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Reader feedback: Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minn.

Why go to another big town? Stop short of Minneapolis and stay in Lanesboro. You can bike their trails, snowmobile and snowshoe in the winter, tube, canoe, or kayak the Root River in the summer. There are several high-end restaurants from which to choose, as well as inexpensive dining options. Lots of friendly bed and breakfasts. Top-notch theater. Friendly folks. Who needs the big town?  (Oct 9, 2009 | post #41)

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Taurus redo aims to recapture early success

Speaking from a female perspective, I think that the emphasis on horsepower is stupid. How fast can you go on the Kennedy during rush hour that you need all that they provide? You guys are too hung up on it. As for the car, it's a bit pricy. I don't doubt it is well-built, but I agree that Korean brands, especially the Hyundai Genesis, will be big competition.  (Aug 4, 2009 | post #13)

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1 in 10 Illinois drivers have potentially defective licen...

I had my plates replaced and it was not any trouble at all. All you had to do was mail in a form. Geez, how lazy can you be?  (Aug 4, 2009 | post #15)

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Cost of proposed Olympic Village jumps to $1.27 billion

Why should developers who get this prime piece of property get so much help with infrastructure? They should be paying the city for the privilege of building there. What happens to the land if we don't get the Olympics? Like 1 heart wrote, BOHICA!!  (Aug 4, 2009 | post #7)

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Tort reform needed

For most folks, tort reform means not awarding multi-million dollar damages to people who were harmed by physicians and medical providers. I don't believe that these awards make up much of the cost of health care. What does cost are the tests and procedures that doctors do "just to be on the safe side." You've probably heard that from your own doc, and, just maybe, you thought it was overkill. Depending on tests instead of experience, good judgement, common sense, and honesty is what is costing us billions: in other words, the family doctor of the past who had a good, strong relationship with his or her patients has gone to the wayside, and referrals to specialists has come to the forefront. Add that to patients who don't bother educating themselves, don't try to maintain healthful lifestyles, and who think the answer to every ache and pain is another pill, and, that's why tort reform isn't the magic bullet we're looking for to reduce costs.  (Aug 3, 2009 | post #5)

Chicago Tribune

Individual weight

The problem is, it's too frequently the obese person himself who won't own up to being fat--it's the other guy who's REALLY fat.  (Aug 3, 2009 | post #1)

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The skinny on Dr. B.

Hmmm.....this article was posted for a day, and no comments? It would be nice if all health care professionals practiced what they preached, but, for most it is difficult to be the perfect role model. It's better to admit that most of us fall off our wagons every now and then; it's called being human. What many can't admit, though, is that they, yes, they, too are obese, and are part of the problem. Obesity has become too "normal" in our society, so what constitutes obese in the average mind now? Even hint at obesity, and you're prejudiced against those folks. Being concerned about health issues isn't even in the equation. Too bad. Perhaps we will end up like the people in "Wall-E. "  (Jul 30, 2009 | post #1)

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Facing up to reality

I keep wondering what the Republicans would be doing differently (meaning, better, to those skeptics out there who think nothing is being done). I have a lot of patience, and realize that it took a lot longer to get us into this than most want to admit, and it will take longer than we want. I also disagree that the health care bill is being "shoved through." I am not sure what will happen with it, but it seems to me that it's taking longer than I thought it would, which is a good thing. Health care isn't an easy thing to understand for most folks, but they don't want to admit they are clueless.  (Jul 30, 2009 | post #9)

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More isn't always better

While thers is no shame in "for-profit ", unfortunately, payment for medical care does not follow the usual rules of business, that is, the purchaser is not paying for the goods himself, but has a third-party payor. And, would you invest in a company that offered you returns of only 1-2%, or even a guaranteed loss every year? It would be nice to think that health care could be made non-profit, but I don't think Americans are ready for that, nor are big Pharma or the health insurance companies.  (Jul 28, 2009 | post #32)

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More isn't always better

Over the past 10 years alone, the COLA on Social Security has increased by 20% according to some stats I found in AARP. I wish I was getting paid 20% more in salary for that same time period. Stop whining.  (Jul 28, 2009 | post #31)

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The gap

Well said. None of us was there, but all of us should mind our own opinions on this.  (Jul 27, 2009 | post #66)

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AP source: Jackson's doc administered anesthetic that aut...

Jackson never had a normal life. I truly don't blame him for becoming addicted. A lot of people do it for lesser reasons than he might have had. Telling him to stop doing drugs is like asking a smoker to quit smoking, a drinker to stop alcohol, or a morbidly obese person to stop eating so much. They can't without professional help. Why his family or friends did not help him get treatment, I'll never know. It was just like Elvis, I guess. As for the Propofol, the doctor who used it on Jackson outside a monitored setting should have his license permanently suspended. I am not sure if it constitutes felony-type thing, but perhaps jail time is also indicated.  (Jul 27, 2009 | post #21)

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For the elderly, surgery increasingly an option

I work in health care and see frail, elderly patients all time who undergo surgery, ICU stays, and dialysis. Many end up on ventilators in nursing homes where they develop bed sores, contractures, and multiple infections, and then shuttle back and forth between the home and the hospital to tune them up, only to return to an existence that can hardly be described as "quality " life. Many are semi-comatose or non responsive, yet families want "everything " done. To what purpose, I am not sure. I do know there is pain and emotional suffering on the part of the patients, and sometimes the families. I do know it costs an excessive amount of money to care for these terminally ill patients. And I know that these patients contribute to the spread of infections that are becoming harder and harder to treat. And then they die anyway. Americans somehow feel entitled to think they can live forever. I would like to see statistics about how these 80+ people fare, costs involved, and, yes, return on investment. Just because we CAN, doesn't mean we HAVE to.  (Jul 27, 2009 | post #1)

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Excessive charges

Thank you for bringing this piece of the puzzle to readers' attention. While excess charges are but one facet of high health care costs, they are a part of the nature of the medical care industry. Businesses, including "health" care, exist to make a profit. That is their goal, not making people healthy and well. And, unless they make a profit and have money to pay their CEO's and investors, they will go under. So, how many people would invest in a company that returned only a percent or two or even lost value? As long as "health" care is for profit, costs will never go down. And it is clear that America is not ready for non-profit health care.  (Jul 27, 2009 | post #3)

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Difficult budget decisions

And so, what are you doing about it?  (Jul 27, 2009 | post #1)

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