Opinion

PRM updates: Common Core; health program audits

Public Record Media has several Freedom of Information (FOI) projects underway at present. The following updates relate to our most recent FOI work.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Faran Rabbani: My letter to President Obama

As part of this great nation’s foreign policy, when injustice takes place in any part of the world, America usually takes a stand.

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OPINION | The pension problem: Another misleading conservative "crisis"

Minnesota’s pension problem is not the problem that conservative policy advocates assert. Rather, our problem is that Minnesota would be better off if more Minnesotans had pensions.

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OPINION | AGH initiative promises to finally close MN Achievement Gap

Satire is sometimes the best way for a writer to make a point, especially on topics that are simply so foolish as to invite a little constructive ridicule. Such is the case for the following commentary by MSR’s editor-in-chief.

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VIDEO: Dinkytown Greenway expands, grand opening

Phase III of the Dinkytown Greenway, an off road bike trail that connects the University of Minnesota with downtown, opened on July 20 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and two group rides. Phase III utilizes a tunnel under the 35W bridge approach that was built under the bridge when it was reconstructed.
Council Members Jacob Frey and Cam Gordon led group rides from Gateway Park and TCF Stadium and met Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and other local leaders at Bluff Street Park, near where the tunnel connects Bridge #9 and an off-road bike trail that leads to the far end of the University of Minnesota campus with on-street bike lanes on 2nd Street South that lead to downtown.

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OPINION | Equity missing from new Southwest Light Rail plans

Last week Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) was glad to see a plan moving forward to build the Southwest Light Rail Transit (SWLRT), but deeply disappointed in the lack of equity in the plan as it currently exists.

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Art Rolnick: Support all high quality Pre-K programs equally

In a recent commentary, Minnesota 2020 advocated for “helping school districts grow their early learning programs.” I agree with Minnesota 2020 that early education is a very sound public investmen

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OPINION | What is at stake in the primary election Aug. 12?

“Ho-hum, a primary election.”

“Who cares?”

“Why should I even bother to go out and vote on Aug. 12? Mark Dayton and Al Franken are virtually unopposed. What’s the big deal?”

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Sumer Spika: Home care workers unionize to bring dignity to work we love

On Tuesday, July 8th, I was proud to be part of the group who celebrated turning in thousands of cards signed by Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) and other home care workers from across Minnesota ex

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Jeff Strate: Meeting the Macbeths in St. Louis Park

(Photo courtesy of PT of MN) Teresa Maria Doran and Jason Rojas star in the Public Theater of Minnesota production of MacBeth, directed by Mark Hauk.

Sunday evening I threaded through the buzzy, sidewalk tables of McCoy’s Restaurant in St. Louis Park’s nifty “new town in town,” Excelsior & Grand.

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