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mark wallek

minneapolis, MN
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2 years 39 weeks

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Posted on 04/24/14 at 10:30 am in response to Moral questions hover over U of M's tuition freeze

Capitalization of education (along with healthcare) has been a huge mistake for the nations citizens, a boon for profit seeking interests. The infiltration of sport onto campuses is another huge mistake, displacing a focus on education and hamstringing budgets that would be fine without sport on campus. Additionally, things like Phoenix "university" swallow up taxpayer funded grants and loans and provide a spurious product in return. No, capitalization has lowered the standards even as it's...

Posted on 04/23/14 at 10:20 am in response to U 'redlining' report: banks still hurting non-white homebuyers

I live in North Minneapolis where we need resident owners who care about their property like a body needs water to live. It looks to me like there is no problem buying AS AN INVESTOR if you're non-white as my block has a number of minority owners who do not reside in the properties, and of course it shows. Most resident owners invest in the property to have a decent living space and protect the investment. These carpetbagger absentee landlords do no such thing, and at least one owes...

Posted on 04/17/14 at 09:24 am in response to McFadden’s first attack ad lacks substance, but it could work

Generally, lack of substance is a deal maker. Got the look down. Practiced at the passion/compassion/ready to fight looks a good pol needs. Getting the years worth of common folk wages together to fight this fight, so you know he must really be hungry to "serve" the citizen. Just like his opponent.

Posted on 04/17/14 at 09:26 am in response to New owner Glen Taylor: less liberal Star Tribune ahead

The Star Tribune stopped being anything of consequence a number of owners ago. No sense longing for what will never return, but an independent press was a real value the nation will very soon not remember.

If Rice is thought to deserve a place on this panel, then you might as well invite Dick Cheney as well to make a real joke out of the proceedings.

Posted on 04/13/14 at 10:56 am in response to Franken raised $2.7 million in 2014's first quarter

Al is getting his war chest together like a good politician. In the meanwhile, bank usury continues, offshore accounts still fill and the campaign finance is a drunken extravaganza. He looks good in office, very senatorial. Wish he was actually doing something of substance.

Posted on 04/11/14 at 09:49 am in response to A plan to stitch Minneapolis together again: Cover a stretch of I-35W

There are so many other issues of livability in this city that this looks to be a total waste of money benefiting a small area of the city. When there is tremendous excess of public capital then maybe we can think about this. In the meanwhile, let's get roads drivable and carpetbagger landlords out of business, just two of a number things that would vastly improve the quality of life in this city.

Posted on 04/11/14 at 09:59 am in response to For Minnesota's maxed-out donors, court ruling gives new leeway

Systemic rot is a good description of the current condition of the political body. Any hope for genuine campaign reform short of violent rioting looks to be done away with now that the funding floodgates have been opened to the elite players. Since 9/11, much has been done to shape a toady society afraid of stepping off the green line. Politicians have flapped lips and enriched themselves all the while touting some invisible "change" they are "fighting for." The nation is not better off than...

Posted on 04/10/14 at 09:16 am in response to Franken to Comcast, Time Warner: ‘I’m against this deal’

This is nice for Al to be involved in. However, ridding the nation of bank usury and stopping the flood of capital into offshore accounts would be even nicer. I won't get into the entire stock market debacle, because it looks like we're riding that corruption to the grave.

When I wonder, are we going to start asking parents to actually parent their children? We cannot have teachers assuming even more of the burden of parenting than they already do, because what share they have now is too much. In the protection of our illusory american "freedoms" we've taken a hands off approach to the general failure to parent. Issues of bullying today are no different than what children faced in school 50 years ago. What is different is the involvement, or lack thereof, of...