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School Segregation, Foreclosure and an Epic Scene: Feedback Friday

The most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments from around the west metro between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17.

Each week, Patch users contribute numerous insights, opinions and observations. The following is a collection of the most thoughtful, moving, controversial or just plain funny comments that appeared on Patch sites in Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield, Shakopee, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and St. Michael. Click on the headline to read the full story and join in the conversation.

(The comments below are not meant to reflect the opinions of Patch or its staff.)

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Freiberg 'Not Willing To Wait' On Feds To Help Homeowners

As one of his first tasks as a lawmaker, Representative Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley) introduced a bill that, if it passes, will help those facing foreclosure proceedings. His work to protect homeowners from controversial dual tracking practices was inspired by local resident Rose McGee's story.
Robbinsdale Area Schools board member Helen Bassett commended McGee and Freiberg for their work:

We're proud of Mrs. McGee for the dignity and focus she demonstrated throughout this situation, and for the concern she has shown, not just for herself, but for others finding themselves in a similar situation! We're also proud of our State Representative Mr. Freiberg! Thank you both.

Patch Readers Express Concern Over Potential Bennigan's Restaurant

With the news of a Bennigan's restaurant possibly coming to Richfield, Patch readers and Facebook followers sure had a lot of say.
Patch featured those comments on the site this week, which prompted more people to weigh in:

In reference to the shopping center the restaurant is planned for, Tony Zimmerman said:

Knock down the hub and re-do it. That place is ridden with crime and looks old.

Jodi Olson said was more welcoming than most:

I think Bennigans would be a welcome sight to a place that is getting run down. Parking would not be good in front of the place but on the side, closer to Rainbow, there is often a lot of open space. Bennigans offers great food and specials which will encourage people to dine in Richfield. 

Edina Public Schools Postpones School Calendar Decision

A decision of whether to start school before Labor Day for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years is still up in the air, after no clear consensus was reached during an Edina school board meeting last week.

Under the proposed calendars, classes would have started on Aug. 26 in 2013 and on Aug. 25 in 2014. A revised calendar proposal is expected to be ready for school board action during the group's Jan. 28 meeting.

Patch reader David F said the concept of an earlier start to the school year isn't necessarily a bad one:

Starting earlier was a good idea but people do not like change to the norm. Many school districts around the country are starting to go year round or having longer breaks during the year and not taking the summer off. US schools are falling behind in the rest of the world and part of school reform is recognizing the children need to be in school more.

On Saturday, Jan. 12, Eden Prairie Patch ran some movie reviews and asked for reviews from residents.

Catherine said:

Just watched les miserable, wow!! Beautiful film wonderful heart wrenching acting a definate must see. Only time i have ever heard a film applauded in a normal cinema setting, wonderful!

Drunk Woman Causes Epic Scene at SLP Bar

Prospective patron became angry after being denied admittance at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill.

Mike Hindin asked:

Why not an assault/battery charge? She shouldn't get away with pundhing or kicking anyone.

Jb said:

You have to have a victim for there to be crime. Therefore if the victim, who is the bouncer, didn't want to pursue charges for the assault, there wasn't a crime.

And mike savick responded:

From real life experience, a prosecutor can charge the alleged offender with assault even if the victim doesn't want to press charges. I was the victim and I asked the prosecutor not to charge the individual because I knew the mitigating circumstances that caused the individual to lose control, the individual was going to get help with his issues and he was going to pay for my glasses. The prosecutor said it was his choice not mine. Individual was found guilty, paid a fine and paid for my glasses.

U-Haul Withdraws Application to Open Business in Plymouth

The company had plans to renovate the old DHL Shipping building but withdrew the application because they wanted the city to give permission for 25 trucks on the property. The city council was only considering 10 trucks.

David Haas said:

I think it is interesting that the applicant withdrew without discussion, unless they felt that further discussion would not get them any closer to an agreement. A difference of 15 vehicles is big, but they should be able to find common ground. A couple of things stick out though, 1) Every UHaul store I've ever seen has 10+ vehicles in front of it at most times - unless it's the end of a month weekend. 2) There has to be more to the lack of willingness to negotiate - did they get the sense from the planning commission, staff or someone in council that 10 was the magic number?

Sad to see a business leave Plymouth - council should drive that stretch of 169 and realize it is not "green space" it is industrial - so 10 - 25 u-hauls isn't going to "hurt" the liviability standard.

Open Enrollment Isn’t Making Hopkins Schools More Segregated

Hopkins is among the few school districts in the state where open enrollment is not leading to greater segregation between white and minority students, according to a University of Minnesota Law School study published last week.

Stan Berris thought that was great:

As for Hopkins, we are very fortunate to have the open enrolled students in our district. They have allowed us to maintain programs, staff, and educational opportunities by providing the additional funding to our school district. We also receive many benefits in having a diverse student population in our schools. This is something we can be very proud about and I am glad that Hopkins Schools took on this challenge many years ago and developed programs that are considered one of the top in our State. It would be hard to find another school district that works so hard in trying to reduce the achievement gap and provide a better quality of education for all of our students!

Coach joe didn’t agree:

The difference is that i'm not asking for a free bus ride for my children,I'm not asking for scholarships for sports,lunches,field trips,etc ,etc.
I'm not bringing into the schools,lice,bed bugs,cockroach eggs on my shoes.
My kids are not going steal,cheat,lie,disrupt classes.
Your heart can bleed all it wants mark but mine is made of steel.
If you do not have enough money for your kids to play sports or eat,,GET A JOB.
Pay taxes ,take a shower and clean your house.
These poor children with lazy parents do not mix in well with families who work thier tails off and are pulling all the weight.

But mtka_soccer_mom thought he went overboard:

Whoa Coach Joe, where is all this stuff coming from! You should seriously consider some therapy to help deal with your anger. This is the Hopkins Patch not some Fox News blog forum. Lets keep it civilized! My children are happily study in Hopkins schools and have not been infected by any of the ghastly things you suggest. By the way most open enrollment families are from good families, the reason they chose open enrollment is because they care about their kids enough to choose a school that made sense for them!

Albertville Woman Charged with Allegedly Voting While Ineligible

A convicted felon who pleaded guilty in 2010 to writing a bad check had allegedly not waited until her civil rights had been restored before voting in the 2012 general elections. A conversation began about the fact that Albertville City Council election results came out with a tie vote — could her vote have changed the results?

Frank M said:

I wonder if she voted for Larry S. or Mark Barthel. Maybe someone should fine out, if it was for Larry then Mark would have won the election.

Rick added:

That's one of the issues that this electorate does not understand. Proper ID and a signature and one can vote. Same day registration is an absolute joke. While most people are honest, there is plenty of evidence of "precinct hopping" for one. When people move, it is law to have their drivers license updated. There is a box that can be checked at the DMV when registering that will have the county of old and new residence that your voter registration must be updated.
What it all boils down to is personal responsibility, knowing the voting rules and participating (not many people know that if you don't vote over a four year cycle, you are supposed to be dropped from the registration log, although there was a person who had been dead over 10 years on the log).  

The real tragedy of this was cited above. While this individual will be charged, what if there is a 1% fraud rate? ~5,000 votes were cast at City Hall. And there was a tie for City Council. Do we see the problem here???

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