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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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1) "American exceptionalism" obviously does not extend to the biological realm. Wealth can insulate us to some degree, but only to some degree;

2) No further reminder ought to be necessary that human beings, despite occasional delusions to the contrary, are animals, and subject to the same kinds of biologically-inspired traumas as are other creatures with whom we share the planet.

Posted on 10/13/14 at 01:02 pm in response to Our odd primary system — and its odd results

Primaries, like party caucuses, strike me as yet another example of “American Exceptionalism,” but written in the manner of a child just learning her letters, with some of them backward, and written on nothing approaching a straight line. My grandchildren are reacqainting me with this…

Also like caucuses, primaries seem to bring out the zealots, especially on the right-hand end of the political spectrum. Hence, the tossing aside of Eric Cantor for someone even more extreme, though Mr...

Corporations don't exist to do good in the society. They exist to make money. Corporate citizenship is sometimes well-meaning, but almost never continues if, or when, that citizenship begins to have a negative effect on the corporate bottom line.

While not always the case, it is too often the case that corporate "good citizenship" is little more than a cynical public relations ploy. This particular one deserves an award for being the most cynical. I would guess that we could count on...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 02:05 pm in response to My Twins MVP ballot

I happened to be at Target Field to see Hughes' April 9 performance. I was not impressed, and could think only that Twins management had thrown away several millions of dollars. He has redeemed himself since then, and a good thing, since Mr. Nolasco now occupies the "several million dollars wasted" spot on my mental roster.

Mostly, I note the overwhelming mediocrity of the personnel on the field. When a .240 hitter is regarded as the team's "power guy" in the lineup, and considered...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 04:48 pm in response to Dayton likes infrastructure tax, Chamber of Commerce not so much

Mr. Yankovic is correct, I think, in judging Minnesota to be a high-tax state. My state income taxes here remain 3 times what they would be if I were still living in Colorado, and my property taxes are roughly 150% of what they would be if I were still living in the Centennial State. That said, my standard of living in Minnesota has not diminished in any substantial way that I've been able to measure, and is, in fact, better than it was when I lived in Colorado. I attribute that happy fact...

“…You’ll never think of your student loan or your GPS in quite the same way.”

I don't have a smart phone or GPS device, but I actually *will* think of my student loan the same way. The National Defense Education Act not only provided for loans to students studying math, science, engineering and languages, it also provided loans to prospective teachers of most academic subjects. That loan – in an amount modest in the extreme by current standards – is what allowed me to attend college...

So far, we're only hearing one side of this story, but what's been presented is – or ought to be – disturbing enough to get the attention of a •lot• of people.

The achievement gap has been an ongoing story for quite a while. Black males, in particular, are graduating at rates that should be getting the full-time attention of everyone, including the parents of those same black males. But the graduation rate of black males is, in this instance, something of a side issue.

The real...

Posted on 10/08/14 at 04:41 pm in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

I've been to party caucuses, where the other attendees are generally the most zealous, most committed party members (i.e., not the normal electorate), and I've worn out some shoe leather going door-to-door, mostly being greeted with either hostility or apathy. I do agree that we have a system that seems more than a little bit perverse in terms of citizen participation, since in an awful lot of states, laws have been written, on purpose, to make participation in the electoral process...

I don't hold a chair in political science at Harvard, so it's quite possible I'm way off base (again), but it seems to me entirely possible that "democracy," as we generally think of it, only works reasonably well within a set of not-very-flexible parameters. I'm thinking here especially of economics and population size.

The essence of democracy is citizen participation in their own government, which makes much of this discussion more than a little ironic. A nation that prides itself...

Posted on 10/06/14 at 09:04 am in response to Poll has Dayton up by 10 points over Johnson

Unfortunately, the "serving up" of Minnesota, particularly Minneapolis, to Mr. Wilf was a genuinely bipartisan affair. Too bad the parties don't cooperate as readily on projects with genuinely public benefits.