Arthur Hurrat 
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Re: “A reflection of America: the president doesn't read

Miller - Quoting the Founders is an exercise in futility given how often their statements become self-contradictory. For example, Jefferson also wrote that, "the basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." Additionally, your Jefferson quote is particularly amusing given that TJ was an early backer of "fake news" by his subsidizing the career of anti-Federalist publisher, propagandist and perennial liar, James Callender.

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Posted by Arthur Hurrat on 01/10/2018 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Local malls shop new approaches

"and if there isn't demand for retail at a specific location, you still have this piece of infrastructure, this building, that can satisfy a lot of alternative uses. So it comes down to the owner getting creative and figuring out what will work."

What will work for whom? The developer? Or the public (i.e. the taxpayers)? That retail is a non-starter at Irondequoit Mall...I mean Melody Center...oops, make that Skyview on the Ridge, is obvious. So now we have to ask, how many millions of scare tax dollars are we ultimately going to have to spend to subsidize a non-retail project? And will we be getting value for our money? Or will we simply be enriching a developer whose only interest is making a buck?

Did our elected officials learn nothing from such debacles as the ferry and Sibley Tower, where tens of millions of tax dollars were wasted because no viable business was was required upfront?

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Posted by Arthur Hurrat on 01/10/2018 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Our choice for Rochester mayor: Lovely Warren

Once again we have a campaign where the name-recognition of an on-air personality is being substituted for experience. We saw it with Maggie Brooks. We saw it with Rich Funke (Most disastrously, we saw it with Donald Trump.) And now were seeing it with Rachel Barnhart.

And to make matters worse, rather than starting at the bottom of the political ladder and learning the ropes by first running for, and getting elected to, a town board or city council seat, in each case these candidates have used their name-recognition to jump the line and argue that their "life experience" should be accepted as a substitute for hands-on experience. Sadly, in Rochester and Monroe County at least (Trump excepted, thank god!) , the electorate tends to buy that bushwa.

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Posted by Arthur Hurrat on 08/31/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “Collins takes shotgun approach to gun laws

It should not be overlooked that, in the immediate aftermath of the June shooting of a congressman and others practicing for a baseball game, Collins rushed to the media (i.e. the evil liberal mainstream media) loudly denouncing Democrats as being responsible for the shooting because of their opposition to the policies and personality of our Tweeter-in-Chief, Donald Trump. Additionally, in a political red meat announcement, Collins also announced he would start regularly carrying a firearm for "protection". Apparently Collins was acting in response to the NeoCon pledge to take back America. In this case taking us back to Antebellum days when armed Congressmen strode the halls of the US Capitol looking for an opportunity to prove how macho they were.

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Posted by Arthur Hurrat on 08/30/2017 at 7:22 AM

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