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Todd Hintz

St. Louis Park, MN
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5 years 35 weeks

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Posted on 07/31/14 at 03:53 pm in response to Style wars: it's not policy differences defining GOP governor candidates

To add to the mix, the Minnesota GOP is still struggling to bring in large donors after their fiasco balancing their own budget. A couple of years ago they couldn't pay their rent and lawyer's bills and consequently donations dried up right before they went into election season. Now here we sit two years later and while they've got some money in the bank, they still haven't fully recovered to the point where they need to be to support their candidates.

It's yet another tough hill...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 04:34 pm in response to Seeking flexibility amid the invisible hand of street design standards

Chris,

You made some good points there in your post about licensing. I'd like to add that licensing is generally correlated to the wear and tear a vehicle puts on the road. So a bus license is more expensive than a car license. And a license for a semi is more expensive than a bus.

Using that standard, the license for a bike would be negligible as their impact on road maintenance is also negligible. Two hundred pounds for a person and their bike doesn't have the same impact...

Touting the Keystone pipeline as an employment project is pretty much a nonstarter as it will create just a couple hundred permanent jobs nation-wide. Chances are few to none of those will be in Minnesota. To be fair, it'll create a lot of temporary construction jobs, which will help people in that industry while the pipeline is being built. And once they're done with the pipeline hopefully there will be another large construction project coming down the pipe (pardon the pun) to keep the...

Posted on 07/30/14 at 04:53 pm in response to Gun deaths top motor-vehicle deaths in a rising number of states

What would Japan's suicide rate be if they had easy access to guns? Would it be higher, the same, or lower?

Another question: wouldn't it be good to stop those half of American suicides that use guns? Granted, some of the people who currently kill themselves with guns, but I expect a good portion of them would not make the attempt if a gun wasn't so readily available. Isn't that worth pursuing?

Posted on 07/30/14 at 04:55 pm in response to Gun deaths top motor-vehicle deaths in a rising number of states

My inclination would be to make driving safer, not outlaw it entirely. That's what we've been doing with cars and highways for many decades. Can we do the same thing with guns?

Posted on 07/24/14 at 12:00 pm in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

Isn't McFadden's statement in itself a scare tactic?

"The senior safety net is heading towards bankruptcy because of irresponsible politicians like Al Franken who’ve used scare tactics to win elections."

Posted on 07/23/14 at 05:23 pm in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

Try DOS 6.0. Oy!

Personally, I'm checking out community solar gardens to see what they can do for me. I've already squeezed what I can from conservation, such as additional insulation, power saver switch on the AC, turning off wall wart devices, and so on. One of the things I like about solar gardens is it gives me stable electric rates for the next 20+ years. Coal and natural gas prices will fluctuate with the market, but once solar panels are paid for they're done--you don't have to worry about price...

Posted on 07/22/14 at 12:04 pm in response to Complexity dogs mileage-fee concept

It sounds like just pumping up the gas tax (pardon the pun) would be both simpler and cheaper. Why build this huge complex system when the current one will do the job? Bump the gas tax to something that will cover road maintenance, tie it to inflation, and call it done. The higher tax gives people an incentive to drive more efficient cars and pollute less.

If you want to cover electric cars, then tie something to their sales. Electrics are just a fraction of sales at the moment,...

How long will it be before the deniers wade in on the latest report? They'll claim they've found a pebble on the beach and, as everyone knows, beaches are made out of sand. Therefor there are no beaches at all.

When that claim is refuted yet again, then they'll fall back on the claim that the climate is indeed changing, but it's always been changing.

Next fallback will be that man has no impact on the climate.

When all else fails as it will inevitably do under the...