James Smith 
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Re: “Another crazy mayor's race in store for Rochester?

I don't believe that there's a general consensus that ersatz Democrat Tom Richards has been a strong mayor. More like overall public apathy . Oh well, if nothing else we appreciatie that at least he's not blown millions on an asinine Less-Than- Fast - Ferry like Bill Johnson, or proposed ripping out the Broad Street Bridge and replacing it with a stagnant frog pond like his old boss, Bob Duffy.

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Posted by James Smith on 01/28/2013 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Feedback 1/23

"Henrik Ibsen observed (in "An Enemy of the People") that "a minority may be right; a majority is always wrong."

Mr Fass - So what you're saying is, had the alternative slate of candidates for the RPO Board been permitted on the ballot and received a majority of the votes, those electing them would have been wrong?

Posted by James Smith on 01/27/2013 at 4:01 PM

Re: “RPO terminates Remmereit

Roy Grosswirth

Please explain how the campaign of lawsuits, petitions , rumors, innuendos, dead-out-of-the-gate proposals and eventual RPO boycotts which you have set out will improve the RPO's standing with the community at large and will help reduce or elimnate their curent debt.

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Posted by James Smith on 01/27/2013 at 10:12 AM

Re: “RPO board chair: organization has 'tried to take the high ground'

In his novel "Slapstick", Kurt Vonnegut wrote, "If you can do no good, at least do no harm". There's a lesson there for those who insist on continuing this Children's Crusade. Time to accept the fact that Remmereit has been fired and will not be coming back . So those who still clamor for Owens or Rice or god only knows who to resign, or push the lawsuit, or run around with petitions, or advocate that patrons withhold their support in protest should stop what they're doing and realize that their actions will accomplish nothing good and can only harm the RPO.

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Posted by James Smith on 01/25/2013 at 9:52 PM

Re: “RPO terminates Remmereit

Larry Champoux"

So let me get this straight. First, despite the fact that you have been unable to provide evidence or even point to an instance of where the RPO board has mishandled the organization's operations (whether firing Remmereit is such an instance remains purely a matter of opinion) , you want our elected officials to acknowledge that there are "major problems" with the board 's management thereby endangering the RPO's public support.

And secondly, you claimed that, "the alternate Board has the best opportunity to save the RPO " ...yet you admt that you have no idea what their plans would be should they ever be in control (" I am excited to hear the plans that the... alternate board, will have to say about creating a positive future for the RPO".)

Back in the 1960s we would have called this a "credibility gap" .

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Posted by James Smith on 01/25/2013 at 3:12 PM

Re: “RPO terminates Remmereit

Larry Champoux :

As to the points you raised vis-a-vis Steve's post...

1. I notice that you did not also chastize those Remmereit supporters who have posted here anonymously. An oversight perhaps?
2. Perhaps instead those board members who resigned in a huff should have stayed on to fight the "good fight".
3. Why would an apathetic public suddenly spring to life and demand funding cuts simply because board members you dislike don't resign? Sounds more like you're advocating for that fine old Viet Nam war philospphy of " We have to destroy the village in order to save it.".
4. Your "alternate board" , had it been elected, would still have constituted a minority of the evil board which you believe is destroying the RPO. That aside, please list the SPECIFIC changes they would have proposed which would have saved the situtauon. By the way, if the funders and supporters have lost faith in the RPO doesn't it seem strange that the annual campaign is running AHEAD of last year?

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Posted by James Smith on 01/25/2013 at 10:27 AM

Re: “RPO terminates Remmereit

Larry Champoux - Sorry, but I've never been a big believer in conspiracy theories.

There are no aliens hidden at Area 51...there was no shooter on the grassy knoll in Dallas ...there are no UN Black Helicopters flying over Ameriaca - Obama was not born in Kenya - and the Big Bad RPO Board did not sit down one afternoon and decide to distract attention from the organization's deficit by firing the Music Director they had hired only the year before.

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Posted by James Smith on 01/25/2013 at 8:03 AM

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