Progressive Candidates, Minneapolis 11th District, Trump, YWCA Building

Progressive Candidates, Minneapolis 11th District, Trump, YWCA Building

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In the City Council’s endorsement of the Star Tribune editorial board, why did the board agree to select far-left candidates for the “progressive” label?

Minneapolis has tens of thousands of NFL players whose progressive values ​​run strong, thank you very much. However, they do not happen to share the far-left goals of the Democratic Socialists of America such as defunding the police, implementing discredited rent control policies, and bulldozing all the sidewalks.

DSA candidates don’t own the word “progressive.” Don’t keep giving in to them. You are the editors. You respect words. Respect that word by not allowing it to be stolen by people who are correctly labeled as far-left extremists. (This is not a pejorative label. It is just a description. And most people on this end of the spectrum wear that more accurate label with pride.)

David J. Therkelsen, Minneapolis

11th Ward Race

My name is Gabrielle Prosser, and I’m running for Minneapolis City Council in the 11th District. I am also a member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). The article titled “Public Safety is the Top Issue in Minneapolis Council Races” published on October 23 misrepresented my positions as a reformer. The program of the Socialist Workers’ Party is for socialist revolution.

The most important campaign position of the SWP today is that workers everywhere need to oppose Jew hatred and defend Israel’s right to exist as a refuge for Jews. We need to speak out unequivocally against the massacre carried out by Hamas on October 7 with the support of Tehran. Hamas acts with the aim of maximizing the number of Palestinian civilian deaths to gain sympathy for its hatred of Jews. Their goal is to kill the Jews and wipe Israel off the map.

Opposing hatred of Jews is an important issue not only for Jews, but also for the working class. Those who support Hamas today will easily find themselves allied with future fascist forces, targeting Jews and the working class in times of severe capitalist crises.

The Socialist Workers Party’s campaign supports what strengthens the confidence of the working class and its ability to organize and struggle. Only through the seizing of political power by the working class, the formation of a workers’ and farmers’ government and the implementation of a socialist revolution will we be able to end the social and economic crisis raging around us today, including ending Jew hatred once and for all.

Gabriel Prosser, Minneapolis

The writer is a candidate for the 11th District of Minneapolis City Council.


The message “Can’t we take an hour off?” (November 2) Hit the nail on the head. But… take an hour off? Seriously, I’d love to see a whole year off. We campaign politically nonstop, from election to election. I say that odd-numbered years should be free of campaigning for federal and state offices. Let the candidates do some work in the Capitol. Imagine the evening news without the speakers talking about how evil the other side is. Maybe we can even calm the partisan atmosphere with some serious vacation.

Harald Eriksen, Brooklyn Park


“Election season is catnip for online trolls” (Nov. 3), Star Tribune columnist Jennifer Brooks tells us. Unfortunately, social media trolling season in America is 24/7/365.

Various social media platforms have enabled many Americans to criticize, attack, smear, and threaten those whose views and beliefs differ from their own. Most, if not all, will never have the courage or intestinal fortitude to stand up to those who disagree with them. They will not have the intelligence or courtesy to discuss their differing views and beliefs in person. And so they hide behind their mobile phones and computers. Social media has many positive uses, but it also has many negative uses. The creation and appearance of the “American idiot” is one of those negatives.

George Larson, Brooklyn Park

Trump is on the ballot

Jack Smith’s indictment of Donald Trump does not start well for Trump:

“The Defendant lost the 2020 election. Despite his loss, the Defendant was determined to remain in power. Therefore, for more than two months after Election Day on November 3, 2020, the Defendant spread lies that there was fraud in the determination of the results in the election.” “The election and that he actually won, and these allegations were false, and the accused knew that they were false.”

Then we get to the fun parts:

  1. Conspiracy to defraud the United States by fraud and obstruction.
  2. A conspiracy to corruptly obstruct the January 6 sessions.
  3. Conspiracy to obstruct the right to vote and have your vote counted.

We do not need courts or indeed the Supreme Court to determine whether Donald Trump has violated the Constitution. It’s in black and white in Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment.

“Let the people decide” is complete nonsense. The constitution is the constitution or it is not.

richard a. Boomer, Long Prairie

Young Women’s Christian Association

As a YWCA of Minneapolis retiree, I can say that many staff and participants were happy in the 1970s when the YWCA of Minneapolis was rebuilt. In an era of changing women’s rights, including Title IX, it was the facility and organization “on the mall” that embraced and enabled this. It was also an organization that provided many important health and wellness programs for women who were elderly, working, and with their newborn babies—essentially a building where women and girls felt safe.

After college, I started working in the Health and Fitness Office and a few years later I was fortunate to become the Department Director. When I worked in the office, I always thought it was funny when guys complained about the size of their dressing room; The women had a locker room three times larger than the men’s. There was also a health club (ladies only) where women could relax, get a massage, take a hot tub and relax after work or a workout. It was a time when exercise, strength training, yoga and stretching were new concepts for many women. Design/Architecture is designed for women. Men had their own places to exercise. The design was intentional.

The building is designed with an atrium and filled with natural light. As an instructor for the Over 50 and Fit class, I have participants walk down the incline (three flights), and at the top I have them monitor their pulse with their two fingers on their carotid artery to see if they are in a normal position. Target area – Before Fitbits and sports watches. It was a great use of building design.

For the many years I spent in that building (over 12 years), it was a wonderful place — warm, full of life, a place to eat, a place with the best child care in the city — and helped accomplish what the staff was set out to do. The lives of women and girls have been enriched. Women were healthier. It was staffed and managed by women.

Suffice it to say that the article’s description of the building’s appearance is harsh (“Hoping to Say Goodbye to the Y,” Oct. 23). never judge a book by its cover. I, out of many people who worked and were involved there, would choose to look at the design and architecture at a 180 degree angle from the way it has been described. I am so grateful for this building.

Susie Woodrich, Plymouth

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