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Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

"Students by law in NYS are REQUIRED to attend school from ages 6-16. Education Law 3210 section 2b. :
"Absence from required attendance shall be permitted only for causes allowed by the general rules and practices of the public schools." If students don't have a legal excuse to be absent (family emergency, religious observation, court attendance, etc.), even if the parent gives permission, the absence is still illegal under NYS law. Since the children are under the care of their parents or guardians, the parents/guardians are responsible for any of their illegal actions and should be prosecuted for not observing educational law. No need for child endangerment, neglect or other trumped -up charges (though I do personally consider it a type of child abuse), use the existing law on the books and prosecute them. Believe me, attendance will go WAY up when parents start going to jail. "

Obviously the law is not enforced. WHY?

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Posted by johnny on 09/08/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Coalition recruits climate marchers

"In fiscal year 2012, the DoD consumed 827 trillion Btu of site delivered energy at a cost of 20.4 billion dollars. While consuming that amount of energy, DoD emitted 70 million metric tons of CO2. And yet, total DoD energy use and costs are higher than those given above simply because the energy use and costs arising from the contractors to support military operations both domestically and abroad are not included in DoD’s data." http://www.dailyenergyreport.com/how-much-… END WAR!

Posted by Sandy Oscar Grant Fessler on 09/08/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

Students by law in NYS are REQUIRED to attend school from ages 6-16. Education Law 3210 section 2b. :
"Absence from required attendance shall be permitted only for causes allowed by the general rules and practices of the public schools." If students don't have a legal excuse to be absent (family emergency, religious observation, court attendance, etc.), even if the parent gives permission, the absence is still illegal under NYS law. Since the children are under the care of their parents or guardians, the parents/guardians are responsible for any of their illegal actions and should be prosecuted for not observing educational law. No need for child endangerment, neglect or other trumped -up charges (though I do personally consider it a type of child abuse), use the existing law on the books and prosecute them. Believe me, attendance will go WAY up when parents start going to jail.

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Posted by dave on 09/08/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “Coalition recruits climate marchers

This march is ecological lunacy. According to www.answers.com, the average Greyhound bus (loaded) weighs roughly 70,000 lbs. A gallon of gasoline, burned, produces roughly 10 kg of CO2 emissions. This mad scheme plans to push 2 70,000 lb. buses to New York City and back to protest global warming! Has there ever been a greater disjunction between ends and means? If you are truly sincere, you should bicycle or walk to NYC. Even for the Greenwash Club (I mean, the Sierra Club), this is lame. - Peter Q Kilbridge

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Posted by FC on 09/08/2014 at 2:05 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

The parents are bad. First day attendance at RCSD schools was collectively 83.64%. That means over 16% of students were absent from school - on the first day. This is before any flu bugs and other illnesses work their way through the school population.

Why is not sending your child to school not considered to be a form of child abuse? And why are these parents not denied financial benefits if their children are not attending school? If you have a child that is "chronically absent" from school, SNAP benefits, rent assistance, the Earned Income Credit and other forms of social assistance should be cut. It's the only way to make the point that school matters. Begging kids to go to school does not work. This might.

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Posted by Animule on 09/08/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

How can we improve the schools when the students don't even show up? And why should they? They know that the taxpayer will provide them with free housing, free heat and free food anyway for the rest of their life, as they teach the next generation how to do the same. The democrats don't have and don't want a solution. This is just a game they've played with other people's lives to gain political power. SHAMEFUL!

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Posted by johnny on 09/08/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Race for Democratic party leader gets weird

Though no longer a Democrat, I believe the best choice for Dem County Chsir is Dave Garretson.

Worst choice is Ken Warner...not sure why, but during a county legislature campaign, he tried to talk "my" candidate out of wanting to debate. For me, that is unforgiveable in the democratic process.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 09/06/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Attorney general's report says NY is experiencing heavier rainfall

Exceptional report by NYS AG connecting the dots between NY’s heavy rainfall, Climate Change, and the need to adapt.

What is not exception about this report: it states what Climate Change studies have been saying about how Climate Change is already affecting us—and what needs to be done.

