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Dan Hintz

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St.. Paul, MN
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Posted on 12/16/14 at 10:37 pm in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

This is a link to basically what Mr. Appelin provided, with a little more background:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2005-05-03-parent...

In effect, the idea that reading to kids more will solve the achievement gap is not backed up by the research.

The...

Posted on 12/17/14 at 01:11 pm in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

This is only one of many studies that shows that student performance is based largely on socioeconomic status. You may be able to pick around the edges with reading programs like you describe, etc. but for the most part, its something that schools can't fix. The plans keep getting trotted out because we want to fix them and trying it through schools is much easier than eradicating poverty, which is the real problem.

I'm all for trying. I did a lot of reading to my own child and feel...

Posted on 12/05/14 at 12:27 pm in response to Hubbard defends KSTP-TV's Hodges story after SPJ seeks disavowal

The most offensive part of this piece is the the implication that former Star Tribune publisher Otto Silha would have defended this garbage reporting. In the absense of living journalists to defend him, Hubbard has resorted to speculating about the beliefs of a man who died 15 years ago, who, of course, can't refute this nonense.

I won't stoop to Hubbard's level and tell you what Silha would have thought. Rather, I will just ask people to read his obituaries and consider that...

Posted on 11/19/14 at 12:37 am in response to How to debunk medical (and other scientific) myths

Wow, this comment really demonstrates the point of the story.

My health care costs did go down when I enrolled in Mnsure, as did a lot of people's. I can show you the premium statements. I expect the vast majority of people complaining (or erroneously claiming things are myths) about Mnsure, aren't on it. The website was a little buggy, but otherwise its been great.

I don't know if the issue is the definition of "rich" as far as tax increaes, but the only tax increase was...

Posted on 11/19/14 at 07:47 am in response to How to debunk medical (and other scientific) myths

And sometimes false claims are debunked because the person who started them was a child abuser who committed fraud and lost his medical license.

I have a "better-behaved" child in a diverse school in St. Paul that has a lot of discipline issues. I expect that Mr. Milner has a similar experience or knows people who have had similar experiences, because what he says resonates with me far more than the flowery language you are using.

"Better-behaved children" or children actually interested in being at school and learning do benefit from disruptive students being removed for the day or two suspension. Then the disruptive kids...

Posted on 11/10/14 at 11:26 am in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

The constitution requires them to act. One of the roles of the courts is to protect the rights of the minority from being infringed by the majority. It would have been nice if people could get over their bigotry sooner, but when your rights are being denied, you shouldn't have to wait. That's what the courts are for. It would have been unconscionable for the courts not to get involved.

Posted on 11/10/14 at 11:37 am in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

You are going to be very disappointed in what the Supreme Court does if they get this. Probably the same feeling you got this week after earlier predicting Stewart Mills's sure victory.

Posted on 11/10/14 at 12:31 pm in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

Leftists like Richard Posner? Are you saying that Ronald Reagan appointed leftists?

Posted on 11/10/14 at 10:07 pm in response to Same-sex marriage will now likely become a Supreme Court case

Mr. Tester returns after a 4-month absence to demonstrate once again that he does not understand constitutional law. In the 1967 case Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court found that marriage was a constitutional right.

If Mr. Tester had read ANY of the recent decisions on gay marriage he would be familiar with the Loving case and the court's recognition of marriage as a constitutional right. Is it too much to ask that when you respond to a comment with "nonsense" that you first...