What’s in a Name?

July 11, 2018 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment


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What’s in a name? Are names important? Is it important to remember our history, even when it’s uncomfortable? Should we only name things after people that have no blemishes? I’d like you to find me that perfect person. Would those on the right and left ever agree on someone in this day and age? Sports teams are changing their names and their mascots.  It’s also happening locally with our lakes and our schools. Lake Calhoun became Bde Maka Ska? They want to rename Patrick Henry High School and Ramsey Middle School? What do people even know about John C Calhoun, Alexander Ramsey, and Patrick Henry? They are certainly flawed people, but aren’t we all? We judge people of the past on 21st century morals. We erase all the negative out of our past, but whitewashing it only means that we can’t learn from it. Radicals are trying to push everything out of the public sphere that they disagree with from elected politicians to popular businesses. How far is too far?

In the Local Lowdown, we also discuss a new luxury apartment complex with (you guessed it) a sweetheart Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to prop up the deal. We also discuss In the Robbinsdale School District, Patsy Green is not seeking re-election, and she thinks that you’re not paying enough in taxes to the school district.

Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

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