Trayvon Martin’s Death: The Opportunity To Reform Justice

In our version of justice in America, we seek far more than righting the wrong. We seek that the perpetrator serves their time, is thrown behind bars, pays for what they did. In short, we like to see the perp suffer. We seek revenge. But why do we call for revenge when we know deep in…
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Neighborhood Interview #2: Sister-hood

One afternoon I was coming home from a walk when I passed an older woman trying to put a sign in her front yard. She was having a little difficulty trying to find the right spot to notify drivers of where not to park in front of her property. So I helped her find a…
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Stadium Or Not

A life without the Vikings seems odd to many people, and threat of them leaving is a big reason why people are backing the new stadium. But today it was reported that the Minneapolis is again, after Target Field, going to skirt a voter referendum and raise people’s taxes without their agreement. The economics argument,…
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Ask Strangers For Start-up Money

The Internet looks to transform the way people come together for a common cause: in this case it’s reaching out to any Tom, Dick, and Harry for start-up revenue. This will widen the ability to raise cash and invest one’s money. This would reduce the need to go a bank, and allows you to sort…
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The Elders In Our Lives

It is said that children are our most valuable resource, and maybe in a country this young and energetic we do like to emphasize the future. But I say, let’s look to those with a past… Here’s a piece I offered once to my Bemidji readers, but want to share it again as it was…
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Our Cashless Future

It isn’t new that we use cash less and less. Heck, from direct deposit to debit card, many of us don’t ever see the cash we earn and spend. But what about there being no cash at all? Sounds kind of crazy, but they say it’s coming. There’ll always be a demand for it, if…
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Neighborhood Spotlight #1: The Character

The three-story, blue/gray home stands on the corner of 31st and Portland. If you fly by on the one-way heading south, nothing would stick out about this particular property. Walking, though, takes on a difference perspective. And this kind of perspective is the whole point of this article series. We bounce in and out of…
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Airplane’s Eye View

I remember once flying over Iowa and looking down to see a small town below. It was a cluster of cars, buildings, and asphalt. To me it was small, and we’d passed over a couple like it already. A cluster here, a cluster there. But I knew, on the ground, things were different. It was…
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The Future Is Bleak

Yesterday’s video was incredibly optimistic. Today’s…not so much. This is actually a hard video to pay attention to because the presentation isn’t very good. I’ll sum up the points though. Paul Gilding argues that humans have met capacity on the planet, that we, in fact, need 1.5 Earths just to meet demand. To those who…
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The Future Is Bright

Well, at least according to the guy in this video, the future is bright, anyway. And I want to believe him. It’s tough, though, as he acknowledges, because we’re bombarded with so much negativity. I’ll take this one step further and even suggest that many people didn’t want to hear this good news. If you watch…
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