by Christina Cerruti, TC Daily Planet • Honorable Shukran Gure, one of the first women elected to Parliament in Kenya, has been in Minnesota since January 23rd networking with local non-profits, non-governmental organizations and city governments to create partnerships aimed at improving the lives of the people she represents in Garissa County, Kenya.
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Marcus Nalls came to Minnesota as an experienced bicyclist, commuting to and from work in bustling downtown Atlanta for the past few years without incident… But despite paying attention to that detail and using the proper safety equipment, the 26-year-old professionally trained sous chef was run over on his way home from work and killed Monday night on well-traveled W. Franklin Avenue in south Minneapolis by a van allegedly driven by a drunken driver.
"He was living the dream. My son was a superstar. We all lived through him."
John Iverson killed an ambitious, talented, and responsible 26-year-old, and according to Minnesota law, the harshest punishment he can get for vehicular homicide is ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine. You can get a harsher sentence for selling counterfeit DVDs.
In case you were wondering, this was not an accident. John Iverson didn’t accidentally buy and drink enough alcohol to give him “slurred speech, and bloodshot and watery eyes.” John Iverson didn’t accidentally walk to his car and put his keys in the ignition. He might not have meant to kill Marcus specifically, but he chose to commit a crime that any reasonable person knows takes lives. He drove drunk on purpose.
What’s the difference between driving drunk and pulling the pin out of a grenade and rolling it down the street? Some people choose a specific person to kill and some kill at random. Isn’t it the killing that we want to punish and prevent? Wouldn’t confiscating the cars of drunk drivers reduce these deaths? Or at least installing ignition interlock devices? How many victims should we sacrifice to save drunks from the inconvenience of having to bus home from the bar?
Of course, writing better laws and enforcing them is only part of the solution. We need to be building safer streets, too.
A Minnesota group calling itself “Better Ed” should know better than to distribute misleading statistics. Perhaps even worse than the original act of distributing a postcard with inaccurate statistics is an email acknowledgement that these folks know the statistics are not accurate! Here’s the story, along with reactions from a few Minnesota superintendents whose high schools are highlighted on Better Ed’s postcard.
by Greta Gaard, Community Voices • On Monday night, February 3, over 270
vigils were held nationwide, with people in all 50 states gathering to
express their dismay with the new U.S. State Department’s Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) issued Friday January 31, claiming that the
Keystone XL Pipeline would “not significantly worsen global warming.”
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We’re starting a new feature on Facebook and Tumblr. We want to get YOU talking about your neighborhood and what you like or dislike about the place where you live.
It’s EASY! Just submit a picture - of yourself or your neighborhood, or yourself IN your neighborhood - and a short caption,…
Reblogging in case you missed it yesterday! We’re accepting your “Where I Live” submissions now!
My husband and I live in the Brooklyn Park area. One thing we dislike is the regular mail carrier not always delivering the mail. Actually that is the only thing we dislike. We are trying to raise money (with a personal fundraiser) to buy a farm and have a horse rescue.
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I live in Lowry Hill. It’s great, but the Hennepin-Lyndale bottleneck is the worst. It blights a neighborhood blessed with some of the most remarkable destinations in the state — the Walker Art Center/Sculpture Garden, La Belle Vie, Loring Park, and the Basilica. The bottleneck is up for reconstruction in a few years, giving us an opportunity to make it work for the neighborhood.
I live in the Seward neighborhood and value the mix of local businesses and places to hang out—all within easy walking and biking distance. I appreciate the mix of people, too, and how invested and active so many of my neighbors are in the community. I’ve never felt so at home anywhere before.
-Bruce Johansen (TCDP staff)
I live in the Desnoyer Park neighborhood - which is part of Merriam Park - which is part of Union Park. I like being close to the Mississippi River and the good neighbors who help keep the alley clear of snow!
-Mary Turck (TCDP staff)
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