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Pat Berg

Twin Cities
Commenter for
2 years 33 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 07/29/14 at 11:05 am in response to When St. Paul — officially — served as a safe haven for criminals

Matt, you write that "He (O'Connor) then reached out to criminals throughout the Midwest, letting them know that St. Paul was a safe place for them."

This strikes me as a kind of odd idea for him to have come up with. Do you know anything about why he decided to pursue this particular course of action? Was it literally that he realized it would keep St. Paul "safe" (despite the cost to surrounding communities) or did he maybe have some pre-existing ties to the criminal community...

Posted on 07/28/14 at 04:28 pm in response to St. Paul Police Department bears the brunt of budget cuts

RE: The $2 million cuts to the St. Paul Police Department:

So . . . . . . . . just HOW much is the city sinking into that shiny new baseball stadium downtown?

Posted on 07/25/14 at 01:12 pm in response to Obama calls for an end to Medtronic-like tax 'inversions'

Lack of definition seems to be plaguing both Barry Casselman and Mike McFadden.

For Casselman, lack of definition of how many is "many" (and a list would be helpful as well - you know - just to keep things fact-based).

And for McFadden - well - just basically a lack of definition. Period.

Posted on 07/31/14 at 04:07 pm in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

Granted, it's in St. Louis Park - but Roller Gardens also used to house a riding stable:

Posted on 07/24/14 at 06:22 pm in response to One more thing: NFL wants snow-plowing priority for Super Bowl

Earlier today I was listening to Dick Durbin being interviewed about the corporate inversion thing, and interestingly, he referred to it as them renouncing their American corporate citizenship (I believe that was the wording he used as I recall).

And I got to thinking about the whole "corporations are people" and "money is speech" constitutional protection thing, and got to wondering: Once a corporation "renounces its American corporate citizenship", should it not then also renounce...

Posted on 07/23/14 at 09:36 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

His handlers had plenty of time to tell him what he should answer on these questions. They're obviously falling down on the the job.

Time to fire them all and hire a new set of "experts" to tell him what his positions should be . . . . . .

Posted on 07/23/14 at 04:24 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

Rachel, that was outstanding!

Posted on 07/23/14 at 09:52 am in response to Pre-diabetes diagnosis has little value, say two experts

You may want to update your knowledge on the "legitimacy" of that particular disorder. Or perhaps Susan might wish to do a piece on it (and maybe include references to other maladies whose legitimacy was once doubted such as epilepsy or IBS).

Posted on 07/21/14 at 04:44 pm in response to It's our duty to combat hunger

A large delegation arriving at a single place at a single time to discuss a single problem has a much more focused impact. The effect is diffused if instead there are many smaller meetings with smaller groups in many different places.

You may not like what appears to be more inefficient from your perspective, but from another perspective, this may very well be a better use of the available resources.

Posted on 07/18/14 at 06:24 am in response to National GOP promising 'significant' spending in Minnesota

They don't have enough money to keep the streets driveable, but somehow they could afford to build a new baseball stadium downtown for the Saints?

And you thought Minneapolis was the only city with messed up priorities!