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Hiram Foster

Crystal, MN
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6 years 48 weeks

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Posted on 07/30/14 at 06:39 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

"Hiram tries to pretend that stadium deals are community choices rather than deals amongst and between the economic and political elite."

We choose the way we choose. The fact is, I think just one elected official across the country has lost reelection because of a pro stadium vote. Polls that say we don't like stadiums, are really indications that we don't like to pay for stadiums. We seem to like the buildings and the teams that play in them, just fine. In any event, the deal is...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 06:42 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

I'll tell you exactly where the economic benefit from me will go for the Super Bowl.

It's been noted elsewhere that only totalitarian governments will be able to big ticket events in the future. I think that may apply to Super Bowls as well. I think that there is a substantial possibility that the next Super bowl to be awarded will be given to Russia.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 11:57 am in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

Nothing wrong with using scare tactics if we are right to be scared. I remember how folks like me were accused of using scare tactics when we criticized the far right judicial nominations during the Bush Administration. Turns out, we should have been far more scared than we were at the time.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 09:31 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

Good thing he didn't run his football team that way.

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...