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William Pappas

Stillwater, MN
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Posted on 10/09/14 at 05:40 am in response to One intriguing argument why potential voters aren’t going to the polls

The Democratic Party has not had a clear concentric message? Hmmm. If you want to boil it down to three words, like "government is bad", probably so. The democratic message has always been slightly more complicated than that. I think the democratic message is quite clear: preserve social security, take the political risks to enact a negotiated universal health care mandate, move cautiously forward to enhance human rights, including those of gays and women, hold the line on tax cuts to...

Great point about the bargaining power of the University prior to signing lease with the Vikings who had absolutely no other alternative. That would have been an impressive showing of principal. To say this issue is about public officials who want to bring attention to themselves is belittling and inappropriate. As our history of genocide becomes more recognized and Native Americans try to reclaim their heritage and respect from our government and the people that took their land, the term...

Good on Eric Kaler. The more honorable thing to do for the Vikings is cancelling the game altogether. That would probably tip the scales in the NFL and push the Washington team to find another mascott name. For most of us that name is beyond offensive, it is simply unacceptable for use anywhere in our society accept as a reminder of our past history of genocide and horrible repression. How does that equate with the fun use of the name as a mascott to professional team? If you think this...

Any attempts by legislators to make it easier to vote will be met with resistance by republicans. Suppressing the vote is one of their four key approaches to maintaining legislative majorities in the face of highly unfavorable demographic trends. The other 3: gerrymandering, corporate control of media which frames dialogue, flooding elections with money (judicial majorities disassemble campaign finance laws and the Voting Rights Act). Any good republican or conservative strategist...

Posted on 09/20/14 at 07:01 am in response to Dayton campaign calls Johnson's MNsure charges a 'smear'

Negative comments and charges directed at MNSURE or any other outgrowth of the ACA are hard to take seriously. Nearly every single charge has proven to be false and a result of either outright deceit or simple incompetence and blatant ignorance of the ACA. If an insurer drops out it is not a reason for investigation. Many health insurers are happy to compete on the MNSURE site for customers under the new and consumer friendly rules that govern those companies. The ACA has proved...

It's important to remember that electing rabidly partison and radical philosophically conservative judges is one of the three legs of the stool upon which republican majorities are held. The other two are gerrymandering and voter suppession or corporate media control. A judge worthy of conservative consideration must show a willingness to disregard facts, settled law and precedent while actively working to make new law friendly to conservative causes and especially advantageous to wealth...

Posted on 09/20/14 at 06:48 am in response to Why the Great Recession was even worse than you thought

Paul Krugman and other economists that are not hogtied to neoliberal economic philosophy and actually base their predictions on facts and history have been pointing this out for years. The austerity that Germany is inflicting on the rest of Europe has dramatically hindered that continents recovery. Unfortunately, it will take more than investment and infrastructure spending to drag our country to prerecessionary productivity. The recession exploded an expanding trend of costs and...

Posted on 09/20/14 at 07:31 am in response to Should the Twins fire Ron Gardenhire?

I went to the game with Detroit Wednesday evening. The twins are a team of mostly minor leaguers and outclassed at every position. The organization is infected from the top down. Start with Terry Ryan. He is an old school baseball guy and the game has simply passed him by. His philosophy of "pitch to contact" and "work the count" has resulted in the organizations rejection of power pitchers and home run hitters. They actually hold a players desire to throw hard or swing hard against...

Posted on 08/27/14 at 06:39 am in response to John Boehner embraces his inner monkey

Careful Eric, don't say anything that might offend anyone.

Posted on 05/11/14 at 09:26 am in response to What to do with St. Paul’s Ford site: Lots of fuzzy ideas, but no plan

The healthiest prospect for the Ford Plant site would be more manufacturing. With the energy producing dam and prepared site there are many advantages, including the nearby residential neighborhood within walking distance. Good paying jobs (as opposed to retail or senior housing) would be a community benefit that have a huge impact on the local economy. Certainly there are many reasons why a manufacturing business would want to locate on the Ford Plant site besides the offering of tax...