Common Sense II Sums It Up

This issue of Common Sense II ends 2017 and welcomes 2018. Here is the contents:
Page 1
The Missing Conversation on Tax Changes by Jack Pick

Page 2
Healthcare’s Connection to All Parts of Our Lives by Barb Anderson
Investing in Democracy By Bob Passi

Page 3
Democracy First: Rebuilding Our Heritage by Bob Passi

Page 4
Cultural Change by Valerie Conner
Calendar of Events

Page 5
Just Imagine: A World Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another by Vicki Andrews

Page 6
The Dignity of Minimum Wage by Valerie Conner
A Holiday Message by Bob Passi
Winding Down 2017 by Valerie Conner

Pipeline Cleanup: Take Action Now!


Minnesotans for Pipeline Cleanup are landowners and citizens
concerned about the liabilities of abandoning Enbridge’s old Line 3 oil pipeline.

ATTENTION:
The public comment period to Minnesota Public Utilities Commission ends 4:30 pm on November 22, 2017.

WHY IS THE PIPELINE ABANDONMENT A PROBLEM?
CONTAMINATION – Legacy contamination around or beneath the pipeline.*
DRAINAGE – Pipeline acting as water conduit. The pipeline acting a conduit for legacy contamination.*
SUBSIDENCE – Sinking due to the failure over time of the pipeline.*
LOSS OF BUOYANCY control for the pipeline.*
PROPERTY VALUE – impact on property resale value

*Source: State of MN’s Environmental Impact Statement on Line 3

CONTACTS
Minnesota Public Utilities Commission:
• Email: publicadvisor.puc@state.mn.us
• Mail: Scott Ek, Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, 121 7th Place E, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55101
• Online: online comment form
Communication Notice: Please include the Commission’s Docket Numbers and OAH Docket Numbers in the subject line of all communications:
• Certificate of Need: Commission Docket 14-316 and OAH Docket 65-2500-32764
• Route: Commission Docket 15-137 and OAH docket 65-2500-33377

Minnesotans for Pipeline Cleanup:
Email: pipelinecleanupmn@gmail.com
Mail: 14860 Bruce Creek Road, Warba, MN 55793
Phone: 218-428-0290
Website: http://pipelinecleanupmn.org/

LEARN MORE HERE

Minnesota Commerce Department: https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/line3/

MN Senator John Marty comments submitted on Enbridge Line 3: https://mn.gov/commerce/energyfacilities/documents/34079/Minnesota%20Senate_Marty_John.pdf

Infrastructure Issue of Common Sense II

2017 10 Common Sense

Page 1
Rough Roads in Northern Minnesota by Barb Anderson
Calendar of Events

Page 2
American Infrastructure by Bob Passi

Page 3
Adrift In A Neon Green Sea! by Vicki Andrews
Infrastructure Risks in the Oil Transport Industry by Vicki Andrews

Page 4
The Music of Democracy by Bob Passi

Page 5
America’s Unraveling Fabric by Valerie Conner
Nonprofit Expo & Governor Candidates Forum

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S DAY Grand Rapids Events


ESSAY CONTEST ABOUT SANDY LAKE TRAGEDY OF 1850 – grades 6 through Adults
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 20
Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest is open for Grand Rapids students and residents (3 age groups: grades 6 -9, grades 10-12, ages 18 and over), must address the question “How does knowing about the Big Sandy Lake Tragedy impact my life today?” , and must utilize the What Treaties Matter Educator Guide [http://treatiesmatter.org/exhibit/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Treaty-Economy.pdf]

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER @ MACROSTIE
ART EXHIBIT BY OJIBWA ARTIST GORDON COONS

October – MacRostie Art Center – Features Gordon Coons, who paints in an Ojibwa woodland art style combining Ojibwa petroglyphs and images and stories from birch bark scrolls. Coons is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe of northern Wisconsin.

OCT 6, FRIDAY 4-7 PM @ YMCA
WHY TREATIES MATTER EXHIBITION WITH CIRCLES OF HEALING

Friday, Oct. 6, 4 – 7 p.m. – The inaugural First Friday Art Walk at the YMCA features the award winning Why Treaties Matter Exhibition. Circle of Healing members will be on-hand to answer questions. Refreshments provided by the YMCA.

