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Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

I think an even bigger problem is the White , Black , Asian and Hispanic Politicians have all forgotten about the American People. What has the Black Cacuss actually done for the Black community? Just like the White, Asian and Hispanics Politions, NOTHING. The money they raise to help the American People ends up in there Pockets While the whole time they claim they are helping us. Government is to big to corrupt. What the Minority Populations dont see, understand and feel is that The money Hungry Politicians and Capitalists are doing, is merely creating a society of control that they use against all of us to benefit themselves and there buddies. The rich elites have done this since the begining of time. This is ultimitley the cause of every Violent outbursts in all of the societies on this Planet. ITS CALLED SLAVERY. As a White man educated and with a skilled trade my wife a nurse with a bachelors degree we are doing no better than when I was 16. I'm personaly devistated by the gross loss of income since the Manufacturing industry began its collapse in 2006. In my opinion the powers to be have been devaluing the people who make them rich for ever. What the public needs to do is wake up from there Ipads, video games and smart phones and realize we are being brain washed and are all victims to the rich elite. Remember the Revolutionary War and what that was about, the Civil War. Guess we havent learned from our Histories Yet. All races that fall uder the 1% are victim to this. We all need to banned together and take back our rights, freedoms and quality of life. This is not a race thing!!! Its a Power struggle as to whom the King is.

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Posted by Love for All on 08/20/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Grand Jury today on the shooting. Maybe some day REAL answers about what happened will be available. It's a shame that all of the early information about this was from Youtube and twitter, as most of it was incorrect. Mr. brown was not shot in the back, the cop did not stand over him to finish him off, etc. If this nonsense had been addressed PROMPTLY most of the problems could have been avoided.

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Posted by Malcolm on 08/20/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Coalition to push for police reform

People caring about "law and order" more than their rights. America has already gone down the tubes.

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Posted by clap on 08/20/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

@sanity--clearly, acting acceptably hasn't fixed anything. Keeping quiet is why the police force in Ferguson feel it's acceptable to shoot to kill for jaywalking. In this country, no one hears you unless you scream.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 08/20/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

@sanity the looting and rioting is the only voice that a people who have felt. de-valued for too long, have. The media is focused on the riots, while the loss of life of a human being gets headlined on page 2. Any one with any sense of decency can't condone the riots. The bigger issue is that pot that was placed on that back burner now angrily boiling over. Racism. Generation Y and Z don't want to march and demonstrate - in order for white society to value them. We did that 60 years ago! It did not work. Read: it didn't work. A true, authentic conversation must be had because the younger generation who face an anemic economy, education being taken over by greedy corporate interest, a horrifically unjust justice system are desperately taking matters in their own tired hands.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 08/19/2014 at 7:57 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Coalition to push for police reform

People loot, shoot, and riot in Ferguson, and the people who try to restore law and order are criticized. America is going down the tubes

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Posted by Stirge on 08/19/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

The behavior of the people in Ferguson is shameful. Even more shameful is the attitude of those like the author who seem to feel that this is a problem of white racism. It is not. The problems in the black community will only be solved once we realize that race hucksters sowing an attitude of injustice hides the real problems.

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Posted by Stirge on 08/19/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Well, rioting and looting aren't going to give anyone a good feeling toward you or erase and negative stereotypes. You can't force someone to like you. If you want to be liked, be likable, if you want to be accepted, act acceptably.

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Posted by Sanity on 08/19/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “Fine-tuning the delivery

As someone who does not often attend, I think it's a great idea to include the concerts with modern content like Star Wars, Pixar, etc. We once took all our kids and drove to Cleveland to hear the Orchestra perform the score from The Lord of the Rings. I would also be enthusiastic to attend concerts featuring popular young musicians/multi-instrumentalists such as Chris Thile, Ben Solee, Andrew Bird, The Punch Brothers. They would certainly draw a whole other world of listeners to the performances. Exploring ways to get young people to consider attending performances by an orchestra seems to be very important if the traditional symphony is to survive.
Lavinia Curletta

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Posted by Lavinia Curletta on 08/16/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

How much did they pay for this $@?!. This article was about as sparse as Christmas in 1933. Where was the data? What are the names of the schools that were visited? How did they collect the data? What day is it? How many fingers do I have up? Really City? I don't want to come down on you but what the heck is going on? Your other articles or there lack of, is prominate. Like that '80's Wendy's commercial " where's the beef?"

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 08/15/2014 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Have gun? Don't travel

As someone who works with students, I can't imagine any reason why I would why I would ever carry a gun in their presence. It can only lead to trouble. I guess were fortunate that this is the only trouble there was.

