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Lance Groth

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St. Paul, Minnesota
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Posted on 08/22/14 at 05:37 pm in response to Search continues for Arden Hills shooting suspect

They actually went further the wrong way - more bird killing glass for the giant pivoting glass doors. They don't get it, and don't care either.

Posted on 08/21/14 at 05:14 pm in response to Value of Vikings up $319 million since signing stadium deal

The Vikings are worth $300 million more thanks to public largesse, but Zygi won't cough up a measly $1 million to prevent birds from suiciding on the glass expanse of the Avian Abattoir. That Zyg, what a class act.

Posted on 08/14/14 at 04:06 pm in response to McFadden hurriedly walks back gas-tax idea

I find it ironic that the party of personal responsibility wants all their candidates to take orders from, and sign a loyalty oath to, an unelected, unappointed Commissar of Party Doctrine, who lives in another state halfway across the country. Can't have any independent thought, you know. I wonder if McFadden is feeling a little emasculated - or if he even cares.

Posted on 08/08/14 at 05:37 pm in response to Mining: What's it worth to you?

Certainly, in America we believe that people have the right to earn a living, be productive and live their lives. But that right ends where it degrades the lives of other people - particularly when the outcome was foreseeable and could have been avoided. I would argue that this principle extends not only to other people, but to the other living beings with which we share the planet, and the health of the biosphere that supports all life, including ours.

As Mr. Hintz points out so...

Posted on 08/04/14 at 02:10 pm in response to Fixing Vikings stadium's bird-killing glass would be 'relatively cheap'

"The responsibility for negative externalities doesn't lie with those who suffer from them, it's with those who create them"

Well and truly put. Exactly so.

You actually haven't pointed out anything - you made a blanket statement with no supporting data. You say Franken lies - ok, exactly what has he lied about? The article was about specific data points that McFadden, uh, let's go easy and say he "misrepresented" - "lie" is such an ugly word. If you have similar specific data, post it. Otherwise, all we can discern is that you personally don't like Franken. Shrug.

Posted on 07/31/14 at 12:40 pm in response to Against the über-presidency: Minnesota Republicans vote to sue Obama

If Obama has been aggressive in his use of executive authority, the House has only itself to blame. They have refused to work with the president on anything, or indeed, to do anything - least of all tend to the people's business - other than hold endless, meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare. Boehner's House is the most dysfunctional House in the history of the Republic, which is why their public approval rating hovers around 10-13%. They are only interested in the politics of attacking...

Posted on 07/29/14 at 03:29 pm in response to When St. Paul — officially — served as a safe haven for criminals

For a fun read in novel form covering events in St. Paul during the '32-'35 period, from the perspective of the crusading journalist (renamed Grover Mudd) try "Saint Mudd", by local writer Steve Thayer. Mr. Thayer seems to have done due diligence in his research, and the gangsters, corrupt officials, newspaper anti-corruption campaign, and G-men are all there. It makes for a fun summertime read, particularly appealing to St. Paulites as the locations are all familiar.

Is anyone actually surprised that the Vikings don't want to spend one dollar to prevent needless killing of birds? This issue was raised when the design was originally unveiled, and promptly ignored. They want their Crystal Cathedral and simply will not listen.

I wonder, though, how they'll feel when, in the age of the internet and smartphones, people film workers sweeping up dead birds and washing smudge marks off the glass before game time and post it on the web? Seems like it...

Posted on 07/23/14 at 04:52 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

It would be simple enough to pop this guy's balloon. When he says "everything" is on the table, ask him if that includes tax increases, especially for the rich. He'll of course say "no, no tax increases", and everyone will see what a phony he is.

Or at least, that's how it would go if he'd just answer the question. In reality, he'd just spit out more boilerplate about how broken Washington is, and take an irrelevant jab at Franken. Which comes to the same destination, come to...