Today in the Daily Planet, 12/5/07



“‘Tough truths’ and a ‘cultural change’ for public schools”:
by Linda Lincoln and Jeremy Stratton, The Bridge
School Board considers major shift in strategy ahead of Dec. 11 vote

“Teresa Ortiz receives Peacemaker Award”:
by Mary Thoemke, TC Daily Planet
Teresa Ortiz is a modest woman, who says she is still surprised that she received the Peacemaker of the Year Award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), a national organization that supports peacemaking. According to Don Christensen, coordinator of the Minnesota FOR, “Immigrants are among the most oppressed members of our society; Teresa Ortiz has dedicated much of her adult life, at the Resource Center of the Americas, and now at the Workers Interfaith Network, to compassionate advocacy for justice for immigrant workers and their families. Her life is a witness to solidarity with the marginalized.”

“Holy highway: evangelicals pray to ‘light’ Interstate 35”:
by Andy Birkey, Minnesota Monitor
Running right through the heart of the Twin Cities is a spiritual road that dozens of evangelical churches say is specifically mentioned in the Bible as the ‘Way of Holiness.’ They call it the ‘Highway of Holiness.’ Others call it Interstate 35.


“Neighbors consider Hampden Park plans”:
by Dave Healy, The Park Bugle
What is a park for?

“Teamsters, DFL keep up pressure to fund roads, bridges”:
by Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review
On the eve of a state budget forecast expected to bring bad news, Teamsters Local 120 representatives stood shoulder to shoulder with DFL leaders to call on Governor Tim Pawlenty to support investments in transportation and jobs.

“Through three eras of adversity and diversity, New Ulm becomes a model for towns in transition”:
by Joseph A. Amato, Minnesota 2020
Editor’s Note: Successful communities all across Greater Minnesota, and, indeed, all of rural America, can usually point to a few fortuitous events that secured their stability or nurtured their growth. New Ulm has seized its opportunities, but in the end, the people of New Ulm have succeeded on their own will and strength.


“My Minnesota: opportunities for long-term care”:
by Steve Larson, Minnesota 2020
Thank you for your article on long term care in October. In addition to looking how we are providing community based services for the elderly we need to have a thorough public policy discussion about services for persons with disabilities.


“The Island of Lead-based Toys”:
by Jay Kelly, The Head Fake