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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 10/28/14 at 08:08 am in response to High-ranking cops sue Minneapolis police chief

Mr. Nienstedt should be in prison. Some of his subordinates should be in jail. The archdiocese of which he continues to be the head, against all logic and reason, appears to be corrupt from top to bottom.

Just sayin'…

Posted on 10/27/14 at 11:40 am in response to How other democracies balance limiting political ads and free speech

”‘… Lord Bingham (baron of Cornwall) writing for the court that once paid advertising was allowed into politics, “elections become little more than an auction.‘”

'Twould appear that Lord Bingham has paid at least a little bit of attention to what happens here across the pond.

In the electoral context, a corporation is a person in the same way that a battleship is a boat, and money is speech in the same way that a television ad is a hand-written letter.

Our elections have...

Posted on 10/27/14 at 08:12 am in response to Sparks fly in Franken-McFadden debate

“‘…But Brooklyn Center's elected leadership doesn't reflect the diversity of its residents.’”

Unfortunately, this gives Brooklyn Center something (though I hope not too much) in common with Ferguson, MO, which has been much in the news lately. Elected leadership typically reflects voting patterns. In high school civics or government classes, this is called "democratic government," or "democracy" for short.

If people are citizens, but don't register to vote, or register but don'...

…to ask each of the gubernatorial candidates in a public forum before the election might be:

"Will you order a health impact assessment of the proposed PolyMet sulfide mine in northern Minnesota?"

We all should be interested in those answers…

…but even if her policy prescriptions are, as Todd Hintz has said, "half-baked," they're still more appealing than what I'm hearing from the Republican candidate. That's not enough to win my vote, however.

Transportation is going to be a front-burner issue for the foreseeable future, and I agree with Hintz – and many a planner and traffic engineer – that we simply cannot build our way out of traffic congestion. The fiscal costs are unbearable, and so are the environmental costs of...

Posted on 10/23/14 at 04:18 pm in response to GOP alters anti-Dayton ad after complaints by abuse victim's grandmother

“…That Dick, he just keeps on giving.”


The last paragraph in this piece pretty much duplicates the career advice I used to give to students and my fellow K-12 professionals whenever we talked about post-secondary education and life beyond high school. Not everyone needs or wants a college degree, and more importantly, the society isn't likely to support an economy where every task requires that kind of intellectual training. As long as we have and use air conditioning, we're going to need skilled workers to build and service that...

Posted on 10/21/14 at 07:02 pm in response to Patrick Henry High is the perfect school to host Michelle Obama

Well done, Patrick Henry. It's my corner of Minneapolis, and I'm happy to join the cheerleading.

Posted on 10/21/14 at 06:43 pm in response to Some abuse victims upset with archdiocese agreement

“Video captured by his dash camera showed Gothner striking Lancour in the face with a closed fist when she was resisting efforts to take her into custody. Bayfield County District Attorney Fred Bourg, the special prosecutor, stated Lancour admitted resisting Gothner's efforts to arrest her.” She’s lucky she wasn’t homeless in St. Paul.”

She's lucky she wasn't in Ferguson, Missouri…

Posted on 10/20/14 at 12:24 pm in response to What we haven't heard from Mark Dayton and Jeff Johnson

All four are areas that have, so far, gone untouched. Addressing them could easily provide voters with some interesting windows into each candidate's philosophy.