Inside the Daily Planet, 12/30/2007

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INSIDE THE DAILY PLANET
Readers, Writers and Books

Independent bookstores fight chains with community and character
by Taylor Cisco, III, TC Daily Planet
The right to buy what you want from where you want to buy it is as American as apple pie, baseball and reality television. As the retail landscape becomes dominated by the uniform outlines of strip malls, outlet stores, big box chains and global conglomerates, there is a longing for the quaint storefront of the neighborhood Mom and Pop shop. The private movie house, the barbershop, and the corner coffeehouse are endangered species in a dying ecosystem. The last vestiges of independent American business are on the run. The most at risk of them all is arguably one of the most important: the independent book store.

Southeast Library reopening January 3
by Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
The wait is over for supporters of the shuttered Southeast Library, 1222 SE Fourth St. The Southeast Library will reopen after the recent approval of the merger of the Minneapolis and Hennepin County library system.

Water wisdom woman
by Norma Smith Olson, Minnesota Women’s Press
Nancy Scheibe gathered women’s wisdom while paddling the Mississippi

NEW IN VOICES

Closing Harrison Rink is a shameful injustice
by Dale Hulme, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
What’s the Park Board thinking when we already have too many idle youth?

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