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Traitors Among Us

By Peter Molenaar

Has everyone heard about the new tax code and its predicted effect upon our national debt? Naturally, the discussion has turned now to cutting Social Security, Medicare, and much more.

Yes, money has always
corrupted our democracy, but the open talk about having to satisfy “the donors” is new. Effortlessly, Wall Street wealth will now
multiply at a faster pace. Arthritis and silicosis are the dividends meant for me.

Smith Foundry Christmas party, December 19, 2017:

Inadvertently, an old buddy (white male) brushed my shoulder. A Trump enthusiast, he hastened past, not wanting to engage in a stare-down match.

No, not every white worker voted for D. T-rump. See the following, as taken from an online post:

“Contrary to what those idiots on the Hill believe, people have worked 20 or 30 years and more and have paid into both [Social Security and Medicare]…. That’s our money, you morons….”

Yet, we are told not to chastise our Trumpsters, because we will soon need their votes, and after all, it was capitalism which ground them down to such smallness that mere tweets to white male supremacy made them feel great again. Right? However, I too am a white worker (not a politician, as such) and therefore (out of love) reserve the right to get up in their faces.

On the other hand, Trump claims the new tax code will be “rocket fuel for our nation’s economy”. Really? Think maybe two or three low orbits around the planet, certainly no shot to the moon… and then, when the inevitable crash comes, “we the people” will be too broke to bail out the banks.

Evidently, there are traitors among us.

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FRANK REFLECTIONS-February 2018

BY FRANK ERICKSON

Even though the government’s use of military snipers abroad is so corrupt and murderous, most Minnesotans will have no problem with military snipers on top of downtown Minneapolis buildings during the Super Bowl because the snipers won’t be cutting down any unarmed “men of military age” or unarmed “suspected terrorists” walking down the street of Minneapolis.

No problem. Let’s play some football as long as the snipers only murder Arab Muslims in the Middle East we trust them.

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Triple D’s Thursday: A Dinner and Dialogue on Diabetes 

Thursday, February 1, 2018 5 to 7 pm.

Bring your family and neighbors. There will be healthy foods to assist in creating diets that are good for those with diabetes.

We want to connect with people who have diabetes or are caring
for people with diabetes.

Hosted by:
The BYI Resource Center

Located at the Midtown Global Market

920 East Lake Street

Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-353-6211

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January 2018 Alley Newspaper

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Phillips West Neighborhood Organization and Community Partners invite you and your family to the 21st Annual

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Messiah Congregation, Epiphany** Sale and Celebration, Jan. 26 & 27, 725 East 25th Street

BY ANN E. KEATING

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church is having an Epiphany Sale and Celebration on Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm as we vacate our historic church at 725 East 25th Street.

Come wander the rooms and reminisce. Pick through the books, take home a poster or a hymnal. Sit in the sanctuary one more time and listen to our wonderful organ.

I am sure you will meet many of your old friends.  Refreshments and places to sit and visit will be provided where you can share memories with each other.

Check out the archives, maybe you would like to take home our bowling trophy from 1950 or a really old Bible. See the wedding dress of the first bride married at Messiah. Look at the photographs and find members of your family or maybe even one of your friends. They probably will look a little younger.

Have you always wanted a church pew? This will be your chance to buy one. There is always a need for a folding chair for that special occasion. They are available for sale too.

All these items and many more will be available at bargain prices.

For those who would like to do so, an opportunity to share your nostalgia, your memories and have them videoed and recorded for posterity will be made available so they, too, can be stored in our archive room and shared with future generations.

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Urban Ventures’ Center for Families: A Program for the Whole Family!

BY PRISCILLA BROWN   

On a cold and snowy night in December, a room is filled with adults and children dressed in their Sunday’s best, but they’re not here for a holiday party. They’re here instead for a graduation.

This wasn’t a celebration for the kids, but for the adults, both men and women, who were being recognized for the twenty weeks of hard work they invested into strengthening their families. Urban Ventures’ Center for Families equips parents with the tools that help improve the entire family. Some of the topics taught are:  parenting dynamics, discipline, communication, conflict resolution, forgiveness and role of the parents.

Staying aligned with Urban Ventures’ new strategic plan, the Center for Families doesn’t just stop at equipping adults with the necessary skills and resources to lead their families but staff also aim to provide a holistic approach and serve the children as well. While the parents are in their adult education classes, their children (ages 6 months -15 years) are following their own curriculum which mirrors what the adults are learning (and with plenty of fun thrown in!).

The hope is for the whole family to be learning together. An example of this is when the adults are focusing on communication, the children will learn the importance of listening and responding to their parents while even creating their own “listening ears” in the process. Older children, such as teens, will talk about the importance of clear communication, which is then reinforce through different activities. Meanwhile, parents are learning how to improve their communication at home among their family.

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Transit: War Simulation, SB LII, Giveth and Taketh

BY JOHN CHARLES WILSON

The Super Bowl giveth, and the Super Bowl taketh away. For transit users in the Twin Cities, the Super Bowl mostly taketh away; while the Metropolitan Council giveth the use of our light rail trains to rich tourists who can afford Super Bowl tickets.

Meanwhile, our poor bus drivers are threatening to go on strike during the Super Bowl to call attention to the perfectly legitimate need to have some protection from riders who assault them.

What is to be done? Shall we wait around like sitting ducks for the other shoe to drop? The Council wants to throw us a bone by offering free bus rides to us “regular citizens” on Super Bowl Sunday, while the elite with their game day passes get to ride our trains, all in the name of security.

Sure, we all want the Super Bowl to be a safe venue, but does the Super Bowl want us to be safe? Will security be so concentrated around the stadium my friend calls the “Sinking Ship” as to ignore other parts of town? If I get hit on the head by some robber while waiting for the #2 or the #6, will the police be there to help me, or will they only care about the “chosen ones” – those who can afford Super Bowl tickets? On the other hand, with all the police brutality Minneapolis is known for, maybe the rest of the city away from the stadium can call it a “day off”…..

We waited two years for our Nicollet Mall buses where they didn’t belong – on Marquette, then on Hennepin (Marquette was actually better). Finally, we got our buses back on Nicollet, relieving the overcrowding at the Hennepin bus stops. This detour was made so Nicollet Mall could be “improved” to impress the rich people coming into town to watch men play a “game” which really simulates war: the taking of territory, the penetration of enemy defenses with an object, the sheer knocking about…. Even a field goal is sort of like a missile launch if you think about it.

Oh, well. Once it’s over, we’ll have our transit system back, having thoroughly impressed the Super Bowl fans who will go back to their hometowns and praise Metro Transit for heroically bringing them to and from the game, not realizing that Metro’s regular customers were ripped off in order to provide them that experience.

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Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association News-January 2018

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