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Many unaware of Park Board’s huge impact on inner-city youth

Candidates of color encouraged to run for commissioner seats
 
News Analysis

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

The public positions on this November fifth’s Minneapolis municipal ballot to which candidates will be seeking election will include the mayor, 13 city council seats, and two seats on the Board of Estimate and Taxation. All nine Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) seats are on the ballot as well. The MSR recently randomly asked a few of our man-in-the-barbershop sources the following question: “What do you know about the Park Board, including the election of its commissioners?” Here’s what we heard. “Who are the commissioners? Where are they from?” asked Cameron Cook, 36. Continue Reading →

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Obamacare ‘has something to do with Obama’

 
Beyond that, many folks are clueless how the new  insurance law affects them
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

An April Kaiser Family Foundation survey found many Americans are either unsure or still confused about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At least half of respondents say they don’t have enough information about the federal healthcare law, “ObamaCare,” passed in 2010, to understand what it will do for them and/or their families. The MSR recently visited one of the community’s traditional places where people talk — the barber shop — to get first-person opinions on the ACA. We asked two questions; the first was, “Do you know what the ACA is all about?”

A professional football player said he didn’t want to know anything about the ACA. “I know it has something to do with Obama,” said a male patron who was in a hurry. Continue Reading →

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