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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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Posted on 07/17/14 at 09:53 am in response to Dismissing the cost of doing business in Minnesota will be at our peril

Directors of tax and fiscal policy for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce are paid to argue that it makes sense for Minnesota to race other states to the bottom. For the rest of us, not so much. But the reality is, we live in Minnesota which is inherently an expensive place to live and work. We don't have the beaches of Florida, the oil of Texas. We aren't an international tax scam like the Republic of Ireland. We are a real place where real people live and work who must be heated in the...

Posted on 07/15/14 at 12:21 pm in response to Poll: 68 percent of Republicans say Obama should be impeached

Yes, but how many meant it?

Posted on 07/16/14 at 06:26 am in response to Senate candidate Mike McFadden's 'groin gate' ad named best of summer

What this story means is that some intern, working at a website for a magazine no one reads, one that in some small measure, competes with this magazine, liked something.

In the small way I work with people in communications, I always say to them, tell us what you think, not what someone else thinks. Ms. Brucato is an opinion writer. What's her opinion? Why is she telling us about the opinion of someone else?

Posted on 07/17/14 at 07:11 am in response to Senate candidate Mike McFadden's 'groin gate' ad named best of summer

Whenever I see a writer criticize one party and then immediately go on to say the other party does it too, I know I am reading nonsense. It's not that equivalences don't occur, it's just that they are unlikely. Or at least a whole lot less likely than the fact that the writer is trying to insert balance in the story to avoid criticism, whether there is balance to be found or not.

Posted on 07/17/14 at 07:16 am in response to Senate candidate Mike McFadden's 'groin gate' ad named best of summer

In any event, journalists reporting the opinions of other journalists is one of my pet peeves. Tell us what you think, not what your colleagues think. If I were interested in their opinions I would be reading their websites, quite possibly instead of yours. And who knows, if it's journalists write effectively and well, maybe it will be covering MinnPost instead of the other way around.

Posted on 07/14/14 at 11:17 am in response to Should Minnesota dump the MNsure website?

I looked at that Stawicki thing in several different versions and in none of them did I find it coherent. In saying we can do without the website, I am not sure anyone thought of it in terms of what the website did and what it would take to replace it. Very obvious questions such as how would a federal website deal with the local insurers who offer their products to Minnesotans seem not to have been asked.

In the larger sense, providing health care on a state by state basis was...

Posted on 07/05/14 at 06:57 am in response to Major league soccer in Minnesota may not be a sure thing

Here is the problem, or at least one problem Soccer is really weird. In some sports, the goal is to win the league championship. In the NFL it's the Super Bowl, in baseball, the World Series. In soccer,the goal is to win the World Cup, which represents a kind of thinking totally alienated from the way American sports fans see the world. We just don't care about international team sports. The world baseball tournament MLB holds every once in a while goes unnoticed, and it never occurs to them...

Posted on 07/06/14 at 12:08 pm in response to Major league soccer in Minnesota may not be a sure thing

Soccer is boring, that is its biggest problem.

It can be but other sportst can be boring too. Baseball is mostly just standing around. The Wall Street Journal once timed an NFL football game and found that in three and half hours of TV time there was actually something happening on the field for only eleven and a half minutes. While soccer games consist of 90 minutes of real time running, NFL games mostly consist of meetings in which various participants discuss what to do next. And I...

Posted on 07/06/14 at 12:33 pm in response to Major league soccer in Minnesota may not be a sure thing

In soccer, the games just about always matter. In a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, the cover story was about how the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017. Soccer teams never think this way because if they aren't good this year, they will be relegated to a lower league, quite possibly never to return. There is no phoning it in, no wait 'til next year. No equivalent of the Vikings cashing tv checks every season despite the fact that they haven't been in a Super Bowl in 37...

I have no problem at all campaigning on Obamacare. McFadden needs to explain why in that commerical, his solution to his kid's health care issues was to remove the stitches himself.