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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 04/18/14 at 12:48 pm in response to Federal judge: Let the greenhouse gasses flow into Minnesota

Hmmm. Physiologically and emotionally unlikely, but still too bad it didn't occur to me to try that line when I was in high school…

Posted on 04/18/14 at 09:56 am in response to With creative ambiguity, Condoleezza Rice defends torture tactics

First, I had no idea Students for a Democratic Society still existed. I thought it was a bygone relic of my college days.

Second, I'd argue that there's no "perhaps" to the necessity of mentioning that the funding to pay for her speech came from a private rather than a public source.

I say that because I'm inclined to agree with the protesters to the extent that I'd say Ms. Rice is, to use the legal term, "culpable" in violating international law by, if not actually...

…about allowing the growth of an aristocracy in Minnesota based on inherited wealth, nor is there anything especially mean-spirited about requiring the wealthy to pay a tax, upon their death, to make some small progress toward avoiding that kind of aristocracy.

To those leaving in order to avoid paying an estate tax, my response is: "Don't let the door hit you on the way out, folks."

…Mr. Abrahamson.

As the oldest sibling of the group, I had the opportunity to be an unwilling participant in many incidents of this type, as well as to be the observer of many more. Dad was a test pilot, killed in a plane crash when I was just barely 7, sisters were 5, 4 and 1, so we had a single, working mother during our formative years (She remarried when I was a teenager).

Sadly, the descriptions here are consistent with what I experienced and observed, with the exception of spanking an infant,...

Posted on 04/18/14 at 08:44 am in response to McFadden’s first attack ad lacks substance, but it could work

…generally lack substance. I've always assumed that was part of the strategy of using them – make the other candidate look as bad as possible without saying anything specific about your own candidate except that s/he is somehow "good."

Uninformed independent voters might be swayed by this one. Democrats won't care how factual or substantive a McFadden ad might be, and neither will Republicans. They'll vote for or against McFadden just because he's a Republican. Independent voters who...

…but count me a skeptic until I see how it works "on the ground." The goal of having a workforce (and, not coincidentally, a population) that is bilingual is praise-worthy, even if we artificially eliminate all the economic advantages for the state's economy. People who can read and write more than one language, and understand what they're doing in each, have intellectual advantages and, I'd argue, life advantages, that those who only speak a single language cannot access. I'm very much in...

Posted on 04/15/14 at 03:54 pm in response to Wisconsin Republicans put the S-word on the table

Wisconsin Republicans are playing the role – and fairly well – of your typical frustrated 5-year-old.

"Nuh-Uh… I do TOO have the right to secede, no matter what your dumb old Supreme Court says! And Mr. Lincoln is a potty-head!"

It might be interesting for someone to ask Mr. Emmer about this question at a public forum during the 6th District campaign.

Messrs. DeFor, Holbrook, Rovick and Kellen all seem on the mark. I don't know that I have anything constructive to add,...

I didn't know Steve Smith, nor do I know Sarah T. Williams, but this was a fine piece of journalism. Well done, Ms. Williams.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 01:55 pm in response to Minnesota medical marijuana receives 68 percent poll support

" ‘The employee who is doing fair to sub par is still going to get an increase, so what does that say to the employee who is going the extra mile,’ Muldoon said.”

What that says is that the marginal employee will perhaps stay off the public assistance rolls and make only occasional visits to the food bank that are being subsidized by that small business's customers. A small business that’s paying its “better” employees less than $9.50 an hour is a sweatshop, and at best is paying...