigating factors affecting the sex tourism market on Lake St. and on Bloomington Ave. among others, I was left with the following considerations: Gender-based approach doesn’t work! Community approach [...]

Raise Your Voice: A worker’s proud moment

Raise Your Voice: A worker’s proud moment

By PETER MOLENAAR Peter Molenaar Circulating within the ranks of organized labor is a sign-on statement with the caption: “Union Members Stand United with Rep. Ilhan Omar.” It reads: “Rep. Ilhan Omar is a fighter for working people who upholds her time as a union member with pride and continues to stand with unions, with working [...]

Frank Reflections – Rental housing supply and demand: gratitude or greed?

by Frank Erickson More than 42,000 renter households in Minneapolis, even though employed full-time, pay more for housing than they can afford. Without these 42,000 rental households, there wouldn’t be the high demand for rental housing; there would be supply glut. Are there 42,000 potential renters on waiting lists who can afford the [...]

Cartoon March 2019

Cartoon March 2019

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