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2013 Columns

“Through My Eyes”

Weekly column of Ron Edwards
From the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Continuing The Minneapolis Story,
Ron’s “Black Focus,” airs Sundays, 5-6 p.m.,
On Channel 17, MTN-TV

Quarter 4: October thru December

December 25, 2013 Column #52: Minneapolis NAACP on the move?

December 18, 2013 Column #51: A great injustice: the death of T.T. Franklin. Why another farce of a police report.

December 11, 2013 Column #50: Hallelujah: the project begins. Constructing the new Peoples’ Stadium.

December 04, 2013 Column #49: “To the extent practical” escape language in legislation allows steel purchase outside Iron Range.

November 27, 2013 Column #48: Is President Obama a ‘lame duck’? You be the judge.

November 20, 2013 Column #47: Chief Janeé Harteau is doing a good job. No need to replace her

November 13, 2013 Column #46: Violence Grips Downtown. One dead, three wounded, in night of terror.

November 06, 2013 Column #45: Mr. Bellecourt is right! “Redskins” Controversy Heats Up Again.

October 30, 2013 Column #44: Security reduced at Vikings games. Sheriff Richard Stanek objects: Why didn’t others?

October 23, 2013 Column #43: Minnesota Lynx: We thank you!

October 16, 2013 Column #42: The Wilfs Prevail. Vikings Owners Make Clean Sweep.

October 09, 2013 Column #41: Attack on the Teachers Federation. Why have friends become foes?

October 02, 2013 Column #40: Eighty-four million dollars levied against the Wilfs. The question of Vikings future still under discussion.

Quarter 3: July thru September

September 25, 2013 Column #39: Death warrants in Faribault. State of MN ignores deaths at State prison hospital in Fariba

September 18, 2013 Column #38: The Ghost Of Neville Chamberlain. President Barrack Obama Stands In That Shadow.

September 11, 2013 Column #37: How does the State of Minnesota pay its $50 million? Has there been a breach of contract?

September 04, 2013 Column #36: Tensions divide stadium partners. Vikings and MSFA (Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority) At Odds. Minnesota's bad treatment of the Vikings

August 28, 2013 Column #35: The Chief Reaches Out. Chief Harteau Meets With Black Officers.

August 21, 2013 Column #34: “We didn’t know about Zigy!”  Really? Everybody pretends ignorance or amnesia on Zigy’s dealings. 

August 14, 2013 Column #33: Chief Harteau announces dialogue. A public dialogue? Really?

August 07, 2013 Column #32: What it’s like to be Black in the MPD? The Chance for another Cincinnati?

July 31, 2013 Column #31: Stadium Say of Judgment: August 20, 2013. Doug Mann takes on the State of Minnesota.

July 24, 2013 Column #30: Trayvon Martin is guilty…, …of being a young, Black male in the wrong place at the wrong time.

July 17, 2013 Column #29: Stadium contract under negotiation. Minneapolis Civil Rights Department to monitor contractor and worker inclusion.

July 10, 2013 Column #28: God bless Rachel Jeantel, a courageous witness

July 03, 2013 Column #27: Snowden, Hastings and surveillance? Were they right? The “here we go again” relevance for Black America

Quarter 2: April thru June

June 26, 2013 Column #26: Equity Director Hired. Minnesota Sports Authority and Vikings Make their Selection

June 19, 2013 Column #25: Franklin Case to County Attorney and then Grand Jury. Will “all white” and “no bill” of indictment tradition continue?

June 12, 2013 Column #24: Minneapolis police killed T.T. Franklin for being Black — Racism, individual and institutional, is alive and well in our fair city

June 05, 2013 Column #23: Justice for David Cornelius Smith, In spite of obstruction of justice from the Minneapolispls. Civil Rights Department.

May 29, 2013 Column #22: Unanswered questions still cloud police shooting of T.T. Franklin

May 22, 2013 Column #21: Terrance Terrell Franklin’s police-shooting death. Many questions remain unanswered

May 15, 2013 Column #20: Changing of the guard with the T-Wolves. Flip Saunders’ good calculations will replace David Kahn’s poor ones

May 08, 2013 Column #19: Update on MPD 2012 Assault on Ames Elks Lodge. No contact with MPD for over a year.

May 01, 2013 Column #18: People’s Stadium in trouble! Can the funding really be found?

April 24, 2013 Column #17: Terror in Boston! Terror in America! How fragile is our precarious democracy in the face of senseless violence?

April 17, 2013 Column #16: Legislature caught whistling in the dark. Financial problems for Viking stadium construction projec

April 10, 2013 Column #15:: Congratulations, Tubby! Texas Tech hires Tubby Smith while U of M keeps looking

April 03, 2013 Column #14: Thank you Tubby for an excellent run! Tubby Smith: a man of principle and integrity.

Quarter 1: January thru March

March 27, 2013 Column #13: Will the Vikings stadium be a repeat of Target Field?

March 20, 2013 Column #12: White unions get $1 million to train workers of color to build stadiums? It’s time for the B.S. to end.

March 13, 2013 Column #11: When will MN’s ‘no Black workers need apply’ policy end? Who will monitor and enforce Black participation on the so-called ‘People’s Stadium’ project?

March 06, 2013 Column #10: Gentlemen of the Round Table ready to work on People’s Stadium.

February 27, 2013 Column #09: The legacy of Marvin “Corky” Taylor. Rest in peace, Black Warrior, one of the Honest Five who refused to lie.

February 20, 2013 Column #08: Will Blacks finally get a fair share of work on this stadium? Chair of stadium authority raises serious questions about past inclusion.

February 13, 2013 Column #07: President Obama’s visit to discuss gun violence

February 06, 2013 Column #06: February 06, 2012 Column #06: So much for 32 percent Black participation in stadium construction. When will the State deposit its $50M statutory requirement?

January 30, 2013 Column #05: January 30, 2012 Column #05: Let the Games Begin:  The Selection of the Construction Manager. Fraser, Davis, and Tomlin:    Quota Guys?

January 23, 2013 Column #04: Sports Authority 2013 Legislative Report on Vikings Stadium

January 16, 2013 Column #03: Decision announcement days: January 15 & 18, February 1, 2013. Sports Facility Authority and the Minnesota Vikings

January 09, 2013 Column #02: The abuse of Black children in MN’s education system. Highlighting the Minneapolis and Bloomington School Districts.

January 02, 2013 Column #01: The Vikings Stadium: a historic reckoning point in its history regarding the Equity Plan.

Ron hosts “Black Focus” on Channel 17, MTN-TV, Sundays, 5-6 pm. Formerly head of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission and the Urban League, he continues his “watchdog” role for Minneapolis.

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