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  1. Donald,
    I saw your video and comments about the LRT meeting. I am so glad someone I know went to that as I am busy all week and can’t attend any of the meetings that were scheduled. I am trying to fight a streetcar proposal here in Columbia Heights that Minneapolis is trying to ‘sell’ to our city council. This would be replacing the #10 bus from Columbia Heights to the Nicollet Mall. This is another boondoggle that Minneapolis is trying to pass. The presenter told us at the May 3 work session that Minneapolis is going to build a streetcar line but it hasn’t determined where they will build one first. I thought the LRT line you showed on your video was one of the potential streetcar lines that they had listed in their presentation, though I could be mistaken on that.
    Either way, it is another expensive experiment that the city of Minneapolis will end up taxing the residents for and causing them to lose housing. Streetcars and LRT do not stop as often as buses. The minimum will be every other block forcing people to walk further to a transit stop which will hurt seniors who may have difficulty walking as it is. The streetcar and LRT do not run as often, because they can’t afford to. Presently, we have buses running from Columbia Heights to downtown every 5-15 minutes, be it a 10, 11, 59, 801 or one of the express buses that I can’t remember the number for!
    When streetcars cost $3 million a piece and LRT cost $4 million a piece why would we want to purchase that over a $500,000 bus? You can do a lot of repairs on a bus for $2.5 million. A streetcar will eliminate all parking on Central Ave, hurting current businesses. It will force cars, trucks, and any remaining buses onto the remaining two lanes of traffic. That will cause excessive wear and tear on those two lanes compared to dividing that traffic onto the four lanes as it is now. Part of that reason is because they are looking at adding bike lanes at the same time! Even though a survey was done and it was determined that only 15 bikes commute daily to the downtown areas along Central.
    Thank you for covering this. I am glad to see others are looking in this as well.

  2. Oh boy do I have a story for you. Two years ago, I was attacked by police officers and citizens in the park. All while I was trying to protect and help a small child. I could not use the 911 service. I was beat down when I did. Taken to the police station where I was hurt some more. A paramedic was called in to help me because I was having chest pains and shortness of breath. The paramedic proceeded to stab me in the arm and kick me in the head. The public defender refused to defend me. Only tried to prove my guilt instead of my innocence can you interview me or is this story to unbelievable. We will be homeless at the end of the month because of this story. We were thrown out of our home before I was convicted guilty before proven innocent. My public defender, coerced me into accepting a plea Alford plea bargain. If I had took heard advice. I would be in jail right now. But I didn’t and I’m not!!! Can you help me get my constitutional rights and eighth amendment rights upheld? My name is David Slaughter I am trying to protect a small child, whose rights were also violated. I am a citizen of the United States of America, and I could not use the 911 service for a child or myself can you help us get rights in this country? 952-583-5528 is my home number. Please call. Please help. Thank you.

  3. Hi Don, I am a fellow Black Bloggers Connect member and I found this song on youtube. I’m trying to push it in order to bring attention to loss of young Black lives. I read your piece earlier about how folks in your local were able to protest about Trayvon but not the stuff at their back door, well this is a call for us to make this not only about Trayvon but all of the young Black people in need of our attention. I’m not selling the song. I don’t know the author but I do recognize the potential and the timing feels right for us to try to take this somewhere. Give it a listen and follow your heart.
    yours,
    S. Johnston
    The Web Prospector

    18 Tribute to Trayvon and All Black Youth Whose Lives are in Peril
    This song is something that should have been out there already, alas, if Trayvon hadn’t been taken from us so suddenly that evening in Florida we might not be listening to it today. As you listen don’t think only of Trayvon Martin, take the time to reflect on the thousands of other young Black men, women and children that we lose to gun violence in the hood every year. “18” is just the song we need to to be an Anthem to remind us of the young lives lost daily in our American communities throughout the country. I’m positive that Trayvon’s family and friends would like to see this become bigger than the loss of their loved one, especially if in his honor we can bring ourselves to unite in a way like never before, to create a safe and nourturing environment for our youg people.
    see more at – http://blackmediamine.blogspot.ca/2012/04/18-tribute-to-trayvon-and-all-black.html

  4. Moira Jilani says:

    Dear David Slaughter…I just read your paragraph..I hope you will get it published & know that your story needs to get out!!! All the best guy, people need to stand up for the oppressed & forgotten!-Moira Jilani

  5. Emilia says:

    hello

    My name is Emilia, I am sorry to mail you out of the blue.
    I am a professional copywriter and some of the clients I work for are actively looking for websites to advertise on in the form on articles and text link ads.
    I believe that I can sell a few ads from your website to my clients but would like to know if you would be interested?

    Thanks

    Emilia

  6. Jeff Johnson says:

    The Mayor nor Chief Harteau persuaded Terrance Franklin to ram his car into a squad car and almost ran another officer down, before crashing his vehicle and fleeing on foot. The Mayor nor Chief Harteau persuaded Terrance Franklin to break into a house. The Mayor nor Chief Harteau persuaded Terrance Franklin to HIDE in the basement. The Mayor nor Chief Harteau persuaded Terrance Franklin to fight with Police.

    Your one sided story is what perpetuates the inabilities of thugs to act responsibly and try and get away with breaking the law because they can pull the “race” card. I am a black man and I am ashamed of you and others who continue to promote that “mookie” was such an outstanding citizen. http://pa.courts.state.mn.us/Search.aspx?ID=100

    mookie is the reason why the motorcyclist was killed. THAT is true!

  7. Bob Blum says:

    Minneapolis should note that the Dallas Black Police Assn. is providing important "push back" regarding excessive force issues. see https://www.facebook.com/MotherAgainstPoliceBrutality MAPB- The Dallas Police Association wants policemen to have the ability to shoot and kill whenever they please with disregarding policy and procedures. The Dallas Black Police Association disagrees.

    MAPB, DCOC and our other coalitions are bringing changes to Dallas!

    http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/24421661/dallas-police-unions-split-on-firing-of-officer-who-shot-unarmed-man

  8. Bob Blum says:

    Minneapolis should note that the Dallas Black Police Assn. is providing important “push back” regarding excessive force issues. see https://www.facebook.com/MotherAgainstPoliceBrutality MAPB- The Dallas Police Association wants policemen to have the ability to shoot and kill whenever they please with disregarding policy and procedures. The Dallas Black Police Association disagrees.

    MAPB, DCOC and our other coalitions are bringing changes to Dallas!

    http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/24421661/dallas-police-unions-split-on-firing-of-officer-who-shot-unarmed-man

  9. Bob Blum says:

    Taking it to the Streets!
    On Sunday, March 2, 2014 Chief Harteau began her 2014 tour of religious outlets and places where the community gathers. Chief Harteau spoke at the 9:00 and 11:00 services at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Minneapolis. …..She really wants to bring the community together and help people realize that the police are the good guys, and they put their lives on the line. ….. The media only seem to portray the bad things that officers do and not the good.

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