Authenticity has rarely been more sought after in our public life—and, at once, so elusive. Accountability—the knowledge that the men and women we elect will act, foremost, in our interest and not that of their donors—has become a civic myth. - Evan Osnos writing on New Yorker.com
“We have, what, 340 million guns in this country?” “You’re not getting rid of them. They’re not going away.” - Marie Zare, speaking at CPAC
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Big Day in Hopkins: Shady Oak Beach, then a Stop at Depot Coffee Shop, where Solar Energy Rules the Roost, Provides the Juice.
The young guy on duty at the ticket office told me that as many as 700-800 swimmers and picnickers come into Shady Oak Beach at any one time. Wow. When I visited yesterday some 450 folks, mostly younger, were enjoying last days of a gorgeous Minnesota summer.
Turns out I could have bought a season's pass if I'd known about it earlier. One can still enter with a day-pass, though I forgot to ask how much it cost. The Beach stays open until 8:00 PM. Season ends on August 23rd. I'd bet habitues are going to miss this place since next May, and the opening of the 2016 season, is a long way away.
Unmistakable Hopkins tower, easy to see from the busy regional bike trail.
I'd seen the solar panels atop Depot Coffee Shop. Only yesterday did I notice the real time meters, displayed on a computer monitor, proclaiming impressive performance of the panels -- and making customers feel very good about CO2 NOT going into the atmosphere.