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Re: “Forums on public education kick off in September

It is promising to see that Writers and Books is committing its resources to a discussion of our region's most pressing problem. Following the announcement of "education historian" Ravitch as the first speaker (hardly one to shy away from often conflicting statements about "what is good or bad"), I am especially curious to hear who the other presenters will be reflecting "both sides of the issue." More importantly, our community has a history of struggling with the transition from discussion to action when it comes to improving our abysmal city school system.

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Posted by Richard on 08/25/2014 at 11:01 AM

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

The headline on this article is, in my view, a misreading of what the educational experts said. It says "many teachers are not up to par." What I heard is that in every school they studied there were two or three teachers who had students who were engaged while the other teachers had students who were not engaged. Teachers are isolated in their individual classrooms. Their suggestion was to take a long term view of teachers sharing and learning from each other. They criticized the way schools work not the quality of the teachers. Professional development programs and activities in the past are not very useful. Schools need to give time for teachers to work with and learn from each other. This will not change things overnight, but blaming teachers and closing schools based on test scores is counterproductive. Our schools will get better slowly as school administrators, teachers, parents, and students work together.

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Posted by James Bearden on 08/23/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

Just a little more food for thought. They're digging their own grave:

Posted by timaltier on 08/22/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Groups push for and against lake levels plan

Trying to address Great Lake water levels highlights the need to address environmental imperatives and how to compensate ‘victims.’

As addressing Climate Change will force us (our governments) to make our life support system sustainable, we must find an economic way to make these regulations that will impact some folks unevenly (say, Great Lakes shoreline property owners) more palatable.

Trying to restore Great Lakes levels is only one of the measures that will have to be taken as we have to adapt to more extreme weather and climate that will always impact a special few. This doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice these special few each time we trying to make our life support system viable.

We as a society should find better ways than creative destruction (let the chips fall where they may) to humanely address sometimes drastic environmental regulations.

We don’t have to supplant our moral system with our economic system; we can address environmental concerns without creating victims who will naturally do anything to protect their own interests—who will form influential groups and we’ll have a shitstorm instead of a solution. Every time critical environmental regulations come up.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 08/22/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Groups push for and against lake levels plan

This is so typical of our liberal government. We screwed it up over the last 50 years, so now we are going to "fix" it by screwing it up even more.

Please, please, please fix the schools, NYS must be the dumbest state in the country.

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Posted by johnny on 08/21/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

"And third, we need to get serious, at last, about addressing the roots of the problem that are at the heart of all this - in Ferguson, in Rochester, throughout the country."

I agree, but we have a black president, a black attorney general and people like Al Sharpton fanning the flames.

Meanwhile, Blacks, sometimes even black children are being slaughtered by other blacks almost daily all over this country. You would think that City News and other "news" papers would care and want to address this issue.

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Posted by johnny on 08/21/2014 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Walt Atkison, Bernie Heveron, Kinloch Nelson

Yes it is, the location has been updated. Thanks!

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Posted by Calendar Editor on 08/21/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Walt Atkison, Bernie Heveron, Kinloch Nelson

Isn't the New Tango cafe on 35 South Washington street?

Posted by Karen Atkison on 08/20/2014 at 9:40 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

We've seen enough on YouTube to conclude that police harassment targeting blacks is real. I'm sick of racking my brains in defense of incompetent and unfit law enforcement.

I'm not bothered by the rioting and looting. Don't criticize the media. Turn off CNN if it's not your thing. They'll get the message soon enough.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/20/2014 at 7:04 PM

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

It would behoove our police to remember that when they serve, they serve the people. All of us. Not the ones who hop-to the second they bark orders or snark at us (I'm looking at you, officer who couldn't have been much older than drinking age). Wishful thinking, this civility thing?

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Posted by Caterina Maria on 08/20/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Once again, a case is being tried in the media without any facts. This only adds fuel to the fire, and causes more problems. Alleged "witnesses" who claimed they could see flames coming out the barrel of the gun (only in the movies), that Brown was shot in the back (disproved by family's autopsy) that the cop stood over Brown and finished him off (also disproved by autopsy). Mr. Brown's companion claimed the cop car door struck them and bounced back into the cop who became so enraged he started dragging a 6'4" 290 lb. man into the police car through the window. Sounds contrived. Showing the convenience store video was "character assassination" but really shows why Mr. Brown might have reacted badly to the cops. The media and the rumor mill are creating a story and this conflict

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Posted by reality on 08/20/2014 at 2:25 PM

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

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