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David LaPorte

Roseville, MN
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Posted on 07/16/14 at 02:53 pm in response to Hearing reveals flaws in Minnesota's treatment of certain sex offenders

The MSOP keeps offenders in prison after their legal sentence has expired. There are some 700 people in the program and only 1 has been released in the past 20 years. The rest have received de facto life sentences.

If we really believe that these offenses are so heinous that offenders deserve life sentences without the possibility of parole, then the laws should be changed to reflect that belief and we should drop the pretense that they're in "treatment". We won't make that change...

There's not much that consumers can do about Medtronic moving their HQ overseas. However, I'd expect a strong consumer backlash if Walgreens does the same. I've been a loyal customer for years, but if they move out of the USA, there are plenty of other pharmacies which are HQ'ed here. Target comes to mind. They all sell the same pharmaceuticals.

At 5-foot-8, weighing in at 195-pounds and eating ham and eggs for breakfast, Andrew has a lot more to fear from atherosclerosis than from gun-toting bad guys.

Posted on 06/06/14 at 01:53 pm in response to Franken and Ted Cruz on a campaign-finance constitutional amendment

I am neither a corporation nor a 1%er. Franken is simply trying to restore the principle of one-person-one-vote. Our current system gives the most power to those who have the most money. That's not my vision of democracy.

The reason that the TeaPublicans seldom have public disagreements (or private ones, from what I can tell) is that the Tea Party purges any member that's not singing from their hymnal. Moderate Republicans like Carlson and Durrenberger were labeled RINO's and shown the door.

As Will Rogers once said, "I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat." When you have a big tent, you have to expect disagreements. But that's part of a healthy democratic (small "d") process....

The people who attend the party conventions are the party activists. They're not representatives of the constituents. And therein lies the problem. Activists tend to be zealots and those are the people who are choosing the candidates.

It makes little difference whether FitzSimmons' constituents were happy with him. The activists were not. And that's why the Republican party continues to move to the extreme right.

Not that the Democrats don't drift to the left for the same...

Posted on 01/08/14 at 10:06 pm in response to 1964 Surgeon General’s report on smoking was 'a landmark moment'

In 1964, when I was 13, my parents put me on an airplane from Chicago to New York, to visit my grandmother. They still served meals on "airplane trays" in those days. Every tray, including mine, had a box with three cigarettes in them. I asked the stewardess what I should do with them and she suggested giving them to one of the adults in my aisle.

Smoking was not only allowed in airplanes, it was encouraged. We've come such a very long way.

Posted on 01/03/14 at 02:28 pm in response to Dayton blames tech vendor IBM Curam for many of MNsure's problems

It would be simplistic for Dayton to take all of the responsibility for the rollout problems. There were many politicians, state employees and vendors who share in that responsibility. If Dayton took all the blame, it would be purely symbolic and do little to address the problems. As the chief executive, he has to take ultimate responsibility, but, to the best of my knowledge, he's not an IT professional.

Posted on 12/14/13 at 09:48 am in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

The NRA's arguments are fundamentally illogical. They are essentially the lobbying arm for firearms manufacturers and will oppose any legislation that will reduce the income of their bosses. But they can't reveal their true motivations because then no one would take them seriously.

If you think that the NRA is a membership organization that represents the views of their membership, think again. The Washington Post reported that 74% of NRA members supported instant background checks...

I'm not sure why the legislature is so timid. Saint Paul City Hall, right across I-94, has full security, complete with metal detectors and X-ray machines. Surely, the State Capitol would be a more tempting target for a terrorist.

I visited Saint Paul City Hall a couple of weeks ago. I'm a bicycle commuter, so I rode there, locked my bike to a rack and brought my messenger bag in with me. They scanned by bag as I walked through the metal detector and took my bicycle pump. I'm not...