OCT. 9, MONDAY 7 pm @ GR LIBRARY
OFFICIAL PRONOUNCEMENT & ORIGINAL RESEARCH

“Everyone is invited to the City’s official celebration on Monday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m. at the Grand Rapids Area Library,” said Melissa Weidendorf, chair of the Grand Rapids Human Rights Commission. “In addition to a reading of the resolution by Mayor Adams, Commissioner Karen Noyce will present her original research about the Grand Rapids area, including Pokegama Lake.”. Refreshments provided by Friends of the Library.
Program:
• Welcome – Human Rights Commission Chair Melissa Weidendorf
• Reading of resolution – Mayor Dale Adams
• Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest – Commissioner Jess Hartshorn
• “Pokegama, Gichiziibi, and Namegosi: retrieving a neglected history of place” presentation by Commissioner Karen Noyce. In reconstructing a map of the local landscape as it was in the mid-to-late 1800s, and tying historic events to the context of place, Karen stitches together some of these neglected historic threads.

OCT. 10, TUESDAY 6:30 – 7:30 pm @ YMCA
PRESENTATION BY MN INDIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL

“Tribes, Connections and Treaties” Presentation with Jim L. Jones Jr., Cultural Resource Director for the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. Jim’s talk explores how treaties affect land and lifeways and will include the traditional cultural properties in our area.

OCT. 11, WEDNESDAY 4 – 7 p.m. @ Timberlake Lodge
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS NETWORKING EVENT

Stop by the Circle of Healing booth to learn about the 1855 treaty that made way for the City of Grand Rapids to exist – and why this supreme law of the land is everyone’s treaty today.

OCT. 13, FRIDAY 5:30 – 8 pm @ CENTRAL SQUARE MALL
REEL INJUN: ON THE TRAIL OF THE HOLLYWOOD INDIAN

Screening of the award-winning film, Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. Cree Filmmaker Neil Diamond looks at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Reel Injun looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding — and misunderstanding — of Natives. Pizza and refreshments served.

OCT. 20, Friday: Essay Contest Deadline
Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest submissions due. Email to ipdessaycontest@gmail.com or mailed/delivered to Grand Rapids City Hall C/O Michele Palkki, 420 North Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids, MN, 55744

Nov. 13, Monday 5 p.m. @ Grand Rapids City Hall – Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 Essay Contest winners announced at the City Council Meeting.

Climate For Change Issue of Common Sense II

Enjoy reading the latest issue–Climate For Change–of Common Sense II
Page 1
“Extreme Storms Explained” by Eric Grimsrud
“The Environment” by Bob Passi
Page 2
“Solita, Daughter of the Sun, Visits the Earth – A Fable for Our Time” by Vicki Andrews
Page 3 Calendar of Events
Page 4
“The Environment For All Healthcare?” By Barb Anderson
“Penny Poll at the Fair”
Page 5
“Democracy Convention 2017” by Vicki Andrews
“Ghosts or Not?” by Valerie Conner

Progressives At Itasca County Fair

From August 16th through the 20th, volunteer progressives tended to their booth at Itasca County Fair. The booth is next to Itasca County DFL’s booth. In this photo, Chair Val Conner is visiting with former MN 5A Rep. John Persell.

Notice the new banner in the background; it portrays IPC’s emphasis on healthcare, global warming, and infrastructure.

The August issue of Common Sense II is annually generated to distribute to fairgoers. It explains who Itasca Progressive Caucus is, and posits what progressive are.

Common Sense II Spending Priorities

Common Sense II Spending Priorities Issue July 2017

Page 1
Rationing Healthcare by Barb Anderson
Page 2
A Lesson From Cuba by Jack Pick
Calendar of Events
Page 3
A Budget Farce by Bob Passi
Koch Dreams; Our Nightmare by Val Conner
Page 4
Sheep or Goats by Rev. David Bolstorff
Itasca County Fair sign-up
Page 5
Democracy Conference in Mpls – Info
We Are All Conservatives Now by Val Conner

Infrastructure Issue of Common Sense II

Enjoy reading the latest issue of Common Sense II on Infrastructure

Page 1
Healthcare for America by Bob Passi
Calendar of Events
Page 2
Healthcare Fear Words by Barb Anderson
Progressive Caucus Book Nook:
A Triple Whammy of Dystopian Fiction by Vicki Andrews
Page 3
But It’s Hard! by Valerie Conner
Page 4
Now Is Our Time To Stand Up For The Earth by Vicki Andrews
Page 5
Announcement of From the Ashes directed by Michael Bonfiglio
Page 6
Announcement of “The Benefits of Renewable Energy” by J. Drake Hamilton