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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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3 years 46 weeks

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Posted on 01/21/15 at 02:18 pm in response to Northfield pub owner feels backlash over free speech

I try to limit my bacon to a once-a-week treat, if that often. Beets, however, are meh, at best, and only genuine starvation would find me voluntarily eating a Brussels sprout.

…beyond "I won both of 'em." I enjoyed that little just-a-trace-of-a head bob that went with the line. Might as well be a little bit feisty on your way out the door. Otherwise, yes, he's a Democrat, but not a very far left one – at least in terms of policy. In my youth, he'd have qualified as a "moderate Republican," a species that now appears to be extinct.

I'm inclined to agree with Tim Walker and a couple of the TV pundits that Obama was laying out parameters for the 2016 campaign...

Posted on 01/21/15 at 02:12 pm in response to Support schools, end LIFO policies

…let's gather all the experienced civil engineers, physicians, bankers and business owners in the state, and replace them with youthful, energetic recent graduates from our finest schools. It won't matter that the new graduates won't really know what they're doing, since "best practices" have been identified for them to follow. Besides – and perhaps most important – it'll be much less expensive for Minnesota taxpayers to provide the salaries for new and inexperienced professionals in these...

Posted on 01/21/15 at 09:57 pm in response to Support schools, end LIFO policies

I agree – we shouldn't HAVE to lay them off, and the root of the problem is economic, not educational.

If districts could afford it (personnel costs are THE big budget item for most school districts), many of those at the bottom of the seniority ladder who get laid off would still be in the classroom. Dropping class sizes from 25 to 20 would keep a lot of people employed, but more importantly – much more importantly – it would provide each child with considerably more individual...

Posted on 01/20/15 at 01:19 pm in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

…reminds me of two things:

First, Eisenhower's prescient warning about the military-industrial complex, which we've ignored, with consequences that should have been predictable. Not only have we engaged in "live-fire" tests of weapons systems on populations that have done nothing to deserve being the subject of those tests, ignoring Eisenhower's warning has led to regions and states in the U.S. that have become economically (and thus politically) dependent upon military contracts to...

Posted on 01/20/15 at 07:39 pm in response to Why the U.S. is rarely at peace and often seeking monsters to destroy

The actual nonsense is in Mr. Tester's comment.

Yes, I might prefer to have someone who believes in the cause in the trench or cockpit or conning tower with me, but the U.S. has engaged in several wars for which there was NOT an "ample supply of warriors" willing to die. The Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam ALL relied on conscript soldiers to defend our interests, and sometimes, even the country itself. Prior to the 1970s, the only "major" war of note...

Posted on 01/20/15 at 06:36 am in response to Medical device tax repeal could return money already collected

“The power of lobbyists in our fine democracy is an amazing thing to behold…”

Yes, indeed it is, and any doubts that our Congressional Representatives are for sale to local (well, one of them purports to be Irish) deep corporate pockets should also be alleviated, since the medical device industry is quite profitable, thank you, with the tax in place. Should it happen, refunding taxes already collected will simply be one more in a long list of corporate slaps in the face to human...

Posted on 01/20/15 at 10:58 am in response to Medical device tax repeal could return money already collected

This is one of those very rare instances when Mr. Swift and I are in complete agreement.

The wars in question may have been terrible mistakes (I'm on board with Bill Schletzer about the long term "accomplishments" of our recent Middle Eastern adventures), but for the people on patrol, anything that makes their job easier and safer ("safe" being a very relative term in a combat zone) is likely to be greatly appreciated.

Being a sniper is somewhat on the dark side, but no more so...

Whew! Who has the tedious job of writing things like HF2? My favorite phrase so far is "unrequested leave of absence…"

In truth, this seems little different from the evaluation system under which I taught for 30 years in Missouri, where seniority was a major component – but only one of several major components – used to determine who stayed and who was laid off when district enrollment declined or some other circumstance required layoffs of certified personnel.

To my layman's...

Posted on 01/16/15 at 08:44 pm in response to Q&A: What Tom Emmer wants for Minnesota businesses

…to Neal Rovick, whose reaction is much the same as mine. It's not Minnesota businesses that Mr. Emmer should be representing, it's Minnesota citizens. Businesses ought to be very much secondary to the concerns of individual citizens.

Most of what Mr. Emmer had to say in the interview is right-wing boilerplate. Cutting taxes seems to be the only policy idea in the Republican playbook, and I would suggest Mr. Emmer take a close look at Kansas and Governor Brownback's program of tax...