Frank Pennington 
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Re: “Frederick Douglass statue damaged; police arrest two

George ---- To the list of questions which you refuse to answer, let me add a couple more. First, since you believe that it's OK for African Americans to record and sell songs using racial epithets, I assume you also believe that it's OK for African American DJs to play such songs over the airwaves. So tell us, is it racist if such songs are played by a white DJ (although you've declined to define exactly what constitutes being white)? If it's racist for whites to publicly sing such a song, isn't it also an act of racist for them to buy and/or listen to such songs?

Let's look at another medium. Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn contains the n-word. Is it therefore racist for a white teacher to assign the reading of that book to their class? What about assigning readings of any of the works of Langston Hughes or the late African American writer, Amiri Baraka, which contain the word in question?

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Posted by Frank Pennington on 01/20/2019 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Frederick Douglass statue damaged; police arrest two

If I understand the situation at St. John Fisher, the cheerleaders were videoed singing the lyrics to "Dreams and Nightmares", a commercially available rap song from several years ago by a performer named Meek Mill. They did not alter the lyrics in any way. Perhaps George Payne can explain why this should be an issue when the singers are white any more than if they were African American. Is it possible that Mr. Payne is unaware that whites buy a substantial percentage of music of this kind? Should they not have the same rights to sing such songs publicly as do African American consumers?

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Posted by Frank Pennington on 01/17/2019 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Feedback 1/9

Mr. Greer has missed the mark. I suggest he investigate the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact in which 11 states + DC (with 172 electoral votes) so far have agreed to award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. The plan would take effect once enough states have signed on to award the requisite 270 electoral votes. Since the Constitutional permits each state to determine how its electoral votes are awarded. the plan is de facto constitutional.

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Posted by Frank Pennington on 01/09/2019 at 9:02 PM

Re: “Pipe bombs, shootings, and Donald Trump

Mary Ann Towler....None of the comments in question were obscene, sexist, or derogatory to any religious, cultural, racial or gender grouping. They were merely political in nature and, regardless of what one may think of their intellectual content, or lack thereof, they were entertaining and thought-provoking. Which I happen to feel is supposed to be one of the purposes served by newspapers.. Given the usual paucity of comments to your paper's articles, you should be encouraging such comments, not censoring them.

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Posted by Frank Pennington on 10/31/2018 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Riverway plans head toward the start line

Those who wonder why this money couldn't be spent on actually helping people rather than on cosmetic window dressing need to understand that politician's can't get their egos stroked by having their names engraved on social programs. But they can get their names on big brass plaques that get fastened to physical structures, no matter how worthless.

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Posted by Frank Pennington on 08/01/2018 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Riverway plans head toward the start line

City should start a pool on the date when the first "Rochester Millions" embezzlement arrest will be made.

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Posted by Frank Pennington on 08/01/2018 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Feedback 7/18

Funny how , after over a dozen posts commenting on Ms. Barnhart's excuses, political opinions and qualifications , one of her apologists suddenly wants to divert attention from Barnhart to the primary system. An interesting variation of the Trumpsters' tactic of "whataboutism" when, when losing the argument, they start responding with "What about Clinton", or "What about Obama".

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Posted by Frank Pennington on 07/21/2018 at 12:40 PM

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