Stimulus funding a shot in the dark

  • Article by: JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 16, 2009 - 11:11 PM

Part of the state's federal stimulus money is being used to build a big lab to catch tiny nuclear particles underground.

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inlandseaDec. 17, 09 1:29 AM

They already have one such lab 2000 feet underground at the old Tower Soudan mine. I've seen it. When MN has upgraded all municipal water treatment plants to modern standards, then think about building duplicate neutrino research facilities!

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gopherfan10101Dec. 17, 09 6:33 AM

Only "creating dozens of jobs with 10 permanent jobs when completed".....For $40 million dollars. What a joke this "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" is. Isn't this in Oberstar's district? This must be his "reward" for voting for the stimulus bill. People of the Minnesota 8th, wake up and vote this guy out.

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karendavid816Dec. 17, 09 7:40 AM

So when it is done there will be ten permanent jobs. What will be the future revenue source to support those jobs? Basic research is not traditionally a money maker is it? One more example of how deferring one's leadership to Nancy (and Jim) brings no hope and no change.

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reader2121Dec. 17, 09 7:57 AM

We need to look at the bigger picture here. Sure, the number of jobs listed looks small, but what about the down-stream impacts? There are the workers who make the materials the construction crew is using, the truckers who haul the materials, the factories that make the materials the students are using to construct the detector, the cooks and cleaning people in Orr that have jobs because the construction crews are there. And since when is research a bad thing? Are we so focused on everything needing to have instant results that we have lost track of the fact that this type of research is what has brought us the big advances in technology?

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irvine93Dec. 18, 0910:49 AM

A civilized society is measured by how it spends its resources on items that have no immediate benefits; that may never have a benefit except to enrich the knowledge of that civilization.

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erase1Dec. 18, 0910:55 AM

When to do such research we must take out a loan from China because the budget is already short 50% with no end in sight to the shortfalls. When there are waste water treatment facilities, bridges, roads, schools, police officers and tons of other things that need attention and will have a measurable benefit to society. Basic research of this type is a "nice to have" you should only fund things that are "must haves".

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