Discrimination and Harassment
46 years ago I got out of the Navy and grew a beard. I didn't know that I was “protesting” anything. I just want to grow a beard. I went from being a Navy Petty Officer to being a draft dodging“Hippie” that companies wouldn't hire because of a beard. Was it legal to turn me away because I wasn't clean shaven, I doubt it but it happened.
When I drove my car I could expect to get stopped for no obvious reason and treated as though I'd done something wrong. Did it bother me? Of course it did! Did I get mouthy? No, I knew it would go badly.
Discrimination and harassment is not new just the targeted people change. I was a 20s white Veteran with a beard that all of a sudden was an acceptable target. I learned to adjust to the BS and over time beards became acceptable so I was no longer a target but I didn't forget.
I can never tell a Black person that “I know how you feel” because I never will. I can only say “Don't let it own you”. D&H come from ignorance and fear. Conquer it with tenacity, education and strength. I still wear a beard!
Dick Anderson Nam Vet
Thank you, Mary Catherine Healy, for telling it exactly as it is. And these women call themselves feminists, while working to strip women of their rights, especially poor women. It's disgraceful.
" The Cuomo Win"
Let us not forget about Elliot Spitzer, Patterson and Pataki... because these three could not get a budget passed to save their lives let alone our lives in NYS. And, if it were not for Bob Duffy and Cuomo, Upstate would be in much, much worse shape in my opinion.
No one governor can be agreed with on more than 50% of the issues... as all of us can only be 50% right. However, at the very least ,the current governor has made a good case with two layers of Gov't right here in Monroe County. Mendon / HF, Pittsford / Village of Pittsford, Wheatland / Scottsville, and so on. Two layers of property taxes that cost much more for no real good reason except that it has been since I can remember ( 58 years ). And , perhaps the biggest mistake is Rochester / Monroe County... the same old Democrat - Republican control issue with "silos" being built as we speak.
WHEN ON EARTH WILL THIS AREA WAKE UP AND START THE PROCESS OF MAKING GOVT" SMALLER (LOWER TAXES AND LESS SEPARATION in EXPENSIVE REDUNDANT SERVICES ). AND, to stop SPENDING so much on the duplication OF THESE SERVICES THROUGH TOO MANY LAYERS of GOVT'.
When these changes; and, along with the demise of the most antiquated system of budget reporting and planning that I have ever seen; only then...will ( UPSTATE and Western NY ) NYS become the most respected state in the Union again. And, we will have more jobs as a result of less taxation.
CRaig R. Moffitt
I could not agree more with Chris Thompson that it tells much about our community when a chain grocery store is the place we choose impress guests. Affluenza. Want to really impress a guest with fresh food? Take them to the 109 year old Rochester Public Market. Buy them one of Juan's empanadas, get a fresh and inexpensive squash or bucket of local apples, maybe some bright fall foliage to decorate the table. Way better than any grocery store!
regarding ms towler's 11/12 editorial:
thank you for clearly explaining the democratic loss on election day. the continuing attitude that we (democratic party) know what is best for you, and if you don't agree with us you are stupid, if not worse, is just the elitist attitude that caused the rout. any chance that the public does, in fact, understand the issues and that they have rejected all those positions you mention? of course not.. it has to be low voter turnout, ignorance, and, of course, republican issue spending (even though they spent less than the dems). rationalization is so much easier than re-evaluation.
In August, you wrote an article about Gannett spinning off its publishing business, including the D&C. You posed the question of what it might mean locally. Well, today they announced that there will be layoffs coming this year. Of course, the words used were efficient, lean, and nimble. This is the first shoe to fall, and there will be more over time. You would benefit readers by putting into perspective exactly what changes are coming.
I so appreciate SUE STARPOLI's letter. Columbus Day should be celebrated as "Indigenous Peoples" Day.
Sorry, they're work is not worth 15 dollars. Anybody can flip burgers. Fast food restaurants or minimum wage is meant to be a stepping stone on your path to a better job. You want to make more money? Don't have children before you can support them, stay in school, get more education past HS, stay away from drugs. See that was easy!
Why republish the garbage pseudo-science supported by John Jergen?
Would the citizens of Rochester consider how the people of Ferguson would have reacted if it had been a white man shooting a black policeman?
The shoe is on the other foot now and the white people are morning the loss of a brother not raiding and burning the town like illiterate, showoff, disrespectful group together cowards.
