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Mark Montalban 
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Re: “Three Women Sue Burlington Telecom for Sex Discrimination

Another part of the corrupt city machine. What I wouldn't give for a Dept of Justice investigation to come up from Washington DC and go after these folks, and I mean more than just Burlington Telecom.

12 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 05/16/2019 at 2:04 AM

Re: “Will the Revolution Be Monetized? Bernie Sanders' 'Dark Money' Org

There is a piece meal hatchet job with the language of how this was written. And as somebody who is challenging Sanders and others over the F-35, I'm not one to mince words. I notice little digs in this supposed unbiased article including how many people , funded were not elected in the last election cycle, not relevant to any concerns portrayed in this media piece. And the nurses union has a strong grassroots structure which gives to funding organizations. This is not the Ford Foundation sending out it's corporate dollars. What is left of labor, does fund people political activism. I could go into miniature details here but I'm limited by 300 words. Not impressed.

2 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 04/30/2019 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Man Who Died After Fight With Cop Had Broken Jaw, Eye Socket

In Japan, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, South Korea, among other countries, police officers are trained in advanced martial arts which both protects themselves, the public, and people dealing with mental health/substance intoxication issues that may render them out of control. Incidents are resolved without injuries resulting in surgery or permanent disability. And definitely not death. The hospital is also completely incompetent for releasing this injured man. The ER is packed with people dealing with mental health crisis and they have let folks home just to make enough room. Both the mayor and police chief who forget they are employed and paid by the residents of Burlington, never accept criticism, are extremely defensive, and are overseeing the city during a tenure when distraught folks are being injured and killed by our police force, If this was a bar fight, the murderer would be in jail facing at least manslaughter. Both the hospital personnel and officer involved need to go to criminal court. The police chief and mayor should tend their resignation . We Burlingtonians both as taxpayers and humans with a conscience, are going to pay a price.

23 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 04/27/2019 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Burlington Council to Question Mayor, Police Chief About Death Investigation

This is how this administration deals with the death of an individual that calls into questioning the actions of a Burlington Police Officer. Both police chief and Mayor act like they are above reproach and never accept criticism from any party, be it a city resident or a state official. You think this behavior by our city officials would have occurred in previous administrations! Oh wait! We don't have any occurrences of mentally challenged people being killed by a member of the BPD, do we?

57 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 04/26/2019 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Bernin’ Rubber: Inside Sanders’ Rust Belt Road Trip

Sanders will win a large proportion of voters in these Midwest states either stayed home or voted for Trump in the 2016 election. Politically, I may some differences around the social and economic ideas (being to the left of Bernie), but he can and is building a broad coalition that will empower ordinary people and make a positive difference not only for the country but the planet.

6 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 04/18/2019 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Burlington City Council Approves Funding for City Hall Park Renovation

So this city council that refused to put on the town meeting ballot, an advisory concern signed by twice the minimum required voters that addressed many problems, including the $4million dollar price tag, approved a new more expensive version that eliminates wooden benches for metal ones which are less comfortable and heat up or cool down quicker, more concrete space and even less greenery to produce an even hotter park in the increasingly hot summers we have, let the arborists and his team who are not trained in tree removal (their job specs require them to work with contractors since 1998) to cut down all these trees, and then added $1.8 million dollars for the city to pay for it?!

42 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 03/26/2019 at 9:51 AM

Re: “You've Got Hate Mail: Are This Man's Awful Screeds Protected Speech?

When I was trained as a social worker years ago, I studied cases which an individual , for a variety of reasons, could be considered mentally fit but also have sociapathic tendencies. There is nothing more unsettling than meeting someone who could cut your throat without moral hesitation or carry on in such a way which you are constantly threatened. This is truly one of those cases where restricting ones access to the public, could be called for. You don't need to be a serial killer and he may not have physically tried to kill someone, but you can't predict this guy's path.

39 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mark Montalban on 03/21/2019 at 8:58 AM

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