…and my Friday afternoon “MY TIME” somehow expanded into the whole day! Another day of sleeping in that means most of Friday’s to-do list will have to shift around; and then instead of a quick read of the STRIB, I settled in for the whole morning…with a small interruption to read “Cities for People” from the DMCC. So here we go….
Traffic levels are up 17%; 14% more time is sent on the road than last year. That’s bad enough. Then add to that we are # 16 on the WORST TRAFFIC CITIES in AMERICA; and we have 7 notations in the list of 200 worst roads in the US. Now there is some reason for GLOOM this morning!
A few more folks need to follow examples of our youth: Move close to the urban core and to your job; you may not even need a car.
Trust me; Fourteen months into the experiment and my feet, a bus, a train, a car-share program, and an occasional cab ride this winter, and I do just fine! And in the first twelve months of my personal program I SAVED $4800 in car expenses and who knows how much TIME.
I do have to also send out a BIG Thank you to friends who enabled that all to happen by offering rides- especially home at night or in the past couple months of sub -zero weather.
Nevertheless, I’m just sayin’….you’d be surprised how easy it is…although as I study the situation in Rochester, I will have to live IN the city core; probably get a bike, and hibernate next winter….we shall see.
Meanwhile here in Minneapolis, we do still have problems… the SWLRT is a mess because some folks just don’t get the world – it is “a changin’, ” and this morning, the ORANGE LINE surfaced as a major concern for Kraus Anderson.
Of course, let’s listen, learn and have an open dialogue on this, but really? Kraus Anderson now has “issues” with the impact on Southtown expansion plans?.
In the big picture, what I can see, the Orange Line looks like it is taking a sensible approach, but I have to ask the question. Don’t we start these projects with viable purpose/objectives/outcomes and measure against them? Don’t we have input after input session at the community level about them in the process? I haven’t been too focused on this expansion so I may be jumping to conclusions but it seems to me Kraus Anderson owns some land designated for Southtown expansion that may be impacted or require a small change in plan. What I read, however, did not seem to be justification to hold up yet another traffic solving project that is good for the metro and individual communities.
Perhaps I am wrong…or perhaps, Kraus-Anderson would be willing to foot the bill to get their own way!
And now maybe an El Nino?!
Welcome back to the olden days….colder, snowier, longer winters and hot and humid summers. Some of us grew up this way ..OR is it really the beginning of that” Climate Change” pattern once thought to be just one way. You know, the one we mistakenly refer to as “Global Warming”?
TODAY’S UPDATES ON EQUAL RIGHTS
“A Crime Not Forgotten”. As I read the tagline on this article, my first thought was WHAT? A 1946 crime still being investigated?…Let’s focus on today’s hate crimes, can we?
But quickly I saw the error of my thinking. A fair amount of those involved in this atrosity are still alive. And strangely, they demonstrated some (what I would call) Tea Party thinking. They slaughtered the mother they had no respect for; then butchered her to save her unborn baby.
So what I want to know is how much influence do these old evil doers really have on our situation today?
“Sexual Assaults in the US Military” – Two articles side by side made my stomach churn. One bill on military sex attacks was voted down and a general’s sex trial starts with a plea bargain.
26,000 members of the military assaulted in 2012 and “thousands more were afraid to come forward for fear of inaction or retribution” and we cannot find common ground in our Congress on what to do about it?
But worse, Army Brig. General Jeffrey Senclair fights a court-martial as he pleads guilty to the LESSOR charges of “engaging in inappropriate relationships with a female captain, a female major and a civilian; but Not Guilty to a more serious charge of adultery including “forcing the captain to perform oral sex, groping her, committing sodomy, engaging in public sex and threatening to kill the captain and her family if she revealed their three-year affair. Apparently the punishment for the “lessor” crime is he will have to resign his post; but he will be able to keep all his retirement benefits!
At this point I was fuming, but as I turned the page I then had to endure the story of the Good ole Texan boys that have now succeeded in closing two more abortion clinics – this time the last existing one in the Rio Grande Valley and the last one in the 100 mile stretch from Houston to the Louisiana border.
And we think we live in a time of equal rights? I think we have slipped right back into equal rights for good old white boys only. Ugghh!.
I haven’t gotten to Matisse yet, I have one more stack of paper on the corner of my desk that needs weeding out before I can close Creative Events by Kranz, but this might be a reason to revisit the Caboose: “R.E.S.P.E.C.T a Tribute to Aretha Franklin” with a long list of Minneapolis great women vocalists doing the honors! Saturday night 9 PM $12. What a great trip down memory lane what would be!