July 15th, 2004

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One thing to start

Well, it's not a Wonderful Project, but I do have a project to start on. I met with the neighborhood gardening coordinator Wednesday morning and we've talked over plans to improve the web pages for her efforts. She's looking to have them completed before their annual meeting in October so the project has both a deadline and a comfortable time frame. My next task is to organize the information from our talk and produce wireframe walk-through pages. That'll give her the ability to click through some things that we talked about and see if we're on the right track before too much effort is put into it. Her next task is to begin to organize the actual content of the site (for those things that I don't already have, like the history of how some of the community garden sites were established).
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Not sufficiently healing

You know, I hate it when I end up leaning toward supporting something that I normally wouldn't because of how it is reported.

The recent Minnesota judge's decision that struck down the law that changed how handgun permits are issued as unconstitutional was reported in the local paper Wednesday. Overall, I'm glad this has happened and like the idea that Minnesota legislation is supposed to be about one thing and not have stuff tacked on to it that is unrelated. (In this case, the judge may be reading that requirement too broadly, but the general idea is one I like.) I think it will be good in the long term if new legislation that is about issuing handgun permits and that alone is debated in the legislature. (Which isn't to say it wasn't in this recent change.) It might go a long way toward alleviating people's fears if the changes were laid out in the papers thusly: Currently: age 18 to get a permit. Proposed: age 21 to get a permit.

In any case, when I read things like the Star Tribune's front-page article yesterday, I end up screaming "Get Off My Side!" Lines like "the law that made it easier for citizens to pack heat." don't help the debate. They aren't an objective reporting of the facts. The language stirs the emotions. Appropriate for an Op-Ed piece, maybe, but not a straight news story. An objective alternative would be "the law that changed the process by which handgun permits were issued to citizens."

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