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Ray Schoch

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…but even if her policy prescriptions are, as Todd Hintz has said, "half-baked," they're still more appealing than what I'm hearing from the Republican candidate. That's not enough to win my vote, however.

Transportation is going to be a front-burner issue for the foreseeable future, and I agree with Hintz – and many a planner and traffic engineer – that we simply cannot build our way out of traffic congestion. The fiscal costs are unbearable, and so are the environmental costs of...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 04:18 pm in response to GOP alters anti-Dayton ad after complaints by abuse victim's grandmother

“…That Dick, he just keeps on giving.”


The last paragraph in this piece pretty much duplicates the career advice I used to give to students and my fellow K-12 professionals whenever we talked about post-secondary education and life beyond high school. Not everyone needs or wants a college degree, and more importantly, the society isn't likely to support an economy where every task requires that kind of intellectual training. As long as we have and use air conditioning, we're going to need skilled workers to build and service that...

Posted on 10/21/14 at 07:02 pm in response to Patrick Henry High is the perfect school to host Michelle Obama

Well done, Patrick Henry. It's my corner of Minneapolis, and I'm happy to join the cheerleading.

Posted on 10/21/14 at 06:43 pm in response to Some abuse victims upset with archdiocese agreement

“Video captured by his dash camera showed Gothner striking Lancour in the face with a closed fist when she was resisting efforts to take her into custody. Bayfield County District Attorney Fred Bourg, the special prosecutor, stated Lancour admitted resisting Gothner's efforts to arrest her.” She’s lucky she wasn’t homeless in St. Paul.”

She's lucky she wasn't in Ferguson, Missouri…

Posted on 10/20/14 at 12:24 pm in response to What we haven't heard from Mark Dayton and Jeff Johnson

All four are areas that have, so far, gone untouched. Addressing them could easily provide voters with some interesting windows into each candidate's philosophy.

…is precisely to ban political advertising from television.

I think it would be great if PBS (for national offices) and TPT (for campaigns related to in-state offices) offered hour-long programming during a particular campaign season, possibly multiple hour-long programs, which would allow each party and/or its candidates to state their case. As in some of the countries Eric mentioned, regulate the content to the extent that candidates/parties would not be allowed to focus on “here...

Posted on 10/17/14 at 02:55 pm in response to Promises, promises: revisiting Mark Dayton's 2010 campaign pledges

I believe the appropriate cliche is "It ain't bragging if you can do it." 'Twould appear that, while the article is certainly one-sided, it doesn't pretend to be otherwise.

The point of the piece is *not* to provide an answer to the question, "Is Mark Dayton a 'good' Governor?" The point of the piece is to address a very different question: "Did Dayton follow through on his campaign promises? The answer to that second question seems to be: For the most part, yes, but not entirely....

Posted on 10/17/14 at 04:14 pm in response to GOP targets Met Council as campaign issue

Peggy Scott is surely correct that the automobile remains the primary means of getting to work for most people, including those with low incomes. “Primary,” however, does *not* mean “best for the region,” or even “best for the individual.” Encouraging automobile travel will merely trap those dependent upon their cars when the inevitable fuel crisis arrives, leaving them with no viable alternative.

It should be pointed out that encouraging increased automobile ownership and usage is...

Posted on 10/16/14 at 11:38 am in response to Can the Met Council be tamed?

When I was a planning commissioner, I had multiple opportunities to work around the fringes of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG, or “Doctor Cog”). I thought it was pretty easy to see the limitations of councils of regional governments that didn’t have a strong regional direction based in legislation, and I still think so. The counterargument, however, is not without merit. Though people who are appointed rarely do so, the possibility *does* exist that they can adopt policies...