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Greg Kapphahn

Alexandria, MN
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4 years 14 weeks

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Why are we not pursuing this approach in various public schools?

MONEY is the answer.

The very same politicians who worship the idea of weakening the public schools by pointing to scattered examples of charter schools that seem (for the moment) to be working well,...

while ignoring the vast number that have very serious problems in management, finances, and/or achievement,...

would scream bloody murder if anyone in the public school system proposed spending the...

Posted on 05/09/14 at 07:32 am in response to Minnesota Vikings whiff on Johnny Manziel, draft Teddy Bridgewater

Considering the current state and attitudes of Minnesota business concerns can we finally lay to rest the idea that low taxes and non-existent or completely unenforced regulations do NOT create a "better business" climate?

For evidence, just look at what's happening to the economy in Wisconsin where those policies are being pursued with vehemence by Gov. Scott Walker and their Republican-controlled legislature,...

(and thank God for Mark Dayton who stood in the way of the...

Seems to have a little problem.

They wanted to depend on their endowment and upgraded facilities to keep the orchestra on a firm financial footing. Like so much of the banking industry (whose members were calling the shots on the MOA board), they believed that the conditions prior to the crash of '08 would never change.

When the crash of '08 happened (because the biggest bankers all suddenly realized that everyone was lying to them as much as they were lying to everyone else...

Posted on 05/07/14 at 09:25 pm in response to You bought the stadium, corporations will pay Super Bowl bid

I think these researchers (or the author of the original article) have a serious problem with a standard logical fallacy: confusing correlation with causation.

Just because two things seem to go together or happen at the same time doesn't mean either causes or is caused by the other.

Unless a double blind study is performed which shows that subjects with very similar lifestyles and habits who consume these drinks demonstrate negative traits,...

as opposed to identical...

Posted on 05/09/14 at 07:49 am in response to Raising the minimum wage puts both jobs and businesses at risk

Pardon me for challenging the ideology behind this letter, but providing ONE anecdote of a SINGLE business that might struggle (likely on a very temporary basis) due to an increase in the minimum wage,...

and whose owner "fears" she might have to shut down (but will VERY LIKELY be proven as wrong as all those good folks who FEARED what Obamacare would do to their health care),...

is NOT a compelling case,...

especially when so many studies show a net benefit to the...

For a direct connection that most citizens have with the effects of global climate change, all we need to do is check the price of beef in the local grocery store.

The high price of steaks, roasts, even hamburger, is a direct result of the drought and heat in the South Central US over the past year.

With the continuing drought in California, fruit and vegetable prices are already following suit.

Many Americans are being forced to change their diet as a direct result of...

centered (loosely and decreasingly) on actual weather,...

does not give Mr. Coleman ANY credibility in the area of climate science.

I wish all my "conservative" friends would realize that when "Tevye" sings, "When you're rich they think you really know," it's meant as a VERY wry, tongue-in-cheek, ironic comment,...

"Tevye," himself, is far to wise to think the "rich" know anything about anything except how to hang on to their money and lay their hands on more of...

How a debate which seeks to take into account the competing interests of a wide variety of CITIZENS of the state of Minnesota causes derisive laughter from those,...

who only have one TRUE true constituency: those with lots of money and their wannabe, gonnabe sycophants (Republican legislators among them).

But, if I remember correctly, our Republican friends, when they ran the legislature, had a much more serious problem.

When they, themselves, had to make decisions and...

Posted on 05/06/14 at 08:52 am in response to Corporations are people? DFL can't even muster votes to protest

If corporations now have the rights of and individual person, without reservation or limitation,...

then it surely must follow that they also have the responsibilities of an individual person.

It's long past time that "limited liability" be removed from the legal reality of a corporation. It was that limitation of liability that was the reason the corporations ALSO had limited rights - rights which originally fell far short of the rights of individuals.

Now that...

Posted on 05/05/14 at 09:50 am in response to Learning: It's more than mastery

is that they require imagination,...

specifically the ability to imagine new possibilities and other identities.

In the human psyche these abilities are wrapped up in what we commonly call empathy and compassion.

Far too often, however, our "conservative" policy makers have been rendered incapable of empathy and compassion because of the way those who raised them reacted to their need to experience those things and their attempts to express them.

Those who have...