Marty Dennis 
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Re: “Can't local Democrats be faithful to their ideals?

Johnny - Given that the Republicans were the more liberal of the two major parties during Douglass' heyday, it's hardly surprising that he joined that party.

It is amusing however to watch today's GOP desperately trying to grab some reflected glory from the accomplishments of the liberals, progressives and moderates who belonged to the party in the past and who wouldn't touch today's Republican Party with the proverbial 10 foot pole.

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Posted by Marty Dennis on 11/29/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Project Censored, 2016-17

David 4 - Sorry you can't differentiate between rants and facts, and that you missed Jim's points about censorship and hypocrisy.

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Posted by Marty Dennis on 11/22/2017 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Dinolfo plans to boost staffing at Child Protective Services

Perhaps Ms. DiNolfo, or better yet her predecessor, Maggie Brooks, can explain why Child Protective Services was allowed to be insufficiently staffed for so long?
It would be interesting and informative to know if the reason was, a) additional staffing requests were never made, or b) staffing requests were made and either denied or only partially approved.

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Posted by Marty Dennis on 10/11/2017 at 12:28 PM

Re: “Feedback 10/11

Dave 1952 - The Modern Era of mass shootings in the US began on December 30, 1974 when 17-year-old Anthony F. Barbaro killed 3 people ands injured 11 while sniping from a window in the Olean High School. Similarly, the Modern Era of calls for stricter fiream regulations can be traced back to the assassination of JFK and the subsequent passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968. Since those days, mass shootings, and calls for stricted regulations, have continued on a regular basis. That being the case, can you please explain how once again raising the issue of gun control in the wake of the Las Vegas horror can rationally be called "a knee-jerk reaction to pass something based on emotion"?

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Posted by Marty Dennis on 10/11/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “It's Warren's party now

Peter Maurer - Funny thing about our system of jurisprudence. It's the obligation of the accuser to prove in court that someone is guilty of a crime, not the accused's responsibility to prove that they're innocent. That being the case, to use a mayoral debate to accuse someone of being a felon is the moral equivalent of Trump and his followers chanting, "Lock her up" at one of his rallies.

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Posted by Marty Dennis on 09/14/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “It's Warren's party now

Glad to see that Ms. Barnhart's Trumpian tactics backfired. The last thing Rochester needed was a mayor who required on-the-job training. And after losing primary races for both state assembly and the mayor's office in less than a year, she's well on her way to becoming that most embarrassing political creature, the professional unsuccessful candidate.

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Posted by Marty Dennis on 09/13/2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Debate gave closer look at personalities

Whats most interesting is how closely Democrat Barnharts campaign tactics parallel those of a recent Republican presidential candidate.

In her case new ideas means claiming that property taxes could be cut by 50% but that here would be no negative impact because new economic growth would make up the difference. In the case of Donald Trump, his new ideas included claiming he could build a massive wall between the US and Mexico but that there would be no negative impact because Mexico would pay for it.

Then we have ethics. In Barnharts case that means accusing her opponent of having committed felonies, while Trump accused his opponent of various and sundry crimes and led his followers in chanting Lock her up!

As to experience in public office, both Barnhart and Trump have tried to claim that their total lack of such experience was actually a plus because it meant that they werent one of those nasty political insiders. Such a view reminds me of a statement by Isaac Asimov who referred to the cult of ignorance in the US and, the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

And finally, for both Rachel and The Donald, their campaigns are built on nothing more substantial than the name recognition they gained by being media personalities.

So I have to ask, if Barnhart is going to campaign like a Republican, shouldnt she at least run AS a Republican?

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Posted by Marty Dennis on 09/09/2017 at 4:37 PM

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