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Gary Peterson

Minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
7 years 2 weeks

Recent Comments

Whether - or if - the orchestra mess gets settled within the current corporate structure or something new, it will be easy for proponents of any outcome to overestimate the amount, sources, timing availability, and durability of new and existing philanthropy. Public officials should examine options but not act rashly, if at all.

Posted on 10/21/13 at 03:35 pm in response to Silence from the Minnesota Orchestra sides, but community efforts grow

Proposals to provide major state financial aid to the Minnesota Orchestra merit discussion, but no one should rush to upset the current structure of public arts funding without a great deal of thought - least of all legislators who could be besieged annually by hundreds of arts organizations, each seeking its own line item. We have seen this movie before:

"In December 1987, word circulated that Minnesota's governor, Rudy Perpich, would support placing a line-item in the state's...

Good to have the process out in the public's gaze. However, Gerry Mander would be proud of these results; those working on this process should have mixed feelings about feeling so.

Can't recall reading a single, positive thing about this guy. Even in the political world, how did someone who sounds like such an ornery cuss get hired?

Posted on 12/14/11 at 11:49 am in response to Banning drivers' cell-phone use appears a non-starter in Minnesota

Cell phone use impairs its users as much as alcohol does, but let's not impair one's privileges to operate a multi-ton vehicle on public streets when the rights of a relationship between one person and his phone are threatened. We could even enshrine that in the constitution.

I resonate with commenters #1 and #2, and would add that it also is moronic for a legislator to oppose something just because the feds suggested it.

Posted on 11/21/11 at 01:47 pm in response to Two Dem pollsters suggest Obama drop out in favor of Hillary Clinton

Folks positioned above or outside the partisan fray, in either party, usually poll above and beyond those mired in the day-to-day. Recall how high Hubert Humphrey's polls climbed in 1975/76 - the longer he stayed out, the more popular he was. He stayed out, and Jimmy-who? went on to win election.

Posted on 10/20/11 at 11:28 pm in response to Truth about parking: Nothing comes for free

Where is the logic in the Minneapolis (and St. Paul) "event" parking fees of $9-$13 for a few hours in the evening when the downtown workforce has vacated? These rates are an abomination to the consuming public of shopping, culture, and the arts.

Posted on 10/20/11 at 11:19 pm in response to Redesigned Peavey Plaza includes massive waterfalls, multimedia features

You mean it? Pools a quarter of an inch deep?

A huge YAWN to that and the whole make-over.

Posted on 10/06/11 at 11:29 am in response to The new fundraising norms: More money, less timely disclosure than ever

I won't hold my breath, but anytime - and as soon as - any kind of fundraising committee is formed, there should be disclosure every 30 days, regardless of election or caucus cycles.

Posted on 09/21/11 at 11:56 am in response to Court hearing to revisit Minnesota corporate campaign finance law

We don't allow folks to shout "fire" in a theater, nor the operators of motor vehicles to engage in hit-and-run tactics without tracking them down and generally disclosing their identities. Similar disclosure should apply for all who want to fund free speech - but most especially those who want to fund hit-and-run free speech. Seems to me the burden should be on those who argue that disclosure impedes or places a burden on free speech. In other words, fund and speak whatever you like -...