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Rachel Kahler

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Blaine, Minnesota
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I agree with Raj. Although I can see where the legalities of Affirmative Action are pretty bendy, I also see that it is impossible to maintain equal treatment under the law (and government entities) in a race neutral way. What if we say, ok, we'll make college applications anonymous and only attach a face and name after admissions. Well, if given a choice between nameless, faceless candidate A, who has a 4.0 average at rich, suburban high school X and nameless, faceless candidate B, who...

Posted on 05/06/14 at 08:22 am in response to Former Congressman Jim Oberstar dies at 79

Temporary insanity? I hope it was temporary, anyway.

Posted on 04/10/14 at 11:53 am in response to Women's bill: the DFL social agenda even Republicans voted for

Is probably mostly because they failed to keep working women, particularly working mom's, from voting with their voter discrimination proposal. Because they now need to make sure they don't alienate ALL women, they HAD to vote on it. I'm highly amused at the accusation of the male GOPers that they were told to shut up. I'm not sure if it would be funnier if it was true or if it wasn't.

I do think we should have high standards for teachers. However, I think someone already pointed out the fallacy of the argument that the high failure rate is a problem. Perhaps the training of those that go to the colleges with a high failure rate is sub par. If that results in a racial bias, it might be because people with lower economic means can afford sub par training. That calls to a problem in training quality, not racial bias. Perhaps these people shouldn't be failing, but not because...

Posted on 03/14/14 at 11:08 am in response to Rybak endorses Noor over veteran Kahn in Minneapolis House race

I don't know Noor and I'm not familiar with his political stance. However, Kahn has been an excellent and community-engaged representative. She regularly checks the pulse of the community, which is more than I can say about any of the other representatives I've had in the Twin Cities area (I've been in 4 districts since I've been here). She would be an excellent choice to continue to represent Minneapolis residents. That being said, there appears to be a lot of trust in Noor and his...

Put dividers in the current offices and share them. If you're afraid of political eavesdropping, share them with the same party. But, really, I don't see a need for a new political building when we can't get spending approved for a lot of other things that would actually be a benefit to the public, like transportation. Get that southwestern leg built!

Posted on 03/11/14 at 10:43 am in response to Osmo Vänskä's fate: Minnesota Orchestra board facing intense pressure

It's sad, but this is not just about Vanska and Henson. There are lots of possibilities here, but many of them won't work. The problem is, the MOA has to do something that results in all the former donors to return AND MORE. Here are some possible options and likely outcomes (from my point of view).

1. Vanska returns and Henson goes--decent scenario, but one in which I would not financially support the MN Orchestra other than maybe with ticket purchases. As noted above, Henson isn...

You do come up with some doozies, Mr. Tester. Most government offices are actually closed Saturday AND Sunday. Probably just to cover their rears regarding which day is actually the Sabbath. ;)

Or, it might be because Sunday happens on the weekend, and the weekend is a product of the workers' rights movement and not simply linked to religious beliefs (though that was the original basis for the chosen days).

That being said, you might have something here. I'd support...

Posted on 03/05/14 at 08:41 pm in response to Rules, laws and proportion: Where's the common sense?

I agree that these situations lack common sense. But, you said it yourself, we are a litigious society. We can't rely on common sense because someone will sue the pants off someone who relies on it. Take, for example, your rant about the proposed anti-bullying law. Because we've taken so much authority away from teachers and relegated them to the role of glorified babysitters who have more to fear from the kids and parents than actually failing to do their jobs, if a teacher enforced...

Having grown up in SD, while still visiting frequently for family, I've found that SD is not an ideal place for seniors unless they can afford to transport themselves elsewhere for any any ailment, travel to somewhere else for entertainment (unless they find small, dark rooms with gambling machines entertaining), and enjoy waiting for children and/or grandchildren to never come because there are no decent job opportunities. Also, good luck with decent housing and services. They don't exist...