Author: Letter to Editor

I am writing this letter in a time of turmoil in our democracy. I am a 32-year resident of Eden Prairie and an 84-year citizen of our republic and Minnesota. I know Steve Cwodzinski as my senator, a neighbor, and a friend. As a current practitioner in a counseling and consulting firm that was founded on 11/1/84, Steve and I have had numerous in-depth dialogues about public health, mental health, education, and youth and family development.  As a former professor at the Adler Graduate School in Minnetonka, I have been impressed and challenged with the depth of concern, grasp of…

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My name is Isaac Kerry, and I am running for school board. There are several issues I am passionate about, but I have one concern that is the driving force behind my campaign: supporting student mental health. Isaac Kerry The devastating school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, was the galvanizing force behind my decision to run. As a parent, and as a first responder serving on the Eden Prairie Fire Department, I was filled with a keen desire to do everything in my power to ensure something like that does not happen in our community. While big-picture issues like gun control are…

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According to a 2021 Ernst and Young press release, electric vehicles (EVs) will dominate U.S. car sales by 2036. In the U.S., EV registrations grew 60% in the first quarter of 2022, even as the overall market fell by almost 20%. The transportation sector is the biggest contributor of greenhouse gases, so this is good news for our climate! If you’ve looked at EVs before and decided against them, please look again! Over 10 years, ranges have gone from under 100 miles to a typical range of about 250 and an amazing 500 for the Lucid Air. New EVs are…

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The great news is that since 2017 the 114 central bank members of the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) have been developing scenarios to help financial, government and corporate institutions prepare for the urgent transition to a Net-zero greenhouse gas world. Their work began as a hand-off from earlier work of the G20 Green Finance Study Group. Although not something that is a detailed plan, NGFS’s work has stimulated behind-the-scenes preparations that are being rolled out by major consulting firms with public domain reports on these scenarios to help guide planning. Although encouraging, the irony is the scenario…

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To my friends & neighbors in Eden Prairie, Debjyoti “DD” Dwivedy It’s been the greatest honor of my life to serve for the last three years as director and clerk on the Eden Prairie School Board. We built on past successes by increasing our graduation rates, making choice programming available to middle and high schoolers, creating capstone opportunities for HS students, and being good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars. We still have lots of work ahead of us in our continued pursuit of educational excellence. As I remain totally committed to this vital work, I’m announcing my candidacy for reelection to…

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The Eden Prairie School District has begun seriously investigating the costs and benefits of transitioning its fleet of school buses from diesel to electric. The benefits are clear in the improved health of students, in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and in reduction of operating expenses. Costs continue to be a barrier. Electric cars were in a similar situation 10 years ago. Leadership and monetary incentives were crucial to catalyze change. Now, as production is increasing, the need and availability of incentives has been diminishing. For example, there is no longer a tax credit for buying a Tesla, yet…

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As the masks come off and the pandemic is winding down, there are people in our communities who are not experiencing the same level of normalcy that most of us are. I’m speaking of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. So many of us go to work, do our activities, shop and even take vacations, but dozens of people with disabilities in the Eden Prairie area spend the bulk of their time sitting at home. That’s not a healthy lifestyle, mentally or physically. The main reason for this waiting list is that day service and employment programs like CHOICE have…

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“It ain’t over,” said Yogi Berra, “till it’s over.” This is certainly true of our prolonged battle with COVID-19. According to Johns Hopkins University data, there were 28 ICU beds in Minnesota occupied by COVID-19 inpatients during the week of July 12-18, 2021. Now, six months later, (from) Jan. 17-23, 2022, there are 264 ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 inpatients in the state. This past fall, the delta variant and the even more contagious omicron variant have accelerated an unrelenting increase in the numbers of COVID patients in ICUs and/or on respirators. This trend imposes a tremendous financial burden. FAIR…

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The summer of 2021 was the hottest summer on record in Minnesota. I fear that, to our children, a summer like the one just past will be considered normal, or, maybe even cool. Atmospheric CO2 has shot up at a rate that, so far as we know, has never been seen before in billions of years, and, as temperatures track closely to CO2, we can only expect a fearful future for future generations. Many policies have been proposed to reduce greenhouse gas concentrations, and all of them are important. However, most of these proposals are limited to only one sector…

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Eden Prairie proudly and rightfully touts its safety and focus on the quality of life, two closely related aspects of daily living. Yet, anyone who travels via foot or bike on Riverview Road between Gantry Way and Parker Drive is forced to walk those 800 feet IN and ON the poorly lit, narrow “country road” that now serves basically as a trunk road for drivers heading to Highway 169. There was an error at some point on the part of the city by not requiring the developer of Bell Oaks and/or Bell Oaks Estate to complete that stretch of sidewalk.…

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