Readers Write: Lisa Goodman, homeless encampment, aid in dying, most-read opinions, Mideast, Crow Wing County

Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Goodman, on the job in 2022. Opinion editor’s note: Star Tribune Opinion publishes letters from readers online and in print each day. To contribute, click here . ••• It has been just over 20 years since I retired from the Minneapolis Police Department. Now, the last City Council member whom I actually worked with, Lisa Goodman, has departed ( “25 years getting ‘Impossible done,’ ” Dec. 30). She was memorable from day one. She was not one to delegate all problems to staff. I was a deputy chief when she was first elected. With some frequency, she stormed into the chief’s office madder than the proverbial wet hen. Frankly, we all, including Chief Robert Olson and his executive assistant, Medaria Arradondo, took turns experiencing her wrath and trying to fix her problem. One of my intercepts came when members of the canine unit had conducted a training exercise in Kenwood Park. They had door-knocked and had distributed fliers, but inevitably not everyone gets the word. Some of her constituents were unnerved by all the police activity and brought it to their council member. After an explanation and a promise to do better, she allowed us the benefit of the doubt. We knew she’d be watching. In short, the city will always need a Lisa Goodman and we were lucky to have this one. For her 25 years of service she brooked no equivocations. Our city is better in a hundred ways we will never know, because of Lisa. Gregory Hestness, Minneapolis HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT Where are the alternatives? The other week we learned that the Nenookaasi camp eviction in Minneapolis was delayed indefinitely. Now we learn the Frey administration is evicting this Thursday, no explanation, just repeats of previous reasoning ( “Minneapolis planning to shut […]

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