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32 Responses to:
WHAT I HEARD ON THE RADIO FRIDAY
# 1. 8/6/12 3:01 AM
Your consuming fascination with local politics and politicians is nothing short of freakish...
...and probably goes a long way toward explaining your mystifying interest in "Survivor," a show I would literally have to be paid to watch.
# 2. 8/6/12 3:55 AM by gates outcast - gates, ny
Interesting thoughts, but I am too excited to comment, because I say Great Job NASA. I know the right and left wings hate the federal government and science,but today in what seems like the period of Rome beginning to fall, NASA showed the world, USA still has it! Explore, seek, discover that is American! Excellent job you Nasa feds! Rocco the Gates Outcast
Editor's Note: nice job, nasa, you've landed on mars, again. like you and the soviets have done several times since the 1970s. and nice blue shirts. jumping around like that you look like you belong to some freakish cult.
# 3. 8/6/12 4:24 AM by Cal - Rochester, NY
WOW! What an opportunity you have to help influence the upcoming elections for the good guys and gals! This is democracy at its best.
And Louise just smeared Maggie all over the map. And now is your opportunity to rise to the occasion to expose Louise as the liberal that she is, which is really against what the people of our district want!
# 4. 8/6/12 6:25 AM by Poplar Beach
Now I am sorry I did not listen!
Who was in charge of YOUR show, David Bellavia, or Chris Collins?
It sounds like Bellavia (and your producer) must have been in on this ambush?
Was it naivety, or something else?
When the cats away, the mice will play!
# 5. 8/6/12 6:54 AM by Liberty Tom - Rochester NY
The Republican Party could run a slate of Jerry Sanduskys, and I'd vote for them over the party of Orwell.
# 6. 8/6/12 6:58 AM by little john - Mt.Morris,N.Y.
This was an interesting column and I enjoyed reading your thoughtful analysis...
# 7. 8/6/12 7:25 AM by Volt-aire - Coudersport, Pa.
"Which is not how it’s done.
That’s not a debate, that’s an ambush.
And it’s cheating." Bob Lonsberry
And still, you are voting for whom?
# 8. 8/6/12 7:28 AM by Victor
I cannot comment on the occurrence as I could not listen later in the show. I _WAS_ able to hear the first hour, and thought Mr. Bellevia performed quite well as a radio host; I would look forward to hearing him again.
What bothers me is the way you describe the "take-over." Is that what it was? Was Mr. Collins in the studio as well? Is Mr. Marcado too polite to shut off his Mike? I think the producer would have ultimate control. Plus, with a break at noon for news, it seems a a good place to cut the (microphone) cord. As I said, I wasn't listening, but perhaps the station itself could have handled that better. And props for Mrs. Hochul not playing the game. I have heard her on your show in the past and, despite political differences, you and she comported yourselves well.
I bet Mr. Collins doesn't apologize for, or otherwise mention, his un-guestly behavior as an invited guest.
# 9. 8/6/12 7:45 AM - New York State
While I don't always agree with your politics, I greatly appreciate your honesty & integrity. This column is but one example of that, Bob.
# 10. 8/6/12 7:49 AM by Joe - Rochester NY
I listened (briefly) to the program on Friday until Collins mentioned "public-sector millionaires" for the 10th time. At first, I thought he was harping on very own Maggie Brooks and her multi-government-pensioned husband. But I guess, in Collins' world, Hochul + government money is bad and Brooks + public money is good. You have trashed Collins as unqualified a hundred times and now you want to vote for him? Screw the country - party loyalty is more important. Too Bad David Bellavia didn't show his true heroism and tell Collins "times up!"
# 11. 8/6/12 7:54 AM by Doug
David did a great job. He accepted all call unlike the regular guy who hosts the show. He did not censor the talk unlike the guy who owns this column and will not post comments.
# 12. 8/6/12 8:03 AM by Matt
Chris Collins is full blown arsehole.
# 13. 8/6/12 8:15 AM by hc
Oh, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the Olympics! I've been watching the late, late broadcasts at 2 am when I'm at work. And I'll watch with keen interest whatever sport is featured, except for the beach volleyball, which I'm kinda getting sick of.
It's just about the only pro-USA thing we have on TV these days.
# 14. 8/6/12 8:24 AM
I think our area should wake up and see that conservatives are mostly like you, Bob.
You rip a candidate apart exposing his many obnoxious flaws and then say you will vote for him regardless of YOUR OWN serious misgivngs about him.
That's the kind of thinking one would expect from a gang memeber of the Crips or the Bloods.
What the heck, the rat gets your vote because you think he's going to defend your political ideology while he's in office.
Bob, the guys a businessman, he's not going to be tied down to any ideology while in office. Business owners go where the wind blows them. That's Mitt Romney to a tee. It's not that he's so much a flip-flopper, it's what businessmen do, the go where the wind blows them.
Unless you mean Collins will HAVE TO follow what the party line is which negates whatever his district is. Party before country, woo hoo!
