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Michael Friedman

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Below my comment, I have pasted two paragraphs from the story. The first conveys questions from the public. The second conveys statements from the Chief. It is quite obvious that the second completely fails to answer the specific questions asked in the first. But is the juxtaposition just an editing error, with the Chief's statements never intending to answer the questions? Could the reporter or someone else present inform all whether or not the Chief chose to ignore the questions which...

Posted on 12/24/14 at 11:23 am in response to Why Minnesota's biggest GOP donors like Jeb Bush so much

Why is this written as if it's perfectly okay for Bill Cooper and Stanley Hubbard to have more influence on who the Republican nominee will be than any other regular member of the party?

And speaking of Hubbard, I wonder if one of his reporters might inquire if the unusual depiction of Bush in the photo is actually a gang symbol.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 02:07 pm in response to Complications from abortions are rare, study finds

And for libertarians who are not hypocritical, government should cease all abortion regulations or prohibitions because there is no societal consensus that regulations are needed or that the act itself is a crime.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 01:55 pm in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

The primary public relations talking point, here and elsewhere, is that GMO food is safe to consume.

Even if no future studies come along to disprove that, one can still want to avoid GMO food (and want sufficient labeling to do so) because of: the environmental impacts of the heavy pesticide use on water, evolutionary impacts on the food chain (especially as pesticide resistance increases), influence on monoculture and soil degradation resulting (short-term production increase could...

Posted on 12/05/14 at 11:47 am in response to Hubbard defends KSTP-TV's Hodges story after SPJ seeks disavowal

If various police agencies believe Mayor Hodges met the criteria of signifying gang membership or sympathy, then we need to find out who these police officers are and who they have testified against as "gang experts" so that anyone convicted on a similarly superficial basis may have their cases revisited. Knowing the names will also help expose, for future cases, the lack of expertise of the so-called experts, a pervasive problem in criminal justice that goes hand in hand with racial...

Posted on 12/05/14 at 02:03 pm in response to Hubbard defends KSTP-TV's Hodges story after SPJ seeks disavowal

"The SPJ code of ethics urges all journalists to never deliberately distort facts or context, including visual information"

Note too that the v and o in the word vote on Mr. Gordon's shirt were also blurred. KSTP clearly wanted to remove the context of why he was with the Mayor -- more evidence it violated journalist ethics and was intended as a hit piece.

Mr. Milner's comment repeats a few common fallacies. It is implied that suspension helps the better behaving children. If the suspended child comes back after a day or two, and nothing else has changed (except perhaps a bit behind the work being discussed) how has that helped the situation? Why will that make the suspended child behave better in the future and thereby improve the classroom climate for all? While there are many problems with the good kids versus bad kids paradigm and the...

Posted on 11/12/14 at 02:19 pm in response to After #pointergate, where do we go from here?

Or remove him because he has lost whatever credibility he may have had and anything he argues in the future cannot be taken seriously by anyone.

Posted on 11/10/14 at 04:50 pm in response to What U.S. medicine can learn from an open-air clinic in the Himalayas

Thanks for writing. I'm not a doctor but I understand that U.S. payment structures give great incentive for physicians to minimize the time needed to make sure communication with patients is thorough and effective. The doctors who make it a priority to talk to their patients (or, more importantly, listen) work longer hours and are prone to burnout.

Posted on 09/29/14 at 02:02 pm in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

When consolidation of major corporations leaves too few competitors, antitrust law is invoked to prevent potential harm to the marketplace.

It's time to apply antitrust analysis to the two party system. We have been harmed by lack of choice in the political marketplace for too long.