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Pending cuts to food stamp program could mean additional hardship for those in need
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Pending cuts to food stamp program could mean additional hardship for those in need

[caption id="attachment_17407" align="alignleft"]snap-4365Right to left: Colleen DeCubellis, executive director of Hunger Solutions and SNAP recipients Evelyn Shelafeo, Erin Pavlica and Tyler Lindroth offer first-hand insights on the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during a listening session at the state Capitol. Photo: Harry Colbert, Jr.[/caption]For those with little or no income, government food assistance is the only way in which some are able eat.

But come Nov. 1 that assistance may be greatly reduced. This past May the House Committee on Agricultural passed the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947), also known as the Farm Bill. The bill cuts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits – formerly know as the food stamp program – by $20.5 billion over the next 10 years.

Candidates head for November ballot
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Candidates head for November ballot

[caption id="attachment_17403" align="alignleft"]mayoral-photo photo-by-harryVying to be Minneapolis’ next mayor, candidates participated in a recent 1MPLS forum on race. Seated from left to right (background to foreground) are Tony Lane, Mark Andrew, Gary Schiff, Don Samuels, Jim Thomas, Doug Mann, Betsy Hodges and Jackie Cherryhomes. (Photo by Harry Colbert, Jr.)[/caption]Candidates seeking to be Minneapolis’ next mayor had to convince a packed auditorium inside Sabathani Community Center they were receptive to the needs of the city’s various minority communities.

My apology to Hugh Masekela: He and Larry Willis gave the performance of a lifetime at the Dakota
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My apology to Hugh Masekela: He and Larry Willis gave the performance of a lifetime at the Dakota

[caption id="attachment_17362" align="alignleft"]dscf4398Jazz legends Larry Willis (piano) and Hugh Masekela delighting the audience at the Dakota Jazz Club. [/caption]I take great pride in being a journalist.

I recognize the true honor bestowed upon me. I strive every day to be truthful, thoughtful and accurate and maintain the public’s trust. It’s a weighty job. Yes, in the past I have erred. I’ve left off a period at the end of a sentence here or there. I have missed a word that should have been capitalized – forgot to add an apostrophe … nothing major, but errors nonetheless. It happens with every writer. You beat yourself up over it, maybe say a foul word (or few), but you move on.

Transitions: From foster care to life on their own
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Transitions: From foster care to life on their own

[caption id="attachment_17099" align="alignleft"]markita-hawkinsMarkita Hawkins[/caption]Life on one’s own is a daunting task. 

It is even more daunting for young adults who have been in foster care – often bouncing from residence to residence with very little stability and no real support system of which to speak. Things most take for granted, such as establishing and maintaining a banking account or budgeting for monthly expenses, oftentimes go untaught to foster children. For some children in the foster care system, the primary concern is surviving each day, not planning for tomorrow.

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