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Mike Worcester

Cokato, Minnesota
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1 year 32 weeks

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Posted on 03/31/14 at 11:34 am in response to DFL hands out awards at its annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner

Big congrats to Nancy Larson, who has been an advocate for local governments for decades. She is passionate and committed to the survival of rural Minnesota. I am proud to call her my friend.

Posted on 03/17/14 at 12:09 pm in response to National Popular Vote plan is hardly a threat to democracy

Not that long ago, I used to support the concept of the electoral college for the simple reason that I thought--mistakenly--that it protected the interests of the small population states. But after watching four consecutive presidential elections where three, or less, states were the obsessive focus of media and campaigns, no longer.

The vote of a conservative Republican in New York or a liberal Democrat in Mississippi should carry equal weight. But under our current system, they...

They truly do.

Can someone please--using not bureaucratic legalese b.s.--but honest language, why it is even remotely fair to punish the child for the transgressions of the parents?

I'd be very curious to hear their twisted justifications for such a practice.

Posted on 01/31/14 at 01:08 pm in response to Better a third termer than a third rater?

I have sometimes pondered if the U.S. should go the opposite direction and limit the president to one six year term. That way they would not have to worry about spending time running for re-election and actually govern.

A myopic thought perhaps, but it cannot be worse than what we have currently.

"But more important, career teachers have pensions that make them the equivalent of millionaires when they retire."

Could you please cite your source on this claim? I am the son of a retired career elementary school teacher and I can assure you that she certainly is not a millionaire. Not even close.

Will Sen. Westrom also include Speaker Boehner in this "dysfunction"? He was elected to congress the same year as Peterson. Hmm.....

Posted on 12/12/13 at 11:49 pm in response to Minneapolis council waves off Downtown East lawsuit, will vote Friday

Mr. Gelfand's weekly column was required reading for me. He called like it needed to be, even when it caused his fellow Strib employees to squirm. He was approachable, he listened to your concerns, and when he believed the paper did something wrong, he pursued it with vigor. His being moved to the business pages and away from what he did best was a signal to this reader that the Strib was starting its downslide. Print media needed more people like him, not less. Godspeed Lou, may you...

Posted on 11/26/13 at 11:25 am in response to Iran nuclear arms deal: better than bombing

About the subject of Mosaddegh and Iran/U.S. relations:

All the Shah's Men, by Stephen Kinzer, tells how the U.S. was drawn into the Iran mess by the British, who were unhappy that their oil monopoly was being threatened.

The Persian Puzzle, by Kenneth Pollack, gives a longer historical view of relations between the nations.

Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation, by Barbara Slavin, which tells about how decades of mistrust...

Posted on 11/22/13 at 12:36 pm in response to 2 of 5 children in submerged car die

Referring to a local unit of government as a "town" is a bit of an anachronism. We now call them townships. Town was different than Village, a legal designation eliminated by the legislature in 1974. To urban dwellers township government seems almost quaint with their annual meetings and true citizen government.

The construction of so many big box retail stores--and yes Mills Fleet Farm is in the category--is rife with it.

Sweetheart land deals, tax increment financing that virtually never benefits the city involved, and deferred property taxes all a pattern of Main Street was demolished by corporate greed.

How does the wage scale of a Mills store compare to other big boxes? Do they pay a liveable wage? Or are a good number of them also receiving SNAP assistance?