Letters to the Editor, January 12, 2022

Taking exception to rent controlThe numerous articles documenting what is wrong with the new rent control ordinance in Saint Paul confirms why I voted “no.” The slogan “Keep Saint Paul Home” on postcards and signs sure sounded good, and I’m…

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Letters to the editor, December 22, 2021

Revising rent control Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and a few members of the City Council were all for the rent control ballot initiative. The people opposed to the initiative predicted this would make Saint Paul unfriendly to new developments,…

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Gift of listening: A more peaceful world begins with us

When we were young, I marveled at my older brother Paul. He was so self-confident, so passionate. Like Paul, I felt strongly about my convictions but I was shyer and more hesitant to share them with the world. From an…

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Letters to the Editor, December 8, 2021

A recipe for decreased ridership An article in the November 10 issue of MyVillager spoke of the greatly declining numbers of riders on Metro Transit. That’s no mystery to me. First, they took out bus stops along the No. 63…

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Letters to the Editor, November 24, 2021

For a more inclusive SPPS The Saint Paul NAACP has been in discussions with the Saint Paul school district concerning Envision SPPS for the better part of this year. In advance of the School Board vote on December 1, the…

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Saint Paul must expand its tax base to make housing more affordable

Saint Paul has allowed its property tax base to gradually erode over the years. The tax base is and always has been what pays for public safety, schools, libraries, parks and recreation, streets and now affordable housing in the city.…

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Letters to the Editor, November 10, 2021

Rethinking school busing I have noticed in the last few years that whenever I see a school bus, it either has no children or only a handful of children in it. It seems the days of packed school buses in…

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Now’s the time to seek repurposing of three local rail corridors

The proposed merger of Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Railway (CP Rail) and Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) will combine CP Rail’s Prairie Province and Upper Midwest routes with KCS’s route to Texas, Louisiana and Mexico. With no overlapping tracks and ongoing…

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Halloween: An age-old reflection on our mortality

A thousand years ago, pagan people in what is now Ireland would build­ bonfires, don masks and attempt to communicate with the dead on the evening of October 31. It was Samhain (pronounced SOW-in), when it was believed that the…

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Letters to the Editor, October 27, 2021

Re-elect Vue and Foster to boardAs a parent of three boys in the Saint Paul Public Schools and a committed public education advocate, I was happy to see MyVillager highlight the eight candidates running for School Board in the September…

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Letters to the Editor, Election Edition: Our readers’ endorsements

Re-elect Vue and Foster to boardAs a parent of three boys in the Saint Paul Public Schools and a committed public education advocate, I was happy to see MyVillager highlight the eight candidates running for School Board in the September…

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