Dec 12, 2014
Note: Kim was honored to serve on a panel with MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle, Bentley Graves from the Minnesota Chamber and Dave Van Hattum from Transit for Livable Communities on December 12, 2014. Our thanks to Deb McMillan from Twin West for hosting the discussion.
Dec 11, 2014
Lest there be any confusion below about what I think about the Grand Jury’s decision in Ferguson, Missouri, based on what I’ve read, I believe jurors got it right by not indicting Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. Once the verdict was announced and evidentiary record released, it’s clear that Wilson had reason to believe that Brown was out to seriously hurt him, perhaps kill him with the officer’s own gun. Among talking heads and other observers, it’s likewise clear that those who support what the Grand Jury did routinely cite specific facts about a specific case, while those who condemn the Grand Jury habitually argue in generalities.
Nov 8, 2014
Following a recent Star Tribune exposé about how children in Minnesota are falling through child protection cracks — more than 50 times to their deaths over the last decade — Gov. Mark Dayton charged a task force with investigating why this has been happening and recommending ways of stopping it from happening again. I’m guessing members of the group will cover a lot of ground over the next few months and then write a report containing more than a few pointed words.
Oct 31, 2014
The people designing your city don't care what you want." That's how forbes.com columnist Joel Kotkin sums up the mentality of today's so-called "smart growth" urban planners. Here in the Twin Cities, we have a perfect example of what Kotkin is warning about: "Thrive MSP 2040," the Metropolitan Council's 30-year development framework for our seven-county metro area.
Oct 30, 2014
The Metropolitan Council is an appointed body created by the Minnesota Legislature to plan for the growth and delivery of regional services in the seven-county Twin Citiesmetro area. It has many of the broad powers normally entrusted to elected officials, such as the power to tax and take property for public use — but none of the council members are elected by the people they govern. The governor appoints all 16 commissioners and the chair; they serve at his pleasure and direction.
Oct 29, 2014
At the University of Minnesota’s “Voterpalooza” event earlier this month, the conversation with political candidates centered on, not surprisingly, student debt. With educational loans now totaling $1.1 trillion nationally and the average college graduate leaving university owing $32,500, this new credit crisis should be on the minds of all Minnesotans.
Oct 7, 2014
I may be a teacher, but I’m a slow learner. And while I teach history, I’m sometimes forgetful about dates. Just when did Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor instruct us that affirmative action should remain on the books for another 25 years? I’d guess we’re at least halfway there.
Sep 29, 2014
For many, the Adrian Peterson child abuse case spanning Texas to Minnesota has been tough to grasp as, up until several weeks ago, he was viewed by most people who knew anything about him as a good man, not just a great football player for the Minnesota Vikings. Compounding matters is that the charges against him have exposed a parallel universe of baby making and child rearing that most Americans don’t get to see every day. But when they do, most find it hard to fathom.
Sep 24, 2014
Local elected officials in Lakeville and Burnsville are telling the world they are fed up with the Metropolitan Council’s new 30-year plan for the Twin Cities seven-county region: “Thrive MSP 2040”.
Sep 22, 2014
The people of the Twin Cities area have many different dreams about the kind of home they want to live in. Local elected officials, too, have well-considered visions of how they want their communities to develop.