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Bryan Dohla

Lakeville, MN
Commenter for
3 years 13 weeks

Recent Comments

Posted on 05/11/11 at 12:35 pm in response to Franken holds hearing on mobile privacy

Frankly, I think Al Franken is a fine example of whats wrong with ideological party politics, BUT.....when it comes to the internet I have to give him kudos. He's much more moderate (and resembles some common sense) than every issue the guy touches.

Posted on 05/11/11 at 12:32 pm in response to Surprise amendment stuns Senate during debate over health care for poor

1) "Turning our nation's health care over to the private sector? We've "been there, done that". And where did it get us?"

When did this occur? Prior to the Great Society? You can't honestly say with a straight face that our healthcare industry has been market-based since the mid 1960s. Sure, Michael Moore and the ideologues on the left will tell you that but its not factual. What has happened is that as the government injected itself into the marketplace (irresponsibly), it...

Posted on 05/11/11 at 12:47 pm in response to Oberstar blames partisanship for the nation's crumbling infrastructure

Why is it so hard for center-left types to realize that it's not the mid 1900s anymore? This article is framed as not only a tribute to Olberstar's cronyism in public office, but that somehow 2011 is no different than 1960.

After 50 years of the American public being told its their "duty" to pay for their neighbors mortgage, education, transportation, healthcare, electricity, etc. etc. - why is it so difficult that many people now view government as a corrupt entity that's more...

Posted on 05/05/11 at 10:29 am in response to Is Minnesota ready for government by constitutional amendment?

"Should all matters be decided by direct democracy?''

At this moment in time - I would say yes. Both parties have proven over and over again that they really have the faintest idea on what their constituency wants. Can you imagine how many horrific pieces of legislation could have been avoided in the last decade with "direct democracy"?

I know this will probably upset the elitists out there who have held a monopoly on our political system, but it's time we put a vote of "no...

Posted on 05/05/11 at 10:42 am in response to MinnPost traffic continues to grow at a very nice pace

MinnPost has its own perspective in a fairly limited media market in this state. It's hard to be able to hide all bias, but I think MinnPost does a better job than all the local news networks.

Posted on 04/26/11 at 11:08 am in response to I mapped Minnesota UFO sightings -- ask me why!

Ray is correct with this statement:

"Giving equal weight to both sides, when one side’s arguments are based on facts and/or reason and the other side’s arguments are based on ideology and/or the irrational, does a disservice to whoever it is that’s reading or seeing the story"

It's time credible media outlets just say when someone is wrong. Death Panels? Not exactly. Obama has a balanced budget? Sure, with tons of imaginery accounting gimmicks. Whatever happened to the...

Posted on 04/26/11 at 11:15 am in response to GOP bills target Met Council transportation planning

I've asked this question on numerous websites.

When was the vote held in the state legislature to approve the funding for the light rail corridor in Saint Paul?

Or were elected officials and the general electorate bypassed because a direct vote on the issue probably would have failed since public opinion polls show widespread disapproval of expanding light rail into St. Paul?

I hope there was a direct vote in the state legislature. If not, it looks like Tim Pawlenty...

Posted on 04/25/11 at 12:31 pm in response to Surprise! DFL and GOP leaders differ as budget countdown clock ticks

Both parties need to focus on hammering out an agreement on the budget so that we dont play "chicken" when the deadline approaches.

This article should have noted that just as the republican budget focuses on budget assumptions that might not be completely accurate - the democrat budget also relies on budget assumpetions that might not come into fruition.

I have a feeling that party "cheerleaders" are going to make this into a much larger debacle than what it has to be.

Posted on 04/25/11 at 12:14 pm in response to Voter ID issue advances at Capitol, but facts continue to get in the way

Clean elections in Minnesota? I sure hope you are being sarcastic. Franken/Coleman was anything but clean. In fact, we will probably never know the authentic winner of that election due to all the political/legal wrangling that followed. How is it not voter disenfranchisement when you can ignore someone's ballot if both candidates agree to it?

You also had some of the same inconsistencies that were present in the Franken/Coleman election pop back up in the Emmer/Dayton race....

Posted on 04/25/11 at 12:25 pm in response to Minneapolis Census data uncover a bipolar city

Bradley Johnson is absolutely correct!

Most posts on here are advocating additional government spending. One post recommends lowering Metro Transit/Light Rail fares to zero to spur economic development. Metro Transit/Light Rail is a heavily subsidized debt-driven expenditure to the state that has yet to break even. Lowering fares to zero means that you have to cough up that money from somewhere else. How about Metro Transit creates a new program called the "Pay More To Help...