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James Hamilton

St. Paul, MN
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5 years 38 weeks

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Posted on 10/07/14 at 10:13 am in response to Competitive race against Mills leads to fundraising haul for Nolan

While the average student debt load of UM graduates hovers in the $30k range, experts advise that students and their families look to graduate with a total debt of no more than one year's expected salary in the students chosen field. That puts the UM average at slightly less than a first year elementary teacher can expect to earn (assuming employment) and at about 60% of the expected first year earnings of a mechanical engineering student. Using this rule of thumb should permit a graduate...

Posted on 10/06/14 at 05:16 pm in response to Three questions for Tuesday's Nolan-Mills debate

"Healthcare Reform

Stewart believes that Obamacare has failed in achieving its stated goal- it set out to insure the uninsured, but it has resulted in “uninsuring” the previously insured. With his background in administering Fleet Farm’s self managed health plans, Stewart knows how to implement market based healthcare reforms that will increase the supply of medical services, reduce the demand through prevention and actually make the healthcare delivery more efficient."

Don't...

Posted on 10/04/14 at 08:08 am in response to MSP airport building state’s largest solar energy site

for the reported to determine how the state defines a "job" in this context. How many hours/months/years are required for the work to be listed as a new job?

Posted on 09/30/14 at 02:19 pm in response to For the sin of prejudice: Growing up Jewish as a person of color

As the adoptive father of a young man of color, I've watched my son experience many of the things you describe over the last 20 + years. Born in Central America, people have always tried to identify his ethnicity (most often incorrectly) and to determine his relationship to us, his parents. When with only one of us, many assume that the absent parent is of color. When with us both, some won't accept our relationship even when we tell them he's our son or he tells them we're his parents....

Posted on 09/26/14 at 10:57 am in response to Democrats target Mills' wealth — will it work?

other than Mark Dayton (est. net worth "less than $20 million" in 2000) and Al Franken (est. current net worth $8 million). Rick Nolan's net worth was estimated at $1.1 million in 2012.

Go after a candidate on the issues for a change, will ya'?

Posted on 09/25/14 at 02:08 pm in response to Amy Klobuchar for U.S. attorney general?

The last thing we need is an AG who tests the political winds before taking action.

Posted on 09/25/14 at 02:11 pm in response to Amy Klobuchar for U.S. attorney general?

If MNDOt starts renting out highway right of way for solar power generation, they'd best be prepared to share with the owners of the underlying property rights.

Will they help keep deer off the road? The Forum News Service’s John Myers reports, “Minnesota drivers soon could be speeding past lines of solar panels along state highways if a plan by the Minnesota Department of Transportation works out. The department on Wednesday announced it has asked companies to submit proposals to...

Posted on 09/25/14 at 02:33 pm in response to State senator blasts fellow DFLers for role in Community Action scandal

Ms. Carroll seems not to understand why it was her attorney sued out her claim as a Jane Doe.

A second-grader. MPR’s Matt Sepic reports on today’s priest sex abuse legal action. “A Minnesota woman is speaking publicly about sexual abuse she says she suffered at the hands of one of the nation's most notorious predator priests. Linda Carroll said the Rev. James Porter assaulted her repeatedly in 1969 and 1970 when she was a second-grader at St. Philip's school in Bemidji. Carroll is...

Posted on 09/24/14 at 10:34 am in response to St. Paul and the troubles of redeveloping awkward buildings

Those of us who've lived in St. Paul and its surrounding communities for the last 50 or more years should be very familiar with the City's efforts to foster and control development in the core of the city and elsewhere. I, however, find it extremely difficult to recall a successful venture.

I do recall the opening of Dayton's in the early '60s. The main entrance on the northeast corner (Cedar and 7th St.) consisted of an always-open air curtain. It opened into the store from a...

Posted on 09/24/14 at 10:54 am in response to Why so much oil from the fracking boom is moving by high-risk rail

Mr. Meador would rather the products all remain underground.

Yes, increased rail and truck traffic likely results in increased injury and death, regardless of the product moved. Be they filled with coal, grain or oil, 1.5 mile long trains will derail, collide with motorists and kill unwary pedestrians.

Can I safely assume that Mr. Meador does not advocate the construction of pipelines, even assuming that they could be cost-effective, given Mr. Rovick's comments?

I...