Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Another good man dies in Minneapolis violence

The voters of Minneapolis have failed to hold mayor Ryback accountable for his failure to control violent criminals in his city. Unlike most larger cities in America, violent crime has increased in Minneapolis under Ryback's watch. Tom Dahl, a young father and Minneapolis taxpayer, recently became a victim, one of a long list of victims in Minneapolis, as documented through the summer in this blog, of mayor Ryback's violent city.

As mayor Ryback celebrates his reelection today, Tom Dahl's young family plans his funeral.

"We lost a great person," said his wife, Kathy Dahl. "It may be part of God's plan that we don't understand."
Mr. Dahl, age 35, white-collar professional, was doing what many Minneapolis victims were doing at the time of their demise - visiting the city for entertainment.

Last Wednesday night, Dahl went out with his co-workers from Elan Financial Services. It was a semiregular outing where the group would "gab all night," his wife said.

They were dispersing when Dahl apparently went to get a cab. About an hour later -- 1:15 a.m. Thursday -- officers found him lying on the ground with severe head injuries, possibly inflicted with a piece of wood found at the scene.
While it may sound harsh to connect this crime to mayor Ryback, even peripherally, the decline of the city under his tenure is remarkable. In fact, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in Minneapolis being perpetrated on the "average person", the visitor to the city, was the impetus for the birth of this blog. There are too many entries to detail here, but a review of the archives will reveal too many shocking crimes for Ryback to be absolved of at least some part of the blame.

Mayor Ryback is quoted in the Red Star today as saying "I was born in a great city [Minneapolis], it's a better city today, and the best is yet to come". Would Tom Dahl's widow and his two young children agree?