Esme’s Blog: A Note to School AdministratorsTo school administrators: I get it, your job is hard. But being a mom, dad or guardian of a child is too. I get that when the high is -10, schools should be closed. What I don't get is why these calls are not made sooner so that parents can make plans, not only for their children but for their own work schedules.
Esme’s Blog: The Blame Game For The Target BreachA news article Saturday puts the blame for the 100 million plus credit card breach squarely on the Target bullseye. The story in the New York Times said hackers trolling for vulnerable retailers found an easy target (pun intended), in the Minneapolis-based company.
Esme’s Blog: Cold Weather Perspective"Brutal cold is coming," the weather man announced with urgency. "Temps will dip to 18 overnight," he warned. That was just a few days ago as I watched a local TV station while visiting relatives in New York. Coming home to a forecast of lows of minus 20-something, I winced.
Esme’s Blog: Another School ShootingA day before the anniversary of the shooting that claimed 26 lives in Newtown Conn., another school shooting had a nation collectively saying, "Not again" on Friday. Mass shootings suddenly seem part of the American landscape. A push in the aftermath of the Newtown massacre for tougher gun control laws failed.
Esme’s Blog: The First Step For The ArchdioceseThe Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul announced a list of 34 priests credibly accused of sexual abuse earlier this week. Critics said more names should have been on that list, that the Archdiocese was forced to release the names and that without a court order they would not have done so.
Esme's Blog: Vikings 3, Fans 0In this most dismal of years -- with last week's tie possibly blowing a shot at landing the top draft pick -- comes the news that, in three weeks, three Vikings have been arrested. Jerome Simpson and Erin Henderson for were booked for DWI, and AJ Jefferson for felony domestic assault.
Esme’s Blog: Hidden WatersDriving south on Highway 100 at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, I heard WCCO-AM's Steve Murphy reporting on a horrific accident. A car was submerged, people trapped inside. I didn't hear the location. I remember thinking it was likely somewhere by Lake Minnetonka. Suddenly at St. Louis Park traffic slowed, and I saw an ambulance racing with lights and sirens on in the northbound lane.
Esme's Blog: Black Friday CreepLast year there was a furor over Target opening at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This year, Target will open one hour earlier on Thanskgiving. It is of course not just Target; almost every major retailer this year is opening on Thanksgiving Day. Even one of last year's big holdouts -- Macy's -- will open at 6 p.m.
Esme's Blog: Ranking Ranked-Choice VotingOne: It was confusing. Two: It took far longer to count the ballots than supporters said it would. Three: It was a fix for a system that wasn't broken. That is my ballot. What's yours?
Esme's Blog: The Final Humiliation Of Tom PettersIf there were ever a Minnesota case where cameras in the courtroom would have been a benefit to the public, it is the Tom Petters case, in my opinion. For four remarkable days in the winter of 2009, Petters testified, maintaining with a cocky flair, that he was an unwitting pawn in a $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme. It was all the work of his underlings he said, and that he had no idea what was going on.
Esme’s Blog: A Widening Scandal What exactly is the standard in the Catholic Church these days? Among the lurid revelations in the past few weeks there is one that I keep coming back to. It is not the most graphic, but it is one that those at the highest levels of the Archdiocese knew about.
Esme's Blog: Government Shutdown PainToday I got an email from a furloughed federal employee from Lakeville, Minn., who, along with her co-workers, has not been able to collect unemployment because the state of Minnesota is demanding information from her employer, which she obviously can't get because the government is shut down.
Esme's Blog: The Shutdown Blame GameLast time the government shut down in 1995-96, Republicans were blamed and paid a heavy price. They lost seats in both the House and Senate, and Presidential candidate Bob Dole went down in defeat to President Clinton.
Esme's Blog: Stereotyping Minnesota's Somali CommunityThis week, as network television crews descended on the Twin Cities to report on the still unconfirmed Minnesota connection to the Kenyan mall attack, young Somalis, most of them American citizens, felt they were being seen, just because of their ethnicity, as supporters of the terror group al-Shabaab.
Esme's Blog: A Critical Week For The MN Orchestra