Bill Brown 
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Re: “City festivals to get fairness check

I find this new need to research about the financials of festivals by the City humorous at best. The city continues to bury the real cost of the new Marina Project in layer after layer of accounting and department accounts. They plan on spending $108,000 on research about attracting cruise lines to Rochester when information is very clear that if you could attract all 100% of the cruises of the major Great Lakes cruise lines which cruise Lake Ontario, it would be 26, now there are 6 which stop in Rochester for less than a day. Then there is the 26 million to fill in the east end of the inner loop. Lastly we have the quickly advancing vote on a solar farm at the old Emerson St Landfill which will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars while presenting the project as saving the city money on electricity. Need I go on. A city government which is anything but transparent should probably clean up its act before attempting to control the festivals which does nothing but bring revenues to lots of Rochester businesses. This is just another way to strong arm Rochester businesses which are successful.

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Posted by Bill Brown on 12/16/2015 at 1:47 PM

Re: “What Trump’s support says about the country

There is that old phrase which comes to mind after reading your column, "It takes one to know one". You see, you have accused Mr. Trump of being a bigot. Well if you takes a review of the definition, bigot, it states: " a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions." Sure sounds like you. I am sure what causes the most fear for you, the liberals, the media and the establishment Republicans is that just maybe the average citizen has had enough of being told what they should think, that the real enemy is not the extremist Muslim, that climate change is a real threat to our future when there is plenty of evidence otherwise and I can go on. The liberal story has lost its momentum because all have seen though its false narrative. Trump just happens to be the one not afraid to state things as they really are and people are applauding his message.

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Posted by Bill Brown on 12/16/2015 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Monroe County’s solar power play

I have reviewed the available information for all of these projects. They all rely on state and federal funds to the tune of 75% of the cost. Just to remind everyone here, the state and federal funds are not from money trees hidden on their governmental campuses somewhere. The money is very much a part of our national debt and our taxpayer contributions. Without those funds, there would not be one solar company operating for profit in our country. The return on investment would be close to 90 years on panels which are only good for about 20 years. But our local governments want to look "GREEN" and helping to solve the CO2 problem, something that really does not exists.

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Posted by Bill Brown on 10/19/2015 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Solar city

Kwai Chang, if you are talking Greece the suburban, you have the same opportunity to get state and federal money "REFUND" to pay for your panels. You also get to wait the 92 years to get a return on the investment, if the panels last that long. If you are in Greece, the country, you don't have that federal money there because that government has already given away all the money producers in your country made and they no longer have "other people's money" to give away. The US government is working hard to come in second in giving away "other people's money" to the extent that it runs out.

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Posted by Bill Brown on 09/10/2015 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Solar city

Rochester Musician - now you would never play a piece or sing a piece in a monotone fashion, correct? Well these comment pages only allow soft (piano) or loud (forte). I always try to use the appropriate volume for expressing my emphasis on the right parts of my work. I guess I got your attention at least, maybe you did not read to end of the piece, but we all like different types of musical expression.

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Posted by Bill Brown on 09/10/2015 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Solar city

Tom Janowski - Let me reply to the issue on subsidies. First you and I benefit by those subsidies (not real collected tax dollars), with lower fuel prices. Next there have been attempts to eliminate those "subsidies" and congress won't change the law, so they go on. We all love our local reps so much that we re-elect them so they can "give" us more federal aid (with our tax money) for things like solar panels so we will re-elect them again. They believe no one will vote for them if they cut expenses and eliminate the local bacon. Need I say more about subsidies, or better phrased, "greedy lifetime politicians". How did I do??

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Posted by Bill Brown on 09/10/2015 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Solar city

FOLKS, THIS IS A GIVEAWAY OF TAXPAYER MONEY! THIS PROJECT TOOK $13,000 OF YOUR TAXPAYER MONEY AND GAVE IT TO THIS COUPLE. WHAT A REFUND AND THE $18,000 TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT WOULD PAY FOR ELECTRICITY FOR THEIR HOME FOR THE NEXT 13 PLUS YEARS. WHILE THE SOLAR PANELS DO NOT PAY EVEN 20% OF THE THEIR MONTHLY ELECTRIC BILL (IF 4.4 kWhs is per year, one divides 4.4 by 10,908 - average usage for a home in a year. even it it is 4.4 KWhs per day, one would then divide 1606 (4.4X365) by 10,908). I believe the first number is correct but if we use 1606, the panels provide just 14.7% of their electric energy needs (or $192 of their total bill of $1309 per year) So lets look at the numbers in just a bit different manner, if you save $192.00 per year with an investment of $18,000 for the project assuming there is enough sun every day to generate 4.4 KWhs (remember Rochester is only 2nd to Seattle in cloudy days) one would get back the last dollar of their investment in (are you ready of this?) 93 years, every dollar after that is profit. PLEASE SOMEONE CORRECT THE MATH ON THIS IF I MADE AN ERROR, OTHERWISE LETS FIND THE POLITICIANS WHO APPROVED THIS AND VOTE THEM OUT!

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Posted by Bill Brown on 09/10/2015 at 7:53 AM

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