Larry Baker 
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Re: “Frederick Douglass statue damaged; police arrest two

George Payne - You believe that St, John Fisher should be held responsible for the conduct of its students. But the best you can come up with to support that belief is that they accepted these kids' applications? That's not just a stretch, it's a huge overreach of logic. There is simply no connection that can be supported rationally. But I suspect you will keep trying to do so, reality notwithstanding.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 12/23/2018 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Frederick Douglass statue damaged; police arrest two

George Payne's analysis of the situation seems to have several gaping holes in it. Any attempt to link the act of vandalism committed by these two young men, drunk or sober, racist or not, to the policies of Fisher is a logical gap too wide to be bridged. That George has a personal, and personnel, problem with Fisher has evidently colored his judgment to the extent that he blames the school for actions of its students over which it can have no possible control or influence. What ever racial baggage they now carry they brought with them when they entered the school. Additionally, George makes clear that he believes that racial animosity motivated this vandalism when he states that, " Whether they knew about him (Douglass) or not, to them, in their drunken stupor, he was just another black person." Neither he nor what the thought processes, if any, were of two drunken rowdies when they stole the Douglas statue. Neither he nor I are in a position to cast the first racial stone. At this point in time and with the information currently available, all opinions of the event are equally valid, or invalid.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 12/19/2018 at 10:33 AM

Re: “A letter to our readers

Mr. East, it's amusing that , given how New York taxpayers must subsidize the Red States (we get back only $.84 for each dollar sent to the federal government. A short fall for FY2016 of $41 BILLION dollars) you spend your time fixating on the buck or two a year that each American pays to support public TV and radio. That's not even enough for you to buy a new MAGA cap.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 12/14/2018 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Feedback 11/7

Ms. Towler - Im sorry, but your free speech justification for running that hunting ad doesnt wash. Were not talking about an advertisement for traditional goods or services, or even such fringe products as tobacco, alcohol or firearms, but rather the sheer, unadulterated barbarity of offering any schadenfreudenist hunter with 1500 bucks the ability to come to ones property and engage in the sport of shooting down a defenseless animal, and one that appears to be part of a rare breed at that. Perhaps you should have a talk with the editor of the RBJ to see how he feels about having allowed his paper to override common decency and common sense in the name of an overly-strict interpretation of the First Amendment. It would have been far more believable, and understandable (although still not acceptable) had you simply stated that your paper needs the money and so has to take what advertising it can get.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 11/07/2018 at 9:14 AM

Re: “New RBTL theater could boost all arts venues, consultant says

What a surprise. A report commissioned by backers of a new mega-theater from an arts and entertainment CONsulting firm supports the idea that the theater will be a positive for the community. I wonder when the last time was that these CONsultants issued a study that told those paying for the study something other than what they wanted to hear?
I seem to recall that the city and CATS commissioned studies which concluded that a ferry between Rochester and Toronto would be a great idea.

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Posted by Larry Baker on 10/24/2018 at 6:40 AM

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

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