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Re: “Killing public schools: Do critics realize what’s ahead?

I'm glad to know you've "abandoned" your opposition to charter schools, but when you argue that charter schools hurt traditional government schools, that's just looking at the issue from one myopic side. Families and their students that strive, succeed in spite of poverty. That there are so many bureaucratic & legislative obstacles to true innovation is a testament to the failure of bloated government at every level, bloated with mandates for every conceivable concern & imagined concern, burdened with testing before the test that tests, and so much more. That little 4-yr-old that recently brought drugs to school and was found to live in a gun-infested drug house is ill-prepared for scholarly success. Who's fault is that? And why is never a word heard about simply significantly reducing the size of the beehive on Broad Street. Perhaps we need to stop depending on federal and state monies and just do what our highly trained teachers and principals know needs doing.

Posted by ivan ramos on 03/26/2015 at 7:02 PM

Re: “"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 7, Episode 4: Spoof!

Well, editing showed Trixie saying "Comedy challenge, right up my alley" at the start of the episode - so I wasn't the least bit surprised she had to sashay. (That said, I seem to be one of the few who thinks Pearl's "eat my shorts...eum...tights" is just swell - acknowledging that taking part in this competition might be biting off more than she can Jimmy Choo).

Posted by Dimitri Vleminckx on 03/26/2015 at 4:05 PM

Re: “New theaters may be in the works for Rochester

Shortage of parking near First Church , especially weekends.

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Posted by Domnika Ruggeri on 03/25/2015 at 5:55 PM

Re: “New theaters may be in the works for Rochester

You failed to mention the Center for Performing and Visual Arts on Joseph Avenue, a project of the Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance -- converting a landmark designated early 1900's former synagogue into a 300 seat performing arts center. A transformational project for Rochester's inner city, with a committed Steering Committee in place to bring the Center to fruition.

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Posted by Dr. Neil on 03/25/2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “Them fighting Dems

The local Democrat party is a mess all right. They complain about their lack of clout in the county legislature yet they have complete control of the city and seem unable to manage it without looking like the Keystone Kops. At the state level, Ted O’Brien was soundly defeated by Rich Funke to give control of the senate to the Republicans, Louise Slaughter almost lost her seat to Mark Assini in what was supposed to be a shoe-in for her, and Bob Duffy bailed out as Cuomo’s running mate. Cuomo couldn’t even carry Monroe County in his re-election bid. Not to mention Joe Morelle who was pushed out of the running for speaker by the Downstate Democrats.

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Posted by Bart on 03/25/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “The latest bad news from the city school district

RCSD over spends tax dollars on micro managing departments. For example: Why do you need 2 managers to run the Distribution Center, 2 managers to run Food Services, 2 managers to run Plant Maintenance, 2 managers to run Transportation, Etc... ? And each of these mangers are making over $65,000.00 a year. It's rediculous what's happening in the RCSD. And while the Chiefs are increasing in size the Indians are being let go! The ones actually doing the work, and providing the services!

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Posted by PMorales on 03/25/2015 at 12:26 PM

Re: “New theaters may be in the works for Rochester

Renting space for smaller theatres was in the plans for Renaissance Square but the rental fee was far beyond what any group could afford. RAPA is currently renting spaces for smaller theatres. With so many performing arts groups reaching for audiences the issue should not be the need for additional space (there is enough now) but the need for arts coverage by the media. We don't need a large downtown theatre. We have the Auditorium Eastman Theatre and Kodak Center for Performing Arts.

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Posted by Allan O'Grady Cuseo on 03/25/2015 at 10:58 AM

Re: “Them fighting Dems

Younger Dems were interviewed for this story, Larry. Just because someone isn't directly quoted doesn't mean that they don't show up in the story in other ways.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 03/25/2015 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Them fighting Dems

Ruth Scott is spot on. This entire report is weighted toward the old guard party leadership. The real story here begins where Ms. Fien ended. Except for Bannister, I don't think Ms. Fien interviewed anyone under the age of 50 years old. If she were to really probe deeply into the party, instead of this same old, same old reporting, she would have focussed on the many young Democratic voices who are revitalizing the party, while the old guard is still involved in decades old resentments. There is new leadership emerging that understands the party machine but will be able to transcend those rusty gears and mechanisms in order to inspire our entire region. And perhaps there is no one better to lead that charge than possible-maybe-undecided County Exec candidate Vinnie Esposito. Just saying...

