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Connie Sullivan

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
3 years 9 weeks

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Posted on 12/23/14 at 12:33 pm in response to Inside the B.T. McElrath chocolate empire

It's great to see the McElrath chocolates highlighted in a local news story like this. But Jim Walsh has been around Minneapolis enough to know that the business's kitchens are in Southeast Minneapolis, not Northeast (everything on the south side of East Hennepin Ave. is Southeast). In the Southeast Como neighborhood, actually.

Posted on 12/20/14 at 12:50 pm in response to DFLers lament Wagenius' absence from House environmental committee

I fail to comprehend Mr. Tester's relegation of the outrageous removal of Jean Wagenius from the environment committee to Democrats concerned with maintaining "power." The issue is her awareness of the complications of environmental problems, and her expertise earned over years of focusing on relevant issues. Not to speak of seniority and having her caucus's nomination to the committee. It's the GOP majority that's playing with political power of the moment, to avoid the natural power of...

Posted on 12/12/14 at 12:17 pm in response to Liberals protesting bad cops need to take on unions

This is an incredibly weak jump, from the fact that acts of police brutality, or "bad cop" behavior, are the work of very few cops of the total, to an attack on labor unions. Pure ideology, and sad to see.

Posted on 12/12/14 at 12:25 pm in response to Minneapolis City Council's contentious budget hearing: what they said

It would be interesting to have someone in the press look into the relatively new-to-the-scene woman who has been organizing Minneapolis protests this past year, including School Board/MPS administration issues, take-the-freeway protests of police brutality, now the Minneapolis budget.

She teaches law at St. Thomas, but she is focusing on organizing people of color to disrupt "business as usual" in Minneapolis. Time to know who Levy-Pounds is, and identify her voice when it is her...

Posted on 12/09/14 at 03:29 pm in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

One wonders what the local ultra-conservative press would make of the color of the mayor's various outfits.

I'm sure that this female politician who is too young to wear all dark clothes has been wearing vibrant gang colors on this day or that. Maybe even the colors of rival gangs, as she moves from turf to turf in Minneapolis. She's probably stirring up all kinds of gang mischief in her wake. Where's the Hubbard station when you need them to follow up on what her wardrobe signals...

Posted on 12/08/14 at 02:23 pm in response to Minneapolis to see fee hike for citywide organic-waste recycling program

Hey! Let's be more careful in our reading:

It was Hennepin County that has insisted that Minneapolis implement organics recycling by January 1, 2015. Minneapolis had no plans to go any further for the nonce than a few pilot programs in "progressive" (upscale) neighborhoods, which have been ongoing forever. But Minneapolis folks who actually breathe the air insisted that the county's garbage burner in downtown Minneapolis not be allowed to burn more county garbage (trucked in), so...

Posted on 12/05/14 at 10:09 am in response to Minneapolis levy debate reveals fault lines among council members

Minneapolis streets are better, at least than St. Paul's. And Minneapolis takes better care of its streets than Hennepin County does (county roads in Minneapolis are dreadful, shameful, after last winter, with potholes never fixed).

Minneapolis kept raising our property taxes in the Rybak years, to the tune of double digits year after year. I remember how St. Paul artificially kept its property taxes down during those years. Now, we and they can see, at least on streets, the...

Posted on 12/02/14 at 04:37 pm in response to Minnesota may find new ozone standard not much of a hurdle at all

I find this article to present a good case for Minnesota finally waking up to the fact that we've been coasting on good weather and some luck. On bad ozone days, and they've been more frequent in the past several years, it's really hard to breathe--even for those of us who are not runners or otherwise performing athletics. We hve to keep that in mind: it gets very, very hard to breathe.

And, there are jobs, usually good jobs, in fighting air pollution. I am constantly amazed at...

Posted on 12/01/14 at 01:45 pm in response to Two housing buzzwords Minneapolis staff should stop using

Excuse me, but recent studies have shown that the best way to increase the net worth of people on the bottom of the income scale is through home ownership. Not renting, which is a real obstacle to saving money. So home ownership, as Jeff points out, is the basis of financial inequity in Minneapolis, if one compares the North Side to the South and Southwest sides of the city.

And, be careful: "structural defects" are not the same thing as "functionally obsolete." Jeff Skrenes makes...

Posted on 12/01/14 at 01:29 pm in response to A levelheaded look at 'the case against early cancer detection'

Readers might benefit from knowing what is the greater harm that screening for cancers will cause. Is it the fear and panic of a cancer diagnosis? the pain of awful, and irrelevant, treatments? the gigantic drop in a person's quality of [remaining] life?

Also: how can we know, without screening, whether the cancer we might have is the turtle type, or the rabbit type, or a bird-like quick killer that no one can stop?