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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 07/25/14 at 09:33 am in response to Are mega events in the Twin Cities worth it?

The analogy of a mega-event to a party seems right on target to me. Nothing wrong with a party if you can afford to host one, but responsible adults don't spend so much on the party that they can't make their monthly rent or mortgage payment, and Professor Johnston is not the first to point out that economic figures from booster organizations should be accepted with several/many grains of salt. My own analogy is that booster organizations for sports events are very much like small children...

Posted on 07/25/14 at 09:43 am in response to Larry Sabato upgrades his rating of McFadden's chances

…to Matt Haas and RB Holbrook. "Moderate conservative" is largely an oxymoronic term in recent years, and since Mr. McFadden doesn't seem to know what his positions are – or the consequences to the rest of us from whatever those positions might be – it's difficult to tell if he's genuinely conservative at all, or simply a tool of his party's lunatic fringe.

I liked the Al Franken of "Lies, and the Lying Liars…" much better than the current version, who is far too comfortable with the...

Posted on 07/24/14 at 04:59 pm in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

As an underpaid public school teacher, if the state legislator in the state where I taught had provided me with the choice of opting out of the retirement system, I'd have done so in a heartbeat. My family lived paycheck-to-paycheck for decades, and the percentage taken out for my retirement would NOT – trust me on this – have gone into any sort of retirement account you might think of. When my ex and I divorced after 17 years of marriage, we split our total savings of… $300.


Posted on 07/24/14 at 12:34 pm in response to A seriously big price tag for restoring White Bear Lake

Having just returned from 10 days in the Centennial State, I see that Minnesota is finding itself in the position that's been occupied for many years by states west of the 100th Meridian. Can't argue with Jody Rooney – groundwater should absolutely be the last resort – but diversion of Mississippi water to prop up the property values of lakefront homeowners strikes me as, first, shortsighted, but more importantly, a portent of things to come. 'Twould appear that, even in the Land of 10,000...

Posted on 07/22/14 at 05:54 pm in response to A new, potentially very serious blow to Obamacare law

Amen to Dimitri Drekonja.

Mr. DeFor's statement, “…You have to treat the law as it is written, not what how you wish it had been written…” is a valid point, trumped by RB Holbrook, in my estimation. And beyond that, I think Dimitri has succinctly stated the problem.

…might need to be a little careful simply because Mr. Swift's intellectual brethren are numerous. Wrong, but numerous.

I tend to be a hawk about personal debt, maybe a little less about corporate debt, and even less about the national debt. I'm not aware of a modern industrial nation that has had zero debt since the end of World War II. As long as the government massages the economy in reasonable fashion, there don't seem to be dramatic negative effects, even when the debt reaches a...

Posted on 07/11/14 at 06:01 pm in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

… for people in that very sizable "donut hole" that CJ Sinner mentioned, not to mention for this old geezer who just moved here 5 years ago to discover that *owning,* including taxes, insurance and maintenance, turns out to be far less expensive than *renting* in one of these amenity-laden boxes.

On the other hand, if you're a developer, or one of the 10% with the six-figure income (individual or combined), I'm sure it's delightful. Of course, big, tall towers with lots o' granite and...

“…Good teaching comes from identity, not technique, but if I allow my identity to guide me toward an integral technique, that technique can help me express my identity more fully.

Teaching always takes place at the crossroads of the personal and the public, and if I want to teach well, I must learn to stand where these opposites intersect.

Intellect works in concert with feeling, so if I hope to open my students’ minds, I must open their emotions as well.” …Parker J. Palmer, "...

Posted on 07/10/14 at 10:48 am in response to If Mike McFadden and Al Franken could ask each other one question ...

…are part of the process, I suppose.

Phasing out coal will surely cost some jobs, but it won't happen overnight, and there will be plenty of time for future Republican administrations to create job-training and other programs to help mine workers transition to other careers because, after all, the Republican Party is the party of the “hard-working Minnesotan.” It is, isn’t it?

The Public Utility Commission, if I remember correctly, has proposed trimming Xcel’s rate increase...

Posted on 07/09/14 at 01:43 pm in response to Minnesota House candidate makes AIDS, 'Gay Agenda' campaign issues

…is that this candidate, whose knowledge of biology and disease approximates that of a 1st-grader, has supporters. Any time someone has the approval or support of Michele Bachmann, or Mr. Drazkowski, sensible people should beware.

When Republicans campaign on the "homosexual agenda," it tells voters in the affected area that A) they're sexually-obsessed busybodies; B) they're simultaneously terrified of sexuality; and C) they're ignorant and uninformed about the issue to which they're...