“How about looking at the real picture? The US is a bully worldwide and it is no wonder it gets hit back once and awhile. Like all bullies they complain louder than anyone else then that happens. If they really wanted their citizens safe they would get their military bases out of other people's countries and stop warmongering. Until then they have only themselves to blame for what happens to them.”
TeaPartier63 on Dec 1, 2013 at 18:01:34
“You are right. We should withdraw our support and our money. It is like the world is a bunch of teenagers. They want to take our money and not our advice.”
Riverboy19 on Dec 1, 2013 at 13:56:45
“Revolution coming asap.”
thinkingzappafan on Dec 1, 2013 at 13:21:14
“But thats never gonna happen because theres no money to be made if we did that. Sure we would be safer and happier but the rest of the world would still hate us because we would then truly be better and not bullies. I agree with your point but its not feasible because we(people) are owned by big corporations.”
Nov 18, 2013 at 18:07:08
“Thank you Mary, I am sorry for you and all lovers of classical music there. I hope you will be able to get out and see whatever concerts they are putting on, they love the city too and all of you audience members.”
Mary Kasimor on Nov 18, 2013 at 18:27:25
“I don't live in Minneapolis now, but I follow everything that is going on with the Minnesota Orchestra and faithfully post it on FB.”
Nov 18, 2013 at 18:04:48
“Yes is it a deep observation at least. You probably don't realize that a Symphony Orchestra is a very unique thing, usually at least 95 people. Only one per city generally speaking, and considered one of the crown jewels of a city's arts scene. Not something you go out and see at a club - although clubs are good too :-) So yes this is a major hole culturally.You still have the St Paul Chamber Orchestra there but they are not a full sized group and cannot perform a lot of repertoire from the romantic period on, limited by their small size.The remaining Minnesota Orchestra musicians are putting on concerts on their own to some extent but not nearly what would be a normal amount. And your Music Director has quit, players are reluctantly going elsewhere. The orchestra could cease to exist permanently if things don't get settled soon. You may not care for symphonic music personally, but it looks bad for your city for this to happen. Quite surprising because I always have thought of the twin cities as being very sophisticated and classy - but maybe not so much if they are content to let this happen.”
mno86 on Mar 15, 2014 at 18:50:59
“I get what you're saying - truly - but know that there are some things out of the public's control. This issue being one of them. Last summer - and still - a drive down the neighborhoods found yards littered with signs saying "Support the Musicians". The citizens were not happy about this at all.
While it will take time to repair, the orchestra still sounds fantastic. Sarah Hicks is a fantastic conductor, and Oslo Vanska will be conducting a number of upcoming performances.
I just realized your comments were posted in November - I just ran across this article. Needless to say, things have changed for the better, but it will take time.”
Nov 18, 2013 at 17:32:30
“The Minnesota Orchestra - world class musicians with a long and proud history - have been locked out for over a year. Doesn't say much about the appreciation of the arts there.”
mno86 on Mar 15, 2014 at 18:47:52
“Actually, that ended about a month ago and I've seen three outstanding performances since then, four if you count my tickets tonight for Elgar and Shostakovitch. During the lock out, orchestra hall was completely redone (it's beautiful).
Beyond that, the Guthrie is an award-winning, world renowed theatre. The Orpheum, Pantages, and State Theatres are historic landmarks that you'll seldom see outside of Broadway, with over a dozen professional Broadway touring productions ever year. We are second only to NYC for number of theatre seats per capita - that speaks volumes about the appreciation of the arts. Not to mention the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center.
Dakota Jazz Club, Varsity Theatre, First Avenue, Fine Line...the list of music venues go on. I open City Pages every weekend and find at least a dozen things to do - its hard to decide from all the options.
There's the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and live music played in a number of the dozens of parks all summer long.
But yeah, there's totally no appreciation of arts whatsoever ever here.”
Sparkyside on Jan 10, 2014 at 15:28:01
“Further to this excellent point, You want a quick indicator of urban decline in any city you visit? Ask a local what’s great about the place. If the top three answers include “a world-class symphony orchestra,” you’re smack dab in the middle of a current or future ghost town....”
olitenup on Nov 18, 2013 at 17:57:10
“Actually, Twin Cities love the arts, but it doesn't there aren't some cheap basrds.”
Mary Kasimor on Nov 18, 2013 at 17:56:51
“I agree with you. I lived in Mpls. when this began. It IS or WAS a world class orchestra. Those in power have managed to destroy it. It is very sad. I love the Minnesota Orchestra--the musicians, that is, and I love Mpls.”
