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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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As this is not a public forum, I doubt censorship would affect any conversation we had about whether or not we agree that the US is a terrorist nation. In fact, I think we could have that discussion here as long as we weren't flinging personal insults. But, even if we typed out such a conversation and it didn't show up here on MinnPost, it wouldn't be censorship.

Still, it's unlikely you and I would see eye to eye on the subject given that you think that Cheney's definition of...

Having access to good food is essential and having time and skills to prepare said good food is critical. However, it's more complicated than that.

Many people receiving food assistance know, on some level, that their food choices affect both their pocketbooks when purchasing, as well as their health later. Yet, they are the most likely to make poor food choices. It's not just time and money, either. While those who are not eligible for food assistance make the healthiest...

Posted on 12/16/14 at 03:51 pm in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

These numbers are problematic. It's clear that the issue isn't as simple as teaching quality or income, but something (or things) very specific to race. I would like to see the numbers normalized to educational status of the parents, as well as by income.

Part of the gap might be that students don't have the benefit of experience of the parents. In other words, it's easier for a student to recognize, or at least take for granted, the benefit of education if their parents...

Some day, we'll understand the body well enough to make intelligent calls on who to treat (or test) and when. Unfortunately, it will also likely come with the question of genetic screening and who should have access.

There is probably some genetic aspect to the predisposition of colon cancer in black populations. Changing the age of screening makes sense, but if we understood better why it makes sense, we could identify more specifically who needs to be screened, black, white, or...

There was very little rational about what happened to Trayvon Martin. That was all about a man with a gun who felt he should use it because he could. It was about race because there was no other indication that he didn't belong in the neighborhood, let alone needed to be stalked then shot. Zimmerman is a predator, as is clear from not only that incident but several other incidents since then.

I would be much more likely to follow your argument if you had a good one. I met a man in...

Posted on 12/09/14 at 04:01 pm in response to Keys to saving our endangered bees may be just lying along the roadside

Some thought needs to be given to roadside bee havens. First, the height of the ground cover can be a factor in road safety--there's nothing like a big buck bounding out of the tall weeds right in front of your car because neither you nor the deer sees the other in time. Ouch.

Second, by relying on roadsides to provide the majority of forage material for bees, other insects, birds, and mammals, you're putting them immediately next to traffic travelling at 55+ miles per hour....

Posted on 12/08/14 at 02:01 pm in response to On Ferguson, social media and racial empathy

My problem with the situation in Ferguson is that it was probably the most inappropriate case to start caring about what happens to black youth. Yes, there is an inherent bias against blacks, particularly young black men. The statistics show it. However, Michael Brown's death shouldn't have been a trigger for protests and looting. The protests should have already been happening, and the looting is just wrong.

Instead of working to get results every day by voting and amending...

You could be wrong.

Our interests aligning with Israel has nothing to do with jihadists. That's a pretty modern phenomenon. Our initial political interest in Israel was a combination of anti-semitism and ill-defined exceptionalism. In other words, Israel was a convenient place to redirect the masses fleeing from Nazism because we didn't want them here and we didn't want to look like the bunch of jerks we were actually being because 'Merica is above all that. In fact, historically...

Posted on 11/26/14 at 10:36 am in response to Police militarization: Looking at policy solutions

This.

Police militarization not only increases the chance of deadly mistakes involving innocent and/or unarmed citizens, essentially taking due process out of the law, but it separates the police from the rest of the citizenship, further increasing the risk of clashes between police and non-police citizens.

Are we at war within our own borders and between our own citizens? Watching Ferguson, and reading about police raids using military-like force for such piddly things as...

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...