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Re: “Burlington Housing Authority Mum on Leadership Shuffle

This article is so bizarre and badly written
The title says its about the ouster of the head of the BHA and the article starts out about this topic then mid-way through she starts writing about the killing of a mentally ill BHA resident and related issues. At the end, she seems to remember what the piece is supposed to be about wtf?
Where is the editor on this? It reads like Molly ran out of gas on the story she was suppose to cover. I kept waiting for the transition back to the topic of the piece and it came a little before the end as she awoke from her auto pilot about mental health of the residents. Wish she had actually continued with the piece she was assigned maybe that was too hard - it required digging into why the head was fired, the cost of the search, the long entrenched employees, the difficulties long time people face dealing with a new boss, what exactly he did to get himself fired etc. I suppose it was much easier to re-hash a boringly long digression on the mental health of the residents- they should re-title this to show that about half of the piece (everything below the second photo) is about a different topic. where was the editor?

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Posted by tapplinx on 01/04/2017 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Once Homeless, Stephen Marshall Is Now an Advocate

Good idea to hold January meeting of the Alliance at Salvation Army -- a lunch meeting. Suggest they mix with people during lunch and meet after.

Posted by leaterhune on 01/01/2017 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Once Homeless, Stephen Marshall Is Now an Advocate

Katie's article has been praised to me and the work I do has acquired a new standing. I have been recognized and shown more respect. For this I cannot complain.

But the article left out the entire reason I contacted Seven Days. I want the community to know that when I voted, the registration I had submitted to the city used my camp address as my physical address. A comment to me on Facebook informed me that approving homeless people in this way is common and supported by the City. So I am not the first or the last, but I didn't know it could be done and the homeless in general do not know. I intended to set an example, and that is what I want Seven Days to tell the world. The homeless are members of the community, and the homeless are dignified, by the right to vote, in our community.

Of the numerous details which were off-mark, in Katie's article, that one which troubled me implied that I had lost my marriage due to a domestic assault. I am deeply ashamed of what I did, and more ashamed by the suggestion that I was so abusive that my wife left me. But no, the marriage had already ended, and the mistake in reporting doesn't convey the pain on both sides, that I was trying to escape that relationship, or that I did not have the egregious intent to control or terrorize my partner, usually associated with violence, all of which I abhor. I offered to Katie that I had had this conviction, knowing that it is an important point in my life, and an important story for me to tell, not expecting I would have to rebut a casual and wrong inference. Katie, please be more careful.

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Posted by mysticalatheist on 12/26/2016 at 9:51 PM

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