Editor's Note: he only has to make one vote -- for speaker of the house. and that person needs to be an anti-obama republican. that's what the country needs. after that, he can sit in the corner and eat his boogers for all i care. single-focus in this election, take the keys away from the obama democrats who are wrecking this country.
# 15. 8/6/12 8:29 AM by Candy - Letchworth
"I was thrilled and proud, and felt that for the first time I had heard someone local who could do what I do better than I do."
So you are better than Rachael Barnard and Bob Matthews?
I don't think so.
Editor's Note: its barhnart and, yes, i'm a better radio talk show host than she is. and bob matthews does sports.
# 16. 8/6/12 8:51 AM by jaymor
No.14: You stereotype businessmen (conservatives) as "going where the wind blows" . Left wing principles are shaped by polls and populism. It 's all about the free lunch and a quick fix.
# 17. 8/6/12 8:55 AM by Joe - Hammondsport
So there is no one local who could do a better job than you.......
You are delusional.
# 18. 8/6/12 9:02 AM by Wendy - Gates
Oops, your lack of intelligence is showing again.
# 19. 8/6/12 9:32 AM by Heather - Fairport
Can you back the statement that Obama is Anti-American? How can you get away with such a slanderous ststement? In any other country this would be considered treason
# 20. 8/6/12 9:36 AM by tom - penfield, ny
I am in my 60s and have voted in every election since I was old enough to vote. I considered it a duty of citizenship. I am no longer voting except if I see a proposition on the ballot that I feel strongly about. We don't have a two party system with a difference that matters. We have the rich against the rest of us. If you don't believe that, why would the higher education system, politicians, and banks gang up on college students and their parents to enslave them in debt. Student loan debt is the only debt that can't be forgiven in bankruptcy. You might also consider the housing mess brought on by public policy. Since 2007 the American middle-class has lost 40 percent of its wealth. Only a system that sees the middle-class as a cash cow to be milked of all its wealth would do that. Screw all the politicians, they are all the same. Have a nice time fooling yourself as you cast your vote in November.
# 21. 8/6/12 10:04 AM by Tom Bastian - Fairport, NY
I thought David did a great job. As I have said before, replacements should be local, with local knowledge and interests. We already have enough hosts who have national focus only. Don't worry though, as a host, David Bellavia is no Bob Lonsberry. By the way - Your analysis of freedom including economic freedom was spot on. Where does that come from? Do you write these in advance or do they just come forth as you are speaking? Throw in a little "boob humor" and you have as Glenn Beck used to say, a fusion of humor and enlightenment.
# 22. 8/6/12 10:09 AM by David - Henrietta
So Bob, what killed the car driver in that car/motorcycle accident if the driver didn't go through the windshield?
Editor's Note: motorcycle, physics
# 23. 8/6/12 10:11 AM by David - Henrietta
The motorcycle driver that is.
Editor's Note: hit the overpass railing/fence
# 24. 8/6/12 10:21 AM by Poplar Beach
#14 "I think our area should wake up and see that conservatives are mostly like you, Bob."
And the fact that 96% of African Americans voted for Barack Obama, with other democrats and liberals also addicted to a party line vote means nothing?
I have a friend who is a retired school teacher, he has said more than once any school teacher, or government employee who does not vote the democrat line has rocks in their head.
When these folks pull the lever, you think this is a country first attitude?
# 25. 8/6/12 10:55 AM by John - SLC
I like Bellavia ane he would have been a great Congressman.
The others, not so much, but Collins will be better for our country and our kids than any Obama supporter.
Editor's Note: agreed.
# 26. 8/6/12 5:43 PM by Yakov - Branson, MO
A fine example of the innovation coming out of Kodak these days - paying multi-million dollar bonuses to the executives who ran it into the ground.
# 27. 8/7/12 3:31 AM by Paul - Roch, NY
Well Bob I don't follow your column all that much (basically when I can get time) and I don't agree with everything you say, but I'm writing to you for help.
Why you? I guess you can say if the pen is mightier than the sword, I'm hoping it also beats the 'almighty' dollar.
I'm an Eastman Kodak employee. Jeers, cheers, blah blah, I've heard it all before. From the sympathy to the scrutiny, been there and bought the t-shirt.
Let me say that working shift-work in a century-old factory isn't exactly a cake walk. Neither is years (10+) of losing pay rates and increasing costs, nor enduring upwards of 20 layoffs a joy. Basically all the nay-sayers can put it where the sun don't shine because unless you've walked in my shoes kindly keep it to yourself.
But that's not why I'm writing.
I'm writing to ask for your help to save my company.
I believe our CEO has every intention of burying this company. Why do I think that? Kodak basically has two product lines: Film and 'POTENTIAL' digital products that would stem from our patents.
The patents are for sale.
Why, if these patents are so lucrative, haven't we capitalized on them by making the technological products they support?
They've killed the 'Cash Cow'-film.