Think about it,,,,, what if the color of skin would have been reversed? It is stupid to watch the way people react and think, wake up and look around you; we are all human and there are bad people black or white. If you act respectful you're treated respectful.
My husband and I were fortunate to be able to send my son to school in Wake County, North Carolina. Although he was automatically assigned to attend his neighborhood school in the suburbs, we chose to send him to one of the magnet schools in downtown Raleigh which had 40% low-income students. At the magnet school fair, we could choose from schools with A+ Arts, Great Books, bilingual Spanish or French, STEM, and Montessori, among others. We ended up applying to a school with an inquiry-based curriculum, similar to the several Expeditionary Learning schools in the Rochester CSD. We were one of the lucky families -- several of my friends' children were waitlisted and they had to attend their second-choice schools (their neighborhood schools). The low-income students who lived in the inner-city neighborhood where the school was located were also lucky because they were automatically assigned to that school without having to go through a cumbersome application process.
I know that many parents worry about sending their children to the same schools with large numbers of low-income students, but what we discovered was that, rather than the low-income students pulling the middle-class students down, all the students were pulled up by having access to the resources and connections of the middle-class parents. When we moved back to Monroe County, we searched for a similar environment for our children, and actually found it in the Rush-Henrietta school district, which has a similar percentage of low-income students without sacrificing a high-quality education. I would welcome a county-wide school district because it would increase my children's choices, while at the same time decreasing the flight of middle-class families to the suburbs, which is killing the City of Rochester and will eventually be the death of the whole Greater Rochester region if we stick with the status quo.
This would be a great investment and at a minimum a consistent Fast Bus System or LRT/Streetcar system connecting, RIT, U of R, and downtown would have a great benefit to this community and likely would see the highest usage. Parking is expensive and limited at both rapidly growing universities, and why not have a means to connect them to downtown and use our city as a place to collaborate and innovate.
There are two different options here. The wrong option was chosen. This option called for government provided training programs. Mrs. Warren also has called for a raise in the minimum wage.
The capitalist option costs the taxpayer zero dollars and yet provides real on the job training and responsibility, and the person gets paid to learn and feel dignity. Stop messing with the entry level wages and let people at least get a start.
Questions Mayor Warren
What type of jobs are available for individuals with a very low academic level ?
If you say they need training, what type of training ,and what jobs will be available to them with this training ?
What has been the success rate of labor training, and employment in construction ,building, and other work areas ?
What jobs will be available for the forty _ nine percent school dropout rate?
How many companies have you spoken with about hiring low academic level employs ?
HAVE A NICE DAY.
Good for Feedback writer Lori Marra! She asks the correct questions regarding the overlay of a special downtown tax zone...the same questions Ann MacQuay and the residents of Grove Place asked back in the early 1990's when this proposal last came bubbling up from RDDC. Sorry but Red Shirts, et. al, are NOT a magic pill solution. Nor is a special tax overlay without very specific information. And once in, these never go away no matter how abused.
The residents of Charlotte don't oppose development. The problem is that the mayor is giving away the farm to a greedy out-of-town developer. In addition, this project seems to be headed for failure. It also requires that the city spend money it doesn't have. Even if it did work, the city and especially Charlotte wouldn't benefit. It's a no-brainer to oppose it.
There are three things that must be preserved: the beach, the trees and grass, and the parking lots. These are the jewels. Some berms could be built to hide the lots, but they're necessary because visitors need a place to park.
Let's continue developing the space around these jewels. If and when there's an outcry for luxurious hotels and condos, well, we'll probably have to do that too.
Hi LaDawn, as the person who puts together the list of film openings each week, I apologize for any inconvenience the missing theaters may have caused. City goes to press on Tuesdays, and sometimes theaters haven't finalized their schedules for the following week at that point (that sometimes doesn't happen until late Tuesday or even early Wednesday). I try to wait as long as possible, but at a certain point I just have to go with what I have.
However, the Movie Times section on our website (http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/roch…) is updated multiple times a day with movie theater listings AND showtimes as the information becomes available, so definitely check that out!
Don't understand the supposed new format for the movies....caused a disagreement with a friend...when checking for a movie that only listed 4 theaters...in checking the other theaters...this movie is also playing. Seems like a incorrect way to inform those as to what theaters are showing movies.
@Daniel — I would not just ask families what they prefer, but would give effect to their God-given right to self-determination in supervising the education of their children.
So, I'll toss the challenge back to you: Are you willing to let go of the government school monopoly if that will afford the disadvantaged greater opportunity and dignity?
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