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Luke Sonner

Shoreview, MN
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3 years 5 weeks

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Posted on 03/07/14 at 02:41 pm in response to Anti-bullying bill continues on its tortured path

I hope that no one thinks that this or any bill will end bullying... The focus should be on fortifying an individual to deal with bullying on a personal level.

Obviously, the space allotted to those animals is the most important factor.

If you hope for more wolves, their available habitat must be able to supports those numbers.

The first effort should be to increase safe areas for them to exist in. Then you can allow for a higher wolf population to fill that area.

Humans working to cultivate and populate every inch of land is the problem, and that is the very difficult battle that must be fought. To say "stop hunting wolves"...


Who said anything about "killing all of the wolves"? I am in favor of hunting seasons to keep a healthy balance in our state's wild animal populations. Humans have left precious little space for some of these animals, and managing their numbers is necessary.

The moose population is hurting on many levels, all the more reason to keep the population of their primary natural predator at a reasonable number.

If I am in favor of a deer hunting season, does that make me anti-deer?

Deer issues are much more pronounced where the wolves do not have the necessary habitat. From what I have read, the wolves are doing a good job of managing deer populations in their domain.

Posted on 11/19/13 at 02:52 pm in response to Did Dayton pick 'winners, losers' with his health care decision?

My recent appendectomy cost a total of $25,000 to me and my insurance provider. THIS is what is wrong with our healthcare system. Regardless of who pays for what, the costs are out of control. Neither Obamacare, nor any GOP offerings do anything to address the real issue. Nothing is being done to make healthcare "affordable".

Simply shifting who pays for what is a short-sighted, feel-good-about-yourself solution that avoids any and all heavy lifting.

Nothing keeps costs in...

Posted on 11/19/13 at 03:35 pm in response to Did Dayton pick 'winners, losers' with his health care decision?

That would still leave no reason to keep costs down... costs will escalate, our share of the costs will escalate and there will be many individuals who will not be able to keep up.

Posted on 11/19/13 at 05:01 pm in response to Did Dayton pick 'winners, losers' with his health care decision?

Also, with bills eventually coming from three different sources, I doubt that one could get much of a "quote" to consider. If a care provider offered logical prices and one-source billing up front, I would consider relying on savings instead of insurance, and they would get my business. I believe that many would take advantage of those financial benefits if such a healthcare source was available and they had healthy savings. I believe that many would only carry catastrophic coverage, and one...

Posted on 11/20/13 at 05:02 pm in response to Did Dayton pick 'winners, losers' with his health care decision?

Because of ridiculously high costs, you have to carry insurance. Because I have paid all that money in, of course I am going to go with whoever my carrier tells me I can use. What criteria and research options would you use to get an idea of the quality of care provided by each provider? Our actions would absolutely support competition if that option was available. Providers with the best combination of low costs and lack of complaints would win. Just like in every other industry.

Posted on 11/21/13 at 01:41 pm in response to Did Dayton pick 'winners, losers' with his health care decision?

However, if the system were simplified and costs were reduced to the point that an individual actually had the option of using their savings for healthcare costs - shopping around would be very simple to do. Speaking to friends, family and/or coworkers would get you a list of recommended doctors. Hospitals and clinics would be chosen with the help of your doctor. Obviously this would not take place in an emergency situation, and depending on the emergency, proximity may outweigh any other...