Jack Sullivan 
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Re: “Riverway plans head toward the start line

I find it interesting that while posts which do no more than refer to another comment on another story as "sanctimonious" get deleted by City, a tasteless comment such as, "On the other hand, as Rupaul might tell you, a little lip gloss and a solid pair of f*ck-me pumps can make a world of difference" is allowed. The First Amendment here is VERY flexible.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 08/05/2018 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Feedback 7/25

George Charpied - Your claim that, "Clarity changes minds in red states and gathers votes in blue" is not borne out by the facts. In 2016 it was made crystal clear by both the Clinton campaign and by Trump himself by his every tweet that his was a demagogue, a misogynist, a con man, a fraud, a prevaricator and a borderline sociopath. Yet he still garnered almost 63 MILLION votes, the highest total for any Republican presidential candidate, while Clinton, although surpassing Trump's total, polled almost 2.5 million fewer votes than Obama received in 2008. And now, 18 months into Trump's interminable term, with daily confirmation that he remains uninformed, unreliable, unprincipled and un-presidential, he still receives the loyalty of his party and of tens of millions of American voters.

The Democrat's problem isn't clarity, it's sanity. In an increasingly-conservative country where the extreme right wing appears to be gaining new strength, instead of retrenching based on the sound political precept that, if you don't get elected you can't get your programs and policies passed, we see various Democratic candidates enlarging the cracks in the party originally caused by the BernieBabies by taking positions further to the Left and even in a few instances calling themselves "democratic socialists", actions which energize the reactionary forces of the Right far more than it energizes the apparently somnambulant Democratic base. Oh yes, I know. All the polls show that we'll surf back to power on a great Blue Wave in November. Considering all the polls that put Hillary in the White House, and considering that the election is still over three months away and Donny & The Deplorables haven't yet started their counter-campaign, I'll believe it when it happens.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 07/25/2018 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Feedback 7/18

Frank Pennington - We seem to be harvesting a bumper crop of sour grapes, aren't we? As Rick Santelli of CNBC said under similar circumstances, "The sour grapes that we are experiencing isn't going to make a better tasting wine for Democrats in the future."

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 07/21/2018 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Feedback 7/18

Hilary - While I find your straw man (or should I say, "straw woman"?) arguments to be entertaining, the sheer weight of them could cause this page to catch fire from spontaneous combustion!

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 07/20/2018 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Black Lives Matter group shuts down intersection, RPD makes arrests

By all means protest loud and long. BUT remember that civil disobedience can carry a penalty and you can't legitimately complain when that penalty is applied.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 07/10/2018 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Feedback 6/27

Tom Czar - When I read your statement top the effect that, " You ask if I think hordes of new theater goers will flock to a new, shiny theater. And the answer is...yes. That's exactly what I think." I can only recall how Bill Johnson and CATS claimed that their "fast ferry" would have over one million riders in its first year of operation and would bring in $92,000,000 to the local economy. That pipe dream lasted less than three years and ended up costing taxpayers tens of million of dollars. A loss we're STILL paying off.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 07/01/2018 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Feedback 6/27

TOM CZARNIAK - Sorry, but I have to dispute your premise. You equate opposition to a new McTheater in downtown Rochester to "holding back progress". Of course many of us do not see the perpetual expenditure of tens of millions of scarce tax dollars to build and maintain such a theater as "progress".

As to your dont worry, be happy casual dismissal of the potential negative impact of a new theater on existing venues, Id point out that to date no viable study has been produced which address that issue. Nor can a communitys cultural life be evaluated in the same, cold-blooded, survival-of-the-biggest manner in which its commercial businesses are judged. It would be as realistic to claim that a new mega-theater will drive many venues out of business, only to then fail itself, leaving decades of slow progress of the Rochester theater scene a smoking ruin.

And at the end of the day, the entire business case for a new theater (if one can call the opinions of advocates a business case) boils down to if we build it, they will come. Ask yourself where they will come from. Do you anticipate that a pool of hordes of new theatre-goers will suddenly be generated by the prospect of a shiny new venue? Or will that pool simply consist of those of us who are already attending GEVA, Black Friars or one of the other current venues?

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 06/27/2018 at 8:25 AM

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