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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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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...

Posted on 10/16/14 at 12:50 pm in response to Everything you always wanted to know about bus stops (and more)

I’ve ridden both light rail and buses in the Metro Transit system, as well as the North Star Line – my preferred mode to reach Target Field. The vehicles themselves, whether heavy rail, light rail, or bus, have been just fine. Clean, comfortable, dependable, etc. I have no complaints there.

The system itself, however, leaves much to be desired.

From the standpoint of transit, it’s unfortunate that I don’t live in downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul. I don't live close enough to...

…prohibition didn't – and doesn't – work. *That* would be an effective policy if only the offhand comment by the buddy of Todd Hintz wasn't so true. I'd support prohibition of alcohol *and* other drugs if I thought it had any chance of working. It doesn't.

Alcohol has the same kinds of effects, on individuals who consume it, on family members, on the society at large, as do other drugs like cocaine and heroin. Liquor stores are drug emporiums in the most negative sense of the word,...

…wafting from the MSP board's meeting room is beginning to take on the characteristics of a genuine stench. Saying you "will participate fully in any investigation ordered by an appropriate authority pertaining to this contract…" is not an explanation, it's part excuse, part delaying tactic.

As for “…bourgeoisie black elite,” you know *something* has hit the fan when your own people are calling you names that are less-than-complimentary.

I expect there will be further...

Posted on 10/15/14 at 01:24 pm in response to Do we have too much democracy?

It's hard to read this series without recommending William Borden's novel, "Superstoe," which hit the market in, I believe, 1968. Seemingly very much a product of its times, over the years I've found myself thinking of it more and more often – to the point where I'd say it's as relevant today as any political novel written in the past 5 years, and certainly relevant in the context of Eric's series here on MinnPost. There's media hysteria, rigged elections, the public voting directly on every...

Neither Mr. Severson nor Mr. Swift have any credibility regarding the allegation of voter fraud.

As was laid out in exhaustive detail here on MinnPost when voter I.D. was a statewide issue in the last election cycle, there simply isn't any meaningful voter fraud in Minnesota, nor has there been. To "prove" his allegations, Mr. Swift was quoting (and directing readers to) a right-wing website that was filled with lots of innuendo, but was, to phrase it delicately, fact-free. The...

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...