Today in the Daily Planet, 10/27/07



“Remembering Paul Wellstone”:
by Colin McGinnis
Paul recognized that no politics can serve the needs of justice without great hope. And as a leader, he recognized that we needed strategies for hope; coupled with a vision that extends to the far neighbor as well as the near, and that recognizes much of our work will be realized only in the fullness of time, and perhaps by others.

“A great warrior takes his final journey home”:
by Ron Edwards, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Go in peace, Brother Vernon, on your flight to the Spirit World

“Lessons of Katrina: ‘You really do need a government'”:
by Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota
Right-wing strategist Grover Norquist is famous for saying he wanted to shrink government to the point where “it could be drowned in a bathtub.” Little did most folks know that bathtub would be the Gulf Coast, including New Orleans.


“St. Paul City Council Debate: Ward 5”:
by Mike Wassenaar, SPNN
Saint Paul City Council Candidates David Haas and Lee Helgen talk about issues facing Saint Paul and Ward 5 with SPNN’s Mike Wassenaar. The Saint Paul General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2007.

“City looks nationally for light-rail ideas”:
By Anna Ewart, Minnesota Daily
The University wouldn’t be the first U.S. university to have a light-rail train on campus.

“Responding to HIV Infection in the Ethiopian Community”:
by Pomi Tefera, KFAI
Pomi Tefera reported on growing up bi-culturally as an Ethiopian-American as part of KFAI’s Youth News program in 2006. She returned in 2007 to cover the Twin Cities Ethiopian community response to a rise in HIV infection rates among Ethiopians. She goes to Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Saint Paul, and when she’s not reporting on her community, writes and performs her own poetry.


“New sanctions against Iran will accomplish nothing”:
by William O. Beeman, New American Media
The Bush administration declared new economic sanctions against Iran Oct. 25. The sanctions, announced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, like those already in place, will accomplish nothing except to increase international tensions.


“Lessons from green roofs at St. Paul and Elk River schools”:
by Joe Nathan, School Talk