Larry Baker 
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Re: “Feedback 10/3

It's a pity that MAG director Grant Holcomb refused to discuss the Otterness matter publicly. All we ever got were press releases to the effect that the dog shooting was now a non-issue since Otterness had finally apologized and had become a renown artist. What his status as an artist, renown or otherwise, had to do with anything was one of the many unanswered questions.

Posted by Larry Baker on 10/06/2018 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Feedback 7/18

We can certainly find a viable and equitable way to regulate spending on political campaigns. But how to we equitably regulate media coverage of candidates? Today's broadcast and print news outlets are far more interested in generating "hits" than in promoting an intelligent discussion of the issues. This is accomplished by perpetually generating and exploiting conflict between candidates, and in providing disproportionate coverage to "name" candidates from the entertainment and broadcast industries such as Donald Trump, Cynthia Nixon, and locally, Rachel Barnhart. Such coverage tends to legitimize candidates who may have no other qualification for office than name recognition and provide them with publicity that boring, old politicians can't hope to be provided.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 07/19/2018 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Poor People's Campaign creates new movement against poverty

A "movement against poverty"? May I ask who is in FAVOR of poverty?

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Posted by Larry Baker on 04/24/2018 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Feedback 4/12

Sam Fedele - The world is also full of beliefs in deep, dark conspiracies. Many believe the government is suppressing evidence of alien visitations. Many believe that the Bush administration destroyed the World trade Center in a 21st. Century Reichstag fire- attempt to impose stricter control on the masses. Many believed that the evil Main Steam Media covered up the fact that Obama was born in Kenya rather than Hawaii, that he was planning to use the army to seize private firearms, and was working to impose Sharia law. Many still believe that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are real. Many believe that the US faked the moon landings. And all believe that they have indisputable evidence that their beliefs are true.

Now, to the above list, we can add the belief by many that Hillarys ability to collect fat speaking fees can only mean that she was in thrall to Wall Street and set to do their bidding.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 04/17/2017 at 7:11 AM

Re: “How the city made its Parcel 5 choice

Bottom line for Parcel 5 is that the city gave it to Morgan and the RBTL without the faintest proof that the project can be financed and maintained without massive doses of public tax dollars. If you build it, they will come might make for an entertaining movie plot, but the REAL world requires a sound business case.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 04/13/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Feedback 4/12

Sam Fedele - One does not need to be a defender of unlimited spending on elections to be a disbeliever in a direct correlation between large corporate campaign contributions and the introduction and passage of specific legislation favorable to specific large donors. Anymore than one has to believe that Hillary Clinton was beholden to corporate interests because she collected large speaking fees from the same.

As to what the Founders intended, we know that they assumed that the better educated (which naturally meant the wealthiest) citizens would be elected by their less-well-off fellow citizens to lead the government). Indeed, so little faith did they have in the intelligence of the average Joe Six Tankards that they put the election of the presidents into the hands of electors, and gave state legislatures the right to appoint senators.

Even Jefferson, who believed that the business interests would use their influence and money to control the government ignored the fact that it was his fellow slave-holding agrarians who actually controlled our government up to the Civil War.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 04/13/2017 at 8:29 PM

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