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Pat McGee

Coon Rapids, MN
Commenter for
5 years 15 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 07/17/14 at 07:55 am in response to White House moves to stop Medtronic's Irish tax strategy

At the Mayor's request SWAT is now SOG (special operations group) because SWAT sounds too mean. As if SOG is carries any weight. Not to mention that Spec Ops Group sounds sinister.

Posted on 06/12/14 at 12:47 pm in response to Design details of Minneapolis' Interchange shortchange pedestrians

Why are there 2 stations mere feet apart? It makes no sense to stop at one platform and another a minute later?

The Targt Field sidewalk is a major hazard in the winter. It is NOT cleared and not lit. Just talk to the many folks who have sustained falls on the dark ice in mornings and evenings trying to make their way from the Northstar to the bus garage. (Complaints to Target Field are shrugged off with comments that they only clear and light the sidewalk on "game days".)

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Posted on 05/30/14 at 09:19 am in response to We need the facts about U.S. gun violence — and we need them now

Auto deaths have declined over the past two decades. And while the number of people living with AIDs has increased, the number of new infections per year has remained relatively stable.

Facts, Mr. Swift.

Posted on 05/22/14 at 08:52 am in response to Pro-stadium politicians bask in Minnesota's Super Bowl win

I agree that, for the vast majority of Minnesotans, the Super Bowl will be a non-event. And, I go even further, that for the vast majority of the US, it will be a non-event. My completely anecdotal, non-scientific observations are that within a week most people couldn't tell you who was in a given Super Bowl or where it was.

Too bad all those corporations who are coughing up money to subsidize the SB didn't see fit to pay for the stadium. I hope they are paying all the overtime for...

Posted on 05/15/14 at 09:28 am in response to Will Metro Transit’s Green Line really replace 500 bus trips?

This would be headline news to most riders if it were true. All too often the light rail sits at stop lights for 3-5 minutes. (Not that we time that or anything.)

With the trip from Target Field station to the Govt.Center stop routinely taking 15 minutes, I'm not surprised by the predictions of an hour or more from St. Paul on the Green Line.

I sincerely hope Metro Transit speeds up light rail. AND starts following a schedule instead of its suggestion.

Posted on 04/08/14 at 10:20 am in response to Minnesota Lottery's online push hits bipartisan legislative wall

“We just don’t think Minnesotans voted for this in 1989,’’ said Sen. Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook.

That is probably true as far as it goes. Widespread use of the internet didn't start until the mid-1990's. Smart phones still later. It would have been difficult to vote for or against a technology yet to be deployed.

Posted on 04/08/14 at 09:50 am in response to Minnesota Senate's '$77 million workspace' finally passes

One of them (Park or Center) should change their name. That step alone would help since almost no one can remember which is which.

Mayor Hodges comments are beyond embarrasing, for sure. If this is "absolutely everying we cared about" it will be a long four years with her at the helm. Because, what else is there left to do, now that everything she cared about is lost.

Posted on 04/02/14 at 09:45 am in response to Mayor Betsy Hodges to make her first MinnRoast appearance

Is what City Hall staffers have been wondering since she took office. Now we know where to find her.

Taxpayers would probably prefer that she start making some of the hard decisions she is paid for. SW light rail is one. The moratorium is another.

Posted on 03/20/14 at 12:04 pm in response to Sunday liquor unlikely, but 'growlers'...

I know quite a few people who work at Target corporate headquarters and "fast, fun an friendly" are words that they have never used to describe the Target culture.

Where can I find the study of the Nicollet Mall re-do? It could use a facelift but I don't know how they will get people to come unless they have a sure way to get destination retailers and restaurants to locate there.