4/9/08 Headlines: Conversation on race, housing crisis, bonding bill



A community conversation on race
by Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet
As editor of the Twin Cities Daily Planet, I want to invite you to join with us in fostering Community Conversations on Race. We have begun by posting Barack Obama’s speech on race in America here and accompanying it with important local contributions to dialogue on race.

Housing crisis and Minnesota remedies
Articles from Minnesota Monitor and Session Weekly provide a comprehensive look at the crisis.
In 2006 the Twin Cities metropolitan area experienced about 11,000 sheriff’s sales of homes. When figures are released for 2007, that number is projected to more than double. Against the wave of “blame the borrower” sentiment, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reports that the average credit score for Minnesotans with a subrpime loan is 623. That’s a score considered reasonable and even “good” by most lenders. Now, Sen. Ellen Anderson (DFL-St.Paul) and Professor Prentiss Cox, a former assistant attorney general who teaches at the U of M and specializes in consumer issues, have a plan to ease the foreclosure crisis in Minnesota until a federal package is enacted.

Bonding bill: line item veto hits DFL districts, spares GOP’s
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Gov. Tim Pawlenty used his line-item veto on Monday to shred a portion of the capital investment bonding bill that hit his desk last week. He cut $200 million out of the $925 million bill, with a large amount coming out of requests for St. Paul. Pawlenty told reporters Monday, “It’s not about being a Democrat or a Republican, it’s about setting the right priorities for the state and living within our means. There’s no personal messages in here for anybody in particular.”


Return of the potholes
by Conrad deFiebre, Minnesota 2020
Spring snows are melting all across Minnesota, leaving behind a bumper crop of potholes in streets and highways. The state, counties and cities that maintain the motorways want your help in reporting those suspension-rattling craters so that crews can fix them.

Friday financials: end of “March Madness” means it’s time to file taxes, bankruptcy!
by Molly Priesmeyer, Minnesota Monitor
The sun is shining. The snow is melting. The soil is finally softening. Oh, and so are those financial markets. But you already knew that. So on this bright Friday, we offer you, dear readers, more light at the end of that dark, long tunnel. The zinc lining in the dark cloud. It’s Friday Financials!

Activists call for global feminism
by Julia N. Opoti , Mshale
Panelists Malinda Schmiechen,Beatrice Sime Sopsec and Zipporah Mesesi at this year’s International Women Day celebrations at the University of Minnesota.

Music in art and politics
by Amy Doeun, Asian American Press
When I was taking German in College my professor loved music of all kinds, particularly German. He told how he and his wife had purposely listened to a wide variety of German composers when pregnant with their daughter. He said, “whether you believe it works or not she is now the conductor of an orchestra in New York.” One class was entitled “The Most German Art” and referred to music.


Minnesota 2020 Journal: Governor Obstinate
by John Van Hecke, Minnesota 2020
Obstinacy is not leadership.


I miss my uniform
by Virginia Wright-Peterson, On Deployment Now
I’ve traveled a fair amount, but never before was there a live band playing at my homecoming. It took four days to return from Iraq.