Despite everyone's opinion, film is still a VERY lucrative and sustainable market. Now I'm not referring to the old style films from your 35mm camera days, but trust me when I say there is money, LOTS of money to be made.
Unfortunately the HP Business Model which our leadership implemented failed. Hp doesn't manufacture-they develop and outsource their product. However, Kodak had neither the product portfolio nor the basis from which to implement this strategy. We are a manufacturing company.
And we see from both a corporate and National level how absence of manufacturing destroys an economic base.
For obvious reasons I'm appalled at the judge's ruling in favor of bonuses.
Maybe the decision was based on law, but aren't our laws suppose to be based on morals and ethics?
Maybe the decision was politically motivated-we are in an election year and Antonio is on a 'jobs' committee for our president.
Aint THAT double irony for ya!?!?!
Time to cut the head off the snake and say 'No' to Antonio.
The problem is when you cut off the head you grow two more that are worse and down the line.
Want to know an appalling fact? Brad Kructhen Senior VP held a town meeting in mid November 2011 and stated "Kodak is not declaring bankruptcy and our financial position is stable"
We declared bankruptcy weeks later.
He lied. And because of that lie many of us lost upwards of HALF our life savings in our 401k (SIP)-money that was invested in our company.
I'm willing to bet Brad and his Kodak Executive wife didn't lose anything, nor did Antonio, etc.
Where am I going with this? I don't know, which is why I'm writing to you.
What do we do when our character, our values, our morals and ethics fail and we are left destitute. Where are our leaders, our politician's our protectors, those who serve our community?
Editor's Note: adios pendajo, that's what i have to say to perez.
# 28. 8/7/12 8:00 AM by GEORGE (THE OTHER ONE) - GANANOQUE ONTARIO CANADA
Congratulations to NASA for a job well done. NEVER before has an automated explorer of this size and complexity been landed on another planet. And as icing on the cake, one of the most important heavy science instruments was designed and built in CANADA.
These people are not following in the foot prints of giants. They are making them.
Editor's Note: sorry. it was the seventh time we've landed a probe successfully on mars, and we're almost up to 20 completely successful missions to mars. we had rovers on mars sending home pictures for years. this project was two years late and a billion dollars over budget. this mission is an example of what nasa has become -- ridiculous self-praise for a pedestrian achievement. landing on mars was impressive 30 years ago. not so much anymore. now show us more video of the "engineer" with the piercings and the mohawk. he's really got the right stuff.
# 29. 8/7/12 11:42 AM
I am with ya. IPODS ARE still "in". STAY HEALTHY. Oatmeal DOES make a difference. Saw a neat idea for massaging your soles of your feet. Take a tennis ball and roll on it. Simple and effective. Stop over for a burger or hot dog one of these days, ok?
# 30. 8/8/12 1:20 AM by Some Guy
"So did his repeated harping on the fact that Hochul and her husband are “public-sector millionaires.” Over and over and over, the fact that Hochul and her husband have money was made out to be a bad thing."
Their publicly-funded pensions, of which they will not pay state income tax unlike private-sector pensions (wait, do those still exist???), should be treated as multi-million dollar annuities that other people paid for, because that's exactly what they are.
Government has become a fraud unto itself, even in times past when the corridors of power were more inaccessible to the non-rich, the rights of the non-rich were not seriously encroached upon by the government or the very wealthy. An unscrupulous type of uber-wealthy person found out that they could buy off government by making government officials wealthier than they would otherwise be in the private sector.
Collins may be the consummate douchebag, but he's right on the corrosive effect public-sector millionaires has on the body politic. It may be perfectly legal just like marrying your first cousin in 37 states, but that doesn't mean it is anything other than unseemly.
I had a choice in contributing to Bill Gates' net worth. I had a gun to my head if I didn't contribute to the Hochuls', and that's a fair description of why one is fine and the other is not. They serve me, not the other way around, and it's time their pay and benefits--and the taxes of the rest of us, began to demonstrate that.
P.S. If I didn't already state that Collins is a douchebag, I hope Jeff H. sends the Collins campaign a restrained statement that he is not welcome on WHAM until he apologizes on air for abusing the trust of the listeners.
# 31. 8/8/12 1:54 AM by commie lib dave - w irondequoit
what has happened to yur site. yur getting responses in the 20's. ouch. Boob. yur becoming irrelevant. remember when yu wrote the speech for george bush. what happened. wont mitt and glen throw yu a bone?? dang.
# 32. 8/8/12 6:27 PM by Katrina
Heather, dear, #19, calling Obama anti-American is NOT TREASON!! It is an opinion,and one that I share. I truly do not think he has the country's best interests at heart. When he objects to the pipeline that would give us oil from our good neighbors to the north, I wonder. When he states that NASA's main function should be to reach out to muslims, I wonder. When he sends up a trial balloon (that justifiably plummeted) that veterans should pay for their own care, I wonder. There are plenty more examples of his philosophy that I disagree with, and do not seem appropriate for our president to have, but neither my thoughts (nor Bob's) are treasonous.
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