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Mark Snyder

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 08/28/14 at 02:45 pm in response to Forget about biking to the State Fair

I've ridden my bike to the Fair four times so far this year. The first day, I came from Roseville and took Fairview to Larpenteur Ave to the bike corrals at Snelling and Hoyt, which wasn't too bad, though you'd never know those were an option without consulting a Fair map first. Some signage might be nice.

The other days, I came straight across Como Ave from Minneapolis to the bike corrals at Como and Snelling. Even with the bike lanes removed, I had little trouble with it. I suppose...

Posted on 08/12/14 at 04:06 pm in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

Women are instructed to present themselves as indifferent or even hostile in public interactions because if they do respond or even make eye contact, the harassers see that as an invitation to continue. If they respond to some interactions, such as your polite "hi" but not others, such as someone's "hey, baby" the harassers see that as a slight and escalate. There's basically no way for women to win in interacting, so they're taught not to even try.

Does that suck? Absolutely. Is it...

Posted on 08/19/14 at 02:24 pm in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

More specifically, teach your sons to not expect any kind of response to saying hi and/or smiling. Also, teach your sons to treat women on the street the same as they would treat men. Do you smile and say hi to every man you see walking down the street? If not, why not? Why would you treat women differently than you would treat other men? Or why would you expect something different from women than you would from other men?

You can acknowledge the presence of another human being...

Why does there need to be a ratio at all? As the Minneapolis Business License Manager points out, the ratio is outdated and can be replaced with a framework that directly addresses issues such as excessive noise or other unwanted patron behaviors. Let the inspectors and the restaurant owners focus on those things instead of wasting time doing unnecessary arithmetic.

Posted on 06/02/14 at 01:27 pm in response to For DFL, anxiety over turnout and mining amid convention coronations

Someone might want to teach Sen. Tomassoni about this concept called "recycling" and how it might provide the metals that are used to make his cell phone.

A good way to ensure that happens would be to expand the current Electronics Recycling Act to include cell phones as a a "covered electronic device" that would count towards manufacturers' recycling obligation.

Posted on 02/11/14 at 04:08 pm in response to Obamacare and the duty to work

We still have millions of Americans who are unemployed, many of them for an extended period. If Obamacare allows some people to retire or work less, that creates opportunities to employ more of the people who do want to work, doesn't it? Isn't that a good thing?

Posted on 01/28/14 at 02:32 pm in response to Ellison praises Obama decision to raise federal contractor minimum wage

"Liberals cite a study finding 2 million workers on federal contracts making less than $12 an hour."

Further details on that study are found in the Washington Post article that Devin Henry provided a link to:

"An estimated 2 million Americans work on federal contracts, though the number of workers receiving the minimum wage would be a fraction of that.

A survey by the National Employment Law Project of contractors who manufacture military uniforms, provide food and...

Posted on 01/22/14 at 04:12 pm in response to Few quick fixes for MNsure problems, Optum report finds

I'm sure this falls outside the scope of Optum's review, but I cannot help but wonder how many of the problems with MNSure could have been avoided if implementation hadn't been delayed for two years by a hostile Legislature?

Posted on 01/22/14 at 01:46 pm in response to Breaking down the Wolves’ fourth-quarter blues

I agree that Brewer has size deficiencies as a wing stopper, but what about Mbah a Moute? I've read he's got really bad hands, making him a minus on offense, but is he that much worse of a minus on offense than Brewer? I'm still shaking my head about how he couldn't even get off the bench when Brewer was getting absolutely abused by Rudy Gay last week.

Posted on 01/21/14 at 12:50 pm in response to Do MNsure's problems reflect bigger government workforce problems?

There's a definite need to re-examine how IT professionals (and other science/engineering/technical staff) are compensated. However, I cannot help but wonder how many of the problems with MNSure could have been avoided if implementation hadn't been delayed for two years by a hostile Legislature. Wouldn't that have provided a lot more time for the training and troubleshooting that reportedly did not take place?