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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
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5 years 44 weeks

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Posted on 01/30/15 at 10:01 am in response to Cops want lawmakers to impose strict limits on body cam footage

Unless the encounter results in an arrest, citation, complaint, injury or complaint against the officer, it should be private, not to protect the officer but to protect the citizen.

Don't overthink it.

"one to two miles in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Atlanta and a slightly longer three miles in Los Angeles (probably because that city’s weather is more conducive to biking)."

It's not the length of the bicycle leg of a journey that's the problem here, folks. Nor is it simply climate, as we can see when comparing Atlanta and LA.

There simply aren't that many who want to bike. Instead of "if we build it, they will come", perhaps we should focus on why they (we) don't want to ride...

Posted on 01/21/15 at 02:16 pm in response to Northfield pub owner feels backlash over free speech

It's about research money and prestige.

"The Medical School, which ranked in the top 15 in National Institute of Health funding in the 1970s and 80s, has since dropped to 30th nationally, and 12th among public medical schools—resulting in a drop in NIH funding. Officials blame the drop in 90 tenured and tenure track faculty from 1995-2001. U of M Medical School Dean Dr. Brooks Jackson said restoring the faculty could boost Minnesota’s ranking from 30th to 20th in as little as five...

Posted on 01/21/15 at 02:44 pm in response to Northfield pub owner feels backlash over free speech

It's about research money and prestige.

"The Medical School, which ranked in the top 15 in National Institute of Health funding in the 1970s and 80s, has since dropped to 30th nationally, and 12th among public medical schools—resulting in a drop in NIH funding. Officials blame the drop in 90 tenured and tenure track faculty from 1995-2001. U of M Medical School Dean Dr. Brooks Jackson said restoring the faculty could boost Minnesota’s ranking from 30th to 20th in as little as five...

Posted on 01/14/15 at 03:20 pm in response to Gridlock may stall Capitol renovation

comes at a cost. I have no problem with the prosecution of the protesters. They knew or should have known what they were signing up for.

I do have a problem with the prosecutor's decision to seek what she calls restitution. If merchants feel they lost money, let them sue. As for costs of law enforcement . . . bah.

One has to wonder how much Mall of America contributes to he campaign fund.

First, I assume we can all agree that government refunds of campaign contributions is simply indirect government funding of those campaigns, funding in which no one but the donor has a say. Doesn't sound like a plan for conservative, small government to me. When combined with an increase in the cap from $200 to $500, one has to conclude that it's intended to benefit the GOP more than the DFL.

Second, with respect to foreign money: how do you define that in an era of multinational...

Posted on 01/14/15 at 10:52 am in response to U of M's Kaler gets cold shoulder from Legislature on tuition freeze

is pretty old news, isn't it? (Discharged in October, '14.)

The full Strib article failed to delve into the details behind the bankruptcy. The simple fact of the company's failure really says virtually nothing about his own fiscal responsibility, though one might question the wisdom of buying a business marketing an essentially luxury service (a guidance and referral service aimed at helping families find camps for children) at the lowest point in our economy in decades.

7.62% in St. Paul is more than enough already, thanks.

Posted on 01/12/15 at 07:26 pm in response to Why Minnesota’s judicial selection system needs a fix

Professor Schultz wrote, "Something needs to be done to fix the current judicial selection process, and there are viable solutions. Unfortunately, there seems to be no interest at the Minnesota Legislature to do anything, and the options that have been proposed are deficient."

Having told us why, in your opinion, these options are deficient, I'm waiting to read what you think the "viable solutions" may be.

I'm particularly interested in what you consider to be diversity and...

Posted on 01/09/15 at 12:29 pm in response to Medical device tax opponents’ $29 billion question

"Where's the beef?"

This is an excise tax of the type typically passed on to end users. The law was carefully crafted to prevent it from affecting foreign sales (exempt) or from creating an advantage for foreign manufacturers. (It applies to all devices sold in the U.S., regardless of where manufactured.) It seems that domestic manufacturers have chosen not to pass the tax on to end users. So be it. But those who have looked at manufacturers' claims of job losses and other ill...