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Letter to the community: Corrected Minneapolis water facts

To all this Concerns:  I commend the STEP-UP interns who worked with the Backyard Community Health Hub this past summer and for your in-depth study of water this summer! (Water is life: Drink and live, Sept 2019 issue) I believe that Water is the foundation of all wellbeing, so I am very grateful that you brought forward many ways of Water’s [...]

Letter to the community: Pesticide pollution is perplexing: Arsenic 1938 to 2019

Letter to the community: Pesticide pollution is perplexing: Arsenic 1938 to 2019

The StarTribune article entitled “Superfund Site Mostly Clean,” Aug. 1, 2019, B1, page 1, is incomplete and leaves questions unanswered. For example, reporting that there are only nine property owners who refused soil testing does not tell the whole story.Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tracking this, the number [...]

Letter to the community: Don’t go down the path of ugliness

I am a former 13-year resident of Phillips, during which time I was an activist and sometime-contributor to the Alley.  When I saw “The Rand Report” I thought: Another interesting column. On reading further, I was saddened. The piece is a classic rant, full of angry statements backed up by unsubstantiated or non-existent evidence. (Sound [...]

Commentary: Why aren’t city officials listening to residents?

By Janet skidmore I try to be a good citizen.  I volunteer as a block club leader and as a neighborhood safety patrol member.  I am a long time reserve teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools.  I have been rehabbing a beautiful 100 year old home in south Minneapolis not to flip it, but to live in it myself and restore its beauty for the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Letter to the Editor: Stop demonizing Ilhan and let it be a lesson learned

by Dean Zimmerman South Africa had a policy of Apartheid. Lots of people boycotted, marched and protested what was going on in South Africa. South African Officials were chosen in a democracy – well, a democracy for whites, not Colored, Blacks or Indians. Nobody ever said you are anti-South African for protesting this.  Mississippi had a [...]

Letter to the Editor: Frank reflections

by Frank Erickson The Letter to the Editor, “Omissions and distortions abound in libraries, too,” by Berman Sanford in The Alley Newspaper February 2019 is an admirable undertaking; to have things listed at libraries under a heading that truly represents what they were. Berman, who is a member of the American Library Association, uses the [...]

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