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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 11/05/14 at 10:44 pm in response to With big assist from rural voters, GOP retakes Minnesota House

I'd argue that several things could be "worse for our country" than a party that thinks “…government regulation, government programs, increased spending and increased taxes is the way to "govern.”

One would be to eliminate government regulation. Edible food? Safe drinking water? The result of government regulation.

Another would be eliminating government programs. Federal highways? Safe air travel? The result of government regulation.

Increased spending, by itself, doesn...

Posted on 11/04/14 at 10:44 am in response to 5 More Questions: Doug Rossinow on our era's intense partisanship

…like this sort of story. Good questions, Brian.

I'm also inclined to agree with Neal Rovick's comment. It's a view I hadn't thought of, but that seems accurate to me. Friends and relatives who supported Clinton and Obama have largely expressed disappointment that neither one of them has been particularly "liberal" in the sense of the 60s and 70s, and, while I've joined them in that disappointment occasionally, I've generally not been all that surprised that both those presidents,...

Posted on 11/04/14 at 07:09 am in response to On campaign's final day, GOP hits Dayton on Ebola preparedness

Hmmm. "Birth of a Nation" as a musical… It's an interesting (or grotesque) thought.

Posted on 11/03/14 at 12:58 pm in response to Does the field of social psychology have an anti-conservative bias?

Interesting approach, and I suspect peer review(ers) more than I do ideological bias by strangers. Academic fields, or sometimes parts of fields, take on at least a few characteristics simply because of the nature of the field. Sometime they're more conservative, sometimes they're more liberal – both terms, of course, being more than a little relative.

I very much like the color idea as a mask for what's actually being looked at, but of course, there are arguments that certain colors...

Posted on 11/03/14 at 01:30 pm in response to Unpacking the Strib's teacher-eval story — and a puzzling MPS response

…to have the same question, more or less, as Paul Brandon.

I'd also be interested in just how teacher effectiveness gets measured. I suspect it's largely through the results of standardized tests, and if that's the case, then – once again – teachers are being evaluated on the basis, not of what THEY do, but what their STUDENTS, over whom they have virtually no control, do.

Instead of World War II in Italy, Joseph Heller could easily have written one of my all-time favorite...

Posted on 11/03/14 at 11:59 am in response to The big question: Is our election system working?

I agree that it can work, and also agree that we have problems when 1/2 is convinced the other 1/2 is engaged in widespread fraud and cheating. MinnPost readers can decide for themselves which half is engaged in fraud and cheating, and which half only *believes* that such fraud and cheating are taking place.

Or, maybe each half is convinced it's the other half that's cheating. Lately, that seems to be the trend. There's no evidence of significant voter fraud, and plenty of evidence...

Me, that is. It never occurred to me that Glen Taylor would take an active part in editorial page endorsements, and this endorsement still doesn't seem that way to me. For one thing, Taylor has sounded at least somewhat rational, and there's almost nothing ratioinal about the 'Strib endorsing Mills. Adam Wahlberg has simply made the irrationality of the endorsement obvious for everyone to see.

"We don't agree with your positions on 'x,' 'y,' and 'z,' but we're going to endorse you for...

Posted on 10/31/14 at 01:07 pm in response to Fearing deflation, local Fed chief votes againt ending stimulus buying

Why was Mr. Johnson hunting a bear in the first place? And with a bow and arrow?

Posted on 11/01/14 at 06:33 am in response to The outsiders: how big money flows through Minnesota elections

One: I very much like Ken Kjer's notion of bringing charges against false advertising in the political arena. It'll never happen, of course, if it's the voters who have the responsibility for bringing the charges, and "citizen's arrest" has never worked very well, but I'm fine with the state's attorney-general, or a county prosecuting attorney, having the authority – and the chutzpah – to bring charges. It would be inhibiting initially, and there would be plenty of screams of protest that...

“The International Public Management Association for Human Resources found the kind of pensions that come with government jobs offer ‘a distinguishing positive benefit’ in the battle with private-sector employers.”

It might well be the *only* positive benefit, but that one benefit could end up trumping some others.

The $85K that Frank Phelan mentions is more than twice the highest salary I ever earned while teaching in Missouri, and I can only dream about a retirement benefit...