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Re: “Rochester's health care revolution

This is one of the very best articles on this subject I've read from any news outlet in the region! Is a great resource for anyone who wants a good overview of the future of healthcare.

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Posted by RochesterMom on 12/31/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

I did ask repeatedly, Frank. The only explanation I was given was that the disagreement had to do with the continued excavation and the de-watering of the basin.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 12/31/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

Could you please explain the "disagreement" over how to approach the project? I would think that when the city contracts with a firm do to work for the city, the firm does the work that the city asks. If there is an ethical reason to object - for example, the city's approach would be structurally unsound and a danger to citizens - then the firm has an obligation to speak up. Otherwise, the city is paying you, so shut up and do the work. Now, the city has to pay multiple firms for this job, and there is no way that two firms will cost less than one for the entire project. This wasteful spending deserve an explanation, Christine.

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Posted by Frank Thomas Jr. on 12/31/2014 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Landowners' lament

I could make money using my home as a brothel, but the state won't allow it. The state owes me compensation for the money I could have made as a pimp, if not for that pesky government interference. Otherwise known as "Public Assistance for Me, but Not for Thee."

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Frank Thomas Jr. on 12/31/2014 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Ho, ho, ho! Merry mayoral control!

Of course Mayor Lovely Warren wants control of the schools. Cuomo is merely asking why. It seems a recurring theme that our mayor is getting caught being less than totally honest.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 12/30/2014 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Ho, ho, ho! Merry mayoral control!

Scariest idea for the Warren administration imaginable.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 12/30/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Ho, ho, ho! Merry mayoral control!

If Duffy were still mayor, the idea of mayoral control of the Rochester schools might be a good idea. Given that Warren is mayor, it does not seem so. She has left a trail of incompetency and dishonesty in her first year of office, so why would anyone think she would do anything constructive? This is the same mayor that hired her uncle and had no idea he was speeding, the same mayor that was shocked when her appointees at the RHA fired the existing head in violation of his co nitrate and then hired one of her allies to replace him, the same mayor that pulled an Anthony Weiner when questioned about tweets from her accounts.

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Posted by Luxembourg on 12/30/2014 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Ho, ho, ho! Merry mayoral control!

Does anyone, ANYONE, really believe that handing school control over to Ms. Warren and her cronies is a good idea?

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Posted by Bill Jackson on 12/30/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Film Review: "Unbroken"

Louis Zamperini was in Rochester a few years before he died, a guest of UR's Simon School. I was proud to meet him -- he was by then a sweet elder.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 12/30/2014 at 12:20 PM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Char Steak & Lounge

Hey Rich.....thanks for reading and I'll clarify what I was trying to get at with that statement. My intent was to say that if you order a less beefy steak like a filet or a prime strip that the beef flavor is obfuscated by the "char". With a stronger steak like a ribeye or a sirloin it could hold up to the wood fired grilling better. It is just a different cooking method than a traditional steakhouse broiler that I think is better suited for more flavorful cuts of steak.

Thanks for reading!


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Posted by Chris Lindstrom on 12/30/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Fresh winds

Beautiful illustration! Would love a print.

Posted by Been There on 12/30/2014 at 2:25 AM

Re: “The legacy of New York's fracking decision

The fracking ban is, in a way, a do over. Earth Day 1970 was a definitive event that marked a turning point. We decided not to turn. With NY's fracking ban, the future of energy has a new chance to start. What will we do?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 12/29/2014 at 7:54 AM

Re: “DINING REVIEW: Char Steak & Lounge

Did I understand correctly ?

You go to the Char Steak and Lounge, with a wood fired "char" grill,
order the namesake steak,
receive what was advertised ,
then call the char ( "carbonizing") on the said steak a "downside "?

Isn't that exactly what is wanted at "Char House" . A "charred goodie" ?
Give me a break !

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Posted by Rich Szweda on 12/27/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “The legacy of New York's fracking decision

Maybe the greatest victory for the anti-fracking activists in New York State is to switch the burden of proof from the victims to the producers. A hallmark of European environmentalism is to place the burden of proof on the industries producing products—making them prove their products will do no harm to the public or to the environment before they are allowed on the markets. The reverse has been true on this side of the Atlantic.

Decades of environmental and public health abuses by polluting industries have been allowed to continue business as usual until enough time and energy and research brought the polluters to court.

This statement by acting New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker could have profound implications on how we address environmental concerns in our hemisphere: "Until the science provides sufficient information to determine the level of risk to public health from HVHF to all New Yorkers and whether the risks can be adequately managed, DOH recommends that HVHF should not proceed in NYS," Zucker wrote in a letter to Martens that accompanies the public health report.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 12/25/2014 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Greener Grass Band

Justin Gurnsey .....a class act

Posted by Richard Ratchford on 12/25/2014 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Reed: state should compensate landowners because of fracking decision

How about compensation for losing the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of your property, worries about health, water contamination, air pollution, truck convoys blocking, let me count the ways #fracking will destroy the way of life for those of us who live in the southern tier. (Who lied to these landowners, telling them they will get rich from shale?) How are those losses calculated?

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Posted by against@fracking on 12/24/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “The ACA's poison pill?

Before the ACA the poor and uninsured could easily get health insurance for free in Arizona. It is called ahcccs or Mercy Care for the poor. GOP don't need a new healtcare plan to replace the ACA since the old system was very effective.

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Posted by Arizona Jim on 12/24/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “HIP-HOP | Golden and Emmy

OK! Good job ladies!

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Posted by Toot Lashe Welch Manning on 12/24/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Ho, ho, ho! Merry mayoral control!

Mayoral Control?
We know that our elected school board has failed miserably to improve Rochester's public schools. Our public schools are the worst in the state, and our school district one of the worst in the nation.
We also know that those school commissioners keep getting re-elected, which suggests the voters aren't much smarter than the students in our public schools.
While Mayor Warren did state that she would not seek mayoral control of the schools during her campaign, she promptly resurrected the Office of Special Projects after her election, and made Allen Williams commissioner of that office.
Allen Williams is known among "education circles" as favoring and promoting mayoral control of the schools, and this was long before Lovely Warren was elected mayor.
That might have seemed a bit, well, suspicious.
Now Mayor Warren states that mayoral control is up to the governor and the state assembly.
It IS different from her campaign statements.
The only problem is that Mayor Warren's administration, so far, has been nothing but a series of gaffes, half-truths and untruths. The mayor ( and her staff ) spends way too much time pulling her foot out of her mouth to be entrusted with controlling Rochester's schools.
We see that the school board has been failing unashamedly for decades. Getting rid of them, either as individuals to be voted out of office or by eliminating the board altogether is only part of the solution to the problem.
Mayoral control of the schools might be a viable option if a less power-mad mayor were in office.
We haven't got one.

Steve Bathory

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 12/24/2014 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Reed: state should compensate landowners because of fracking decision

This is the voice of sheer desperation. Mr. Reed has argued loudly for state's rights in this matter--until the state banned fracking. This to me rhymes with the logic of trade agreements like TPP that are now being negotiated in secret and would give corporations rights equal to sovereign nations, including the right to sue for potential lost profits caused by democratic laws, especially environmental laws. Corporations are very close to insisting that we owe them a living--and juicy profit margins. Mr. Reed's posturing reduces that argument to absurdity. But just because they're absurd doesn't mean that these ideas aren't powerful and in motion as we speak.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Pat Goldsmith on 12/24/2014 at 1:27 PM

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