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Friday, May 23, 2008

Star Tribune article on the NWA-Northwest merger...

featured a quote from yours truly.

"I don't think we have any kind of exclusive right to determine what businesses do," said Kurt Schroeder, 34, a software engineer from Rochester who participated in the poll. Schroeder argues the airline deal should go ahead, even though he described himself as "a bit of a socialist" in his political views on health care, education and wealth distribution.
The full article is online @ http://www.startribune.com/local/19122899.html.

The author, Liz Fedor, seems like a very prolific and knowledgeable airline columnist.


ellen 5/24/2008 07:53:00 AM  

This is certainly your month to show up in the papers! Along with the June2007 article in IBM Systems, I'd say you're getting "ink."

Anonymous 5/27/2008 09:51:00 AM  

I like the idea of having it go through...next time maybe this will serve as a lesson to state government in regards to tax payer sponsered bail-outs.

Kurt Schroeder 5/28/2008 01:46:00 AM  

In retrospect, citizens DO have the right to control what corporations do, but in this case, I feel that the aspect of the possible jobs lost over this deal is not that big of an issue when compared to the result of the businesses not being able to compete and improve their revenue/profitability.

Anonymous 5/28/2008 08:03:00 PM  

Kurt, you're right...if citizens want a voice all they have to do is buy stock - that's the way the market works. Big business is no different than politics...the larger the business the richer the owners.
-enidee bosko, bosko bee.

Anonymous 5/28/2008 09:46:00 PM  

The article discribes you as socialist when it comes to heath care, education, and wealth distribution (i.e. make everyone's income the same regardless of effort). With respect to education...please explain yourself in regards to paying full property taxes, yet home schooling.
Should you get a refund???

Kurt Schroeder 5/28/2008 11:03:00 PM  

The paying of property taxes and the decision to home school have nothing to do with each other. The small percentage of our taxes that pay fund public education provide a return far greater than the loss we would suffer in a society where the choice would be between home schooling, private schools, and awful public schools. I would even agree to pay MORE taxes towards public education, especially if the unfunded No Child Left Behind mandate were abolished, Head Start was fully funded, teachers were paid better, and successful teachers were rewarded with merit increases.

In other words, my ability to home school my children does not absolve me of the responsibility to fund a public education system that provides such a great benefit to society.