Inside the Daily Planet, 09/29/10


International Students ask: “Do I need a flu shot?” by Eliana Gramer and Larissa Peifer, TC Daily Planet • As a new international student from Germany, now at Hamline University in St. Paul, Raphael Schaefer is not used to Minnesota’s unsettled weather. One of the first things locals told him was, “Welcome to Minnesota! If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes!” With the unpredictable changes from sunny to rainy and warm to cold, staying healthy soon became a real challenge.

MUSIC | Annie Fitzgerald drops an excellent debut disc at the Ritz by Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet • Annie Fitgerald has a gorgeous voice, material to match, and winning presence. She lit the Ritz stage in Minneapolis on September 17th with a personable glow and fine music, capturing the crowd from the moment she stepped on right up until the show was over.

OPINION | Eventually, good marks for historic preservation by Kerry Ashmore, The Northeaster • Here’s a rarely-heard message which, while limited in scope to the following subject matter, needs to be stated:


HINDSIGHT 2020 | Schools consider selling captive consumers to make ends meet by John Fitzgerald • It’s a sad fact that the state isn’t providing Minnesota’s schools enough money to educate our children. With a 14 percent inflation-adjusted drop in state aid since 2003 and $1.8 billion in delayed payments for the foreseeable future, schools are looking for any way to generate additional revenue. Some school districts are considering selling billboard-sized advertising space within their schools. These ads would be incorporated along bays of lockers so that any student walking down a hall will be dwarfed by the advertising message.

TERESA ON TCDP | Really basic home maintenance by Teresa Boardman • This post is created from questions my children and some of my younger home buyers ask. There is a learning curve to maintaining a home. Everything wears out one day but there are some simple things that can be done that cost nothing or almost nothing that can help preserve your home and some of the appliances in it.

THINK FORWARD | Rethinking the fundamentals of food security by Karen Hansen-Kuhn • The last food crisis in 2007-08 highlighted some of the underlying problems of the broken global food system: decades of neglect of investment in agriculture; the foolhardiness of relying on trade for food security; and the vulnerability to wild swings in prices caused by deregulated speculation on commodities. World leaders have made some important new commitments to increase spending and attention to agriculture. And there have been some important first steps toward a new approach in the United States.

POKING AROUND | Minnesota owns Sherlock Holmes by Mary Treacy • The Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries are legendary. As the world’s largest collection of material related to Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the collection and its curators have hosted scores of local, national and even international gatherings of Sherlockians. The public will have a chance to glimpse a good share of the 50,000 items that comprise the exhibit in the weeks to come. The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes exhibit is open in the Elmer L. Andersen Gallery through October 15.

BLUESTEM PRAIRIE | Byberg’s back to the future by Sally Jo Sorensen • I have to give endorsed Republican congressional candidate and Norwegian-American “anchor baby” Lee Byberg credit for zeal for the United States Constitution, if not for accuracy about its creation.