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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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3 years 31 weeks

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“…Let’s hope that our politicians and policymakers are listening.”

Sadly, "listening" and "acting" are not at all the same thing, and resistance to the sort of information this column presents will continue to be a factor with mostly (but not entirely) right-wing voters and others who like to call themselves "conservative."

That the emotional, financial and social costs to both society and individuals of providing contraception would be far, far less than our current faux-...

Posted on 10/01/14 at 02:23 pm in response to A slow and sarcastic first McFadden-Franken debate

This is as bizarre a pairing of candidates as I can remember coming across in quite a few previous elections. The comedy writer turned boring policy wonk vs. the investment banker who purports to be a "man of the people" who will build consensus.

To my knowledge, "consensus" is not even a tiny part of any national Republican's game plan. "Fixing things in Washington" might require McFadden to cooperate with people whose ideology he dislikes – or that he become dictator for life, a la...

Posted on 09/29/14 at 11:05 am in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

I don’t have the tools to do the necessary research to support this, but I’ve read in several places over the years that, to be “successful,” democracy pretty much requires a middle class. Societies with concentrated wealth, or no wealth to speak of, have generally not been able to get democracy to work as a system. In both instances – concentrated wealth and/or very little wealth society-wide – the bulk of the population doesn’t have much of a vested interest in governmental participation...

Posted on 09/25/14 at 12:56 pm in response to DFL endorsement dust-up, part 2: a hint of hypocrisy?

I can see why educational philosophy and/or practice would be issues important to a school board campaign. As the doting grandparent of an MPS kindergartener, I'm a lot less interested in a board candidate's party affiliation than I am in what s/he thinks about a laundry list of educational issues.

Thus, the question: When and how did party endorsement (*any* party) become part – apparently an important part – of the process?

Posted on 09/24/14 at 01:54 pm in response to Florida trustee sues BMO Harris bank for $24 billion in Petters case

I've never been a Garth Brooks fan, but long before I moved to Minnesota, I had Yearwood's "On a Bus to St. Cloud" on my playlist.

Posted on 09/22/14 at 11:29 am in response to What's next for the Pioneer Press?

I have no professional (or unprofessional) journalism credentials, so I speak merely as a long-time reader of newspapers.

Yes, newspapers are in decline, and have been for quite a while. Whether that decline is a genuine death spiral might be open to a debate in which I’m not qualified to take part, but my experience in St. Louis, where the Globe-Democrat died decades ago, and in Denver, where the Rocky Mountain News met the same fate, hasn’t left a good impression about the resulting...

Posted on 09/16/14 at 01:11 pm in response to DFL school-board endorsee dispute: guilt by association?

…the comments of James Hamilton and Ian Bicking. None of what I'm reading in Beth's column passes any reasonable "smell test," and that doesn't reflect well on the DFL, the endorsement process (regardless of party), or the candidates.

Posted on 09/16/14 at 01:28 pm in response to Yes, ditching the car for your commute to work improves well-being

…all make valid points. I certainly agree that the Twin Cities desperately needs – but does not have – a multimodal transit system with transparent funding mechanisms and sources. I avoid downtown St. Paul AND Minneapolis whenever I can because of traffic, Metro Transit signs near my house convey no information whatsoever except that a bus of some sort stops at the sign. Nothing about where it might be coming from, where it might be going, or when it might do either or both of those things....

Kaeti and I have traded emails a few times over her years here. I always found her to be smart and cordial – not as common a combination as it should be, but welcome, nonetheless.

Congratulations, Kaeti, and best wishes!

Posted on 09/15/14 at 02:29 pm in response to Why Congress’ role in making war is now irrelevant

…and no amount of yelling or flag-waving, as the case may be, is going to bring it back.

For a change, I agree with Mr. Swift about something: Mr. Obama’s assertion that he already has the authority necessary has the aura of tin-pot dictator about it. Of course, much the same was true when Bush II applied the same sort of logic and argument, and if Obama seems lost because his community activist credentials didn’t prepare him for this sort of action and responsibility, it seems...