William Boardman 
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Re: “Goddard's Commencement Speaker Is Controversial Mumia Abu-Jamal

This is McCarthy-style orchestrated outrage
operating without intellectual integrity:

http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/27…

Mumia was convicted, but his trial was a sham.

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Posted by William Boardman on 10/04/2014 at 3:51 PM

Re: “CCTA Board Urges Union to Reconsider Arbitration

If Tom Buckley of CCTA is quoted correctly, he spoke a falsehood.

From the article:
board chairman Tom Buckley of Winooski. "The Union’s refusal of binding arbitration
prevents the parties from engaging in a fair and neutral process that would prevent
a strike and reach a resolution.”

He probably knows what he says isn't true, which would make it a lie,
albeit a familiar form of lie in labor disputes.

Mediation is also a fair and neutral process.

Binding arbitration isn't necessarily a fair or neutral process,
otherwise why would credit card companies insist on it?

When you get a 54-0 vote against you, you might wonder
if you'd really been negotiating in good faith.

These drivers are a long way from being overpaid,
and their grievances, as reported ("fret"? really?), sound just.

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Posted by Apanther on 03/14/2014 at 2:28 PM

Re: “A Lobbyist in the Legislature? How Sirotkin Would Segue to the Senate

Amen to that,
which, if read with Scalia-like literal mindedness,
would support the notion that lobbying is unconstitutional
(except when it's for the common benefit).
So how do you use "lobbyist" and "common benefit"
in a sentence that's honest about both?

Posted by Apanther on 01/28/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “A Lobbyist in the Legislature? How Sirotkin Would Segue to the Senate

Thinking about professionalism --
where is it in this piece
that gives John Hollar a chance for a cheapshot falsehood
but gives Gwen Hallsmith no chance at all to reply....

Posted by Apanther on 01/28/2014 at 4:30 PM

Re: “A Lobbyist in the Legislature? How Sirotkin Would Segue to the Senate

Great quote from John Hollar:
"I don't see any ethical limitations or problems...."
To see ethical problems, all Hollar has to do
is look in the mirror.
Hollar's conflict of interest is blatant --
and active --
he's hired to represent private banks --
he attacks Gwen Hallsmith for promoting
public banking --
how much more obvious can a shill get?
Hollar's March 19, 2013 email pressuring the city manager:
“To repeat myself ad nauseum, I still don't see how our city's chief economic development officer can hold and promote views that are fundamentally anti-capitalist in nature.”
Here's the story in more detail --
it paints a picture of Hollar being relentlessly "uninvolved"
until the city manager joins in the lynching:
http://readersupportednews.org...

Posted by Apanther on 01/28/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Fired Planning Chief Considering Challenge to Montpelier Mayor

When Hollar says "I had nothing to do with it,"
that is a transparent falsehood
(being a lawyer he can probably persuade
some people it was not an actual lie).
In March 2013 Hollar sent an email to city manager Fraser
in which he made his involvement pretty clear:
“To repeat myself ad nauseum, I still don't see how our city's chief economic development officer can hold and promote views that are fundamentally anti-capitalist in nature.”
Well, of course a hired bank lobbyist would say that.
Here's a well-sourced report in support on what was,
in effect, the public lynching of Gwen Hallsmith:
http://readersupportednews.org...

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Posted by Apanther on 01/27/2014 at 10:40 AM

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