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City mouse, country mouse


Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I only recently realized, after living in these lovely hills for five years, that natives saying "they're from the cities" is not just an introduction, it's an inside curse. In these five years I've made many good friends and we have been able to learn much about the patterns of city folks vs. the patterns of rural folks. I wanted to share my observations.

My country friends call lunch, dinner. I assume the evening meal is supper, right? In city talk, lunch is lunch, supper is supper and dinner is when you go to a restaurant or invite someone over for supper. "Why not come for dinner this Saturday?" I'll have to be careful or my guests could arrive at noon, before the meat is thawed.

I still use my blinker out of instinct, even turning from my gravel road into my driveway. My country friends forget they have a blinker, even when they drive in the city.

Someone once remarked to me, "You sew and bake and you are from the cities?" I suppose, if one goes up there for an event, they assume the residents of the metro just drive around on the freeways day and night and have no time for hobbies. They might agree, it feels that way.

Some have expressed surprise that we are not snobbish or arrogant. This impression may come from suburbanites that are encountered during tourist season, in matching Speedo biking costumes, driving huge SUV's. Here is my chance to educate.

City folks and suburbanites are as different as squirrels and birds. They may live in close proximity and encounter each other frequently, but the species are different. Now you can learn about the prejudices in the metro!

Growing up smack in the middle of the city is a great gift. We walked everywhere. I could walk downtown as a kid to save the quarter busfare and spend it at Bridgemans for ice cream. I once asked my mother if I should carry a dime like a friend of mine, so I could call home if I got into a jam. She responded that I better carry busfare instead and find my way home.

Suburbanites drive, and drive and drive. There are no interesting places to walk in the suburbs unless you enjoy an endless view of grey and beige houses that all look just like yours. They all shop in the same chain stores, drive the same vehicles, have the same haircuts.

An entire generation, or two, have grown up knowing only which freeway to take to any destination. Those of us who know the city can take back streets from anywhere to anywhere in our cit .....
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It's not JUST the budget

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As I began to write this commentary for the Journal, the State of Minnesota has been shut down due to failures of the legislative and executive branches to come to an agreement on finances. The reasons for this dilemma could be as simple as the past ..... 
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Progress?

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Wow. I did not realize that there are actually people out there who believe it is someone else's responsibility to take care of them. That would certainly not be the case in a Democratic Republic. I thought such people were an invention of Fox News ..... 
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Adherence to "No New Taxes Pledge," a threat to our state and our country

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

As Minnesotans, we are getting hit with a double whammy of dysfunctional government. The inability of the two major political parties to work in concert causes unnecessary hardship, cost increases, and more inefficiency in government. Politicians ta ..... 
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Guest commentary: Why we need a progressive/liberal American vision

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past couple of years we have been bombarded by political attacks from the far right and their fellow Teapublicans blaming our country's ills on liberalism, socialism, big government, and taxation. These are stale, unsupportable arguments th ..... 
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The new "Three R's" needed for a bright future for Minnesota

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton have a unique opportunity at this moment to prompt lasting positive changes for our state and position us to be a national leader for decades to come. Despite the rhetoric on both sides, the biggest obstacle facing u ..... 
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The reason we celebrate

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
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"It is not by consolidation or concentration of powers, but by their distribution that good government is effected."

Thomas Jefferson

It has been 235 years since our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, which is ou ..... 
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State exports set, first quarter record

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota exports of manufactured, agricultural and mining products grew 13 percent in the first quarter from the same period a year ago. According to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Developme ..... 
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Why not Palin?

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Over the past few months, I've read a number of unhinged articles from both liberals and conservatives (so-called) about Sarah Palin. A number of commentators from both sides of political spectrum seem to believe that she is a lightweight nitwit who ..... 
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