Rush Line downtown station location illogical
Regarding the placement of the Rush Line BRT's downtown White Bear Lake station, I simply do not see the logic of the selected location. The location is in a tiny spot just outside of the actual downtown, and without a large park and ride lot there is a high probability many people will park on local streets to access Rush Line buses. This will take away parking spaces from the adjacent restaurant, add traffic due to park and riders going to the station, and require a longer walk for visitors to reach the actual downtown.
The best option is to locate the Downtown White Bear Lake Station on Highway 61 somewhere between Second and Fifth streets with split platforms to serve each side of the road. Instead of terminating at this station, buses would continue a short distance north on Highway 61 to an area with plenty of space for a park and ride facility and bus turnaround. It's likely many people will drive from the north, including Forest Lake and Hugo, so having a park and ride station to the north will decrease the amount of park and ride traffic going through downtown White Bear Lake while still having a station in downtown for people who walk and bike. While the short northern extension would add cost to the project, it would only be a small increase and ensure the Rush Line BRT is done right the first time instead of making costly mistakes and having to go back and change it.
My husband and I frequently walk our granddaughter Charlotte to school at Lincoln Elementary in White Bear Lake. And who is monitoring the drop-off of kids almost every single day of the year? It’s Mrs. Little, calling out “good morning” to every child. Charlotte says: “Mrs. Little is the glue that holds the school together; Mrs. Little knows the name of every kid.” High praise coming from a third grader. From a grandparent's perspective, I’m glad Mrs. Little is at the drop-off every day. Her presence is calming for both kids and drivers; everybody is safer when there is an order to the process. Kudos to “our Mrs. Little at Lincoln!” There are probably lots of Mrs. Littles in White Bear Schools. Thank you for welcoming our kids to school and helping to keep them safe.
Adopt clean energy goals
White Bear Lake residents all want a lot of the same things. We want to have a future where our children can live peaceful, healthy lives. We want to enjoy our lakes, we want clean air to breathe and we want safe water to drink.
Together, we can build a clean energy future that protects our air and water, but we have to get past “no.” Unfortunately, Sen. Roger Chamberlain not only voted to deny that human activity is “a key cause” of climate change, he refused to support the pathway to 100% clean energy. He won’t lead on this issue and we expect more.
When it comes to protecting our future, doing nothing is not an option. If Sen. Chamberlain isn’t willing to be a part of taking responsibility for our shared future, it’s time for him to get out of the way for someone who will.
According to the Sierra Club, two states and more than 90 cities and 10 counties have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals. It is doable, affordable and feasible. Minnesota can be a leader on this issue.
We need to move forward on this issue, and we need to do it now.
White Bear Lake
Member, Northeast Metro Climate Action
3 cheers for Dellwood
When we re-started the Lake Links effort, there was widespread concern about the city of Dellwood. There were very positive signs — support in the Comprehensive Plan, then-Mayor Nuffort’s involvement in the original Lake Links effort, and the longstanding and remarkable generosity of many Dellwood residents toward valuable public projects. Dellwood’s City Council was among the first to pass a resolution of support. However, many were skeptical.
It is my great pleasure to report that people in Dellwood have stepped up with wonderful support. Commitments by landowners to aid the trail effort, ranging from completed gifts to informal conversations, have made it clear that the trail will be more beautiful, less visible and simply better than it would be if confined to the existing road right of way. Dellwood leads all communities in promises of land to build the best possible trail. In each community, the Lake Links Trail and route will reflect the character and the desires of the people who live there.
Dellwood, a beautiful small city, is making it clear that it wants a beautiful, safe and inconspicuous trail. Its residents are backing up those wishes with commitments. We look forward to talking with some with whom we have yet to sit down. Thanks are in order, as well, to our two Dellwood board members, Blanche Hawkins and Dennis Lindeke, and to supporter Matt Dean.
We will soon have a more comprehensive report on Lake Links’ progress around the lake. Things are happening. Please remember to join us on our June 8 ride around the lake. West Park, 8:30 a.m.
Thank you, Dellwood.
Lake Links co-chair
More on love for Minnesota
Gene Johnson cited a recent Twin Cities Business article and made some fine points about why Minnesota is the best place to live and I agree in many ways (“Love for Minnesota,” May 22, 2019). But the statement or sentence that stood out to me as out of place was “I might add our taxes are quite high, the DNR is crazy with regulations …” It was not clear if Mr. Johnson was actually citing a fact or quoting from the Twin Cities Business article or it was his own opinion. But to further the discussion, Minnesota has consistently been rated as a very top state to live and raise a family in our country for a variety of reasons including, among other things, the environment, economy, education level and overall opportunity. Reasonable people may debate the level and appropriateness of taxation and regulation, but it is pretty obvious when you compare a great many of the lower-ranked (and lower-taxed/regulated) states to ones like Minnesota that, overall, our citizens are the beneficiaries.
Elder care legislation passes
It took two years but the Minnesota State Legislature has passed and the Governor has signed a bill that will provide long overdue protections for our vulnerable adults. This legislation will require assisted living and ‘memory care’ facilities, which are becoming quite prevalent, to be licensed. Minnesota was the last state to require such licensing. This legislation also allows residents to have electronic monitoring, i.e. cameras, in their personal living areas to deter and/or document abuses. This bill prohibits arbitrary discharge, retaliation for reporting abuses and misleading marketing practices. I’m sure we can all agree that these are very reasonable protections for our parents and grandparents!
I would like to publicly thank Rep. Ami Wazlawik and Sen. Roger Chamberlain for their support of this legislation and all of the residents of Minnesota who have contacted their legislators to ask for support with a special shout out to AARP and Alzheimer’s Association.
White Bear Township