What is exception is that an office as important as the New York State Attorney General says that it agrees with the climate studies. What is even more exceptional is that only a few media (like Rochester City Newspaper) have even mentioned the AG’s press release and the posted the study: “Current And Future Trends In Extreme Rainfall Across New York State”. http://www.ag.ny.gov/pdfs/Extreme_Precipit…

Although only a few of our state (or anywhere else for that matter) leaders have stepped up to the plate and described to the media (and thus the public) exactly what is a stake in New York State as Climate Change gets worse, none of our leaders—mayors, environmental authorities, county executives, and have the luxury of climate denial.

Our leaders are the ones that are obligated to inform the public of clean and present dangers and do something about it. We are long past the time for comprehensive Climate Change messaging throughout our state in the media about the kinds of changes we should expect and the level of adaptation we will have to marshal to accomplish that. Climate Change is not a special interest issues, it is an issue special to all of us—even those who don’t believe in science.

More on Climate Change in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/weather&cl…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 09/06/2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

I want to commend Mary Anna Towler for her advice in her article in City
(September 3-9) to focus on a broad community effort, and especially to cease pointing fingers.
Being the daughter of an Elementary School headmaster, and the good fortune of being read to by him every night before bed, I can’t say enough for the power of books.
We have wonderful public libraries! The programs offered in our public libraries are usually free and certainly the books are.
The important part of literacy is to discover the joy of books through the pictures and stories that can be read aloud. One picture I have of my 2 year old daughter, is her very carefully constructed “book street” she made in her room for her favorite stuffed animal to inspect, making up stories as she looked at the pictures.

Another opportunity will be the family day November 9, from noon to five at the Memorial Art Gallery in conjunction with the exhibit “Golden Legacy”. It will open with an opening lecture, Sunday October 19, 2 PM by Diane Muldrow, Golden Books editorial director, “Everything I Need to Know in Life I learned from a Little Golden Book”. If you haven’t read Robert Fulghum’s “Everything I Needed to Learn, I learned in Kindergarten”, you might want to read it.

In terms of healthy habits, another advantage of books: when you read a book, hands are clean, and ideally it’s a time that you don’t snack, unlike eating food in front of a TV.

Finally, let’s remind young mothers we meet of the importance of reading aloud . Why not “book parties” as play dates, where each child brings a book to share (for grown-ups to read to them). The child can look forward to the power of being the one to read.

Books, unlike videos and TV, ask you to pay mindful attention to them, and so by sharing them, you demonstrate how to pay attention to the world and people around you.

-- Kitty Jospé

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Posted by kitty jospé on 09/06/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

$15 is too high for a minimum wage. Fast food workers seem to work pretty hard for low wages, but that's just how it is. The concept of a minimum wage has no real value other than as a talking point for politicians. The law of worker supply and demand drives fast food hourly wages higher and lower. If there is a shortage of workers, then wages and benefits naturally rise.

Why would someone make demands from an employer that they get paid more? I've seen some great people leave a place for more money.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 09/05/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

I have to apologize about the stats. I did not notice that they are from 2010, so the actual current results may be quite different.

Posted by Mike on 09/05/2014 at 3:32 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Larry and Jane Glazer die in plane crash

Interesting they write in the first sentence "Glazer IS...". Unfortunately it is properly "Glazer WAS". His bio from Buckingham Properties even states that his favorite relaxation is flying his plane on his time off. My condolences to the Glazer family. R.I.P.

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Posted by sean on 09/05/2014 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

Cres...'s comments are actually incorrect. The unemployment rate in the city of Rochester is 10%. It is the metro area that has a low 6.1% unemployment rate. This means that the suburbs have a rate of something like 4%, which is pretty close to full employment. But that is not the case for city residents. I also think, but this is just an opinion, that the reason for the high poverty rate in the city is that the middle class has fled the city for the suburbs over the past decades. After all, the commute from a suburb to the city, if you work there, is relatively short, and the housing costs outside the city are low by national standards. And one gets the advantages of reasonable schools and low crime.

http://www.unemployment-rate.org/local/Unemployment_Rate/New_York/Rochester_City_NY/PS360310

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Posted by Mike on 09/05/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

Perhaps we're forgetting that Rochester is the 5th poorest city in the US (3rd by some metrics). And given that the Rochester area unemployment rate is consistently about 1% lower than the national rate, that means that the reason rochester is poor is not because there aren't jobs. It's because the jobs there are are paying poverty wages, like the fast food industry. And as Americans we're also forgetting that the only way that we've ever succeeded in fighting poverty is through the kind of organizing that these workers are doing. Striking for better pay is as American as apple pie. And it's also the best way to fight poverty in Rochester. These brave workers are leading the way toward an economy that works for all of us. They're heroes.

