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Karen Sandness

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 08/18/14 at 09:41 pm in response to The Independence Party's slow descent into oblivion

is that they have no clear public identity. They say that they are the "moderates" in between the Republicans and the DFL, but what does that mean? Despite what the AM radio guys say, today's DFL is already pretty moderate, with little left from the Farmer-Labor part of its roots. People from other countries would look at the DFL and dub it a centrist party.

The Independence Party strikes me as being old-style Republicans, for the most part, Republicans from the era before the GOP...

Posted on 08/14/14 at 09:29 am in response to Minnesota’s primary problem: It’s time for a change (or two)

is that Party A can use them to sabotage Party B.

Suppose Party A has a legislator (let's call him Placeholder) who decides to retire after many years. Party A has a likely replacement in a young city council member (let's call him Hotshot) who is popular with constituents, gets things done, and works well across party lines. However, there's also a Party A old-timer who thinks that he deserves the nomination simply because he's been around so long, even though he has no particular...

Posted on 08/12/14 at 11:33 am in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

so they launch into the defensive person's favorite rhetorical technique, exaggeration. "Oh, I'm not supposed to notice pretty women anymore? Should I go around with a blindfold? Why are women going around in short sleeveless dresses, then?" (Uh, because it's summer?)

Since women accompanied by men are rarely harassed in this way, many men do not understand that street harassment is usually not complimentary. In its most benign form--a man telling a complete stranger to smile--it...

Posted on 08/08/14 at 08:23 pm in response to Transportation for the aging poses mounting challenge in Twin Cities

assisted living complexes are in the suburbs and reachable only by car.

Once a resident is unable to drive, the apartment complex becomes a prison, a comfortable prison, but a prison nonetheless, where one is dependent on the kindness of others to get around.

Anyone who wants to "age in place" on a cul de sac in Eagan or Minnetonka should do a thought experiment and ask, "How would I get around if I could no longer drive?"

Japan, with a population aging even faster than...

Posted on 08/02/14 at 11:27 am in response to David Cobb on how corporations are stealing our self-governing rights

They would pay income tax at personal rates.

They would not be allowed to enter into contracts until they had existed for 18 years.

They would be allowed to merge with only one other corporation at a time. If they wanted a new merger partner, they would first have to dissolve the previous merger.

They would have to go out of existence at the end of the average lifespan of their country.

If they deliberately acted in ways that caused innocent people to die and...

If it's up a percentage point since January, THAT was the lowest point.

With McFadden making all these pronouncements on education, I want to known what kind of teaching experience he has--in any school, public, private, K-12, or college.

People have told me that no one who has never been a parent has any idea what it is like. I have found the same to be true for teaching. Placed in front of a couple dozen middle schoolers or college freshmen, half of whom don't really want to be there, can McFadden keep them well-behaved and on task, if not engaged, and...

Posted on 07/29/14 at 04:14 pm in response to Affordable Care Act: Another story behind the numbers

Republican governors refused to expand Medicaid.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 10:12 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

Mike McFadden needs to learn basic arithmetic. The PROBLEM with Medicare is that it treats only the oldest Americans. For the average person, health problems increase with age, so the average 75-year-old is not as healthy as the average 65-year-old. Raising the age of eligibility will only increase the expense, since younger (therefore healthier) people will not be paying premiums.

The age of eligibility should instead be lowered so that younger, healthier people (perhaps the over-...

Posted on 07/29/14 at 03:20 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

after they're dead? It's not as if their heirs will be sleeping under bridges with an estate of "only" $4 million.

By the way, very few people with that kind of wealth got it merely by "working hard." If hard work were the only road to wealth, then hotel maids and migrant farm workers would be the richest people in America. Some won the parental lottery--the Waltons and the Kochs and Mitt Romney, for example--while others just happened to get support from the right people at the right...