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William Pappas

Stillwater, MN
Commenter for
5 years 25 weeks

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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...

It is not the "thinning" of forests that is critical to wildfire spread. It is the progression of unchecked global warming that has reduced snowpack, lowered humidities and raised temperatures. Thinning forests leaves behind another form of debris that is evven more explosive than the mature forests. In fact, allowing forests to mature makes them MORE resistant to fire, not less. Controlled burning and less thinning would be a preferable policy. Managing forests to a mature and climax...

Posted on 03/31/14 at 05:40 pm in response to Peterson's Obamacare voting record: no more 'ammunition' for GOP

Collin Peterson is a coward. The ACA was essentially a republican health care alternative that was partially concieved of by republicans from this state. The ACA didn't screw up the state exchanges, the republican governors that didn't allow the medicare extensions and then blocked all attempts to make the sites functional are to blame. The fact that the ACA is successful in meeting its sign up goals is remarkable in the face of such misinformation from republicans attempting to deny...

Posted on 03/29/14 at 09:24 am in response to DFL senators want the public to vote on minimum-wage inflation factor

Enough already. Don't leave this session without a minimum wage increase. Raise the minimum wage just a little higher, to 9.75 and vote it up or down. Or if necessary, move it to 9.50 without the indexing and be done with it and accomplish other things. Raising the wage is a minor victory and should be taken advantage of during the democratic majorities. Minimum wage increase is healthy for the state and contrary to republican claims it partners with our robust economy and ATTRACTS...

Posted on 03/19/14 at 06:09 am in response to Paul Ryan says GOP must become 'a party of proposition'

I'm surprised Ryan even brought up his grand father as a recent op-ed piece pretty much described how Ryan himself was pissing all over his Grandfather's history as England used all the arguments Ryan now invokes to perpetuate poverty in Ireland during the Potato famine. It was one of the most complete skewerings of a politician that I've ever read. And of course, after his incredibly racist remarks about "inner city men" and their lazy lifestyle, etc. you'd think he'd shy away from this...