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 03/25/2015 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Rochester group explores cohousing

A great idea, but certainly not the first co-housing project here:

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 03/25/2015 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The latest bad news from the city school district

Gotta say it hits it on the nail. Poverty has been used as a distraction for too long. It is an important issue but it's been thrown in too many discussions to sway accountability away from those who are accountable.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 03/24/2015 at 5:08 PM

Re: “Killing public schools: Do critics realize what’s ahead?

As is usually the case, the article at the link below contains numerous distortions, and half-baked ideas. See a couple of outstanding examples --- to which I have added language --- in order to make the distorted, half-baked ideas more complete:

"If children in most [PREDOMINANTLY BLACK AND BROWN URBAN] public schools were doing well, we wouldn't have this problem. And for that, there's plenty of blame to go around: teachers, administrators, superintendents, school boards [WHO DON'T INSIST ON ACCOUNTABILITY] , and yes, the parents who aren't involved enough in their children's education, who don't insist on good behavior."

"But tragically, hardly anybody with the power to really bring about change is willing to face our biggest problem: the [HISTORIC AND ONGOING POLICIES, PRACTICES, PROCEDURES, RULES, REGULATIONS, LAWS AND TRADITIONS THAT HAVE LED TO GROSSLY DISPROPORTIONATE LEVELS OF ABJECT] concentrated poverty of the nation's inner cities."

"And by obsessing about everything else, the plain fact is this: We're destroying [WHAT'S LEFT OF THE LARGELY DECREPIT, INEFFECTIVE, THOROUGHLY RACIST] public education system in the nation's cities."


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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 03/24/2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Building a better zoo

If we must have a zoo, why not move it to Genesee Valley Park where there is MUCH more room? Do we really need TWO 18-hole golf courses there?

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Posted by J on 03/24/2015 at 7:55 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Vargas needs to build credibility before asking for a contract extension

This community desperately needs leadership that puts our children first.
Bolgen Vargas
William Ansbrow
and the rest of his FAT SEG TEAM NEED TO GO!!!
AND THE BOARD Needs to trim the ASAR FAT!!!
Enough all ready!!!

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Posted by PMorales on 03/23/2015 at 7:11 PM

Re: “New theaters may be in the works for Rochester

Yes, yes, yes! There is so much talent here in Rochester and not enough room to show it. We are especially in need of affordable places for smaller groups that may not have the resources to own and manage their own playhouse or stage, but could rent one out for their show.

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Posted by wingsofcolor on 03/23/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Universal health care for ailing New York

More taxes and more government bloat are just the ticket for a state already suffocating under both? Yeah, sure.

And is this anything but another cynical, calculated step leading toward absolute left-wing control of your family's health care? Yeah, sure. Leftists NEVER give up on their dream of social control by any means necessary. Constant vigilance is the price of keeping a modicum of individual dignity and liberty.

The sponsor of the legislation, naturally, is a left-wing career politician (45 years) from Manhattan who boasts of being "someone who has been active with NARAL since 1969."

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Posted by bubba on 03/23/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Sheppard wins Democratic committee endorsement

After being thrown under the bus by Mayor Warren I'm glad to see that Sheppard is still in the game.

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Posted by Jan Mona Mitchell on 03/23/2015 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Building a better zoo

Does the county spend more on the zoo than it does to help the homeless?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/22/2015 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Universal health care for ailing New York

Universal health care for NY is an idea whose time is WAY past come -- for all the reasons detailed in this article. Thanks to Tim Macaluso for the fine article, and to Assemblyman Gottfried for keeping the idea alive in Albany. Now, let's get the rest of the State Assembly on board!

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Posted by Peggy Rosenthal on 03/20/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Sheppard wins Democratic committee endorsement

Jim Sheppard is a non-politician. This really is only one of his many assets. He's a breath of air and I would vote for him. Aren't we wanting for honesty and transparency. Well, here it is. He'd be a great mayor!

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/20/2015 at 2:14 PM

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