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Connie Sullivan

Minneapolis, MN
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2 years 47 weeks

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The Park Board is simply being prudent and proactive with their move to hire legal advice. The channel (even Loring Park's lake is man-made, after all! So is Lake of the Isles itself--let's be real here) is part of the parks system.

As a resident and taxpayer in Minneapolis, I'm glad to see the Park Board being very, very, very careful of the treasures it oversees. And All Hail! section 4(f)!

Posted on 09/11/14 at 11:30 am in response to Plea to Sen. Franken: tell us a joke

Senator Franken would have to be very, very careful with his humor, because the other side has no wit. Those on the right are mostly literalists who can't perceive irony or sarcasm (only perhaps the broadest tools of satire, like invective), and they certainly can't take a joke.

Posted on 09/05/14 at 11:19 am in response to Minneapolis Council explores imposing higher minimum wage in the city

Nice, that someone on the City Council is even talking about Minneapolis establishing a decent minimum wage. But, Frey should beware of the local pay-'em-as-little-as-possible juggernaut: the Target Corporation.

Target has so much clout locally, that when the corporation received city subsidy to establish their downtown headquarters they refused to comply with already-existing Minneapolis ordinance that required they pay their workers a livable wage, in exchange for that taxpayer...

Posted on 09/04/14 at 03:27 pm in response to Michelle MacDonald and the anatomy of a political train wreck

We can sum up the "embarrassment" as the fact that the Republicans have this wing-nut as an endorsed candidate for the highest judicial position in the state of Minnesota.

Running against someone with proven gravitas, like David Lillehaug.

She is a case study, all by herself, of why Wersal's insistence that we have party endorsements of judicial candidates is unwise.

Posted on 09/04/14 at 03:40 pm in response to Steve Isaacs: His legacy should be defined by his journalistic vision

It's not the "bleeping trees" that were at fault in ruining what Tim McGuire wants us to believe is the stellar personal image his mentor deserves as his legacy.

It was the "bleeping" arrogance and self-importance of the man, who thought that whatever got in his way should be cut down at his whim.

Tim should know that an incident like that is a flash insight into a person's essence. Hagiography is one thing, and a mentee can write that if he choses. But this man's legacy was...

Posted on 09/02/14 at 03:15 pm in response to Minneapolis has OK'd Southwest LRT. So what happens now?

Where's Edward Snowden's local counterpart? We need one, to leak the draft environmental review that's been done on the Kenilworth LRT route but hidden from our City Council. My guess is that the draft EIS is quite damaging, not to the bike or pedestrian trail, but to the lake system in SW Minneapolis, the jewel in the Parks crown. The water is the issue.

The Metro Council says that Minneapolis may "comment on" the environmental report when, at last, it is released to the city some...

Posted on 08/30/14 at 10:48 am in response to Minneapolis City Council approves Southwest LRT

What confounds the public is how a City Council can fairly unanimously speak against a measure, and yet pass it. All the doubts, all the hesitations, all the questions unanswered, all the negative facts, and still ten of the thirteen bow to pressures to "act now, or time will pass us by."

Bring on the law suits!

It would be nice if this contest had some real issues to focus on. It's very interesting that most of the current sheriff's deputies want someone else to be sheriff. But, what about the job's actual tasks and policy issues? What would this Minneapolis assistant chief bring to the job, and what kinds of things would he prioritize inn the day-to-day?

One gets so tired of "let's cut [personnel; bureaucracy; administration; whatever]," as if the only thing that counts is how much of our...

Posted on 08/28/14 at 04:38 pm in response to Franken details education views and defends net neutrality

People who would prefer to consign Senator Franken to his former days as a writer of satiric comedy are frustrated when they come face to face with the depth of his knowledge on national issues that are, and will continue to expand as, important issues for the 21st century. Like net neutrality. He's considered a Senate expert on it, folks, and there's no way his Minnesota opponent can even hold a candle to that knowledge.

It's not just a Microsoft-ish, or software, problem. It's the...

We need our Senators to be able to understand the nitty-gritty of the bills they pass, or consider. Al Franken has shown, over and over again, that he knows and he cares about the details of progressive legislation that will help people. He has carefully thought-out solutions. He works well with others.

He also has more intricate details than our columnist can digest--the shame of this article is that Black cut it off before getting to what really distinguishes Franken from the empty...