StopMakingSense2 on Nov 18, 2013 at 17:49:45
“So judge the entire arts scene on one dispute? Is that a deep thought?”
“Very funny but seriously, how is this all going to end up for real? The US has gone from being a place where good people cared for one another to a war zone over populated by generations of lazy ignorant violent creatures killing each other - A country seen as a hateful bully by much of the world is being brought down by it's own citizens, quite a spectacle”
Randy M Still on Oct 15, 2013 at 13:18:08
“Ironically much of our origins here connected with our final doom I believe. We were strangers here only a few hundred years ago - hard to believe. But only about 522 years ago or so no white person to our knowledge had walked upon the American shore - -excepting the Vikings of course. But they never settled here permanently, so never really "claimed" the land. Since we arrived as strangers and especially since the Revolution with England we took such ownership of the entirity of the land here - God alone knows the source or the authority for that ownership since its never been explained to me other than something like - if you have the biggest baddest weapon, you win the land. But almost immediately we took a serious dislike for anyone not like us - including the native people especially. Then the Irish, the Italians, the Chinese the blacks, the Mexicans the South Americans eventually every minority became hated and our goal became to disown them and kick them out, keeping the land we stole exclusively to ourselves. It is that lack of acceptance I believe in a black president - half white by the way - that eventually led to the default that appears to be happening. So it came from that original sense of "entitlement" we invented out of thin air.”
justagirl on Oct 15, 2013 at 11:05:25
“F & F The extremists both political and religious have brought us to this dog eat dog existence.”
“I Fanned you for that comment LadyChef. We need to be reminded that there is much good and love in this world, I don't understand why some people shun that, you are right it is part of what is wrong - hardened cold hearts”
“Lots if very insightful comments here. It doesn't help that so many are ignorant to start with. It makes it easy for the govt to use lies and deceit to con them into the military. I think a lot of them join up believing they are doing something good. Once they are out (and sometimes before) plain old guilt and embarrassment set in as they realize they have been scammed.
Solution of course is to stop with the senseless wars, but war is an industry unto itself and a moneymaker for some businesses.”
grassisland100 on Sep 2, 2013 at 13:15:36
“During the Vietnam War the protests were unrelenting. The National Guard open fired on student protesters at Ohio State. The US government knew that an all volunteer was necessary for the future.”
Sep 1, 2013 at 12:49:12
“This guy wants people living just as they did thousands of years ago in some ways, no modern medicine for them so they have more money to give to him. I would bet though that he encourages them to have life insurance policies payable to the church.”
“As a small child I thought that only really old women got grey hair - until I was old enough to realize that actually all the women a round me were actually covering up the grey! And it was supposed to be a big secret along with one's age "Does she or doesn't she?" That was the question asked in a Clairol commercial when I was growing up in the 50's. The answer was "Only her hairdresser knows for sure".
These days I don't think it's really a matter of trying to fool people into thinking you are younger, rather just a personal aesthetic choice.”
“Not supposed to play doctor but they are supposed to have enough sense and training to recognize a medical issue, unbelievable that all of the people involved could not clue in to something that would be obvious.”
CaliTLC on Jul 31, 2013 at 14:12:04
“After being thrown in a cell, he DRAGGED his body around. WTH were they thinking? Drunks don't drag their bodies around.”
“How is it cops are not trained to recognize a medical emergency? If there is doubt play it safe and have the person evaluated. Or are they out of control power tripping jerks like the cops here in Toronto who get off on seeing people die......”
Steve Rotert on Jul 31, 2013 at 15:16:15
“I have no doubt that Toronto cops are bad, but I don't think they are near as bad as American police. The problem here in the U.S. is that the courts, media, and society in general always side with the police under any and all circumstances so they can get away with anything and they know it. They have been caught on video beating people to death and nothing happens. It truly boggles the mind.”
Jul 5, 2013 at 15:44:57
“How do you know? Did you work at Zellers and not get an interview?
I can't speak for all stores but the couple of Zellers in my area the people working there did get interviews but given that they were pretty terrible did not get hired. The workers at the Target stores which replaced them are much better.
Maybe things are different where you are.”
May 31, 2013 at 23:48:57
“I've been there and back already thanks, but no thanks.I gather you are a donor. It is just amazing what scammers are out there and how many people fall for these things. And now Gawker says the money is in the bank, wonder who is getting the interest from it.”
Angelo Barovier on Jul 5, 2013 at 20:29:27
“The deduction of my donation is wholly incorrect. But, hey, whatever floats your boat.”