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mark wallek

minneapolis, MN
Commenter for
3 years 13 hours

Recent Comments

Posted on 07/24/14 at 09:33 am in response to Examining McFadden’s charge that Franken uses scare tactics

Not that Franken has done much more than look the part, this guy is a lip flapping maestro with evasive skills and a list of corp check writers that is most impressive. I'm sure he'd be an excellent servant to his sponsors. Citizens, on the other hand, should be disgusted by McFadden and very very disappointed in Franken.

Posted on 07/24/14 at 09:37 am in response to What could Congress do about Medtronic's move overseas?

If corps want to move overseas, fine, but then lets nationalize the assets and put the businesses in public hands. At least that way the profits stay at home and the corps can learn the hard way that turning your back on the nation that enriched you is not a wise thing to do. What moves overseas then is a name, and that is just fine. Nafta put one nail on our coffin, we do not need another.

One thing that was true of Mr. Samuels was that he was visible. You knew he was doing something to help out the neighborhood. That is not so with Blong, who looks to be invisible, or perhaps caught up in cronyism. Either way, Don is missed. When he ran for mayor, had he won, that would have been great. Now we have liberal guilt in the chair and Styrofoam and a northeast lightrail as supposed "meaningful" endeavors. Not what the Northside needs to thrive.

Posted on 07/23/14 at 10:05 am in response to Mike McFadden open to raising the age for Medicare benefits

Let's raise the age to 80. Is that high enough to assure your sponsors will see increased profits?

Posted on 07/22/14 at 09:06 pm in response to The Minnesota Sex Offender Program, explained

Why is such an inordinate number deposited in north Minneapolis. And I'm to assume that since I've gotten no notifications of any placements, none have occurred. O.k.

Posted on 07/12/14 at 10:56 am in response to The Minneapolis housing boom, explained

With all these high end apartments going up, I suppose our Northside will continue to be a dumping ground for all the sex offenders and section 8 renters, a fair number of whom disturb the evenings' quite with obnoxiously loud lip flapping and wall rattling bass from hard to bust mobile units. How is it that a single family residential neighborhood now hosts so many renters in properties that are deteriorating before our eyes. Resident owners invest in their properties. Renters can be fine...

Posted on 07/04/14 at 09:44 am in response to Why don’t more Minneapolitans bike, walk, or take transit?

I drive quite a bit around the university. Bikers are a problem. Being on the road is not the problem. Lack of mature riding is. And the slap-dash way the biking lanes have been put in will lead undoubtedly to the city being sued by some biker not really paying attention to the fact that their lane is suddenly gone. And riding thru a red light "when it's safe to do so" is a real winner of a policy. Ryback did no service shoehorning these bikeways in so he could take the credit. Traffic...

Keeping the payments very low where childcare is concerned is important. We don't want the people who care for the children of a self important class to prosper. If they did, these self important types could not refer to them as "the help" for their oh so important lifestyles. Everything that interrupts their self important focus needs to be lowballed, just for that reason. Gotta love the quasi Christian performance.

My question is: how valuable are flexible work hours and equal pay if there's still not enough to cover the bills, which increase faster than wages? How about talking up the idea of equity, where the top no longer gets 800 to 1000 percent more than the bottom? How about cutting off shelters offshore? How about the idea that Corporations are not human, have no say in human affairs and do not need to be fat or sassy as they have become today-the legacy of Ronald's "government needs to run more...

We already deal with a degree of corruption and a sense of "living in my own world" that characterizes the modern day court. The last thing we need is a religious zealot pretending her beliefs are truths and imposing them on the citizenry.