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Karen Sandness

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 11/19/14 at 04:33 pm in response to Does the future of the Riverview Corridor include light rail?

If you haven't experienced a city with a really extensive transit system, the kind that makes it easy to live without a car, then you have no idea of the sense of freedom and financial advantages you gain from not needing to pay for a car, fill up its gas tank, insure it, get it repaired, or wonder where to park it.

The Twin Cities do not now have adequate mass transit. That does not mean that they cannot or should not.

Posted on 11/18/14 at 06:18 pm in response to A quick fix for Minneapolis transit

and wish we had real frequent service in this city instead of frequent service only on certain sections of certain routes.

I would put true frequent service on all arterials, starting in the denser areas of the city, all the denser areas. It makes no sense for the #6 to run frequent service only for the relatively short distance from downtown to 39th and Sheridan when the University of Minnesota is a major destination and the #6 runs past or close to major destinations on the campus...

Posted on 11/16/14 at 03:38 pm in response to A conservative’s argument against net neutrality

in the sense that you can access any website you want with no extra expenses to you or to the owner of the website. What the ISPs want is either to charge users extra for access to popular websites like Netflix or Facebook or to charge the websites themselves, which may raise the prices that they charge users (in the case of Netflix) or prompt the websites to go from free to paid.

Net neutrality has nothing to do with your choice of ISPs. In fact, because the ISPs are so powerful and...

Posted on 11/14/14 at 05:23 pm in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

We're going to have more horse race coverage of the nomination process, with little attention paid to who these people are, what they really believe, what effect their proposed policies will have, and who is backing them.

They will be presented in sound bites, either reciting prepared statements or making gaffes, and a couple of them will be crowned "frontrunners" before a single caucus or primary has been held--based on what, I wonder. Money raised? Journalists persuaded? Rent-a-...

Posted on 11/10/14 at 11:57 am in response to What if we gave an election and nobody came?

ignore party labels and may not even know what each party stands for but simply vote for the candidate they find more likable for whatever reason.

For example, in the 2000 election, some voters said that Bush was the kind of guy they'd like to have a beer with. Others vote for a candidate because they think he or she "has a nice family" or is a member of the same religious group or has a more appealing biography. My grandmother once expressed admiration for a politician from another...

Posted on 11/07/14 at 08:54 pm in response to House Republicans to the Twin Cities: It's not about you

with low taxes and a low quality of life.

The Nordic countries seem to have a pretty high quality of life, and unlike the nineteenth century, their people are not clamoring to move to the U.S.

Posted on 11/04/14 at 03:03 pm in response to 5 More Questions: Doug Rossinow on our era's intense partisanship

People who are already inclined in a conservative direction will naturally gravitate toward Fox News, which tells them that all other media outlets are "biased" and that they and only they have the impartial truth. They even put a few tame Democrats on to act as chew toys for their on-screen personalities.

From there, it's a short step to AM radio, which doesn't show the same restraint as Fox in demonizing non-conservatives. Every once in a while, I see a flurry of identical comments...

Posted on 11/04/14 at 06:34 pm in response to 5 More Questions: Doug Rossinow on our era's intense partisanship

replies from right-wingers faced with facts that don't match their worldview.

This arguing about established science (evolution, climate change, and other examples) makes me crazy. Yes, there have been times in the past when established opinions were overturned, as when the medical community realized that stomach ulcers are caused by microorganisms, not by eating the wrong foods. But these little scientific revolutions didn't occur because uninformed people shouted half-understood...

Posted on 10/31/14 at 05:20 pm in response to Twin Cities apartment vacancy remains low

charges up to $1300 a month for a studio. That's right, a studio.

If the vacancy rate in downtown Minneapolis is higher than in the rest of Minneapolis, that could be why.

Posted on 10/31/14 at 03:46 pm in response to After 15 years of turbulence, Sun Country finding clear air

most domestic flights, although their schedule is sparse enough to force me onto other airlines at times.

I happened upon their first class after arriving in Los Angeles on an exceedingly bumpy and sleepless overnight flight from Tokyo, and I was not looking forward to the flight home. As I approached the check-in counter, I saw a sign that said "Ask about first class upgrades." So I did, and I found the asking price extremely affordable, much more so than on United or Delta.

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