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2012 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, 2012

December 26, 2012 Column #52: A Nation In Pain, A Nation Whose Heart Is Broken Again.

December 19, 2012 Column #51: City election 2013 candidates face some tough funding issues. Paying for the Vikings stadium is chief among them.

December 12, 2012 Column #50: Minnesota: Land Of Underused Though Highly Skilled Black Quarterbacks. There’s Too Much Emphasis On White And Not Enough On Win.

December 05, 2012 Column #49: Still waiting for the Equity Plan for the new Vikings’ and Minnesota’s People’s Stadium

November 28, 2012 Column #48: In the matter of Susan Rice: Let the president govern. Please!

November 21, 2012 Column #47: A political ponzi Scheme: The fix was in with 2012 election.

November 14, 2012 Column #46: Column #46: Obama wins! Historic Second Term.

November 07, 2012 Column #45: The "smartest" White team in the NBA. Timber Wolves team return to the 1950s?

October 31, 2012 Column #44: An Historical Presidential Election

October 24, 2012 Column #43: Sgt. Pat King Moves Across the Street. Law Enforcement Officer Moves to Hennnepin County Sheriff’s Separtment

October 17, 2012 Column #42: Vikings stadium officials promise 32 percent diversity hiring! But no one seems to have a copy of the equity plan.
[Where is the diversity plan for the Vikings Stadium reflecting 32% diversity hiring? Ted Mondale states there was no Equity Plan for Target Field but will be for Vikings Stadium.]

October 10, 2012 Column #41: Taxation without representation. Force of contract law needed to ensure Black contractors/workers for stadium

October 03, 2012 Column #40: School district provides ‘Kindergarten Report’ on HQ construction.
Will Vikings stadium reporting be the next fairy tale?

Quarter 3: July thru September, 2012

September 25, 2012 Column #39: Where is the equity plan for the Viking Stadium?

September 19, 2012 Column #38: Chuck Wexler in town, security plan in place

September 12, 2012 Column #37: Tone down the rhetoric on Black Museum’s money problems. Franklin National Bank is not the villain here.

September 05, 2012 Column #36: Status quo fixes won’t stop the frightening violence

August 29, 2012 Column #35: Where is Thinh Q.N. Tran? The supposed business associate of Eric Mahmoud disappears with fraud case

August 22, 2012 Column #34: The commissioner of education did the right thing

August 15, 2012 Column #33: Require auditions for stadium construction contracts. Proven past success with diversity hiring should be mandatory

August 08, 2012 Column #32: Black youth need good educations and jobs, not handholding.

August 01, 2012 Column #31: Minneapolis Police Department tears itself apart from the inside

July 25, 2012 Column #30: The policy of retaliation: continuing the story of Courtney Clark

July 18, 2012 Column #29: “Justice for all” means justice for everyone — no exceptions.

July 11, 2012 Column #28: In Twin Cities, Blacks still need not apply

July 04, 2012 Column #27: Another child’s death spreads fear and dismay. Five Year-Old Shot to Death in North Minneapolis
The City loses another part of its soul.

Quarter 2: April thru June, 2012

June 27, 2012 Column #26: A Sports Authority chair who understands the Black struggle
Kelm-Helgen’s family civil rights history is a rich one.

June 20, 2012 Column #25: Segregation again: Black educators are being purged

June 13, 2012 Column #24: Requirement that stadium builders ""make every effort" to hire minorities is a cruel joke.

June 06, 2012 Column #23: Stenglein takes on task of making downtown safe for all

May 30, 2012 Column #22: Tensions within the MPD revealed in the case of Lt. Michael Keefe.

May 23, 2012 Column #21: We see a stadium bill — but where’s the inclusion plan?
     We Await the Diversity Plan from the Civil Rights Department For the Vikings Stadium, Planning, Development, and Construction.

May 16, 2012 Column #20: Our Vikings appear to be saved. But did legislators still leave the exit door to L.A. open?

May 09, 2012 Column #19: Change at the top in the MPD. Dolan era ends; mayor nominates new chief

May 02, 2012 Column #18: Assault by the MPD on the Ames Elks, A 150 year old Black Fraternal Organization brutalized by police raid.

April 25, 2012 Column #17: Sid Hartman and Star Tribune confirm our stadium analysis.

April 18, 2012 Column #16: America is on a racial ‘Razor’s Edge.’ Will entrenched injustices cut us to pieces?

April 11, 2012 Column #15: Will the Vikings stadium be in Minnesota or L.A.?

April 04, 2012 Column #14: Hiring mandates must be in place for Viking stadium project.

Quarter 1: January thru March, 2012

March 28, 2012 Column #13: Trayvon Martin murder exposes madness of Stand Your Ground laws

March 21, 2012 Column #12: Early Spring Offensive of Violence. Minneapolis Police Department Takes Possession of the CRA (Civilian Review Authority).

March 14, 2012 Column #11: Vikings stadium plan in place???

March 07, 2012 Column #10: Police unions turn to Republicans for help. Rybak administration and Civil Rights Department blindsided.

February 29, 2012 Column #09: Can Minneapolis taxpayers afford the CRA? Too expensive for the average citizen?

February 22, 2012 Column #08: MPD Chief Dolan hits back. Attempts by subordinates and the Civil Rights Department to oust him fail.

February 15, 2012 Column #07: Black jobs promised on Vikings stadium construction. Who will ensure the promises are kept?

February 08, 2012 Column #06: Now the real battle for 2012 begins. Let’s hope it doesn’t get much uglier.

February 01, 2012 Column #05: The Road To Re-Election: The President’s State Of The Union Message.

January 25, 2012 Column #04: NCAA contenders looked like Black colleges. They were not. Nor do Black athletes or Black colleges share in the wealth.

January 18, 2012 Column #03: A good man departs public service. Fire Chief Alex Jackson to step down February 29, 2012. 

January 11, 2012 Column #02: We still need help here! African American children continue to die, and with them our spirits.

January 04, 2012 Column #01: A year of decision, a year of danger

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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