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I keep hearing the news media talking about the worst inflation in 40 years, but I don’t agree with the numbers it presents us. Outlets speak of an inflation in the region of 8 to 9%. Which is bad. But in reality it is much worse than that. Consider: Dollar Tree stores, which used to sell everything for a dollar, have now increased almost all items to $1.25. That, folks, is a 25% increase. And even Walmart, which claims its sales have fallen, has increased some items by as much as 50%! And last winter, my house’s heating costs doubled from the year before! That is much more than 8 to 9%. Only God knows what this winter will bring. It certainly doesn’t get any better. And while the price of petrol has fallen somewhat in recent weeks, it is still higher than a year ago.
I don’t know where these so-called experts are coming from with the 8 to 9% increase in inflation or the worst inflation in 40 years because what I see is the worst inflation increase in the history of this country. And it affects us people with fixed incomes. President Joe Biden cannot take all the blame, but he is certainly a big contributing factor. I wish we had a time machine and could push things forward to 2024.
Tom R. Kovach, Nevis, Minn.
Biden breaks a lot of records, but they’re all bad ones. His age and gaffes are not the primary cause. Biden’s policy is not working. Its rapid transition from fossil fuels without adequate green replacements is causing record-breaking gasoline and energy prices. His border policy has allowed record numbers of migrants to cross the border and cause record numbers of fentanyl deaths. His economic policies are causing record inflation and his proposed solutions would exacerbate inflation. Record numbers of crimes are being committed as a result of ineffective law enforcement policies by Biden and Democrats at other levels of government. And rightly so, Biden’s approval rating is at a record low.
Dennis A. Helander, White Bear Lake
As an animal advocate, I was disappointed to read the article “Kangaroos and Kinkajous Await You” (July 23) promoting Sustainable Safari, an indoor zoo for exotic animals located in the Maplewood Mall.
The owner claimed he only acquires animals from facilities licensed by the USDA. In 2021, the USDA inspected and reprimanded Sustainable Safari for obtaining animals from an unlicensed source. The owner also stated that the animals were acquired as babies. Professionally run zoos do not remove newborn babies from their mothers to facilitate public treatment, as the practice is plagued with problems. It denies baby animals proper nutrition and maternal care, leads to physical and behavioral disorders, causes great distress to the fiercely protective mother, and subjects baby animals with weak immune systems to stressful conditions.
Close encounters with wildlife are not conducive to conservation. Studies confirm that these public interactions lead people to believe that certain species in the wild are not threatened or endangered. And it inspires people, who are usually unqualified, to adopt exotic animals as pets. It is also alarming that Sustainable Safari is offering public treatment of species susceptible to COVID, despite warnings from the USDA that the practice should be stopped.
Those who care about animals should avoid going to Sustainable Safari and similar attractions where the public can interact with wildlife.
Megan Helling, Lino Lakes
The reported disapproval of public reaction to biologist Wojciech Solarz in Poland classifying the domestic cat as an invasive species responsible for the death of an estimated 140 million birds in his country each year is a sentiment echoed here in the US by cat owners who letting cats roam for free (“Cats, an alien invasive species?” July 27). In the US, free-ranging domestic cats kill an estimated 1.3 to 4.0 billion birds and 6.3 to 22.3 billion mammals each year. Cats compete with native wild carnivores, including raptors, for prey and can spread disease on them and take home diseases both from them and from the prey they consume.
As a veterinarian, I am concerned about the health and well-being of cats that are not kept exclusively in the home; on their impact on declining wildlife populations and on the many diseases that cats can transmit to humans.
I am also concerned about the apparent lack of social responsibility and the municipal legislation that applies the same principles of containment of own cats as those applied to own dogs. In addition to this problem in many Minnesota communities, organizations that release neutered and short-term anti-rabies vaccinated cats that are considered unacceptable to fend for themselves are called TNVR (trap, neuter, vaccinate, and release), according to the Animal’s release. Humane Society. approximately 1,000 cats annually deemed unacceptable in their “Community Cat” program. My wife, Deanna Krantz, and I rescued and rehomed several of these cats that had been released in our neighborhood.
There are humane alternatives to having to euthanize unadopted, healthy cats, and releasing them under the pro-life banner of a “no kill” shelter or humane organization is not a humane solution.
Michael W. Fox, Golden Valley
The circumstances of Mozart’s death interface with the topic of dynamic pricing (“The Painful Reality of ‘Dynamic Pricing’,” editorial, July 27), but it is regrettable that the Star Tribune perpetuated the myth that Mozart died in poverty. . He did quite well by the standards of the day. That he was buried in a common, unmarked grave was normal for most Viennese.
Paul Riedesel, Minneapolis
Damn, what a hypocrite I am. After claiming in recent years that people only change their mind about political issues (e.g. abortion, same-sex marriage) after they or someone they love has had personal experience with an issue, I’m in a similar situation: I’m moved only because of my very recent personal experience to action by writing this letter. We have to base our opinion on facts and evidence, and yet…
This letter is written to praise M Health Fairview Hospital and the University of Minnesota clinics. After an unplanned surgery last weekend, I feel like I need to let people know in case they don’t know: M Health Fairview at the U is a top-notch healthcare provider.
Friday I shuffled to the emergency room with severe pain. The diagnosis came within hours and I was home and cured by Saturday night.
Of course, there are objective measures of excellence, such as time spent in the emergency room, diagnostic tests completed, number of visits by health care providers in the emergency room or hospital room, pain relief, treatment success, hours between diagnosis and release, lack of complications from surgery and, of course, medical advances.
However, it is the professionalism, cutting edge science and friendliness of the staff that have touched my heart and moved me to tears. The people at M Health Fairview care.
Sometimes it’s okay to just go ahead and praise freely, even though more rational judgments are based on objective information, not our own personal experience.
I invite you to pay attention to the good work being done every day at M Health Fairview; there is much to applaud. Of course, we all know that no human attitude can be perfect. However, let me tell you that we have an absolutely top-notch facility here, and I want everyone to know that. Research it yourself before you need treatment.
Cindy Greenlaw Benton, Minneapolis