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Posted by Crescenzo Scipione on 09/05/2014 at 1:37 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

OK, folks, this is a serious issue well worth discussing. But this has turned into a thread of personal insults, so we're stopping the comments.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 09/05/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

I do not "hate" the police. Clearly no one actually read my post. The first sentence is quote "IT IS AN OUTRAGE THAT A POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN KILLED." Police officers are human beings like anyone else. Many of them work very hard and dangerous jobs. But I didn't ask him to become a police officer. He had a weapon. There are many police officers in Rochester who walk around as if they are untouchable. Look at Ferguson. Mostly peaceful protests turned into a police riot. Police are to preserve order and keep peace, not create disorder, which is what they did in Ferguson. I have myself been hassled by the county sheriff's office. What was I doing? WALKING DOWN A PUBLIC SIDEWALK MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. Let me repeat that: I was WALKING DOWN A PUBLIC SIDEWALK MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. I wasn't engaged in ANYTHING illegal, unlawful or even suspicious, unless walking down a public sidewalk is now illegal. I had two armed deputies (I was not) approach me, demand to see my I.D. (unconstitutional), demand to know where I was going (absolutely none of their business, since it was uh... HOME), ask me if I had any weapons on me (Of course they both had pistols, Tasers and pepper spray on them) then was illegally detained while they called H.Q. to run a background check on me for absolutely no reason (I've never committed any criminal act of any sort). They were rude and insolent. These are public servants. I hire the people by my votes (county executive, county sheriff, county legislature) who hire them. My taxes (and yours) pay their salaries. And you all above dare to have the insolence to question ME? You are all docile sheep ready to be led to slaughter. I would suggest you all read Davy V BlogSpot. And quit giving me crap because I have the cajones to question authority while you all repeat the propaganda of the government (and no, I'm actually a political moderate but I support the Constitution).

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Posted by sean on 09/05/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

"sean" wrote: “We must reclaim our streets from every criminal. Even if sometimes they wear blue.”
I don’t know where to begin with this post. An officer is killed doing his job in a crime-ridden hell hole and he’s at fault? Really? He is killed by a felon who has been coddled by the criminal justice system, allowed to plead down charges, released into our community before he should have ever been allowed out of jail and left completely unsupervised. And despite our much touted “strictest gun laws in America” he gets himself a handgun almost immediately after being released on parole. (Gee, I thought there was a background check and a waiting period to get a gun). Listen “sean”, its people like you with an attitude and an axe to grind who hate the police that are the problem; people who criticize the police and never appreciate the work that they do – including certain self-appointed "community leaders" for example. The next time you are in trouble, call them instead of the police department.

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Posted by Bart on 09/05/2014 at 6:42 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

Sean - be happy we live in America. Because if we truly lived in a police state (you allude to a Gestapo like environment) you would be dragged from your home and shot in the street for your comments, ignorant and inflammatory as they are.

Rest in peace Officer Daryl Pierson, thank you for your service sir.

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Posted by Bravura Laughingwolf on 09/04/2014 at 11:06 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

I will vote for Ms. Teachout next Tuesday, so I endorse this endorsement. But it's amusing how Ms. Towler laments Teachout's lack of government experience - a legitimate concern - but had no such concerns in endorsing Ralph Nader in 2000, a man who never held a single elective or appointed office. Yet he was running for the top job - and ran on the preposterous lie that there were no differences between Bush and Gore. How did that work out?

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Posted by Troll Whisperer on 09/04/2014 at 8:31 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

We certainly do not live in a police state. Sure, cops respond with extra manpower when one of their own is hurt or killed. They know the risks, but they're not about to take it without doing all they can to prevent it. When you shoot at a cop, you're willing to do anything or hurt anyone to get what you want. A bystander was hit too. Police are human and make mistakes and I believe they should be held to a higher standard than citizens, and I believe they are. If you have a problem with a police officer's actions you should take it up with the department.

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Posted by Steve Hane on 09/04/2014 at 7:17 PM

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