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Ray Lewis

Circle Pines, Minnesota
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As a former Duluthian, it seems like the rate of "100 year" storms are happening more frequently, which raises questions about the predictability of climate changes. Who can plan for, and set construction standards, for storm water prevention of toxic drainage and overflow if storms are getting worse?

Not to be a single minded Chicken Little advocate, but how long did it take the the dam constructed at Milepost Seven near Silver Bay to wash out and release the taconite tailings...

Posted on 09/29/14 at 10:31 am in response to Why do so few citizens participate in our democracy?

Thanks for starting this series Eric, and pointing out the obvious flaws while searching for workable alternatives across other societies. I think the co-contributors in the comments section will provide willing feedback on the other sections of the report you referenced above.

Social and religious characteristics of the electorate
Partisanship and evaluation of the political parties
Ideological self-identification
Public opinion on public policy issues

Posted on 04/29/14 at 11:14 am in response to More lawmaker tweets? Legislators may liberalize Open Meeting Law

Thanks for starting the online discussion about social media discussion about the decision making process. Are there any internet sources that host discussions of topics like this?

Links to the bills, hearing, documents and experts would be helpful; but the tags are an way to organize meta-data. I found the Institute of Government link for the Univ of Georgia, but not Weeds previous writing in the short time I had to look.

Time, access, and the way various ideas, facts, and...

Posted on 03/18/14 at 12:02 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 09:30 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 06:13 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 09:29 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 09:40 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 04:58 am in response to Introducing MinnPost's Minneapolis crime app

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...