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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 12/13/14 at 06:37 pm in response to Borowitz satire: Citigroup to move HQ to floor of U.S. House

Seems awfully expensive. I bet they could just send emails to House and Senate members that say, "Vote THIS way." They'd be just as effective, but with a far smaller hit on the shareholder dividend…

"The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism," by Joyce Appleby. An even-handed treatment of the development of industrial capitalism.

"Endgame, Volume 1: The Problem of Civilization," by Derrick Jensen. An activist’s relentless and hostile critique of our current economic and political system.

"This Changes Everything: Capitalism v. The Climate," by Naomi Klein. Another, better-known, activist’s equally relentless critique of industrial capitalism, though less overtly...

Posted on 12/12/14 at 10:29 am in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

I would argue that a sentence in the article needs to be reworded.

The original states, “…Thirty-four of the district’s 70 schools are in one of the three federally defined categories of schools that persistently fail their students.”

That sentence should be reworded to say, “…Thirty-four of the district’s 70 schools are in one of the three federally defined categories of schools where students persistently fail.”

Schools don't fail. A teacher sometimes might. A parent...

…is the most genteel and polite way of expressing the disparity that I've seen. Not only do we have ample evidence of much higher arrest rates for blacks than for whites – for the same or very similar infractions – we keep walling off larger and larger portions of the population from taking part in the country's civic life. If a conviction means you can't get a job, can't rent an apartment, and can't vote, what useful role is left for you in society?

While there may well be crimes for...

Posted on 12/11/14 at 01:13 pm in response to GOP takeover of Minnesota House part of national wave

…in Republican rhetoric is a series of policies designed to serve the growing oligarchy in the country at the expense of everyone else. There’s not even a hint of “serving the public” in the right wing boilerplate that Matt Walter is espousing.

“…What does that mean in terms of policy changes in Minnesota and other states where the GOP made legislative gains? Walter ticked off a number of areas of focus: job growth, easing ‘burdensome regulations,’ reforming states’ education systems...

Posted on 12/10/14 at 04:37 pm in response to Vikings and 3M to test bird-safe film for new stadium

…got my attention.

First, the comparison between taxes paid to the state and benefits received. Since outstate Minnesota already pays significantly less in taxes than it receives in benefits, I can't help but wonder how Republicans will make good on their promises to rural Minnesotans without a) committing political suicide by alienating a lot of urban area voters; or b) raising taxes to find the money to fulfill those promises. The latter seems like a non-starter, and short-changing...

Posted on 12/09/14 at 12:53 pm in response to The real journalistic question of Pointergate

I'm inclined to go with Dave Hanners on this one.

As I think I said in a comment at the time, Betsy Hodges is a grandmother, for heaven's sake. In order for the televised report to have any credibility, you have to believe wholeheartedly in Hanners' a), b) and c). You also have to believe that "…If it's on TV, it must be true!" Sorry, it doesn't pass the smell test now, and it didn't at the time, either.

John Edwards' paranoia is duly noted, but this incident had nothing to do...

I’m inclined to argue that we’re still approaching the problem – and the yawning achievement gap is a huge problem that cannot continue to be unaddressed – from the top down, with all that that entails, instead of from the bottom up, and by “bottom,” I mean students. Unless/until we devise some system whereby kids can somehow be *required* to apply themselves at school, we’re going to have difficulty.

While it’s certainly not true of every kid, or every minority kid, it’s nonetheless...

Posted on 12/08/14 at 04:19 pm in response to Minneapolis to see fee hike for citywide organic-waste recycling program

…indeed. It's inexcusable that multi-unit buildings don't have to recycle plastics, metal and paper, or pay the fee.

And for the record, as an old single guy who rarely has any compostable organic waste, I find myself wondering why I'll be paying for organic waste pickup whether I recycle organic waste or not, but "ordinary" recycling of metal, plastic and paper, doesn't have that same fee structure. To my knowledge, people who don't recycle those materials pay nothing. Why?

Posted on 12/08/14 at 12:02 pm in response to Minneapolis' fast-changing suburbs deal with unique challenges

As a long-time resident of Ferguson, I can assure readers that Ferguson residents, of whatever color or income level, attend school in at least 3 different school districts, depending upon the part of Ferguson in which they live. Most will attend schools in the Ferguson-Florissant school district, but some on the eastern edge of Ferguson might attend schools in the Riverview District, the Normandy school district, or, if it still exists, the Jennings school district. Because he lived with...