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Re: “New teachers face a hostile environment

I think you need to read it again. A close reading. The article didn't say that college kids are going into teaching because of tenure and unions. It DID say that union busting and lack of tenure (which is only the right to due process) are some of the factors causing dissatisfaction for teachers. Teaching is an art, not only teaching the content ateas but being able to do so to 30 or more kids who learn differently than each other, dealing with the physical, developmental and emotional state of each child, as well as the lack of respect and constantly having to do more with less. The problem is even greater than the article describes. 50% of new teachers quit after their first year because they can't do a superhuman job the reformers want. It's not a career for the faint hearted. We do much more than just spout information. Spend an entire day with a teacher and see how hard they work.

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Posted by KA3KCJ on 11/07/2014 at 12:00 AM

Re: “A note from City's editors

Your retraction is entirely inadequate. How did this statement get included? Was it a mistaken interpretation of a document or a deliberate lie on the writer's part? You owe your readers a full airing.

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Posted by Mochael on 11/06/2014 at 10:09 PM

Re: “New teachers face a hostile environment

I can't think of when I have read more nonsense in an article. Do you really thnk that college students hope to go into education in order to become Union members and get tenure? Are you joking? I think they like children and hope to be able to make a difference in some lives for the better. The status quo, which includes unions, prevents them from making improvements. Charter schools are not a panacea, but they do offer the opportunity for many to actually help. And they reward success, not mediocrity.

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Posted by Michael on 11/06/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

Sorry Mike...but I wholly and respectfully disagree...just go out there and ask 25 people randomly about age and Louise Slaughter if you dare. But thank you for your opinion. And, in my opinion, it is not an insult to anyone except you and Katie. I know for a fact that Assini was thinking the same thing about age and Louise, as well as 93,000 other voters in the District, but was skilled enough not to make an issue out of age as it would have brought him less votes. That is the difference... the truth can sometimes hurt especially if a person is 85 years old. I will, in 27 years, be 85 years old if I make it to that age. And, I surely would not be holding another person back from trying his / her hand in Congress just because I have served the district for 15 terms ( 20 years ) Time to retire gracefully Louise...as painful as it may be. It is time Louise to be with one's Great Grand Children. However, she may win this election yet...but she is no friend of mine by not helping me with a problem in her district that her and her chief of staff are more than aware of in Rochester. Same goes for Lovely too... time to retire.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/06/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

"The problem is that we live in Gun Nation. With no time to think, sometimes people get shot. It's very simple: less guns=less people getting shot. "

On this is not valid, and facts and history tell us all we need to know.

More guns=less crime, and this has been documented and we all know it to be true intrinsically; Chicago, about as gun unfriendly as you can be, This city is a literal war zone, filled with crime.

Please take the time to have a look at this excellent book, the author is a journalist who set out to write a book about the exact subject you speak of, it's the title of the book. But his research led him to the exact opposite conclusion and he went on to document how and where more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens works to reduce the crime rate; always.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_Guns,_Less_Crime

Look at the facts, assess then honestly and come to your own conclusions, but do not do so in a reactionary manner!

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/06/2014 at 8:29 PM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

--Attention; I have posted this earlier and it seems to be getting deleted by you. What is the problem with this post, other than it is speaking poorly to the Democrat party and its policies. What is wrong with that? I wasn't aware that this forum was a 'Democrat Only' group. Are you so afraid of criticism and people with alternate viewpoints, that your only recourse is to delete the information? There are no personal attacks in this message, this is not spam or something that contains offensive language, that is unless you find the truth offensive.

-- Oh and this is post #2 after you censored me. Coward is it then? Man up dude.

Look I am open to debate on any issue, I am willing to be fact checked and engage with honest and intelligent people. But deleting posts that you do not like seems rather unfair now doesn't it? That is not honest, in fact it's rather cowardly. Come on, if you truly believe in your ideaology then go ahead and step up and respond to my points with your own argument.

The fact that my post gets deleted only buttresses my point that you have no argument at all, and this forum, and this online news outlet is in truth nothing but state run propoganda!

Go on, prove me wrong. Leave this up and act like honest men, or delete the post and then prove yourself to be nothing but

"Having Louise Slaughter as our representative is one of the many things that make me proud of Rochester. I am so grateful that she is willing to continue serving us during this difficult time."

What exactly is so difficult? If it wasn't for the government taxing business out of profitability, government regulation cleaning up the ones that remain, detestable laws being written and passed that violate the constitution, border secutity being non existent and our enemies bieng emboldened by our leadrs feckess disregard for our safety, everything would be fine.

