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Ray Schoch

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Posted on 12/05/14 at 12:48 pm in response to Hubbard defends KSTP-TV's Hodges story after SPJ seeks disavowal

In olden times, KSTP’s alleged “story” would have been labeled for the publicity-seeking yellow journalism that it is, and quickly forgotten. Mr. Hubbard can defend it because, after all, he’s a rich man who owns a TV station, so he can broadcast pretty much whatever he pleases. Wealthy people don’t like it when their judgment is questioned (see Torii Hunter and Arkansas). Some realize they’re in a privileged position, others, like Mr. Hubbard, tend more toward the “entitlement” meme.

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Posted on 12/05/14 at 08:28 am in response to How student portfolios can lead to deeper learning — and to college

Ms. Skoglund’s repeated references to “cookie cutter high” display a “We’re more pure and saintly than thou” attitude that will not win her any allies in this household, not to mention quite a few faculty rooms in those “cookie cutter highs.”

In concept, if not in scale, portfolios are not strikingly different from the very old-fashioned means of student evaluation, used by many a teacher in a variety of school settings, whereby a semester’s worth of work, including tests, quizzes,...

Posted on 12/04/14 at 07:33 am in response to Torii Hunter rips local writer over gay marriage questions

Multimillionaire athletes are accustomed to deference, not to having their opinions challenged…

While I don’t think it’s the most crucial of police/community issues, I see nothing wrong with having the police not only represent the area they’re policing, but live in that area, too. Accordingly, I’m inclined to second Messrs. Hamilton, Roethke and Frenkel.

Is it essential that police officers live in the community they’re policing? No, but I do think it helps, and for just the reasons that James Hamilton suggests. I also think Thom Roethke is absolutely on-target (no pun intended...

Posted on 12/03/14 at 03:03 pm in response to On Ferguson, social media and racial empathy

…Ms. DeFoster.

A long-time resident of Ferguson, I’m an old white guy with friends and relatives who still live there, I’ve already written at some length about the details of Michael Brown’s death, and won’t bore readers by repeating what I’ve already said.

Of the comments already posted in response to Ms. DeFoster's column, I’m most inclined to agree with James Hamilton. The post-shooting process was tainted from start to finish by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney,...

Posted on 12/01/14 at 07:42 pm in response to Bachmann lists 16 things she'll miss when she leaves Congress

When I've called 311 about snow removal, it has never taken a month for some sort of action to take place. 20 days, yes. A month, no.

Otherwise, I completely agree. the system in place is terrible, and even on the short end, it takes two weeks – two WEEKS – from the time a 311 call is made until someone from the city finally clears the walk, or that dreaded "fine letter" has been delivered to the homeowner. In that time span, I'll have fallen, broken my hip, been admitted to the...

Posted on 12/01/14 at 02:11 pm in response to Why riots? A lawyer's thoughts on Ferguson

The photo at the top of the column is reassuring, since Faraci Pizza has been, for many years, my favorite Italian restaurant. I lived in Ferguson for 45 years. Grew up there, went to school there, taught for 30 years in the local school district, and for the final decade of my residence there, I lived at the other end of a short block from Faraci. I departed Ferguson to retire to Colorado in 1997, and the community has changed in the 17 years since – a circumstance not all that unusual for...

Are we surprised? By any of this? State government bought and paid for by big-time capitalist enterprise? Public safety an afterthought, if that? Short-term greed winning out over long-term sustainability? "Environmental protection" that turns out to be an oxymoronic phrase? Venality is, sadly, as old as humanity, and just as common. Standards and protections could have been built in, but they weren't. Doing so would have potentially affected profit margins, and besides, North Dakota is "...

Posted on 11/24/14 at 09:56 am in response to Stagnation or exponential growth — considering two economic futures

The correlation may not be especially strict, but I nonetheless think a broad economic model that posits or relies on growth as the foundation for equally broad prosperity is doomed to failure on a planet with demonstrably finite resources. I do think the models Professor Johnston writes about here provide some wiggle room, and the concern about “the bounty” and “the spread” seems fully justified, but may be, in itself, a case of ignoring that large, gray creature with the extremely long and...

Posted on 11/24/14 at 10:02 am in response to Whom do you trust to decide who shall live or die?

…seems to me a charitable term for "lies." Just because we *can* do this does not mean that we *should* do this. Unless, of course, we assume that the United States is the only nation capable of judging what is moral and what is not.