Jack Sullivan 
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Re: “A letter to our readers

Hopefully Ms. Towler will retire VERY soon and professionals will take over. However, given the censorship exhibited by this paper over the years, the line about welcoming comments is the biggest piece of Fake News I'v e seen locally.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 12/12/2018 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Amazon's HQ2: New York pays to buy love

Funny, but I don't recall Mary Anne Towler complaining like this when Rochester and Monroe County used our tax dollars to give massive PILOT breaks to the Wilmots for the Sibley Building (which they then proceeded to never pay, stiffing us for about $20,000,000), or to Scott Congel to pretend to redo Irondequoit Mall. Also City's support for the financial black hole called the Fast Ferry is well-known. Let's not forget that mega-millions Louise Slaughter got Congress to allocate to fund light-rail tests between Rochester and Buffalo. And I have yet to see this paper conduct an in-depth evaluation of whether the millions of state tax dollars allocated to "redevelop the river" are being intelligently spent by the Warren administration. Guess tax dollars spent locally are an Investment in the Future, whereas tax dollars spent elsewhere in the state are just plan old pork barrel spending.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 11/21/2018 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Aqueduct, Colgate worry preservationists

In a city that's touted such asinine projects as the Toronto ferry and RenSquare, one would have thought that it would be impossible to ever find a civic "improvement" project that was an even bigger waste of tax dollars, or one that, unlike those other blue sky nightmares, has the potential to cost lives. But with the Broad Street aqueduct project a new low had been achieved.

Of course the plan to turn the Broad Street aqueduct into a glorified frog pond has been proposed before. Mayor Duffy did so years ago before he resigned to become Cuomo's gofer. But, like Frankenstein's monster, this idea just won't die. Nor will it's supporters ever explain how in hell they think they can eliminate downtown's busiest street level bridge without creating a traffic nightmare and with the attendant danger to public safety.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 10/10/2018 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Collins stays in

We can be thankful that in this error, I mean era, of Trump, "the worst and most outrageous ideas and behavior" have NOT prevailed as shown by Hillary garnering three million more votes than Herr Drumpf, by the fact that the Republicans have lost the vast majority of special elections held since 1/20/17 , and by the strong indications that the Democrats will at least take back the House in November. Of course the naive idea that Democrats must adhere to a higher standard than the GOP to win ignores the first rule of politics, namely that you can't improve the system if you don't first get elected.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 09/19/2018 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Cuomo wins primary against Nixon

Janowski - I see the red herrings are running. Better luck next time. As an FYI, even though many of them are unsuccessful, incumbents (and we're talking at the state or federal level since running for local office with no experience is obviously where one gets such experience) know the ropes, know how deals are struck, know how to work with the opposition. Neophytes need to learn this stuff from the ground up. So the answer to your question, " Are incumbents automatically the best choice since they have been in office and have firsthand experience?" is, yes. Unless of course you can demonstrate that too much ego and too little political experience and knowledge makes for a better Congressperson or state legislator.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 09/17/2018 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Cuomo wins primary against Nixon

OK Bob. So in your world, being a TV reporter (with the name recognition that entails) is sufficient credentials to be a Congressperson, or a state legislator, or even a mayor? Man, you don't ask for much, do you? Tell me, does a print reporter get the same pass on practical political experience that you give Barnhart? How about internet bloggers? Same deal? By the way"comprehensive platforms" are a matter of opinion. And calling them as such is simply a highly subjective opinion. In the real world, a platform and the ideas it contains, require knowledge of the system and hands on experience in deal making, twisting arms and building consensus in order to get approved by one's own party, let alone the opposition. Oh, and as an FYI, please provide any studies that you're aware of which demonstrate that political neophytes are any less prone to corruption than those nasty old (snicker) "machine" politicians. And do let us know at what point a newly-elected official becomes a a member of the "machine".

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 09/16/2018 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Cuomo wins primary against Nixon

Louise Reynolds - You're over-analyzing the problem. Those who supported candidates like Trump, Nixon or, closer to home, Rachel Barnhart did so because their simplistic political view is: current politicians =bad, outsiders = good.

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Posted by Jack Sullivan on 09/14/2018 at 5:34 PM

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