Don Sherman 
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Re: “Democracy is fragile: learning from history

Remember that nursery story, "Chicken Little"?
Chicken Little heard and felt something land on her tail and went around claiming, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" to all the animals in the barnyard. Each animal spread that rumor to next, until the fox heard the rumor and invited all the frightened animals over for dinner in his den, where they all felt safe; ha!
The fox proceeded to eat them all up.

That's the first thing that comes to mind when I read one of Mary Anna's articles.
She talks about the fears of fascism coming to our country or comparing Hitler or Mussolini to Trump like in the 30's.
Fortunately, her fear mongering articles will not have any influence on wise Americans, because they know better than to accept her premise of rumored doom.

Even a child's nursery story makes better sense than some Harvard professors or the elite, sanctioned writers that warn us of what they predict to be the downfall of our country.

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Posted by Don Sherman on 01/10/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Daniele blames Wegmans for Whole Foods delay

I have to somewhat agree with Joe in Spencerport;

The real issue is about the congested, snail moving , bottle necked TRAFFIC that imposes delays, headaches and frustrations for commuters, residents and shoppers in that location.

I can understand the Daniele's ambition to take advantage of a bigger growth opportunity for their family business; and their frustration in getting all this opposition.

Then on top of all that, they chose to close Mario's and, I guess, dissolve Clover Lanes Plaza, with the expectation that they would make room for the new project?

Hey, I think they anticipated too quickly and unfortunately may be losing money right now, without the income from Mario's and Clover Lanes Plaza; that's not a good thing for them nor is it for those who enjoy the Daniele's restaurant and what is offered in that plaza. This is a sad situation for everyone.

I can understand that many people would like a Whole Foods store for health or whatever reasons and that it may be competition for Wegman's, thereby keeping prices in check; but again, the real problem is that this project is an imposition on the residents, commuters and shoppers, in terms of the congested traffic and safety conditions in that location.

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Posted by Don Sherman on 01/06/2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Truth, lies, and politics: how smart are voters?

"No well-educated person would believe this stuff. And I cant imagine that things will get better after Donald Trump takes office. The president-elect lies with abandon."
(Mary Anna says)

How and why do you connect this fake news to Donald Trump? Please explain your logic for saying that you can't imagine that things will get better after Trump takes office.
Your statements always seem to be so convoluted and scattered. Please help us uneducated ones, connect the dots in your thinking.

Then you go on to attack our soon to be president, saying that, " he lies with abandon."
Have you been misinformed by your unnamed news sources?
Are you aware that your vitriol against our democratically elected president sounds hypocritical?

You denounce these crazy news stories, yet you publish the same thing in your paper. What gives?

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Posted by Don Sherman on 12/27/2016 at 7:30 PM

Re: “Now should we get rid of the Electoral College?

"Then should we focus our efforts on trying to get rid of the Electoral College? I dont know. What happens during the Trump presidency will help me make up my mind, I guess." Mary Anna says.

How about focusing our efforts letting Trump do his job and giving him the opportunity to accomplish what he said he was going to do?
He said he'd keep and create more jobs in this country, secure our borders, enforce immigration laws, fix or abolish the Affordable Care Act, take better care of our veterans, make better deals abroad for our country, make inner cities safer, clamp down on violence in the streets. This sounds, to me, like a good thing for America.

His tasks seem hard enough to accomplish, without the naysayers adding the burden of negativism.

Consider, if Trump does not accomplish his goals, he can say that the naysayers, including the media were instrumental in obstructing his work and that may rile up his voting base to assure him a second term.
If you don't want a 2nd term with Trump, I think the naysayers and the media should shut up, sit down, accept the results of the election and not undermine his efforts.
Trump should sink or swim on his own. Let's wish him well, for the sake of our country.

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Posted by Don Sherman on 12/20/2016 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Lovely Warren’s right about red-light cameras

Hey, if it's a matter of poor people who break the law, dangerously run red lights and can't afford to pay the fines, why not have them do some community service or better yet, have them take free defensive driving classes, in lieu of paying a fine?

The entire community would benefit, not just poor people, from learning more about what is covered in defensive driving classes; and that would make the roads safer as well as cut down on their insurance premiums by @ 10%.

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Posted by Don Sherman on 12/13/2016 at 2:56 PM

Re: “This is why you can't just dump Judge Astacio

"They serve longer terms so that they can make a decision one day without worrying about losing their job the next. " writes Jeremy Moule.

That statement, in itself, demonstrates how judges are above answering to their rulings or decisions by not accepting any responsibility for their actions; in that they are protected from being removed, whether or not they commit crimes or make unpopular decisions. That's way more power and protection than any other citizen is afforded. Sounds like reducing term limits for judges may be in order.

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Posted by Don Sherman on 12/13/2016 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Trump and city schools: spreading charters and vouchers

It seems like the competition of charter and private schools will attract those families that value education and leave public schools to deal with students and parents who do not value education. (paraphrasing Van White)

Well, the good part of drawing numbers of students away from public schools will be that the public classroom sizes will become more manageable, so that teachers will be able to teach with less chaos. Consider that classroom management is one of the key elements in pedagogy and for delivering lessons.

As far as less money from the government for poorer students or for those with special needs, there is no proof that more money spent on these students will provide them with a better education.
NYS already spends the highest amount per student than other states, yet shows the least amount of positive results, in terms of graduation rates and other measures; so it may be time for public schools to do the best they can with what they get.

In the end, when this all shakes down, this might be a positive thing happening in education but that remains to be seen.

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Posted by Don Sherman on 12/06/2016 at 1:23 PM

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