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  • // It’s actually been a joy to read about Mitch’s life as he struggled to make it in the Twin Cities. I’ve read the entire series, which is substantial. Entertaining stuff. Thanks for sharing Mitch.
  • Quote:”There is also an interesting trend appearing in these charts. There is a decline of population and households between 2009 and 2010. According to Met Councils data, the Twin Cities 7 County Metro area had a decline of 32,245 in population and 20,763 households between 2009 and 2010. This is an alarming trend if it continues. I will go out on a limb and jump to a radical conclusion that the reason for the population and household loss was due to the un-employment rate and these people moved out of the area or out of the State to seek employment. You may have other conclusion on why you think we are losing population, which is a good topic for discussion.If this trend continues it could do severe damage to the regional housing market. Come to think of it, I don’t think this region has ever had a drop in population and households.

    // That’s not a good trend for any metro area.

  • Quote:”This is an opinion I hold because I firmly believe that one can never totally codify justice. We are told that a constitution is necessary to act as a check against the misrule of a bad monarch. But what about the reverse? As US President Ford famously said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have”. I would apply this same reasoning to constitutions for monarchies. Any constitution strong enough to prevent a monarch from doing wrong is also strong enough to prevent a monarch from doing what is right. Human beings are fallible creatures, both the rulers and the ruled, those who are governed by constitutions and those who write those constitutions just the same. Nothing made by the hand of man nor any institution operated by mortal men is going to be infallible or immune from corruption and that applies to any constitution and any form of government that could possibly be imagined.// Good read.

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