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David Hanners

St. Paul, MN
Commenter for
6 years 35 weeks

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All because of one editorial? I wouldn't be so presumptuous to speak for my hard-working colleagues who toil day in and day out to put out the best product we know how, but I really object to having my newspaper being called "pathetically disgraceful" and "pure garbage." You have no idea what you are talking about. You have no idea of the work my colleagues and I put into the Pioneer Press, and for you to just flippantly wish us all to be unemployed -- apparently because you don't like an...

Posted on 07/25/12 at 08:05 am in response to City Pages lays off news reporter Gregory Pratt

Not to tell City Pages how to run their business, but what a dumb move. Pratt is a talented young journalist, a guy who can both report AND write. You'd be surprised how rare that combination is these days, especially at a shop like City Pages.

Posted on 07/19/12 at 09:47 am in response to Sloppy reporting on Minneapolis, St. Paul population growth

Ms. Kahler, on behalf of myself and the other hard-working professionals that I am honored to work with at the Pioneer Press, I have to say that your blanket and cheap-shot claim that our work is sloppy is, well, sloppy.

I can assure you that in our shop, it isn't "the norm."

Posted on 07/19/12 at 01:44 pm in response to Sloppy reporting on Minneapolis, St. Paul population growth

I'd write a reply but have read yours twice and can't really decipher it, and life is short so I'm not going to try and read it a third time.

Posted on 05/25/12 at 05:37 am in response to End of Pioneer Press no-layoff era ... but more celebrity coverage?

That's ok, John. You somehow managed to wind up at the Star Tribune. I can remember in the '90s trying to seek employment at that paper and Tim McGuire, then the managing editor, told me he wouldn't even give me an interview because he didn't think I was much of a reporter and wasn't very good, which I thought was a curious thing to tell someone with a Pulitzer and a George Polk. You, however, seemed to have found a way to crack that nut.

Posted on 05/17/12 at 08:25 am in response to Eight area hospitals settle, avoid strike

As someone who covered the trial for the Pioneer Press and sat through every minute of it, I am always amused when somebody who wasn't there -- and didn't hear a bit of testimony from the 29 witnesses, or see the 149 or so exhibits -- tries to apply research and reasoning in an attempt to explain something as complex and nuanced as the outcome of a criminal trial. While it looks good on paper (to some), it doesn't necessarily have a lot of connection to the real world.

As someone who has been in the newspaper business 34 years -- the last 17 at the Pioneer Press -- I really must object in the strongest terms possible to Mr. Dahmus' flippant and unsupported allegation that our news content "is so soft and with the always obvious slant... that it doesn't matter if there is a 'conflict of interest.' Get over yourselves already, your work is not that valuable!"

Since our circulation is up and web traffic is on the rise, apparently somebody out there...

I'm not sure I'm following the logic here. As I read this story, it basically boils down to:
A) The GOP's legislative leadership didn't like Brodkorb because he was a "vocal stadium supporter," so
B) they decided to get rid of him and
C) in order to get rid of him, they confronted his boss, Koch, over allegations she had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate which
D) prompted Koch to resign which
E) allowed the GOP legislative leadership to get rid of...

That's good to know, Roger. But I'm still of the belief that you can be a journalist or you can do public relations. You can't do both.

Posted on 12/21/11 at 11:19 am in response to 'Excuse me, sir, but do you carry this in American?'

I know from reading MinnPost comments over the years that Mr. Tester has an axe (no pun intended in the present case) to grind, but the Obama administration was merely enforcing an amendment to the Lacey Act that was passed with bi-partisan support during the Bush administration in 2008. The Bush administration supported the amendment, which had 10 Republican co-sponsors. And it wasn't like the issue came out of the blue; Gibson is a repeat offender. American guitar builders such as C.F....