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Paul Brandon

Mankato, MN
Commenter for
6 years 41 weeks

Recent Comments

anything 'dribbling out' is a sign of an intellectual prostate problem.
A story is not a fact.

I don't read the PP, but I believe that the *current* editorial position of the STrib is that MnSure is successful; it has increased the number of Minnesotans receiving medical care.

Posted on 08/20/14 at 07:14 pm in response to Restaurant group reverses course on minimum wage charges

how many of Blue Plate's employees can afford to eat in their restaurants?

Posted on 08/21/14 at 09:09 am in response to Restaurant group reverses course on minimum wage charges

eat in a Parasole restaurant, leave your tip in cash.

Posted on 08/20/14 at 12:04 pm in response to Minnesota students again top the nation on ACT composite scores

a model that predicts what Minnesota's ACT's should be given its demographics, and to what extent it exceeds that prediction.
States are not directly comparable. For one thing, on the East Coast good students are more likely to take the SAT, since the top colleges prefer that measure. We should be sure to compare the same category of student in each state.

A number of states have decided NOT to help their fellow citizens (I assume they don't regard all citizens as their friends).
And of course Federal agencies such as the VA and Medicaid are far more efficient than most state agencies, so I don't see where the waste is in having the Federal government provide for "the general welfare". That's what the Constitution says it should do.

Posted on 08/13/14 at 07:01 pm in response to Fish oil and the 'Eskimo diet': another medical myth debunked

Inuit life expectancy is about a dozen years shorter than that of Canadians in general.

Posted on 08/13/14 at 10:45 am in response to Why Head Start matters

What you haven't mentioned is the evidence that Head Start graduates are more likely to graduate from high school.
While this is correlational and so doesn't prove causation, it is another justification for Head Start. It's the long term effects that are most important.

Posted on 08/11/14 at 09:45 am in response to With narrow work force focus, MnSCU has lost its way

MnSCU (past tense: MnScrod) has been short sighted since its inception. Do the numbers: it is dominated by community/technical college people, not by Universities.

The issue is what happens to graduates when job requirements change. Under the current employer-friendly system, they are thrown away and new (and cheaper) graduates with current training are hired, and in turn disposed of when used up.

At one time we used to distinguish between education and training. This is...

Posted on 08/11/14 at 09:47 am in response to McFadden's address to the nation

is somewhere between
Lonely Street
and
Heartbreak Hotel.