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Stephen Dent

Golden Valley, Minnesota
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6 years 50 weeks

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I am not kind to Mr. Henson. He is a poor administrator and leader. I base my statement on the actions of the board and management. I, personally, will not be setting foot into the newly remodeled Orchestra Hall (I have previously been a season ticket holder and donor for two decades) until Vanska returns the the "Three Musketeers" have departed - Henson, Campbell and Davis. Their poor judgement, right wing ideology, as in breaking unions, the PR mishaps demonstrates to me that unless there...

for the Minnesota Orchestra Association to raise funds...a thousand, without taking it out on the backs of people that really generated the revenue - the musicians. Management does not deserve our appreciation. They, in fact, deserve our scorn because they were we so short sighted, so clumsy, so retro in labor-management practices and beliefs that they drove our beloved institution - one of the finest orchestras in the world - into the pitiful state that it is currently in. And you think...

and thanks, Pamela Espeland, for your thorough coverage of the casualties, the one name I wish was on the departed list and is not is Michael Henson. He has caused as much, if not more, damage than Jon Campbell and his board cronies than anyone else in management. He showed no leadership and simply played along with the Board of Directors. It was right that Campbell step, Michael, be a man and do the same.

Posted on 11/27/13 at 02:43 pm in response to MNsure to double-check 30,000 applications for tax credit qualification

After BC/BS raised my individual premium by over $150.00 per month - from $522. to $675. (for a healthy middle-age man) I turned to MnSure for relief. To date, my experience has been horrible. I filled out all the required information, discovered I was NOT eligible for any tax credit or subsidy (I'm fine with that for a lower rate). Then, I went to Enroll in a Plan and, well, all I get is error message after error message. I can't enroll in a plan. So I called the Call Center, and while the...

Posted on 11/21/13 at 12:27 pm in response to Minnesota Orchestra finances: Did management manipulate the numbers?

Having extensive experience in labor/management relationships, I do believe that Henson and Campbell misread the musician's tenacity and loyalty to the quality of the music and performance, as well as their standard of living, when they engaged in the lock-out - an atom bomb of labor relations. I think they thought they could, if not outright bust the union, at least lower the pay-scale. They were wrong.

It does not surprise me that the minion board members would support Campbell and...

Posted on 11/19/13 at 02:29 pm in response to Save Our Symphony to offer 'deep dive' on orchestra finances

...on the cultural tragedy of the Minnesota Orchestra. The resilience of the musicians themselves are amazing and I wish them all the success in their solo performances and yes, their overhead is rather low. Meanwhile, Jon R. Campbell, executive with Wells Fargo NA. and British-born Michael Henson, should be banished from the newly renovated "cultural palace," and never be allowed back inside. Shame on them for nearly destroying this gem and while they may think they broke the union, they...

Posted on 10/18/13 at 12:00 pm in response to Norm Ornstein warns politicial parties have moved beyond polarization

a great read. And what is it about St. Louis Park? So many intelligence, articulate, funny people from there...Franken, Coen Brothers, Friedman, and my friends Jerrold Gershoen and Chuck name a few. I want to be from St. Louis Park!

is that their ideas, beliefs, values, and strategies are out-of-touch with most Americans in the 21st century. People understand the world is too complex, too connected, too interdependent to be a party of small government and no safety net. Food supplies need inspection; environmental issues need regulations, healthcare needs to be universal, infrastructure needs to be maintained; research and development need to occur; a good education needs to be provided to our children. No they did NOT...

Posted on 10/14/13 at 11:14 am in response to Could Archbishop Nienstedt face charges or lose his job?

is there anyone left, with the exception of Reginald Whitt, a Catholic priest, and Charles Reid Jr., a law professor at a Catholic University, trust the church leadership anymore? I, for one, would not trust them as far as I could throw them!

Posted on 09/12/13 at 12:01 pm in response to Off-street activity: Twin Cities alleys offer a glimpse of a shadow city

I have a loft condominium on the corner of 10 Ave N and 3rd Street N. Behind it is the Salvation Army building and for the next two or three blocks heading towards downtown there are four or five mid-rise buildings on 4th Street N. We were told, at one point, that the alley way between 3rd and 4th Streets N would be turned into greenway with coffee shops and perhaps some cafes or restaurants. It was a Shaffer-Richardson plan since they built many of those mid-rises and operate out of the...