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Martin Owings

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Mr Black I have to admit I've always enjoyed your writing, but perhaps more importantly I respect it. Thank you for pulling all this together and writing about such an important issue, I really appreciate it. Excellent job sir.

Posted on 10/06/14 at 05:08 pm in response to Should the Twins fire Ron Gardenhire?

Yep you nailed it Doug. I don't expect the Pohlad's feel any obligation to actually field a decent team.

Posted on 08/12/14 at 01:53 pm in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

Matt - I'm not so sure. Seems both females and males are parties involved in the human transaction. I don't agree with the assertion that a smile and "hi" be greeted with a "snake eye" or cold indifference. There's a definite line between respectful and polite interactions and harassment or hostility. Ignoring a passerby who says hello or smiles at you isn't a mere dismissal of interaction, it could be perceived ad hostile in itself. It's more than a little hypocritical to ask one party in...

Posted on 08/15/14 at 03:22 pm in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

Joel Fischer is absolutely right. Saying, "hi" and greeting someone with a smile is NOT harassment. If you're a man or a woman and you're feeling like some of the comments here are counter-intuitive it's because they ARE.

My five wonderful sisters and many female friends have all dealt with jerks who felt compelled to be idiots and practice, "street harassment". It didn't make one of the, NOT a single one, give up on the rest of humanity and decide to treat an entire gender with...

Posted on 10/17/13 at 03:14 pm in response to What I found at the border where the Twin Cities come together

I really enjoyed reading this Bill.

Being partial to Saint Paul though, I have to say we're better in just about every respect and here's why; Minneapolites believe they have the market cornered on everything from fashion to food, politics to planning, but we know better in Saint Paul. We don't need to mark off our, "bicycling/running/cat walking paths because we're not Communists.

In St.Paul we don't need the nanny state to tell us where on the path and in what manner to...

Posted on 10/17/13 at 03:18 pm in response to What I found at the border where the Twin Cities come together

Had a lot fun reading your article Bill. Love it.

Posted on 04/25/13 at 10:46 pm in response to Digital bits

Let's hope we don't have to read that last will & testament for many, many, many decades in the future, but just in case I got dibs on that cable bill credit.

Posted on 04/22/13 at 09:04 pm in response to Catholic Church ramps up opposition to Minnesota anti-bullying bill

Clearly this is yet more evidence that the Church has lost it's way. I'd think the last place they'd want to go right now is someplace that deals with sexuality. I agree with many experts who believe the Pope quit because of the massive scandal at his door and the Church has a lot to answer for that it still has not. It's continued stonewalling on the sexual abuse tragedy and failure to confront the monsters who perpetrated those acts should be it's first and only concern when it comes to...

Posted on 12/20/12 at 04:11 pm in response to Fall 2012 radio ratings: What's going on with talk?

David, great analysis and even greater question? What's going on with talk radio is multi-facetted in my opinion.

1. It's all about the personalities and changing tastes.
2. People can get good content anytime from multiple platforms.
3. Some of the radio in the Twin Towns isn't that great.
4. The elections just ended and I think people were burnt out.

At the risk of sounding unkind, I tend to avoid some of the programming even though the content might be good...

Posted on 12/20/12 at 03:00 pm in response to Fighting for relevance, 1500 ESPN shuffles lineup

Thank you for the thoughtful response David. I know you have the experience and insight to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of radio personalities and I really do appreciate it. For my money Beirerro and Mischke are the most entertaining radio guys in the Twin Cities, for different reasons of course.