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Bruce Pomerantz

Fridley, MN
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6 years 19 weeks

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Posted on 03/10/14 at 10:30 pm in response to The Minnesotan's guide to PolyMet's top 10 favorite talking points

in ways that we cannot anticipate. Ground and rock are fluid at a geological pace. An earthquake could occur. Below ground and above ground water may shift direction. Rising temperatures may directly or indirectly cause the topography to alter. Changing flora and fauna may destabilize the landscape. A shift someplace else may cause a dynamic change where the sulfide mining will occur. Safeguards put in place for today's conditions will not necessarily be adequate for future environmental...

Posted on 02/12/14 at 10:47 pm in response to How would 'damage deposit' work for PolyMet? Many questions, no answer

Mr. Meador wrote, "It was about six years ago that the debate about how best to address the environmental risks in PolyMet's proposal moved off of the question of requiring the company to prove that its methods would be environmentally benign, to insisting that it put down a sufficient damage deposit to protect the taxpayer if those methods failed."

The regulators and the public should go back and question (1) whether the environmental damages that will result are acceptable or not;...

Posted on 11/07/13 at 09:43 pm in response to Minneapolis vote-count process based on faulty logic and bad arithmetic

What, exactly, is detrimental when the vote count takes several days? We are not a parliamentary system where the majority takes over immediately. All winners take their seats in January. The eventual winner will need to make decisions concerning personnel. However, either the winning candidate knows those personnel choices already or will take several days to rest up and then begin the vetting process. The answer to "Why the rush" is that the news media give the false impression that it...

Posted on 10/11/13 at 09:52 pm in response to Should Orchestra musicians go independent? Economics won't work

I checked the MOA website to see who these board members are. I realize that a major criteria to be a board member is to donate huge sums to the association. A glance at the titles that the 79 board members have indicate that most of them are the one percenters. Ask them to cut their income in a range between 22% to 40% and they will still live quite well.

I opine the problem is that the board members cannot empathize with what it means to take such a large salary decrease....

Posted on 10/12/13 at 11:41 pm in response to Should Orchestra musicians go independent? Economics won't work

By definition, a majority has total influence on board policy.

Why do they serve on the board if they do not actively participate in policy making? Additionally, I again point to the positions the "vast majority" of the board members hold. They did not gain their prominence by letting others take charge.

Posted on 10/11/13 at 08:59 pm in response to Why driving Twin Cities’ freeways can be harrowing

Let's not overlook those drivers who think "Right on Red" is a MUST, not a MAY. The most frequent times I encounter road rage is when I decide to be cautious and not turn right on red. Yahoos behind me demand I follow their honking instructions to get out of their way instead. Once, a driver purposefully bore done on me from the outside lane of a one-way, two lane street, forcing me to the curb.

Posted on 08/30/13 at 10:45 pm in response to Minnesota delegation wants Obama to consult Congress on Syria

I voted for President Obama twice but I considered awarding the Nobel Peace Prize premature. Sadly, I was correct. If the president orders the military action against Syria without congressional approval, I hope that the Nobel committee would rebuke him by admitting publicly its mistake.

Let's also change the ridiculous rule that permits one (1) senator to ANONYMOUSLY (i.e., cowardly) place a hold that prevents action on a motion. This too is often applied to individuals who have been nominated for a position. At least the so-called filibuster requires 41 individuals indicating their intent to stop action. But a super minority of one? Common sense, where art thou?

Now, let me get this straight. The governor is going to provide tax incentives--not a government responsibility but instead irresponsibility-- for a biomedical firm to move to Minnesota but he and the legislature balk at providing infrastructure--a government responsibility--to a medical firm already here, the Mayo Clinic. I guess to get a good deal, the Mayo Clinic will have to use the sports franchise playbook and leave, and then receive lots of goodies to come back.


Posted on 10/08/12 at 09:58 pm in response to Advocates for poor register homeless voters, worry about ID amendment

Within many of our lifetimes, one's validation to vote will be by thumb print or retinal scan except in those states that embedded a state-issued photographic ID in the Constitution, thereby invalidating newer ways to register and vote. I don't regard this as a major reason to vote against the amendment but it illustrates why most voting laws should be by statute, not amendment.

If a party that controls both state houses but not the governor's seat decides to make every vetoed bill...