Skip to Content

Support MinnPost

James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
Commenter for
5 years 31 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 10/28/14 at 01:33 pm in response to In (weak) defense of political ads

isn't a good thing, given what we know about the effect of appearance.

Posted on 10/27/14 at 11:37 am in response to Sparks fly in Franken-McFadden debate

are a poor combination at any time. Mixing politics and ebola is the ultimate mistake.

As I recall, when McFadden was asked why we should quarantine people when experts in communicable disease say we don't need to do so, he responded by claiming quarantine was simply common sense. Infectious disease is not something to battle with common sense but with expertise.

As much as many despise the supposedly elitist concept of expertise, we employ people in the CDC precisely...

Posted on 10/27/14 at 11:42 am in response to Sparks fly in Franken-McFadden debate

I'd like to invite Mr. McFadden to drop the 97% mantra and tell us exactly which of Sen. Franken's votes he disagrees with, why, how he would have voted, and/or what he would have changed in the legislation in order to make it acceptable.

Until then, he's running against the President for an office held by someone else. Which, I imagine, is precisely the point.

Posted on 10/27/14 at 12:42 pm in response to How can we make teaching a career we want for our students and children?

or what was written?

Nowhere in this piece do I see either an explicit statement or an implicit assumption that all our education system needs is new faces to cure all of its ill. Whether I agree with the writer in whole or in part, or not at all, this is a conversation we need to have, one that can only falter when the first thing one does is label a speaker's thoughts as 'ageist and naive".

I don't know what your background is, Mr. Haas, or what your credentials are in...

Every insurance plan has a list of drugs it covers, may cover, and never covers, its formulary. I failed to compare my list of current prescriptions with the formulary of the insurer I selected earlier this year, Preferred One. My bad.

I found that one of my primary diabetes medications received only partial coverage, leaving me with a $400+ co-pay per month. A manufacturer's discount program reduced that to $266, still a hefty amount. Another drug was not covered under any...

Posted on 10/22/14 at 05:40 pm in response to Experts struggle with McFadden's Obamacare math

No skyways, BL.

Posted on 10/21/14 at 03:56 pm in response to Local Liberians feeling ostracized amid Ebola panic

on worthless polls. Next time, ask people who are in a position to have a valid opinion.

“In our latest, exclusive KSTP/SurveyUSA poll, we asked Minnesotans if they think we’re prepared for Ebola here at home. The majority said ‘no.’ Only 23 percent of Minnesotans said they think the state and our health care system are prepared to handle an Ebola outbreak here. Fifty-three percent say we’re not prepared, and 23 percent are not sure.”

Posted on 10/21/14 at 03:58 pm in response to Local Liberians feeling ostracized amid Ebola panic

Yes, they are. The problem is that they're anonymous and no one in public office really wants to do anything to change that fact.

Posted on 10/21/14 at 01:21 pm in response to New outside groups target Minnesota races

whose money they're spending, any more than we will know who contributes to competing organizations.

Posted on 10/21/14 at 01:06 pm in response to America's energy future is starting to look like our energy past

with various approaches, but fail to provide any evidence of risk. Two examples come to mind.

First, you write, "Since setting the rules for relicensing in 1991, the Times reports, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has granted 70 license extensions and rejected none." Is there any reason to believe that one or more of these extensions should not have been granted?

Second, you note a "passage that made me feel for a moment as if I were reading a subtle satire rather than a...