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scott gibson

paynesville, MN
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6 years 19 weeks

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Posted on 10/06/11 at 01:12 pm in response to Sheriff, police are OK with Wall Street protest camp-in

I agree with Swifty that the Wall Street protest is unfocused. Some aspects of it are unlikely to register any sympathy with me. However, it was not started by "unionthugs". They have little to do with it, other than being among Wall Street's many victims. So, if you don't like the tone of the protest, but you feel that there is still something worth protesting, nothing is stopping you from starting your own "conservatives against Wall Street abuse" protest. Oh, wait, I guess that's not...

Posted on 09/16/11 at 12:23 pm in response to Key question: Did Amy Senser know she hit someone?

I didn't hear the report about global warming causing the BWCAW fire. I doubt it was mentioned in that way, though climate change may have come up in a nuanced background way, somehow. Everything I've heard was that lightning was the cause.

Posted on 09/14/11 at 05:37 pm in response to Boundary Waters Area is now the land of fire and ice

Basically, Swifty, you're full of it. And don't give me how much tougher it was back in your day. I'll bet I'm as old as you and I know for a fact, the math I teach is harder than what I took in high school and more students than ever are exposed to it. Before we declare schools incompetent, I'd really like to know the true criteria the other countries use when they test. It doesn't change the fact that, by sheer numbers, the top 1% of our students would be overwhelmed by the top 1% of...

Posted on 09/02/11 at 01:32 pm in response to Americans adore teachers and think schools are doing quite well

Replace the word 'teacher' with 'politician'. THOSE politicians are bad, bad, bad. MY elected representative, on the other hand, is just wonderful. A bit of a disconnect. The 'Waiting for Superman' disparagers are no longer the outside voice, they are the loudest voice heard (without providing true evidence of educational improvement). Unions are vilified for trying to protect the salaries of their members (which is, of course, why all of us work for a living). It might be a good idea...

Posted on 09/01/11 at 11:48 am in response to Why Rick Perry could be our next president

Yes, Perry could become president. Voters make their choices on superficial and emotional levels much of the time. And Perry's got great hair. If you think that's a flippant comment, you need only look at the relative popularity of perceived physically attractive candidates vs those who are not. Sad, but true. Being attractive won't win you an election, but being unattractive will most likely lose you one.

Posted on 08/22/11 at 11:21 pm in response to Hefty property tax hikes loom

If I made or was worth a million dollars I would, certainly, consider myself wealthy. Folks who defend a different view are out of touch with the VAST majority of hard-working Minnesotans. This would include ingrates like Jared Allen. He is handsomely compensated. The venue where he plays home games has a new roof and a new rug. It was built for football. It sells out. It makes money for the owners. Apparently, though, not ENOUGH money. We should pony up for them, even though it...

Posted on 08/13/11 at 12:37 am in response to Pawlenty debate performance gets largely negative reviews

re: d braun. I think you're being just a tad hyperbolic (sarc). Please explain why our country would not SURVIVE if Obama is reelected. I need to know this.

Posted on 08/05/11 at 09:06 pm in response to KFAN to become FM station; KTLK goes AM

Doesn't anyone care about signal strength when it comes to radio? KFAN was undetectable after sundown where I live (100 mi. west of MPLS). FM would be worse. WCCO-FM? Same problem (except they're losing all their teams). AM was the home of statewide sports broadcasting that EVERYONE could pick up. Yes, there are a network of other stations, but if you drive any distance in greater MN, you lose the signal. FM would be worse for every team. There are many times when I'm in my car that...

Posted on 08/04/11 at 10:46 am in response to Minnesota's county highway funding system supports roads to nowhere

We who live in 'greater Minnesota' know full well that the metro area would prefer to ignore our quality of life, unless it impacts theirs. Government is NOT efficient. That is by design. It is not a fault, in and of itself. It exists to provide for the greater good for ALL. I am not convinced that the numbers presented are somehow unbalanced, considering the vast area of Minnesota. We pay taxes, too. The trend to curtail services for rural areas (note the congressional effort to...

Posted on 07/14/11 at 06:46 pm in response to Has Dayton caved?

Dayton has always been in this fight alone. Where were any other Democrats vocally supporting him? There weren't any. He also has had very few ways to leverage his agenda, since spending bills must originate with the legislature and not with him. It is the reverse of Pawlenty's power to arbitrarily cut the budget if the legislature didn't capitulate. Dayton has been the proverbial "one-man wolf pack" all along. He got the nomination without party help and became governor when folks...