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Mike Schumann

St. Paul, MN
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5 years 36 weeks

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A bigger question is why the State Department is involved in Pipeline environmental reviews at all? That's a sign of how screwed up our government has become. The State Department should focus on foreign affairs. There should only be one agency that deals with pipeline safety and environmental reviews, regardless of where these lines run.

Why is Prairie Home Companion missing from this list?

Posted on 08/17/14 at 01:24 pm in response to Making sense of Minnesota's primary election voter turnout numbers

Maybe people are just tired of politics. Making the primaries even earlier is the absolute worst case scenario. A better approach would be to condense the elections so that the primaries were 2 weeks before the general elections.

Posted on 08/14/14 at 02:20 pm in response to Otto trounces Entenza in auditor race

I almost forgot to vote on Tues, but went out of my way to vote for Otto. I loved her campaign ad.....

Posted on 08/12/14 at 11:23 am in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

This article needs to be a little clearer about what "harassment" means. If smiling and saying hi is perceived as harassment, you're not going to get much sympathy from 95% of men.

Crude sexual remarks are a different story and should be prosecuted.

Posted on 08/17/14 at 01:10 pm in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

I'm still confused. Are we suppose to be teaching our sons that smiling and saying "Hi" to a woman is unacceptable behavior?

Posted on 07/11/14 at 10:39 am in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

As neighborhoods are transformed, people who can afford it will move to the new trendy neighborhoods opening up housing opportunities in other areas to people who want a different lifestyle or are looking for a lower price point.

This is not bad. In addition, these high end developments end up paying taxes that pay for schools, etc. in lower income neighborhoods.

Posted on 06/27/14 at 09:53 am in response to McFadden on how he would deal with his No. 1 worry: U.S. government debt

Why is eliminating the deficit not viable? Because we don't want to bite the bullet and pay for all of the goodies that we want government to provide?

There is no free lunch. It's high time to face reality and either cut spending or raise taxes.

Posted on 06/26/14 at 06:59 pm in response to Finally, Mike McFadden offers details on his health-care views

I'm totally for more transparency on pricing. I have a high deductible plan, so most of my day to day health care expenses come out of my own pocket. I don't have a problem with this. It's a good way to keep a lid on overall health care expenses. However, in the current system, there is absolutely no way to price shop. Health care providers should be required to post their prices and give estimates, just like auto repair shops.

The other issue that bugs me is the elimination of...

Posted on 05/20/14 at 10:41 am in response to An unemployed guy's guide to Minnesota's unemployment system

If you don't know anyone who likes LinkedIn, you are operating in a different universe than many of us. LinkedIn is an incredibly useful tool, not only for people who are networking trying to get a job, but also for anyone who is trying to get background information on sales prospects, potential employees, etc.....

If nothing else, I would suggest you keep your attitude to yourself, instead of publishing it in the open internet. If I was looking at you as a potential employee and...