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Re: “The roots of our poverty

Before the Indians decided to settle in the Genesee Valley, what was the poverty rate?

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Posted by McEvoy Campbell on 02/17/2015 at 5:24 PM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

Only 2,693 residents lived in poverty in 1970 and as many as 37, 670 lived in poverty, in 2010. I'm curious:
1- How many of the 37,670 impoverished people living here in 2010 were living here in Rochester in 1970?
2- How many are new to the area, that account for that increase over the 40 span?
3- Of the 34,977 increase in people living in poverty, does it mean that they were not living in poverty before 1970 or did they all become poorer over the 40 year span?
4- Over the 40 year span, how many of the 37, 670 people came to Rochester already in poverty from a different location? Is there info that?

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Posted by Don Sherman on 02/17/2015 at 12:55 PM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

Perhaps I should not have been, but I was amazed that you failed to mention the one factor that is most closely linked with poverty and children; the incidence of out of wedlock births. Perhaps recognizing it makes you uncomfortable, as it does not fit with the narrative of others being solely responsible for poverty.

Since the Moynihan study, roughly the same time as you used as a base, the out of wedlock birth rates for blacks have tripled to 72% of all black births. And 37% of single parent households live in poverty versus just 7% of those in two parent homes. Blacks are much more likely to have an out of wedlock child than whites (~25%) or Asians (~17%), and blacks now make up a large majority of the RCSD. Whites and Asians make up only 15%, so there has been a large demographic shift towards groups that make very bad birth decisions.

So push for more, better paying jobs for the city, but if you fail to address the birth problem, you will fail to make a large dent in poverty.

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Posted by Luxembourg on 02/17/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

If the five areas to be tackled are jobs, education/middle-skills training, housing health/nutrition and safe neighborhoods . . . . perhaps there's one more: youth leadership training. I have noticed that sixth graders especially are really motivated and full of potential. Might another component of addressing 'poverty' is to offer a county-wide "Sixth Grade Leadership Institute" at every school [public and private] in the whole county with a summer 'project' to be reported out at seventh grade. Almost every obstacle in my life I approached with 'less fear' because I had a lot of youth leadership training. I am forever grateful to those experiences. I would recommend ALL sixth graders be exposed and at differing levels, but the impetus, energy and enthusiasm be uniform. We need everyone involved. Everyone.

Posted by Barbra Ann on 02/17/2015 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

If the five areas to be tackled are jobs, education/middle-skills training, housing health/nutrition and safe neighborhoods . . . . perhaps there's one more: youth leadership training. I have noticed that sixth graders especially are really motivated and full of potential. Might another component of addressing 'poverty' is to offer a county-wide "Sixth Grade Leadership Institute" at every school [public and private] in the whole county with a summer 'project' to be reported out at seventh grade. Almost every obstacle in my life I approached with 'less fear' because I had a lot of youth leadership training. I am forever grateful to those experiences. I would recommend ALL sixth graders be exposed and at differing levels, but the impetus, energy and enthusiasm be uniform. We need everyone involved. Everyone.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 02/17/2015 at 12:25 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Warmth and Waffles

Nicole, thank you for pointing that out! Our mistake for not catching it sooner.

Posted by Jake Clapp on 02/16/2015 at 2:39 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Warmth and Waffles

flair*

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Posted by Nicole Lesley on 02/16/2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

The problems at Rochester's schools border on absurdity. It is beyond audacious for a company like Pearson to claim to be able to fix troubled urban schools with it's online curriculum. Elected officials spend hundreds of millions of our dollars on these unproven programs. It's hopeless.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/16/2015 at 12:48 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

As Istvan quoted very well, "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach."

To take this further, but factually true-Those that can't, CAN'T do, while those that can, CAN teach, and do all the time.

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Posted by johnny on 02/14/2015 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

I use the buses and transit center daily. There continues to be a need for an organized citizen grass roots organization of bus riders who depend on the bus. These riders are most often those with the least power and live in the City. This would go along way to fill unmet needs including the needs of riders coming from city neighborhoods. As was true in this article those interviewed do not represent this group. I would also suggest that while there have been some incidents ,I do not think that because there is a large number of students there that indicates frequent incidents. It is also my understanding that the decision to use public transportation for students was made to save money That decision making was never shared with adult bus riders. The number of students does affect the crowding on the buses. Using the former school buses would help to secure students getting to their homes. I would hope however, that if that would be restored that the reason ie racism is not allowed to be the rationale. There are some other issues related to the Center--needs more attention to clearing snow, ice in the area from outside stops on Mortimer to front entrance, needs dollar money change machines, not all buses have stalls in the Center, the route changes which began in January have caused increases in fares , a lack of seating in some areas due to the fact that the Center had to be placed in a small narrow space, there was not enough space inside to accommodate seating in all the bus stall areas ( about 1/3) .

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Posted by Bonnie Cannan on 02/14/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The future of film

Wow, I love getting to read an article on film! I too shot on film many years ago and switched to digital for the obvious reasons. After several years I got bored and decided to try film again. Since then I've set up a darkroom and now have more film cameras than I would ever have time to use. I truly love film, it's the best medium for creativity and getting the most satisfaction out of your work.

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Posted by Jeremy Porter on 02/13/2015 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Attack on White boomerangs

"White’s management of his personal finances is not out of bounds, and some people will draw connections between his personal and professional lives. But it’s a bit naive to think that other prominent business and community leaders in Rochester are completely free of financial and-or legal problems"

I'm gathering that you don't have a problem with this? Anyone with personal money problems shouldn't be involved with government in any form. Did you know that most businesses won't hire someone with a financial issue. Why are we hiring these people?

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Posted by johnny on 02/13/2015 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

Scors, that's the liberal way. They don't have real solutions. Their solutions always make the problems worse. And of course they always have the solution to the new problem too--raise taxes. Will the voters ever wake up?

Put a Republican in charge of the school district. Vote a Republican into the Mayors seat. Things WILL change for the better.

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Posted by johnny on 02/13/2015 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Attack on White boomerangs

It seems that some comments have been deleted. ????

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 02/13/2015 at 5:51 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

I think that Mayor Lovely Warren was being honest by not saying how much she begged NBR Commissioner Del Smith to stay. The real reasons for his departure will be forthcoming.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/13/2015 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

This is how the govt spends our money. Our money. Our money is being spent on a failed system . Our kids gain nothing. Then we look around and wonder who will fix this. Craziness abound.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 02/13/2015 at 5:33 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

Mr. Smith is returning to academia because he could not translate academic theories into practical realities.
Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.
That's why he is leaving.

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 02/13/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

Del Smith was the highly touted bright star in Warren's new administration just a year ago, set to revolutionize neighborhood-based economic development. I was looking forward to seeing what initiatives he would spearhead. There is no way to sugarcoat this: it is a major blow to the Warren administration, especially just as the new Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives is gearing up. This is precisely his expertise. As soon as Rochester gets its streets clear of all this snow and picks up its garbage, maybe we should all take a look at this.

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 02/13/2015 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Finger-pointing won't solve youth fights

More people are waking up to the fact that much of the disintegration of neighborhoods, increased violence and decreased student success began when neighborhood schools were dismantled. Time to return to neighborhood schools. And, that is just a starter. Time to hold parents accountable for their childrens actions. Time to hold tenants equally accountable for their behavior instead of issuing "points" to property owners!!!! Time to put responsibility where it belongs.

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Posted by Gini Denninger on 02/12/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

why not go back to neighborhood schools, it will solve a lot of problems PERIOD!

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Posted by Gini Denninger on 02/12/2015 at 12:46 PM

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