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Ray Lewis

Circle Pines, Minnesota
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Posted on 03/18/14 at 01:02 pm in response to Late-in-life care: fragmentation and complexity for the chronically ill

I'm looking forward this series that will put "health reform" into the more complicated context of economic and demographic trends.

The long-term discussion needs to be more than simply the technology used to insure access to the current medical care system, but more along the lines of how can society support quality of life throughout the lifespan.

Posted on 03/11/14 at 10:30 pm in response to Smallpox epidemic of 1924–25 claimed the lives of 500 Minnesotans

For both the history lesson with current parallels od state law mandating immunization and then making it illegal, and the MNopedia source.

I hope you continue contributing articles like this and can only imagine what future historians will write about our "health reforms".

Has anyone brought up other anticipated costs such as the sex offender program and driver license look-up liability in the budget surplus dialog?

Similar to a property owner, the state also has other "deferred maintenance" issues where a little investment now might reduce future costs if we thought in a longer time frame than the next election.

Posted on 10/17/13 at 07:13 am in response to Bachmann says this is a 'very sad day,' while others cheer budget deal

"The compromise asks a joint House-Senate committee to come to sort of budget accord before mid-December, a task Congress has failed for several years."

Behind the rhetoric and legislative process, posturing and political theater are some tough decisions in a changing and complex environment. We have kicked these decisions into the future so often it seems like the discussion, decision-making and media interpretation are controlled by extremists and economically vested interests...

Posted on 10/17/13 at 10:29 pm in response to Bachmann says this is a 'very sad day,' while others cheer budget deal

Michele Bachmann, a tea party member who had pushed for a shutdown and argued that breaching the debt ceiling wouldn’t actually lead to a default. (PM Glean today). At this point, the Republican opposition to taxes has nothing to do with policy. It has nothing to do with the economy. It’s religion. It’s dogma. It’s identity. Refusing to raise taxes is what it means to be a Republican in this day and age. (Washington Post today.)

I live in the 6th Congressional District and...

Posted on 08/21/13 at 10:40 pm in response to Introducing MinnPost's Minneapolis crime app

You are doing a good job of including and explaining the caveats involved in using "known and reported" crimes to describe both the underlying crime rate and the law enforcement measurement system. This is especially problematic making comparisons over time and across jurisdictions where law enforcement reporting policies can differ.

One of the biggest problems of equating reported crime with the underlying crime rates is the majority of property crimes may go unreported and...

Posted on 08/23/13 at 05:58 am in response to Introducing MinnPost's Minneapolis crime app

Craig,
I cited the MN Planning reports because I was involved in creating them, not because they are the most up-to-date trends in describing the frequency, severity and distribution of crime. My synthesis was based on knowing the strengths and weaknesses of different criminal justice related data sets, how they relate to each other, and how the themes of crime, public safety and justice are weighed to reducing the scope of the problem.

The context in describing crime and the...

Posted on 07/22/13 at 02:58 pm in response to The hills are dead to Minnesota’s foremost troll expert

I'm from Duluth, and had exactly the same experience while driving into Olso on a college hockey tour of Scandinavia. Then our bus driver, Sven, stopped at a local sweater shop and the team cleared their shelves for our Christmas present shopping.

"We used to live in the Twin Cities, and when we first drove to Duluth and came up over the hill, I felt like, “Oh, I can live here. This is where I belong.” I think it’s like Norway, with the rocky hillside and crazy wilderness out back,...

I'm looking forward to this series!

Another potential topic is the shift from the role of education in producing citizens, not just consumers and worker bees.

One example is Justice Sandra Day O 'Conner's work since retiring from the US Supreme Court.
iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens by creating free and innovative educational materials.

In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics to reverse...

Thank you Alan for both participating in the open source movement and describing it in this article.

"Civic hackers, as we think about it for the National Day of Civic Hacking, are engineers, technologists, civil servants, scientists, designers, artists, educators, students, entrepreneurs — anybody — who is willing to collaborate with others to create, build, and invent open source solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our...