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Danie Watson

Mound, MN
Commenter for
6 years 33 weeks

Recent Comments

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...

Posted on 04/30/14 at 09:14 am in response to Poll: Dayton and Franken 'well ahead' of GOP challengers

Adolescents and adults can become addicted to just about anything: prescription and/or street opiates, alcohol, video games, shopping, collecting, marijuana, cleaning, meth, exercise, diet pills, pornography, eating, and on and on.

Far more often, adolescents and adults use these substances and engage in these behaviors responsibly and without becoming addicted.

Addiction has as much to do with the experience we have with a substance or behavior as it does with physical or...

Posted on 04/15/14 at 01:07 pm in response to On sex offender reform, Minnesota lawmakers defy courts

This topic is radioactive for legislators because voters make it so.

If vocal constituents were not up in arms (as they were in Cambridge), the legislature might have adopted the thoughtful recommendations of the bipartisan task force headed by retired Chief Justice Eric Magnuson--let the experts craft the legal remedy and take the blame.

Posted on 04/14/14 at 04:18 pm in response to Minnesota medical marijuana receives 68 percent poll support

Employees in this country have seen their wages remain stagnant over the last few decades while their productivity has more than doubled.

The numbers suggest many employers increase compensation for top management while not sharing the added profit generated by workers' productivity.

Posted on 04/11/14 at 03:34 pm in response to Washburn Center for Children: Where 'the wild things’ are understood

Thanks, Sarah.

It's great to see an organization looking beyond ordinary labels and working compassionately with kids to find solutions that work for each individual.

Posted on 03/05/14 at 12:43 pm in response to Restrictive conditions for medical marijuana

I urge more discussion about what many patients are using instead of medical marijuana: narcotic opioids and anti-psychotics.

Since prescription drug abuse and addiction continues to harm people, wouldn't it be prudent to first prescribe a much milder and less-addictive drug in the form of marijuana, and use narcotics as a last resort?