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Ray Schoch

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Minneapolis, MN
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Posted on 01/09/15 at 11:51 am in response to Medical device tax opponents’ $29 billion question

Hmmm. More than 400 device companies? Employing somewhere near 34,000 people?

How many of those device companies are profitable WITH the tax, which is, after all, 2.3 percent, not 20.3 percent.

Having not read of any wave of company bankruptcies due to the crushing burden of this tax, it seem reasonable to ask, if the device tax is repealed, whether those 400 companies reduce their prices to customers by 2.3 percent. If not, then Minnesota's Congressional delegation is serving...

Posted on 01/09/15 at 01:31 pm in response to What the parties' first bills tell us about 2015 legislative session

Just out of curiosity, who is the source of the second quote?

Posted on 01/08/15 at 06:28 am in response to Rep. Erik Paulsen pushing medical device tax repeal (again)

Mr. Paulsen should relax. Medtronic will soon be an Irish company, not an American one, so there's no reason to rescind the tax. In fact, an increase might be in order. Oh, wait. That would be serving the public instead of the corporation. Now I understand his (and every other Minnesota Congressional Representative's) opposition to the tax.

Governor Dayton might want to examine the priorities he's been given:...

Posted on 01/07/15 at 04:55 pm in response to Wild coach Yeo goes 'nuts' at team practice

I'd endorse Ralf Wyman's suggestion. Judging by the traffic backups on 694 at 169 and at Bottineau, there are plenty of potential riders. Perhaps the folks in Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Osseo and Crystal might like the convenience and stress-free environment of light rail to downtown. It might even be close enough that I could be persuaded to use it occasionally.

Posted on 01/07/15 at 07:55 pm in response to The case for Joe Mauer

I got here during what was apparently Mauer's best season (2009), but with the issues surrounding a cross-country move to a community I hardly knew at all, I wasn't paying a lot of attention to the Twins – a team I knew nothing about. I spent half a century and more in St. Louis, where any Cardinal season under .500 is a catastrophe, then moved to metro Denver and the Rockies, where a season over .500 is a minor miracle.

It sounds like the Twins fall somewhere in between, though, as a...

I'm ambivalent about federal oversight, but like RB Holbrook, when advocates of privatizing education – among the most pernicious of a long list of pernicious ideas from the right – start talking about ending federal oversight WITHOUT ending federal funding, I, too, have a bad feeling about the outcome. The possibilities and potential for truly large-scale fraud involving taxpayer dollars is staggering. What we already find at the local and state level is genuinely small potatoes compared to...

At age 70, and despite decades of smoking cigarettes (I quit in 1990), I’ve enjoyed a long run of quite good health overall as an adult. I’m always “overweight” on those charts, but BP remains normal, pulse relaxed, and the usual numbers for cholesterol and triglycerides have been, at worst, borderline. In short, and likely aided by some dietary and lifestyle changes I've made over the years, in terms of general overall health, I’ve been amazingly fortunate. The question is, for how long...

Posted on 01/05/15 at 07:14 pm in response to Teen's computer-privacy tussle with his Wayzata school goes viral

…disappear behind the schoolhouse door. Mr. Post is correct that the equipment and network are being paid for by taxpayers. That doesn't negate Nathan Ringo's right to at least a modicum of privacy. Moreover, since it seems apparent that Nathan is willing and capable of providing his own iPad, the district's refusal to allow him to use school "hot spots" for wireless access to the web for his own equipment verges on the temper tantrum of a 3-year-old. My grandson is 3, and I'm familiar with...

As is often the case, Mr. Swift knows not whereof he speaks.

“…there is no scientific consensus as to when human life begins. Thus, people that believe it begins at fertilization have just as much scientific consensus to warrant them to label pro-abortionists "anti-science" as visa-versa.”

That statement is, of course, completely untrue unless the only scientists consulted are those of the far right wing persuasion. When Mr. Swift can cite examples of zygotes that – outside the...

Posted on 01/05/15 at 10:28 am in response to The mass insanity of World War I — and what we can see in it today

“…the causes for which the propagandists tell us the war must be fought seldom hold up as the real causes, and the promised benefits of victory seldom turn out as promised either…”

We have only to look at the past couple decades for what ought to be painful reminders of these truths.

I would add that, at least in this country, the perpetrators of not just individual atrocities, but the entire, falsehood-based endeavor, almost never suffer any negative consequences. Dick Cheney...