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Karen Sandness

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 04/18/14 at 11:33 pm in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

Anyone who thinks otherwise probably hasn't been there recently. Even Iceland has immigrants, as I found out when I visited.

Anyway, the idea that lack of immigrants makes it easier to have social democracy is just a bit racist. It implies that immigrants are not as intelligent, honest, or hard-working or otherwise worthy as native-born citizens.

Norway does have oil at present, but I've seen articles in business magazines praising Norway's stewardship of its oil revenue. It's...

Posted on 04/19/14 at 10:58 am in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

etc. is commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin in right-wing sources.

However, a bit of Googling reveals that there are no citations of this aphorism from before 1988, which suggests that it is another product of the right-wing's Spurious Quotes from the Founding Fathers Co., Inc.

Similar sentiments, which just happen to coincide with extreme Republican ideology, have been falsely attributed to Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington. All are twentieth...

Posted on 04/19/14 at 11:54 am in response to Lane Kenworthy on why we’re headed toward social democracy

While I grant the possibility of mismanagement on the part of the Venezuelan government (although the private sector is certainly capable of mismanagement, especially when short-term profit-oriented thinking overrides their common sense), the lack of investment sounds like a "capital strike."

It's not that investors couldn't make money off Venezuela's oil. It's that they no longer own the government as they did in the pre-Chavez days, so in a fit of pique, they refuse to invest.

Posted on 04/09/14 at 10:21 am in response to Amid cries of 'fascism,' bullying bill passes

economics in their private schools if they think that $7.50 an hour at 40 hours a week ($300, or an average of $1200 a month) is a living wage. I would like to challenge them to try living on that for six months and then report back on their experiential education in economics.

Posted on 04/09/14 at 10:29 am in response to There is no renaissance in U.S. public-transit use

They have built their entire careers upon traveling around the country trying to derail (pun intended) any new transit projects. (I'm surprised that Ms. Kersten didn't quote John Charles, the other member of the unholy trinity of transit bashers.)

They have been known to lie about transit projects and systems that I have extensive personal experience with, so I don't trust anything they say.

Since I read the Portland Oregonian online regularly, I know, for example, that the...

Nobody can really stop you from teaching your children whatever you want, but your beliefs do not give your children the right to beat up or emotionally torment other children.

I don't happen to believe that being gay is a sin (my experience with dozens of GLBT people over the years tells me that its' an inborn personality trait), but even if you do believe that, can you point to anywhere in the Bible where Jesus tells the crowd to go beat up the people he disapproves of?


Do you really think that homosexual orientation is "catching" and that your children might "turn gay" just because a teacher tells them that it's not a horrible demonic sin, so awful that some Christians are absolutely obsessed with it? Do you really believe that gay and lesbian youth are just being rebellious in the same way as the kid who smokes in the school bathroom or goes around with purple dreadlocks and piercings in odd places? Do you really believe that people choose to be gay or...

Posted on 04/01/14 at 09:49 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

the light rail line if the residents are that opposed to it. Why spend millions to appease the residents of a relatively short section of the line?

As an interim measure, increase the frequency of the #12 bus. It has never made sense to me why Minnetonka Boulevard, a typical suburban stretch of strip malls and single-family homes, has frequent bus service with the #17 while Excelsior Boulevard, with at least two existing walkable neighborhoods, New Urbanist Excelsior Grand and...

Posted on 04/03/14 at 10:37 am in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

why improving bus service along the #12 route would not be a good interim step for a route that is not going to open for several years. Or, if the economic well-being of the North side is a concern, why not extend the line deeper into the area with a run along Lyndale or some other main thoroughfare?

From my experience of ten years of riding Portland's light rail system, stops that do not serve actual destinations--a shopping area, a hospital, a concentration of housing, a school, a...

Posted on 04/05/14 at 04:35 pm in response to Why is Southwest LRT in trouble? Blame county-led planning

I was living in Oregon, and since moving here in 2003, I have felt that transit planning here has a serious flaw: the Metro Council is appointed by the current governor rather than elected, so transit policies may change every four years.

Furthermore, I wonder how many of the Metro Transit planners actually ride the buses and light rail with any frequency or have ever tried to live without their cars to see how the system works for the poor, the elderly, the disabled, the under-16s,...