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Posted by youze on 08/15/2014 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Historic West Main church to be demolished

Let's look at this rationally shall we? On the one hand it would be great if this historic building could be preserved. So where is the investment from the city? From the historical community? Marvin Maye has been trying to get this process moving for two years. There has been opportunities for preservationists to step in and invest in this building. There has been public hearings, appeals processes and the best that has been done is to say "It's a historic building, don't tear it down." I definitely support preservation and maintaining historic character. It is truly a shame. But in two years, who has stepped in to preserve this building? Who has put up the $300,000, $400,000 necessary to restore the building to its historic character? No one.
Now on the other hand the West Main Street corridor is a food desert. There are liquor stores, gas stations and convenience marts, but no full grocery stores. For the people who live in the neighborhood, they need a grocery store. It is now a practical matter that must be considered. People can't get fresh fruit and vegetables in a sterile museum.
Most of the people in the Landmark Society don't live in the neighborhood. They don't even live in the city. It is a typical situation of the white power elite in the suburbs coming into the city to tell the poor minorities how they must live b/c the white power suburban elite knows better. Hogwash.
There are good reasons on both sides. Both sides are correct and both sides are wrong. Marvin Maye owns the site and he has been more than fair. It's his property. His property, his problem, his business. If he wants to put in a store so the neighborhood has a grocery store and that there is a chance for economic prosperity, imposing discipline, dignity, law, order, propriety, a sense of morality and decency and proper work ethic, that is his choice. Good luck to him.
Now the matter is closed. If you need help with it, go see a competent psychiatrist. The matter is closed.

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Posted by sean on 08/15/2014 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Historic West Main church to be demolished

No respect for history or heritage!

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Posted by BaronessVonMilwaukee on 08/15/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Could the lack of engagement be credited to the common core curriculum that is much too difficult for many of the students who are lacking the background knowledge and foundational skills necessary for successful learning of the material? Especially for math!? This is compounded by the fact that RTI within most City schools, especially those in most need, is poorly managed and rarely carried out at all.

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Posted by Chelsea Rowe on 08/15/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Have gun? Don't travel

As long as handgun owners must register them with the state, why not have a lesser penalty for gun owners who inadvertently violate a local gun ordinance? If Diane Watkins has registered her handgun with NY State in Monroe County and carries it to New York City, why is she treated as if she has if she has no registration at all (a felony)? Many states recognize other state's gun registration. Why can't legally registered gun owners get some consideration within NY state?

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Posted by Stewart on 08/15/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Have gun? Don't travel

Actually, New York has only 5.1 gun deaths per 100,000 residents, the second lowest in the nation, according to the statistical map I just saw (link below). Many states still do not require background checks or do not prohibit sales to people with violent crime histories. Louisiana: 19.2 deaths per 100k; Alabama: 16.2; Mississippi: 16.1; Wyoming: 15.6; Montana: 15.1. Check it out here:

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Posted by Politiana on 08/14/2014 at 11:38 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

I suggest that *City* do intensive interviews with ten city teachers - give them anonymity so they can speak freely - about how they think city schools could be improved.

I bet you'd get more solid, realistic assessments from those who are doing the impossible job of engaging and educating children who don't show up for class or do schoolwork, who don't have parents who take care of their basic needs, and who worship a media culture that scorns education as "acting white."

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Posted by Lisa Jadwin on 08/14/2014 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

How many years of school did you go to in order to be able to write this article? I think we need to send you back. There should be a law stating that all forms of press related news reporting has to be backed by research based studies. It should be illegal to lie to the public about the very people who made it possible for you to do your job!!!

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Posted by Tricia Johnson on 08/14/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

If a definition of insanity is repeating the same ineffective behavior and expecting a different outcome then we have truly reached crazy time. It is time for radical change, no more tinkering around the edges.. By all the measurements we have,; teacher and administrator morale, student and parent engagement, test scores, and community patience and involvement , we are sinking fast. A perfect storm is upon us. It is time for NYSED, the Mayor, or an independent management organization to step in and take charge. The current Superintendent and School Board just cannot do it despite all their best efforts. Dissolve the District, if possible, and spread the pain and problems. These are radical actions I realize. Politically unpopular yes. Time has run out. Today's test scores only add more bad news on top of everything else. Let's stop demonizing the teachers and make a real change. It will take courage on the part of the politicians. Anything less is just more window dressing and the windows are all broken!

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Posted by Concerned taxpayer on 08/14/2014 at 7:35 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Here we go again... "Students were not engaged." That concerns me also as a teacher, though... Teachers are not miracle workers! We can only wear so many hats at a time: teacher, counselors, behavior interventionists, peer mediators, secretaries, statisticians, data analysts, social workers, nurses, cheerleaders, custodial workers (yes, all of us clean) thats on top of: creating meaningful differentiated & culturally relevant lessons/activities daily, that take hours to plan...
If a student was not engaged did these people ask the students, "why?"
Maybe they did not sleep at home the night before or do not have a "home". Maybe they were up late watching their babies or siblings b/c their parent was at work. Or maybe they were up late playing video games bc that's what teenagers do w/o parental involvement. Maybe they have not been encouraged to go to school for days or weeks, so they feel lost and just shut down. Did they eat breakfast, did they have to wait for the bus in the freezing cold or are they drenched with sweat from the walk to school on a 90* day? Do these students fully understand English? I could go on & on...
These observers can judge us & "think" they know the answers but the problem (student engagement) lies deeper than what most teachers have to offer. City school teachers do not have a level playing field compared to other districts. 99% of the teachers I know work extremely hard at educating their students and preparing them for the "real world". They go above and beyond to motivate, encourage and support students with all of their needs (not just learning). I don't have the answer to this problem discussed in the article though I'm absolutely positive that I do not agree with it.

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Posted by Jennifer Lucieer DeFranco on 08/14/2014 at 6:48 PM

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