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Bill Coleman

Mahtomedi, MN
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Posted on 10/10/14 at 05:54 pm in response to Minnesota malaise afflicts 2014 voters

Most Minnesotans yearn for a choice, but the GOP seems to want to make sure that we do not have to make one.

The GOP candidates are so lame, so predictable and so uninspiring. I can barely remember their names. One of them may be able to back up a boat. The other one coaches youth football (or is that the same guy?) I bet only one in ten Minnesotans could tell them apart in a lineup.

They spend all their money on the dumbest ads and their allies' attack ads are too...

Posted on 10/08/14 at 03:31 pm in response to Nolan and Mills tangle in Duluth debate

I am curious how the NRA grades candidates. Do they give only A's and F's? I wonder what gives you an F? - supporting the need for background checks? Or closing the any background check loopholes around private sale of guns? Or placing any restrictions on clip size?

For the 2nd amendment people out there, I also wonder if there is any limitation on arms that you would support. Should individuals own rocket propelled grenades or rockets capable of downing helicopters? Since Mr...

Posted on 07/31/14 at 04:32 pm in response to Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama

A quick combing through the federal statutes would find thousands of laws that the federal government is not enforcing. Many of these laws, passed in an earlier era, would make no sense to enforce in 2014. The employer mandate of the ACA, made no sense to enforce this past year. Rulemaking was delayed (pick your own reasons for that); no one was ready for this law to be enforced.

GW Bush was king of the signing statement, which in essence, tells Congress "I don't care if you...

Posted on 07/31/14 at 04:50 pm in response to Style wars: it's not policy differences defining GOP governor candidates

I listened to most of this conversation yesterday. I felt sorry for them because there is so little bad news,besides the Twins, in Minnesota.

It is fun to contrast the news on the business page and from Greater MSP with these candidates' perception of the MN economy. Their talk about businesses fleeing the state (I don't think that anyone mentioned Medtronic moving to Ireland! :-) ). The only articles I see about businesses fleeing the state are about companies moving to San...

Posted on 07/01/14 at 01:04 pm in response to More Minnesota manufacturers say they're 'thriving'

Your tenuous comparison of Minnesota to Wisconsin is pretty week. The MN sample is 62 companies. Assuming the Wisconsin sample is similar, the difference between 42% and 44% is certainly within the sampling error of this survey and means that one more company in Wisconsin than MN said that they were thriving. It is hard to believe that a national consulting firm would actually release data at the state level knowing that a same size of under several hundred is pretty worthless.

Posted on 06/06/14 at 05:49 pm in response to 6 things the Twin Cities can learn from Toronto

Today, Toronto was named Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum ( based on their broadband network, knowledge workforce, innovation, digital inclusion efforts and high technology marketing.

Any discussion of broadband quickly gets murky due to complicated technology choices and business model considerations. This article touches on both. It also lumps middle mile networks like Scott County's with last mile networks that would be funded with prospective state and local dollars. Middle mile connects towns together; last mile networks reach end-users.

As to last mile considerations, this article states that 99% of Minnesotans have access to broadband speeds of at least...

I wonder if snow and cold from November 1 till April 18 have anything to do with people moving south?

If the state had the same tax rates as Florida, these financial advisors might say the same thing - lower tax rates is not enough to stop migration of some people to the south.

It would be interesting to see the data about retirees moving south - how does this trend by income and wealth? There a lot of Minnesotans living is small manufactured villages in the south. How does...

Posted on 03/18/14 at 11:00 am in response to Paul Ryan says GOP must become 'a party of proposition'

Ryan's choice of that joke is so illustrative of a mean spirited person.

1) rejecting a death bed request
2) no offer of a suggestion that the bottle be shared with others with a toast to the departed.
3) pissing on someone's casket is as disrespectful to the person and to the religious ceremony

That dude has a lot of anger!

Posted on 03/17/14 at 11:05 am in response to Teardown battle in Minneapolis: A city at war with itself

The City of Minneapolis might want to think creatively about how to redirect the marketplace to spur investment in locations where disinvestment is currently the trend. Encourage both new construction and rehabilitation in these neighborhoods through finance and tax incentives.

Spreading some of the high value construction around all residential neighborhoods rather than focused in the highest amenity neighborhoods would have positive spin-off benefits. Plus it might reduce...