March 17, 2005
Palagummi Sainath revisited
On March 1st I wrote about the Journalist from India that was speaking at the U of M, Palagummi Sainath. I first saw an article from an Asian news source, then did a search online for his name and found an article by Brian Kaller in the ‘Pulse of the Twin Cities’ newspaper.
Yesterday morning I had a meeting close to the UofM with one of our consultants. As I was walking out of their office building I saw some racks with most of the Free papers and magazines in the Twin Cities, like the Rake, City Pages, the Pulse, etc. I thought it was cool because I really enjoyed that one article by Brian Kaller, but had not had a chance to read the Pulse before that and this was a good opportunity to try it.
My first impression of this newspaper is that I can really identify with many of the things they write about and the way they present them. For instance in this issue, March 9th, they had an article about Virtuous businesses “whose success is measured in more than profit.” For the bicycling fans reading this, they talk about Peace Coffee, which delivers coffee by bicycle and Spokes Pizza, which delivers pizzas by bicycles. Also they highlighted other good businesses like the Grease Pit Bike Shop on Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis, a nonprofit bicycle collective that provides free bike repair lessons and a public shop with the tools and the facilities to fix and build bikes from salvaged materials, like the Sibley Bike Depot in St. Paul. Then I saw the letters to the editor section and I got sidetracked. I still haven’t read the whole newspaper, because there was a letter from someone responding to Brian Kaller’s article about Palagummi Sainath. And the writer of the letter, Doug McGill from Rochester, provided a link to his blog, Local Man where he also wrote about Palagummi Sainath. I followed the link and behold, a brand new viewpoint. I found it interesting.
Oh, and Brian, I loved your section in the Pulse, “In case you missed it...” I did miss hearing about the Department of Homeland Security experimenting with making immigrants who are applying to remain in the United States wear electronic monitors 24 hours a day, like rapists and other convicted criminals wear on parole.
And I especially liked that you put the link in there to the story by National Public Radio. I haven’t had time to read it yet, but I’m already appalled at what I just read about. Imagine if we went to another country, like France, Germany or England and their government made us wear those! We would think Hitler won the war.
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