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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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Posted on 08/26/14 at 08:30 am in response to MPS must get serious about breaking down achievement barriers

I am disappointed to hear this information. That being said, since those in charge are lacking in insight, foresight, and overall vision, what would you propose? I agree with the district that salons and barber shops could be a solution for SOME students, but there's only so much hair that anyone is interested in, let alone successful in. What is an alternative? How do we elevate young black men in society? I don't think that black males are a punchline. Perhaps it's up to a group of...

Posted on 08/26/14 at 01:49 pm in response to MPS must get serious about breaking down achievement barriers

Since I'm not in the same boat as a young black male, I can only guess. But my guess would be that simply doing your homework won't overcome some of the issues that result in the underachievement of black males. If it was as simple as that, there would probably not be a problem. For those that have trouble academically, there may be less access to individualized help (monetary barrier). For those that have trouble motivationally, there may be less access to mentorship and guidance (adult...

I'd be happy to tax job creators less. But only if they can prove that they actually create jobs. Full time, benefit bearing jobs. I'd be happy to give you a tax break equal to your tax share of the welfare benefits they don't actually use because of the job you created. If you employ a crapload of people, that might actually add up to something.

Let's privatize SS and Medicare. That'll be more "efficient." That is, the money will more efficiently be slipped from taxpayer pockets into private pockets.

As long as those who are in the middle of the training exercises get warning. I want our soldiers to be ready for the dangers that lie elsewhere. If that means training exercises on American soil, fine. I am much better about this training exercise (with the exception of the part where NO ONE WAS WARNED) than the militaries in our back yard--the level of armament of many police forces is ridiculous. If military level weaponry or vehicles are needed, they should be shared in large areas...

Posted on 08/20/14 at 02:01 pm in response to Why boosting primary turnout in Minnesota would require big changes

For those of us with the luxury of easy transportation and compliant employers, we can /decide/ to vote or not. For those who don't have those luxuries, it's not a decision.

Posted on 08/14/14 at 08:05 am in response to DFL chair says Entenza has 'no future' in party

I was disgusted to hear about Ken Martin's personal rant about Entenza, yesterday. The primary is over, the money is gone. Griping in a press conference about it is foolish, childish, and pointless. I don't care for Entenza, myself, but this sounds like a typical GOP ousting of the "not fit for OUR party" stuff. Grow up.

Posted on 08/14/14 at 08:42 am in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

Here's the deal, I appreciate that there are all kinds of ways women can avoid harassment. However, we shouldn't HAVE to avoid harassment. I've gotten the "you should smile" from strangers. It's not because they're concerned for my happiness. It's creepy--we know when a comment or a look isn't "right." It's threatening--if it's a creepy look or comment in a very public place, what will it be if we happen to be in a less public place?

This is a men's issue, too. If we must be...

Posted on 08/18/14 at 11:51 am in response to Confronting the everyday power of street harassment: What can be done?

So, I can't stand up for myself because it's whiny and I am automatically privileged (as though I must be ashamed of this)? And heaven forbid that what I do might affect someone who isn't privileged enough to have the time and energy to deal with it. It's not trivial and self indulgent to want to live without the NEED to avoid eye contact because you might just provide that window of opportunity for the harasser. I don't want to avoid eye contact or blow off everyone who says hello. I do...

Posted on 08/14/14 at 09:05 am in response to McFadden's address to the nation

What's ludicrous is that you can make such a statement without any support in the face of true evidence to the contrary.
Second, I'm not sure why you can't eat good apples when the rotten one was removed. Are you advocating waste, Mr. Swift?
Finally, if you want to compare the performance of the US public school system compared to much of the rest of the world and claim that we're failing, does that mean you're advocating what the rest of the industrialized world does for...