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After the Walker Library closed on September 22, the “L I B R A R Y” sculp-ture was removed by crane for storage. Meanwhile, ex-patrons have begunthe process of re-acclimating to other County library locations. This begsthe question
“What do we miss most about our temporarily shutteredlibrary?
Is it the building? the books? or does it come down to the Walkerstaff and community of patrons?” The 18 month construction schedule isestimated to begin the first week of November. The new library is estimatedto be completed by mid-2014.
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Guest Editorial by Marty Allen
For the first time this November, Uptown residents will be electinga school board member to represent our area. East Isles is part of thenewly created District 4, which also includes East Calhoun, Cedar-Isles-Dean, Bryn Mawr, Kenwood, Lowry Hill, Loring Park and thewestern downtown neighborhoods.Public schools matter to me. My four children and four grandchil-dren have attended Minneapolis Public Schools. On Election Day, I’llbe voting for Josh Reimnitz, a former classroom teacher who nowleads Students Today Leaders Forever, a youth leadership non-profitin Minneapolis.Here’s why I’m voting for Josh:1) Josh understands the issues facing our city schools. While teachingfourth grade in the Atlanta public schools, Josh saw his low-incomestudents make significant gains. He is fiercely committed to closelythe achievement gap and has pragmatic experience in dealing withit.2) Josh has experience dealing with both multi-million budgets andboard governance. As the co-executive director of Students TodayLeaders Forever, he manages an organization with 23 chapters in12 states. He works with a board. He understands board gover-nance and is committed to transparency.3) Being age 26 is an asset. All of our current board members aremiddle-aged or older, like me. We need someone to represent the80 percent of the voters who don’t have kids in the schools as wellas someone to represent the next generation of parents, who arewide-open to technological changes and other innovations.I’m not the only one who has been impressed with Josh. Mayor RTRybak is supporting him. So are Hennepin County CommissionerGail Dorfman, City Council Members Robert Lilligren and DonSamuels and former school board chairs Tom Madden, Pam Costainand Catherine Shreves and others. I urge my fellow Uptown resi-dents to do the same.
Marty Allen is an East Isles Resident
Sometimes staying neutral is agood course of action, and dur-ing a political season, as an edi-tor, it’s my chosen position. I’mexcited this issue is featuringso many passionate politically-inspired voices and heartenedby those who have chosen thispublication to share those view-points. Especially, since it provesthat the written word still reso-nates with the public and to seeso much neighborhood supportis especially consoling in a timethat even larger publications,such as Newsweek, are losingfaith in the printed format. Digi-tal format is great, but – for me,at least – there is still somethingabout turning pages while sip-ping a hot cup of coffee that Ihope never fades. Best of luckto all those running in our localelections and hope to see every-one else out at the polls Novem-ber 6!
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Guest Editorial by Kendal Killian
Think Globally. Act Locally.Our world is changing rapidly.Issues like global climate changeand corporate influence are evi-dent not only on TV, but righthere in our community. As wemove from the Presidential elec-tion in 2012 to the city electionsof 2013, we should think abouthow the City of Minneapolis ispreparing for, and adapting to,these paradigm shifts.• Global climate change is aproven fact. By encouragingbiking, walking and transit wecan do our part in Minneapolisto curb global warming. Wisedevelopment that allows morepeople to live car-free shouldalso be a fundamental part of this effort.• Public health issues like obe-sity are a major and growingfinancial burden. Similar tothe how the city led the way inreducing tobacco use throughthe indoor smoke-free ordi-nance, we can prevent obesityby continuing to encouragebiking and healthier foodoptions. We should also con-tinue to support local agricul-ture.• Public finances may be reach-ing a fiscal cliff. We likelywill never go back to the flush1990s. We need to prioritizeour spending decisions and cutprograms that don’t work. Weshould also examine our citybudget to determine what per-centage of our tax dollars godirectly to services (like police,fire and public works) andwhat percentage simply fundsadministration at City Hall.• Corporate Influence is a majorproblem in Washington DC.Large corporations use theirlobbying power to push poli-cies that do not advance thecommon good. The City of Minneapolis must examineour relationship with big busi-nesses such as Comcast, Xcel,Centerpoint and Unisys todetermine whether we are get-ting a good deal for citizensor just padding corporate cof-fers. We should also leverageour banking relationships withWells Fargo and US Bank,negotiating for things likeforeclosure protections for ourresidents.• Open Government and Trans-parency initiatives will improveour democracy. As a friend of mine says, good things happenwhen data is openly sharedand released. For example,Minneapolis does not pro-vide achieved video of councilmeetings. Making informa-tion more readily available andincreasing transparency couldhelp to rebuild people’s faith ingovernment.It is easy to say that these arenational or state issues and shouldbe dealt with on those levels. Butthe truth is, vitally importantmatters like these do not adhereto political boundaries.Progressives believe that theinterconnectivity between peopleis one of our core values. Simi-larly, we must acknowledge thecascading impact these state,national and even internationalissues may have on our com-munity. By first acknowledgingthese overlaps we can begin toformulate strategies and solu-tions to help us adapt.Looking the other way is no lon-ger an option.
Kendal Killian lives on Bryant Avenue with his wife Kelly and their cat - Pepita.