Readers Write: Inflation, Animal Welfare, Mozart’s Wealth, Well being Care

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I maintain listening to the media discuss concerning the worst inflation within the final 40 years, however I do not agree with the figures it presents to us. The shops communicate of inflation round 8-9%. Which is dangerous. However it’s really so much worse than that. Contemplate: Greenback Tree shops, which offered every little thing for a greenback, have now raised nearly all gadgets to $ 1.25. That, people, is a 25% enhance. And even Walmart, which claims its gross sales are down, has elevated some gadgets by as much as 50%! And final winter the prices of heating my residence doubled in comparison with the earlier yr! That is far more than 8-9%. God solely is aware of what this winter will convey. It definitely will not get higher. And whereas the price of gasoline has dropped barely in current weeks, it’s nonetheless rising from a yr in the past.

I do not know the place these so-called consultants emerge with inflation rising from 8 to 9% or the worst inflation of the final 40 years, as a result of what I see is the worst inflation enhance within the historical past of this nation. And it is hitting us mounted earnings people to demise. President Joe Biden could not take all of the blame, however he positive is a large contributing issue. I want I had a time machine and be capable to carry issues ahead till 2024.

Tom R. Kovach, Nevis, Minn.


Biden is breaking lots of data, however they’re all dangerous. His age and his fake pas are usually not the principle trigger. Biden’s insurance policies do not work. Its speedy transition from fossil fuels with out enough inexperienced substitutes is inflicting report gasoline and power costs. His border insurance policies enable a report variety of migrants to cross the border and trigger a report variety of deaths from fentanyl. His financial insurance policies trigger report inflation, and his proposed options would worsen inflation. File numbers of crimes are dedicated as a consequence of ineffective regulation enforcement insurance policies in Biden and Democrats at different ranges of presidency. And fittingly, Biden’s approval fee is at an all-time low.

Dennis A. Helander, White Bear Lake


As an animal advocate, I used to be upset to learn the article “Kangaroos and kinkajous wait you” (July 23) selling Sustainable Safari, an indoor zoo for unique animals positioned at Maplewood Mall.

The proprietor mentioned he solely purchases animals from USDA licensed amenities. In 2021, the USDA inspected and reprimanded Sustainable Safari for acquiring animals from an unlicensed supply. The proprietor additionally said that the animals are acquired as kids. Professionally managed zoos don’t take infants from their moms to facilitate public administration as a result of the observe is plagued with issues. Denies puppies correct diet and maternal care, results in bodily illnesses and behavioral abnormalities, causes lots of ache to the fiercely protecting mom, and topics puppies with weak immune techniques to tense circumstances.

Shut encounters with wild animals are usually not conducive to conservation. Research verify that these public interactions lead individuals to imagine that some species are usually not endangered or threatened in nature. And it conjures up individuals, who are usually not certified more often than not, to supply unique animals as pets. Additionally it is regarding that Sustainable Safari provides public administration of COVID-sensitive species, regardless of warnings from the USDA that the observe ought to be stopped.

Those that care about animals ought to keep away from going to the sustainable Safari and related sights that enable the general public to deal with wild animals.

Megan Helling, Lino Lakes


The general public response of disapproval reported to biologist Wojciech Solarz in Poland that classifies the home cat as an invasive species liable for the deaths of some 140 million birds in his nation annually is a sentiment that echoes right here in the USA by cat house owners who depart roam their cats free (“Cats, invasive alien species?” July 27). In the USA, free-range home cats kill about 1.3-4.0 billion birds and 6.3-22.3 billion mammals per yr. Cats compete with indigenous wild carnivores, together with raptors, for prey and might unfold illness to them and convey residence illnesses from them in addition to from the prey they devour.

As a veterinarian, I’m involved concerning the well being and well-being of cats that aren’t stored completely indoors; their impression on the decline of untamed animal populations and the numerous illnesses that cats can transmit to people.

I’m additionally involved concerning the apparent lack of civic accountability and municipal laws that applies the identical rules of containment of owned cats as utilized to owned canines. Including to this downside in lots of Minnesota communities are organizations that launch spayed and short-term rabies vaccinated cats thought of ineligible to fend for themselves, so-called TNVRs (lure, neuter, vaccinate and launch), in accordance with Animal Humane Society which releases roughly 1,000 cats deemed ineligible annually to their “Neighborhood Cat” program. My spouse, Deanna Krantz, and I’ve rescued and introduced residence many of those cats launched in our neighborhood.

There are human alternate options to having to place down wholesome, unadopted cats and launch them below the pro-life banner of a “no kill” shelter or human group shouldn’t be a human resolution.

Michael W. Fox, Valle d’Oro


The circumstances of Mozart’s demise are tangential to the theme of dynamic pricing (“The Painful Actuality of ‘Dynamic Worth'”, editorial, July 27), however it’s regrettable that the Star Tribune perpetuated the parable that Mozart died in poverty. By the requirements of the day, he was doing fairly properly. It was regular for many Viennese to be buried in a standard, nameless grave.

Paul Riedesel, Minneapolis


Rattling, what a hypocrite I’m. Having complained in recent times that individuals change their views on political points (e.g. abortion, same-sex marriage) solely after they or somebody they love has had a private expertise with an issue, I discover myself in an analogous scenario: I’m moved to behave by scripting this letter solely due to my very current private expertise. We must always base our views on info and proof, but …

This letter is written to reward Heaven M Well being Fairview Hospital and the College of Minnesota Clinics. After unscheduled surgical procedure this previous weekend, I really feel I have to get individuals into one thing in case they did not know: M Well being Fairview on the U is a top-notch healthcare supplier.

On Friday I dragged myself to the ER in extreme ache. The analysis got here inside hours and I used to be residence and recovering on Saturday night time.

After all, there are goal measures of excellence, reminiscent of time spent within the emergency room, diagnostic assessments accomplished, variety of visits by healthcare professionals to the emergency room or hospital room, ache reduction, therapy success, the hours between analysis and launch, lack of issues from surgical procedure and, after all, medical progress.

Nevertheless, it’s the professionalism, superior science and kindness of the workers that touched my coronary heart and moved me to tears. The individuals cared for by M Well being Fairview.

Typically it is okay to go forward and reward freely, even when extra rational judgments are based mostly on goal info, not our private expertise.

I invite you to concentrate to the nice work that’s achieved each day at M Well being Fairview; there’s a lot to applaud. After all, everyone knows that any human establishment can’t be excellent. Let me inform you although, we have now a fully high notch facility right here and I would like everybody to know. Probe for your self earlier than you want therapy.

Cindy Greenlaw Benton, Minneapolis

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