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Tom Anderson

Coon Rapids, MN
Commenter for
6 years 3 weeks

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Posted on 10/18/14 at 10:56 pm in response to Using common sense, we can improve our democracy

"Less than a month after signing the(2014) farm bill into law, the president proposed new subsidies for ethanol blender pumps in his FY 2015 budget proposal."

And some of the previous subsidies did just end last year, which doesn't really count as "years".

And don't forget the government mandates to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline at the pump.

Posted on 10/16/14 at 10:25 pm in response to Small-business group endorses Johnson for governor

Relax people. There is nothing wrong with some people choosing to vote for someone other than Governor Dayton. The Governor is a lock for another four years so enjoy the prosperity.

I did sense some snarkiness from the author about private sector jobs vs. public sector, but pay him no mind, what matters is the Minnesota is essentially at full employment thanks to Governor Dayton's leadership. Hopefully the unemployment rate is still at 4.1% in four years.

Posted on 10/14/14 at 10:01 pm in response to Pork industry should stop defending indefensible practices

"and the mental toll the deprivation takes on these highly intelligent animals is also enormous."

Did scientists ask the hogs or give them mental tests before and after confinement?

Cites please.

Posted on 10/15/14 at 07:13 pm in response to Pork industry should stop defending indefensible practices

Not sure how dogs work their way into a discussion about hog mental capacity but I'm sure it makes sense to someone. As to my point... Cites please.

Posted on 10/16/14 at 10:32 pm in response to Pork industry should stop defending indefensible practices

And I still am not sure how dogs belong in a discussion about hog mentality. Perhaps some other reader could enlighten me and provide us all with the scientific studies showing the mental effects of confinement on hogs.

Posted on 10/15/14 at 07:10 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

"cars are also 19th century technology"

Electric and hydrogen cell versions? It is true that both electricity and hydrogen were available back then, but could they beat your horse to work?

Posted on 10/09/14 at 09:25 pm in response to Dayton likes infrastructure tax, Chamber of Commerce not so much

"if the "Chamber of Commerce" is opposed to it, it's absolutely a good thing for us REGULAR folks and needs to happen,..."

By raising the gas tax a measly $1.00 a gallon, we'll only be paying $4.00 per gallon which will fund further transit projects and bikeways and hardly notice the difference when other people fill their tanks. If only the President would do the same and raise the Federal gas tax by a measly dollar those other people will still only be paying $5.00 per gallon, very...

Posted on 10/09/14 at 09:32 pm in response to Job vacancies in Minnesota hit 13-year high in second quarter

"Health care and social assistance had the most vacancies (19.3 percent of the total), followed by retail trade (14.8 percent), accommodation and food services (12.4 percent), manufacturing (8.2 percent) and educational services (8.1 percent)."

Seems like a person could apply for most of these with a high school degree unless "health care" includes doctors and nurses and "educational services" includes teachers. It seems like things are looking up although the median wage is down...

We had a Secretary of State who spent every day trying to get more people registered to vote, make them aware of their polling places, did their best to make polling places more efficient including absentee voting, and made sure that registration rolls were updated and checked regularly. Every. Day.

Posted on 10/09/14 at 09:15 pm in response to Dayton uses debate to propose increasing gas tax

"Nevertheless, the roads & bridges need to be patched up.
We can’t wait for a 2nd collapse before we move forward on it."

The present State administration has had four years and not significantly addressed the problem. Time for hope and change!