Dear Editor: This fall, as we watched the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, we are again reminded of the havoc that flooding can wreak on our own communities and the cost to taxpayers around the country. Unfortunately, while some states require flood-risk disclosure for new homebuyers and renters, many families in our state are left in the dark. That … [Read more...]
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As a long time observer of the MPRB, I am concerned about the possible outcome of the Park Board election in November. When Nekima Levy-Pounds was attending Park Board meetings she would criticize the all-White Park Board because of its lack of racial diversity. The current Park Board is composed of five White women and four White men. Currently there is gender diversity, but … [Read more...]
Call on candidates to repudiate tactics We read the St. Paul Police Federation’s thinly veiled racist attack on Melvin Carter with sadness but not surprise. For too long, trust between law enforcement and communities of color has eroded to the point where the people we represent think it is safer to not call the police than to reach out for help. This is unacceptable and … [Read more...]
I realize this is late in coming, but it is no less sincere. Thanks to Charles Hallman for his wonderful coverage of the Lynx. Not only this year, but he has always been there to share the Lynx with us through his writing. In his October 12-18 article he was right on when he said that the Lynx brought a culture of winning to this city but don't get the recognition they … [Read more...]
The Saint Paul City Council has a crucial vote coming up on Oct. 25. How they vote will illustrate just where their priorities lie. Our city leaders can choose to help protect communities of color from the tobacco industry or maintain business as usual: Choosing money over Black lives. The ordinance to restrict the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only businesses is similar … [Read more...]