Thanks for the Wimpys Burger tip!
Hi J -- there had been a location in East Rochester, but now Mac's is in Fairport (and Canandaigua).
Fairport?? I thought it was East Rochester
And if the minimum wage had kept up with productivity (a good definition of "wealth creation") then the minimum wage would be at $22 hour at this point.
Meanwhile, the ratio of (American) CEO salaries to average worker salaries, 1980: 44:1; 1990: 91:1; today, somewhere in the 200 - 300 to 1 ratio.
We can easily go back to the dawn of the industrial revolution (a little over 200 years), when wealth creation took off although mostly for management and owners: "The unions" gave us, you know, the weekend, the end of child labor, the minimum wage, paid vacation (for workers), the 40 hour work week, workers safety and a bunch of other things that we "couldn't afford." People were killed to get us those things - in our time. Funny what the wealthiest country in history can and cannot afford. And the secret to America's post war success, 1945 - 73? A well-paid work force.
@Tim: No, none of us was around at the dawn of humankind, but it's no mystery what the living standards were. As you may have heard, it was all nasty, brutish, and short. (Inequality, by the way, was way beyond anything we can imagine now, based as it was on survival of the fittest.)
It wasn't labor unions that lifted humankind out of its wretched condition. A billion years of union activism would never have accomplished that, because unions don't create wealth.
We can fret and whine all we want over slicing the pie, but it's neither here nor there unless the pie consistently grows faster than the population. Human advancement comes from economic growth and development, not from politics and resentment.
It's pretty funny that this week in Rochester, of all weeks, there would be union bashing on these pages - this, the week it was announced the outgoing CEO of Excellus Blues received a nearly $13 million compensation and the CFO receive nearly $11 million as well. (Ever wonder why America spends twice as much as the other Western nations on health care, and we're stuck at #36 in quality?) Here is a classic example of modern American management. We have hundreds of other examples, easily, including some biggies here in Rochester. If we have ever needed more unions, it's right now. The problem isn't a well paid work force, for cryin' out loud, the problem is colossal greed and narcissism of modern American business management.
Courtney Act was in Australian Idol as Courtney, not as Shane... she didn't come second either! lol
Kamakazee: We've added a link to a previous story that has the recommendations. Good call.
What were some recommendations?
"Addicts seek relief, not a high"
Thank you Gary R. Scialdone, for putting this so concisely and pointing out the sheer ignorance of the general public in this area. I too, am appalled that Rochester is still so provincial. We'll get NO WHERE if we don't start showing compassion for those who suffer. Why anyone would believe people CHOOSE to live in the throes of addiction is beyond me. Please… Maybe withdrawing that third helping of Ben and Jerry's Double-Dip Judgment-O-Grim-Delight will open the jammed door of your minds. The compulsive/addictive over-eaters in this town never cease to amaze. It’s one of the worst areas of the USA for obese, judgmental, controlling, codependents in DESPERATE need of treatment. Let the three fingers point right back at you. Preferably from your bathroom scales.
"Poverty is hardly 'man-made', but rather is the natural condition of humankind."
B.D.G, where did you find this pearl of wisdom? You were hanging out at the dawn of humankind and have the privilege of reporting this back to us?
Crows, squirrels, and trees have a "natural condition". Humans do not. Humans create the conditions they live in. Humans create the conditions that make a few wealthy and many more poor. Bruce Popper reminds us that humans, working together in unions, have have changed their conditions and reduced inequality. We must strengthen and continue this struggle.
Unfounded statements, like the one B.D.G has made, are only distractions.
Want some empirical evidence of declining union density and increasing inequality? Check out this article:
Hmmm...they sound accessible. Will people in wheelchairs be allowed to use them as many sidewalks are unusable?
The authoress states that "the Constitution doesn't give us the right to impose our religious beliefs on other people." This isn't exactly false, inasmuch the Constitution doesn't really have anything to do with relations between private individuals, one way or the other.
However, it is more accurate to say that the Constitution explicitly forbids a transient political majority from imposing its values and beliefs on the rest of us. Yet that is PRECISELY what Obama and Sibelius seek to do. And it is precisely what happens when the state willfully and knowingly violates the conscience rights of a small business owner.
On balance, this column presents a strong argument for strictly limiting the power and reach of government. Let us hope it portends a welcome change in editorial direction!
Yum, Macs is the best. Touch on a westside delicacy next. Wimpys Burger basket.
Why should the government have the power to fine or throw in jail:
• A vegetarian graphic artist who refuses to produce posters for a butcher shop?
• A banquet hall proprietor who won't book a Boy Scout function because he dislikes Scout policies?
• A hotel manager who refuses to host a conference of climate change deniers?
• A pizzeria owner who won't deliver to a union-busting law firm?
• A photographer who turns away fur-wearing clients?
• An accountant who won't service a business that exploits people with gambling addictions?
• A contractor who turns down a remodeling job for a tobacco shop?
• A caterer who won't take part in a function if alcohol is present?
• A mechanic who refuses to help out operators of fracking equipment?
• A commercial landlord who refuses to lease to a business that sells tobacco products?
• A bodega owner who refuses to provide customers with a certain periodical because it contains superstitious material like horoscopes? (Oops!)
From a WXXI news story in September 2012: “The Rochester City School District ranks among the top 10 in the nation when it comes to per pupil spending for large school districts. That’s according to Govistics - a web-based product of the Center for Governmental Research. The data shows Rochester spends nearly $20,984 per student…Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas calls the report inaccurate. He says the district spends roughly $17,000 per student.” Oh, it's only $17,000 per student.
For that kind of money those student should be getting college degrees! Will throwing more money at the RCSD make it do a better job educating students? Maybe we should try spending $30,000 or $40,000 per student per year and see it that helps.
"The objects of the discrimination are lesser beings, not worthy of service – or protection."
Like the bakery in NM that was forced to sell a wedding cake to a gay wedding against the owners's religious beliefs, or be forced out of business? I wonder why they aren't worthy of protection.
Thanks for bringing the error to our attention. We've corrected the article.
1. Kress started in 2009, not 1999.
2. She has no right to discourage kids from earning degrees in liberal arts, especially finance, because she has bachelor's degrees in English and finance and a master's degree in English, which is one of the less employable degrees out there. Plus a Ph.D. in higher education administration, which is another example of degree inflation.
It is easy to complain about our taxes. What I rarely hear are what should be cut from the budget. I always read about how poor the economy is and with how much of our tax dollars are spent on 'Economic Development', I expect there would be demonstrated positive results. After all there are metrics for teachers, why not for economic development?
Frankly, I believe schools are failing (anyone else surprised when a cashier can't make change without an app?, or cannot write a coherent sentence? ). We can't have a whole school of bad teachers. We do have an elitist State Board of Education. My suspicion is that money alone will not solve this, nor will Charter Schools, or home schooling. Tuition costs have risen well beyond inflation, My alma maters are not shy about asking for donations (as are our public schools). Why?
I am going to sound like older folks I made fun of when I was a teenager by saying I wish some things were the way they used to be. The rich didn't amass huge salaries (including benefits) as a measure of their personal worth, it was how much in taxes they paid. Schools didn't pander to those kids who didn't want to learn. While we are all created equally, we all do not have the same abilities. That fact seems to be ignored. College was not expected for everyone, there were other respected paths to a good living.
We respected each other a lot more. We spent a lot less time in self promotion. We worked together to address problems. We didn't always insist our way was the only way. We didn't have African, Italian, Polish, Puerto Rican hyphenated Americans (everyone celebrated their cultures at home).
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