All of these things brought to you by your Democrat party and their enalers, the RINOS in power.

And your champion is Slaughter? What has she ever done but enrich herself and her peers on the backs of those who work and produce in this economy? Oh and I note you produce no evidence or even an argument, all you have to present is "I like her". Well based on what? Do you have the ability to think critically or are you just marching in lock step with all the rest of the Democrat sheeple? Think for yourselves!

You are enslaved by your ignorance if you find anything of value in the Democrat party, the party of the KKK being the paramilitary arm of the Democrats. How the civil rights acts of the 60s were advocated by Republicans for years and thwarted by Democrats. And George Wallace and Bull Connor being Democrats, while Martin Luther King was a fervent Republican....I wonder how things might shake out if it were widely known how much of what kids are taught in schools was total crap....

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/06/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

I've listened to Mark Assini. He's got some political skills, but as far as I'm concerned, Louise Slaughter can keep representing me. Suggesting that Slaughter is too old is an insult to both candidates. Assini did well based on his attributes. Age has nothing to do with it.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/06/2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “RCSD's big gamble: longer days

How can we as parents sit by like its the teachers problem that our kids are not learning. some of this problem is ours; however in todays society we have to work more than one job along with most being single parents who's watching at home
to make sure that they are doing homework and studying for the test coming up
I appeal to you all don't give up on these kids future their education is the most important to them in the future our technology change everyday jobs are changing
requirements all the time since the seventies left we now have more automated
systems, more paperless bills, paperless applications for jobs making it longer and harder to find jobs due to the time response online applications so they need to be highly educated for many reasons this meaning survival of real life.

Posted by Project Dream on 11/06/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Young adults love cities? Will Rochester benefit?

The South Wedge and East End are doing pretty well in that regard. The Wedge is the fastest growing neighborhood in New York north of N.Y.C. Monroe Ave. bars are hopping on a Friday night. It is not as if Rochester isn't trying to sell itself to Y.P.s Groups like the Rochester Improvement Society are springing up all the time. There does need to be a more concerted effort to create livable and walkable urban villages with more amenities than 7-Eleven , which is pretty much what Park has now (though Abundance Co-Op is very popular with my friends and isn't terribly far away, but still not convenient).

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Posted by sean on 11/06/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Young adults love cities? Will Rochester benefit?

We need to stop selling Rochester as a place that's relatively free of traffic jams and rush hour traffic compared to the larger cities. Young urbanites don't want to drive. They may not even want to own a car. They probably have astronomical student loan debt, so even with higher than average incomes, they are not rich.

Rochester needs more young professionals. We need them to move here, and to stay a while.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/06/2014 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Close race with Slaughter introduces Mark Assini to the nation

Even though Duffy is mentioned from time to time as a candidate, I don't see him running for Slaughter's seat. The house he bought on Keuka Lake is in Tom Reed's district, who is vulnerable in presidential years to a strong Democratic challenge. I also don't think Duffy is nearly as popular as you might wish to give him credit for. A far better bet is either Mayor Lovely Warren or Assemblyman Joe Morelle. Morelle has been ambitious to be a Congressman for decades and being a lapdog for the insurance and finance industry, he could run a well-funded campaign. Whether he would win is another story. Warren would be a strong player as the first black woman from Rochester to run and she has a strong ground game. With the unforced gaffes she has had, I don't know how strong she would run in the suburbs but 2016 will be a presidential year and Democratic turnout in the city and eastern suburbs is always much higher than in midterm years. There are other lesser known Democrats who could run, like Assemblyman Harry Bronson or City Council Vice President Dana Miller. Who the Republicans would put up is more interesting to me. Assini could certainly run again (and he would probably be better supported by the GOP Committee) or Senator Joe Robach, who for inexplicable reasons has some crossover appeal to Dems and independents. If Cheryl Dinolfo doesn't run for county exec next year, she could be a candidate (and probably stronger than her mentor Brooks was). Since it is a seat in the U.S. House and these things don't become vacant around here very often, I could see every Monroe County politician with a pulse having some interest.

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Posted by sean on 11/06/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Good souls: Cemetery care often falls to volunteers

Good reporting. I agree with Kwai's comment - this is something worth checking out and perhaps getting involved with.

Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 11/06/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Young adults love cities? Will Rochester benefit?

Whether or not this is benefitting Rochester, there really is no question. Many of the residents in the lofts downtown and in High Falls are young professionals. YP housing is what Midtown and Sibley are currently being repurposed for. YPs and empty nesters are basically the main thing that Rochester has positioned itself to attract, and these segments are where a lot of Rochester's recent success have come from.

