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Peter Doughty

Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 01/15/15 at 08:02 am in response to Two for the roads: comparing the parties' transportation funding plans

Hear hear, Mr. Steele!
Seeing as how so many Democrats, including the governor, lined up in support of mega-monstrosities (Vikings stadium, St. Croix bridge), I'm not at all inclined to be confident of their proposal. But I'm not expecting any sense on this from Republicans, either.
For those readers willing to take a hard look at the many costs of the more-of-the-same approach to roads, I highly recommend Brainerd-based StrongTowns....

Posted on 12/16/14 at 06:45 am in response to On GMOs, schools should share facts, not propaganda

Over 2000 pro-GMO studies, you say? What an impressive number. No citation of even one,though. Hmmm . . . It's rather reminiscent of that drunkard Sen. Joe McCarthy's claims of "lists" of communists in the U.S. government.
By the way, in case you haven't noticed, Mr. Ladd, "science" bought by industry is a big reason why science in general now has such low--and declining--regard in American culture. Oh well.
The modernist conceit is to go ahead and do something merely because one...

I very much welcome the inclusion of this subject at Thank you, Katie!
There are a lot of people researching and experimenting with ways of introducing more perennial species into edible landscapes, and one of the more prominent ones is Eric Toensmeier, co-author of "Paradise Lot." It's about how he and a friend converted an ordinary backyard in the old cold-climate industrial town of Holyoke, MA, into a lush multi-species food-producing space. And one of the climate-...

Posted on 06/02/14 at 07:14 am in response to Post-convention, mining a key issue for DFL

Maybe composting toilets aren't such a terrible idea after all.

I think that euphemism can be translated: "fracking chemicals."

Posted on 04/05/14 at 06:22 am in response to Josh Ostergaard's 'Devil's Snake Curve' looks beyond the ballpark

Hear, hear. And I have similar feelings about major league baseball. Real baseball, to me, is what around here is called "town ball": amateur teams playing in local leagues. I've been to a couple of fine venues to witness terrific games, and I recommend New Ulm and Miesville.

Folks who are intrigued by Ostergaard's approach may also be interested in "The Farmers' Game: Baseball in Rural America," by David Vaught. It gets a full-page review in Minnesota History, Spring 2014.

Posted on 01/23/14 at 11:04 am in response to Exploring the grand, lonely beauty of Sunset Memorial Cemetery

"(Theodore Wirth was forced by the Park Board to tear up the parkway between the southern edge of the golf course and East Hennepin Ave., because the owner of a stone quarry who had donated the land for it demanded his land back in 1928)"

Huh. I hadn't heard of that before. Donated but demanded back?--such nerve. And the board went along?--outrageous. Would that be the quarry that spawned the ill-designed Quarry shopping center?

Posted on 10/02/13 at 06:27 am in response to American Crystal Sugar to default on government loan of $71.2 million

Weren't they actually locked-out-and-replaced workers?

I’m no connoisseur of classical music—my taste runs in other directions—but I’ve greatly appreciated the several concerts I’ve attended at Orchestra Hall. Thus, I view the lockout and dismemberment of the Orchestra—the reason for refurbishing the Hall, right?—as a civic disgrace. And the political process in legislating a new Igloo for the Vikings? Ditto. And the one involved in the St. Croix Megabridge? Ditto.
Waste, waste, waste.
Thankfully, there are so many admirable small-...

Posted on 09/03/13 at 08:18 am in response to Twin Cities parks 3.0: Bold new initiatives coming to our green spaces

Well, that sounds fine and dandy, and I hope that it somehow is so, but the article makes absolutely no case. Some citation of evidence, please.