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jody rooney

withrow, MN
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3 years 6 weeks

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Posted on 04/22/14 at 10:50 am in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

I would bet you wouldn't like your "left alone to live their lives" I would imagine that you would not be happy with a pig farm on the lot next to you, or a shooting gallery, or police who responded with while "that's your problem buddy you take care of it."

Good experts provide data, may speculate to alternative scenarios, and provide options for action, and allow people to choose. But not every person gets to choose on most decisions generally only those with a vested interest...

Posted on 04/22/14 at 11:05 am in response to Citizen participation: blessing turned curse?

but your my kind of old retired white guy (well actually my hubby is my favorite old retired white guy). Your points are well taken. While I avoid municipal planning like the plague I have participated in a lot of planning meetings and I rarely see dialog.

Posted on 04/21/14 at 03:13 pm in response to Minimum wage and the price of a sandwich

The 30,000 under grads may not be able to afford it but the 25,000 person faculty and graduate students may be dining there daily.

Posted on 04/21/14 at 03:38 pm in response to Minimum wage and the price of a sandwich

Unless the whole industry disappears the good business people will figure it out. If you can't figure out how to do compete your just not very good at business.

They will replace labor with machines. Have you looked at the number of people it takes to farm 1000 acres lately or get a product to market? Super equipment and computers have certainly reduced the need for labor and local brokers.

Or they will differentiate labor. One might say that union carpenters priced them...

Posted on 04/16/14 at 11:00 am in response to New owner Glen Taylor: less liberal Star Tribune ahead

then I am sure changes will be incremental as he states.

Posted on 04/09/14 at 10:48 am in response to What critics of Obama's foreign policy don't say

the Repubs have no plan and the Dems seems concerned by sticks and stones rhetoric.

At least Kerry talked back.

Posted on 04/09/14 at 11:21 am in response to There is no renaissance in U.S. public-transit use

and not a causal link between them.

Really Mr. Rovick 16 -34 and 14 -34 don't you think there might be something other than preference effecting an age group that wide. Who on earth would think that was not a cherry picked snap shot. I would also look at some other variables like income, current education status, and let's not forget the over drugged ADHD folks in the group. There has been a lot going on in those age groups other than "let me chose a healthier life style."...

Posted on 04/06/14 at 10:32 am in response to The very future of Minneapolis depends on a Nicollet Mall overhaul

be a moving concept depending on topic but it is mostly defined by it's residents.

The part of down town that is Nicollet mall is a place to conduct business. And some businesses still need daily contact as part of their model, and others may just need the corner office to impress or intimidate on occasion. A corporate hierarchy needs a playing field after all, and a place to confine people so you can dominate them. Do you think that's the purpose of the new Senate Office...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 10:37 am in response to Economy-sized dealership has a rich history and an outsized personality

How about "not a clue", that would be more oblivious than conservative. On the other hand from some of the folks I've met it could be the same thing.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 09:44 am in response to Urban development: mixed use, mixed results?

Most of the mixed retail is now starting to have the aesthetic appeal of the suburbs and big box retail which, in my opinion, takes away the charm of the neighborhood.

Are they overbuilt? Not in the long run. But they might be the pale teal and pink of the future.