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Michael Friedman

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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.

Posted on 09/29/14 at 03:49 pm in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

Antitrust is still invoked when two dominant corporations allow minor "competitors" but rig the system to prevent their growth into something that can compete.

TOD needs to mandate set asides for affordable units for those who cannot afford a car. Cities need to be able to condition variances in these corridors on serving low-income populations to some degree. Otherwise, the claim for equity is hollow, and disparities and segregation widen.

You are correct that 13.43 is badly in need of reform. It prohibits release of any information whatsoever regarding an investigation of a public employee unless formal discipline results. While it may appear to protect employees from false allegations, the real effect is that it encourages controversial incidents not to be addressed so as to shield media and public inquiry. A summary of the reasons an investigation was closed should be provided to whoever initiated the complaint, if not...

Posted on 05/23/14 at 10:12 am in response to The public has a right to know about public-employee arbitrations

I'm interested in good government management; I'm not interested in attacking the rights of union members.

In this context, I agree with the author that public grievance information is important because discipline that's overturned on a factual basis is very different from discipline overturned due to inconsistent management standards (i.e. because the government agency has been too tolerant or lenient in the past, or is discriminatory).

Language protecting the privacy of...

Posted on 05/02/14 at 01:31 pm in response to Why your brain keeps you off the train

I'm from NYC and lived seven years in Connecticut so I know the territory. Metro North (which runs on Amtrak tracks) is not comparable to the light rail version of public transport in any sense of the word. The closest raIl comparison would be the Northstar if it went to St. Cloud and perhaps had another branch splitting off towards Mankato. And then comparable only if the SW LRT and the Central Corridor were already operational and there was a good chance the St. Cloud commuter would...

Enhanced segregation also occurs when Minneapolis zoning and permitting variances, under the rationale of density, only end up supporting non-inclusionary housing projects in select neighborhoods in which rents are relatively higher: Downtown, North Loop, Uptown, and the Wedge. It would be good if the city's interest in density and "One Minneapolis" was not an either/or proposition, with mixed-income returning to the city's development lexicon alongside mixed-use.