7/22/08 Headlines: Dancing in the dark; LGA loss still stings; Banning the “salties”; Cut transit fares; Change at Elders Lodge

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Dancing in the dark
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Over the past few days, roiling stormclouds have accompanied rumbles in (and among) the arts leadership on both sides of the Mississippi. If you’ve been waiting for your opportunity to buy a house, or to leave your job and follow your dream of running an art museum of international renown, now is the time!

Public safety budgets, property taxpayers still suffer years later
by Carrie Beck, Minnesota 2020
In 2003, in response to a state deficit, Governor Pawlenty and a legislature dominated by conservatives, decided to cut Local Government Aid (LGA). In addition to the initial cuts, this consequently eliminated the inflation adjustment that was previously in place for the next ten years. And nearly six years after the cuts, public safety and police budgets across Minnesota are still feeling the loss.

Support grows for Great Lakes shipping ban
by Tom Elko, Minnesota Independent
Banning international shipping on the Great Lakes has long been an unthinkable solution to the problems posed by invasive species. But new information on the economic impact of invasive species has renewed support for a ban that would keep the ocean-going vessels known regionally as “salties” from entering the St. Lawrence Seaway.

VOICES Cut transit fares to 25 cents
by Senator John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance
$4 per gallon gas is causing great hardship, but Minnesota can turn that problem into an opportunity to protect the environment, reduce traffic congestion, and help low and middle income people cope, simply by substantially cutting public transit fares.

Elders initiate change at Elders Lodge
by Aimee Loiselle, The Circle
Recent changes at Elders Lodge (an independent living community in Saint Paul that is supposed to provide affordable, service-enriched housing for low-income adults age 62 and older) include new staff and an expanded Board of Directors.

INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET

Textile Center cuts loose
by Roxanne Bergeron, The Bridge
To the uninitiated eye, shibori artistry is based on familiar forms — a quilt, a scarf, a wall hanging, a fabric flower. But the “Shibori Cut Loose” exhibit in the Joan Mondale Gallery at the Textile Center is anything but ordinary.

Let the sun shine in
by Erica Marston, Minnesota Women’s Press
There’s been a flurry of recent media attention touting vitamin D as a sort of super-nutrient. So what’s the deal: Is it just media hype du jour, or should you worry about your daily intake of the sunshine vitamin?

New fire arts center to help rekindle 38th & Chicago
by Dennis Geisinger, Southside Pride
In the next few weeks, after the deal will be closed for moving into the current Wreck Bros. building near the intersection of 38th and Chicago, the new Chicago Ave. Fire Arts Center will have the distinct honor of being the vanguard for the City of Minneapolis’ redevelopment of that troubled business node.

‘Instant Runoff’ voting reform can empower communities of color
by Isaac Peterson III, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Guess who doesn’t want it to happen

NEW IN BLOGS

Reflections on Bolivia
by Nicole, 7/17/98 • World Views • The complexity of the relationship between social movements, grassroots organizations, female community leaders, discrimination, and the struggle for natural resources is evident in Bolivia, as it probably will be in Ecuador as well. How to process all that we’ve learned and begin to understand these complexities as we continue forward with this project?

Afghanistan
Eleanor Arnason, 7/18/08 • I encountered a remark yesterday on an economics blog that I read — not faithfully, but often. It’s a kind of remark that I’ve seen fairly often: the person who says, “The invasion of Iraq was wrong. But attacking Afghanistan — that miserable, primitive, backward country that does bad things to women — was a good idea.”

Fiction: Chest wounds
by Jackie Davis Martin, Midway Journal
She fell headlong over a huge cactus and screamed, then sobbed softly, suspending herself in an arch over the spiky plant. Harry, who had started back toward the car, rushed to her. “Are you hurt?” She tried to straighten. Blood dripped from her breast onto her sandal. She was afraid to unfold further. “My god,” he said.