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Danie Watson

Mound, MN
Commenter for
6 years 46 weeks

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Posted on 09/23/14 at 04:42 pm in response to Bachmann leads Congress in privately financed travel

It's ironic that the GOP pulled out all the stops to use John Kerry's wealth against him (remember the windsurfing image?), and now the Dems are doing the same thing to Stewart Mills. I wonder how the GOP feels about the boat shoe being on the other foot.

That said, it's hard to believe there isn't a less petty way for candidates to make their point. Just wishful thinking, I know.

Posted on 09/23/14 at 11:49 am in response to Amazon to charge Minnesota sales tax starting Oct. 1

Yes, there is a use tax and pretty much no one pays it. The honor system is not working. This change collects taxes already owed, and keeps honest people honest.

Posted on 09/09/14 at 03:37 pm in response to Treasury decision could make Medtronic deal 'untenable'

Robert Reich offered a very sensible framework for understanding corporate "nationality": Provide incentives to invest in R&D and add jobs in the U.S., rather than focusing on what country a corporation claims as its home.

"Increasingly, corporate nationality is whatever a corporation decides it is.

"So instead of worrying...

Posted on 08/08/14 at 02:32 pm in response to Pool of prospective pot producers keeps growing

Aside from the moral principle that workers deserve fair and adequate compensation, opponents of a raise in the minimum wage typically consider only one side of the balance sheet: labor expenses. What is overlooked is the additional spending that will take place as a result of higher wages.

What if the guy takes in more in fees than he pays out for increased wages?

Posted on 08/06/14 at 04:02 pm in response to White House exploring ways to stop Medtronic-like tax avoidance

(That's he or she.)

Posted on 07/18/14 at 01:36 pm in response to National GOP promising 'significant' spending in Minnesota

I'd hate to be the real estate agent who someday has to sell Snake and Rat Manor. Just picture the new owners' first night in their new home.

Posted on 07/14/14 at 02:16 pm in response to Should Minnesota dump the MNsure website?

So some of our ROI from the All-Star Game will be measured in "psychic income"?

Who volunteers to be paid with that currency? Anyone?

Since 2003, the GOP has had many diverse ideas about how to put the state $6 billion in debt, including borrowing money from our schoolchildren, using "accounting shifts" to cook the books, and recklessly neglecting transportation infrastructure leading to the deadly collapse of the 35W bridge.

This November, I'll be supporting the DFL leaders who returned us to solvency, paid back the schools, put money in the rainy day fund, and are investing in infrastructure.

I love cottonwoods. The lively sound of wind in the cottonwoods is the essence of summer for me.

I appreciate this column because my family has been seeing the same drop off in young cottonwoods at our cabin. We lost one that was an essential shade tree, and have had difficulty starting another. I 'll try livestake propagation.

Posted on 04/30/14 at 02:28 pm in response to Burglar-killer Byron Smith 'guilty' verdict: the reaction

We talk as if there were only two choices available to Smith: shoot Brady and Kifer to death, or do nothing. There were a lot of other options: call 911, leave the home, make a recording so the burglars could be identified, install a security system, get a dog.

I often see this in debates about gun rights. The only choices offered are 1) kill, 2) be killed. This is intellectually dishonest. Nonviolent resolution is completely omitted.

In a letter to the Strib today, a man...