Many younger people come to Rochester as college students and reside initially in the Southeast neighborhoods or perhaps around PLEX. The well-established rental markets and commercial corridors (e.g. Monroe Avenue) make these areas magnets for college-age people on a budget. These people are having positive experiences with the city and are often staying in place or exploring slightly upmarket options nearby while they start off careers.

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Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 11/06/2014 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Close race with Slaughter introduces Mark Assini to the nation

Not Lovely Warren, but Bob Duffy. I think Duffy has positioned himself to run for the 25th ever since he stepped away from Andrew Cuomo. I expect that Louise Slaugher will retire in 2016 and that Duffy will replace her.

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Posted by Fridrikr Tomasson on 11/06/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “The D&C's new newsroom

I wish I could type...i do look forward to any comments about my lack of typing and proof reading skills... :)

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Posted by Moroninthehouse on 11/06/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The D&C's new newsroom

OK, lets think people!

To constituonal originalist: Thanks to god that our constituional originalists (those that actually wrote the constitution) were actually smart and forward thinking vs. those that claim to defend the constituon now. If yo don't like the current administation, you are free to focus on thier stances, accomplishements, or lack of accomplishments. I woudl like your boss to go back ane review your high school trnascripts and/or SAT scores and decide if you should remian employed.

Muzenews: Yes, it is sad what happens when old, comfortable insititutions wither and fall by the wayside. However, what is Gannet to do? Paper news is failing and hemmoraghing money. They have been passed by like pony express and rotary phones. everyone reading this (including you) are partially to blame. Would you prefer to give up your tablet or smart phone used to read this story and share this opinion? Should we ban the internet to save printed news? Dinosaur businesses waiting to long to react to technology disruption will fail (i.e. see Kodak as another example). Yes, it is a shame that good, talented people pay the price for this but anyone who has not seen this coming for at least the last decade has either in denial or not paying attention.

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Posted by Moroninthehouse on 11/06/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

Having Louise Slaughter as our representative is one of the many things that make me proud of Rochester. I am so grateful that she is willing to continue serving us during this difficult time.

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Posted by John Marsh on 11/06/2014 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Election results: Slaughter's squeaker, Cuomo wins, Funke unseats O'Brien

Kristen... what happened at Kodak was purely and clearly mis-management by a number of Kodak Board Members over at least 15 years...it has nothing to do with whom is elected or whom is not elected. Kodak was arrogant and "screwed" about 80,000 workers of various levels in Monroe County. But Kodak is gone now...so what do we do ? What big, manufacturing company is it that will come to Monroe County to set up shop ... none because it is too expensive to operate and make a free market profit without abusing the environment...none !!! Why because it is too expensive in our region. Cuomo is trying to make things "right" but it takes time. I am glad you moved to NC just like many others because it is cheaper to live and people do not have to give so much of their hard earned money to state, county and local Govt' services.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/06/2014 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Close race with Slaughter introduces Mark Assini to the nation

The local Republican Committee ( Monroe County ) put all of its time, effort and money into Rich Funke because they knew he could beat O Brien. No one ever thought that Slaughter could be beaten... and she has been beaten in Monroe County by about 93,000 voters. Even if Assini loses after the ballot count...we have sent a clear message to Louise...get off your butt and get this economy going again if you can; make a few changes in the ACA Act to make it even better; get funds to fix our infrastructure; rail is good but fix the freakin' bridges first; work with the entire congressional and executive bodies to get it done and stop bickering; lessen the size of Govt' and make your people work harder with less like the rest of us.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/06/2014 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Election results: Slaughter's squeaker, Cuomo wins, Funke unseats O'Brien

To crm135790 some people do abuse the welfare policy..just having lots of babies or doing drugs and being lazy sitting at home..i am NOT saying being a mom is not a full time cause it is..and yes everyone needs help once in awhile but PLEASE dont abuse the system or help..what happened to Kodak being the place to work when they employed over 60,000 people??..i used to work there but 9yrs ago i took the voluntary buy out at 30 yrs old and moved to NC..kodak would rather sell the jobs over seas to pay cheaper wages then care and worry about the people of rochester ny..the ONE thing we agree on is upstate ny is a great place to live..excellent colleges..snow...snow..and cold..im glad i got out when i did..NC is a GREAT place to live..cheaper taxes..jobs..growth.weather is great and gas is only 2.85..

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Posted by Kristin Braden on 11/06/2014 at 3:01 AM

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