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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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We finished behind Rwanda. A country in Central Africa known for genocide in recent history, though it now boasts "lower corruption than neighboring countries," setting a pretty low bar for "low corruption." And, yet, its election system has a higher integrity than the country that likes to believe that it invented democracy...

Posted on 11/19/14 at 09:41 am in response to More than 90,000 undocumented immigrants in Minnesota

While 2.5% of the workforce sounds like a small percentage, it still means that there are 90,000 people who are at the mercy of questionable employers who "don't know" that they're undocumented and will often happily hold this information over the heads of the undocumented worker in order to exploit them in inhumane ways.

In an example in my hometown, a local dairy farm hires non-citizen workers for farm labor. While I don't know their immigration status, I am told that many of...

Posted on 11/18/14 at 02:24 pm in response to Arsenic-laden rice: As FDA deliberates, Consumer Reports issues guidance

I agree that risk management is what is at issue here. If we avoid all risks, we're pretty much already dead. Eating rice to avoid gluten? Well, for those with celiac disease, the arsenic dose from rice is a risk worth taking. If you're not gluten sensitive, maybe you should reconsider whether that gluten free diet is really all that important (it's probably not benefiting you, anyway). But, for children (or pregnant women), it might be a risk that you work to avoid due to potential...

Posted on 11/14/14 at 08:46 am in response to An open letter — about Minneapolis’ love of open letters

This article highlights the other side of Minnesota Nice--Minnesota Passive Aggressive. Open letters can be useful. However, instead of meeting to deal with the original issues raised, lots of finger pointing happened, none of which actually addressed the problems. However, Pointergate was the last straw. It went beyond Minnesota Passive Aggressive to political hit. Let's face it, it's not just the black community that believe that at least some of the Minneapolis Police force are thugs...

Posted on 11/14/14 at 03:05 pm in response to The 2016 (!) presidential field, per the PBS NewsHour

If it turns out to be a race between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, I will be praying that the third party puts someone in that's not too insane because that's where my vote will need to go. I don't want the presidency to be a family legacy. Modern communication and transportation, as well as the supposed ability to be upwardly mobile in this country, should negate the need for families to hold high governmental positions, particularly the presidency.

Posted on 11/12/14 at 01:15 pm in response to After #pointergate, where do we go from here?

It may very well be that the original intent of the supposed story that the photo supports wasn't based on race, but rather, politics. It seems to me that a couple of politically disgruntled cops decided to use racial stereotyping to take out a political foe--Mayor Hodges--for saying things they don't like, mainly that some of the police force are thugs themselves. I agree with the mayor on this one, and these two cops proved it. They used racial profiling and thuggery to try to discredit...

Posted on 11/10/14 at 04:16 pm in response to Tom Daschle on Obamacare and Washington dysfunction

I wish Daschle was still in government. He was one of the best things to come out of South Dakota and was a great asset. I would venture to guess that many South Dakotans rue the day that they were convinced John Thune could do a better job.

Posted on 11/06/14 at 12:59 pm in response to Postelection thoughts on politics, governing and greased pigs

As much as I'd like to believe the claim by both the President (or Governor) and the GOP that they'll work together, the proof is in the pudding. The very first thing Obama did was reach to the Republicans with a Republican plan on health care. They refused to even show up to a meeting. Then, they claimed that they had no say when it passed and was signed into law. They've spent the last several years doing nothing but throwing tantrums about it. I don't think the President or Governor...

Posted on 11/05/14 at 09:55 am in response to Dear winners: Congratulations! And now, remember you're a public servant

Yes, this. No one has a mandate, here. That being said, shame on the 800,000 people who voted last time and not this time. You will get the government you deserve and the rest of us will, too.

Posted on 11/05/14 at 02:06 pm in response to Dear winners: Congratulations! And now, remember you're a public servant

While they might have put more GOP in government, they also legalized pot and raised minimum wages in several states. This is about hope and change. They might be unpleasantly surprised, though. Then again, the GOP has promised not to screw it up this time around. We'll see. In any case, the poor house is far more empty than before they were "Hope & Changed" as you put it. It's amazing how your "facts" change when you've got your eyes closed, Mr. Swift.