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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 12/05/14 at 12:25 pm in response to Hubbard defends KSTP-TV's Hodges story after SPJ seeks disavowal

I think you see the genesis of the story in Mr. Hubbard's piece. They were fed a story by the police union, but decided that wasn't enough of a reason not to run it. Rather than reviewing the story independently, they chose to relay the police union spin on it. As a result, they really lost track of what really happened here, and it's lack of newsworthiness.

Let's look at the original incident. A politician has her picture taken with a member of the public. There is absolutely...

Posted on 12/05/14 at 12:33 pm in response to Hubbard defends KSTP-TV's Hodges story after SPJ seeks disavowal

Basically, the problem here is that KSTP allowed themselves to be manipulated by a source.

"You see, ranked-choice voting forces campaigns to be more Minnesota nice, and to focus on where they stand on issues and what they will do to move the community forward."

So what does it do? Bring people together in an exercise of Minnesota nice? Or exacerbate differences by forcing people to clarify where they stand on issues? Is it passive? Or aggressive?

"This welcomes new voices and ideas into the conversation, while simultaneously eliminating any fears that voters may...

Maybe the problem is that the borders of Minneapolis are in the wrong place. Or perhaps the borders of the police force. Maybe we should have a metro wide police force instead of localized municipal police forces.

Posted on 12/03/14 at 10:01 am in response to Sweet music: Minnesota Orchestra ends fiscal year on a high note

Part of what happened during the lockout was an attack on orchestra management's credibility. That being the case, I think orchestra financials need to be independently audited or at least reviewed.

I think the question we have to start asking more is what the governing strategy should be in a world where the legislature is flipping every two years? In the circles where I lurk, people often asked themselves and others whether the DFL overreached in the last legislative session. My answer is always that this was the first time since 1990 or whenever when we had unbalanced government, i.e. a government actually capable of acting and responding to the state's problems. This was quite...

Posted on 11/22/14 at 08:30 am in response to We have political consultants — and we need citizen consultants

I don't think there should be a requirement that consultants must be citizens. Lott of aliens have valuable things to say too. And let's recall that while aliens can't vote, they are counted for purposes of establishing legislative districts. They also pay taxes, have many of the same rights of citizens, and if we had one, would be eligible for the draft.

I am just not sure that cynicism or just the appearance of cynicism is a reason to reject a policy. Immigration is a very real problem in this country, and the president is a addressing it. What matters is impact of his policy on people, not really his rather indeterminable subjective motivations in making such policy. Let's not forget, President Obama will be out of office in just a little two years, and when he does leave office his subjective motivations for anything he does, will shift...

Not that cynicism or lack thereof, matters a lot, but I would suggest that here, arguably, the president was acting cynically by not implementing the immigration executive orders before the election, when they could have been damaging to his cause or at least unpredictable in their political effects. By waiting until after the election, the last election that will send legislators to Washington that he will have to deal with on an extended basis, the president seems to have put self interest...

immigration is a very real problem; it is just not in presidential power to address it this way, as I tried to prove.

Your article seems to argue that it is not good policy to use presidential power this way, not that the president doesn't have such power. As for scoring political points, that's sort of a pejorative way of describing what politicians do. President Obama is responding to the needs and concerns of those who voted for him, just as his opponents are responding to their...