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MN Blog Cabin Roundup, 8/30

‘Don’t bomb Syria’; considering penalties in Vikings stadium deal; applause for Wilf; the originality of new Minneapolis architecture; and more.

Listen to London: Don’t bomb Syria

from Theoblogy by Tony Jones

While the crisis in Syria is obvious urgent and terrible, more bombs are not the answer. After Iraq and Afghanistan, we have unequivocal evidence that US bombs are not nearly as surgical as our military leaders claim. It’s similarly obvious that, for the foreseeable future, there will always be a country in crisis in the Middle East. We simply cannot keep getting baited into these conflicts.

Beyond ability to pay, Stadium Authority needs to assure monitoring, disclosure and accountability

from Wry Wing Politics by Joe Loveland

Proving ability to pay is a necessary condition of moving forward with the stadium. But while it’s necessary, it’s far from sufficient. Minnesota taxpayers also need assurances that the pledges Wilf makes in the stadium agreement are kept.

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Clap for the Wilfman

from Mr. Dilettante’s Neighborhood by Mark Heuring

Yes, at this late hour, it would probably be a good thing to have this information in hand, especially since we’re talking about a project that’s almost certainly going to be more than $975 million. The better question is this — why is the “authority” asking for this information now, long after the deal has been made? It’s worth remembering that the New Jersey case against the Wilfs dates back over 20 years. It’s also worth noting that the time to ask these sorts of due diligence questions is long before the deal is made. Instead, what we’re seeing now is a classic example of bureaucratic and political butt-covering for the politicians who were so frightened of Helga Braid Nation that they went ahead with the deal without doing any real vetting. That’s not on the Wilfs, kids — that’s on Mark Dayton, Julie Rosen, John Kreisel and all the other politicians who jammed this through the legislature last year. Do you remember this?

Does new Minneapolis architecture all look the same?

from by Bill Lindeke

The comment got me thinking. I seem to have heard lots of similar sentiments lately, particularly as the debates intensified over dense development around the University of Minnesota. This architecture is sub-standard, people would write. It’s “cookie cutter” and has no charm or character.

SNAP proposal is double whammy for many Minnesotans

from Minnesota Budget Bites by Caitlin Biegler and Leah Gardner

The proposal would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion over 10 years, eliminating basic food assistance to at least 41,000 Minnesotans – many of whom are struggling to recover from the Great Recession. That’s in addition to a $5 billion cut to SNAP scheduled for this November.

In Luverne: ‘Go Digital Or Go Dark’

from Minnesota Prairie Roots by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Theatre supporters are currently working to continue one aspect of the building’s use, that of showing movies. Through the “Go Digital or Go Dark” campaign, efforts are underway to raise $75,000 for the purchase of a digital projector. At the end of 2013, film companies will no longer produce 35mm film, necessitating the switch.

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