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Re: “[UPDATED] Vargas muffs principal's removal, comes under attack

Monroe has, for several years, had a Restorative Justice program active in the building. This is a wonderful and powerful program. So, what is the real reason for this hire? Has anyone else noticed that many of the high priced hires such as Anita Murphy have come and gone within two years? The District is a ship without a rudder and the Captain keeps shuffling the deck chairs. I fear the damage being done is deep and unfair to students and staff. The Board seems oblivious to the elephant in the room. What will it take for them to face up to the real problem; a total lack of leadership from the superintendent .

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Posted by Newyorktaxpayer on 07/26/2014 at 6:25 PM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

I strongly disagree with the characterization of Rochesterians in this article. Yes, there has been a good deal of objecting to bringing illegal immigrants to the area. However, I don't believe it is because people here are uncaring and lack compassion. Rather, I feel people are WEARY of taking on the problems of the world. And when we do step up to help, Americans are vilified - as evidenced by the commentary in the article about Border Patrol Agents . After two untenable wars and countless other interventions that cost us American lives and treasure, it's time to focus on what we need in this country, this state and this city.

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Posted by Kathleen on 07/25/2014 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Brooks say no to casino in Monroe County

What a strange one Maggie Brooks is. First she says that she opposes ANY designation of sovereign lands in Monroe County before any study has begun to determine this. Then she says she opposes any expedited process for such a designation. Apparently, the only expedited appraisal she approves of is her own. But that is what we expect from this "leader." Poor reasoning and lots of exceptions for herself, her husband and her circle of co-sonspirators.

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Posted by anon on 07/25/2014 at 7:20 PM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

There is a statue in the New York harbor that beckons , "Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to be free." Back in the early twentieth century, tens of thousands of Italians and Sicilians passed beneath this statue, most undocumented, they had no papers. The immigration officers posted the letters WOP (without papers), on their applications. The derogatory name stuck, but they came, they worked hard, they became good citizens and added to the American culture. I, of Irish heritage, ended up marrying one of the descendants of that mass migration of undocumented immigrants.
Perhaps the statue, if it has become irrelevant, should be torn down. Scrap copper is at a premium these days.

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Posted by Tom Shevlin on 07/25/2014 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Brooks say no to casino in Monroe County

This is exactly the type of thing that I been talking about... over and over again. I do not care what Bill Johnson thinks as well as Maggie Brooks when it comes to Casinos, although I do like them as people; and, both have done many good things in Rochester / Monroe County.

Any group can organize and present petition signatures to any City, County ,Town or Village to let "their voices be heard". Yet there are, in the most recent case, in Henrietta,NY the same amount of people that MAY Want a Casino in Monroe County in Gates or Henrietta.

I know the last group delivered about 1600-1900 signatures to the Town of Henrietta backed by OTB and Finger Lakes Gaming not in favor. I know there are about the same amount of registered voters in Henrietta that may want a Casino...but did not bring signatures to the recent Town Board Meeting in Henrietta. The rest of Henrietta will be "fine in whatever happens" with a casino in Henrietta, Gates or Monroe County. The real decision in power over the matter rests with The State of New York and the Department of the Interior... the process will take years. But Maggie had to have her say...just like I will have my say.

I just wanted Henrietta Town Govt ' to hear out the entire proposal issue, all the way to the end, giving FAIR consideration to Native Americans and ALL parties that have concern or questions. Not to run "them" out before all the facts and the process in done to the end...then make a decision. I would like that very much !!!To go over every detail in Public Forum in Gates or Henrietta or where ever in Monroe County. Maggie Brooks may want to consider trying not to influence the process as well as Bill Johnson. Neither Bill or Maggie live in Henrietta... I do live in Henrietta,NY

Bill does not live in Henrietta does he ? ( Correct me if I'm wrong ). As a County Executive, it is well known ,that she is supposed to stay out of influence in matters in Towns unless it impacts, positive or negative, all of Monroe County. Each Town has its own rules, laws, planning boards, conservation boards, zoning boards, set in place by the registered voters of that Town only. The State of New York has a full SEQRA review and more. Maggie Brooks lives in Webster.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/25/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Vargas muffs principal's removal, comes under attack


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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 07/25/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Vargas muffs principal's removal, comes under attack

Amazing, simply amazing. Brizard was run out of town because Adam Urbanski and other progressives felt he was too business-like but how long can they continue to give the superintendent a free pass? Things have never been in such bad shape but worse than this, the superintendent's lack of leadership and bizarre decision making are encouraging the entire community to question his competence. Does anyone know where this district is going other than there is a push to get kids to read more? OMG, where is the vision and plan? The tension between he and the board is palpable and the chaos is like a really bad "B" movie. Too bad for the kids and their families it is all too real.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 07/25/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Lessons for Rochester from Raleigh


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Posted by kamakazee78 on 07/25/2014 at 12:54 AM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

As long as the County of Monroe and the City of Rochester EQUALLY share any costs ,above and beyond , what the Federal Govt' does not cover, if any. I wholly support the efforts of The City of Rochester and the County of Monroe to further study and determine the entire feasibility of such efforts to protect children, women and teenagers, fleeing illegally from crime, oppression by a Govt', or Drug Cartel Violence, that may be housed in the Community. As long as the Fed. provides the security detail to safely house , feed and care for, in the near future, on a TEMPORARY BASIS ONLY, in our City and County of Monroe. This is a REFUGEE CRISIS not an immigration crisis.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/24/2014 at 9:03 PM

Re: “Greg Townson unmasked

Been watching Greg play guitar since we were teenagers. He makes us proud AND makes us dance back home in Rochester.

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Posted by Heather Erwin on 07/24/2014 at 6:16 PM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

Kara Austin: So the majority of Americans on the right are "vile", "disgusting" and "unChristian-like" Christians? Care to take a stab at stereotyping Liberal Americans?

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Posted by Bart on 07/24/2014 at 3:56 PM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

Roc Resident: You can believe the borders should be more secure, but not swarm buses of frightened children with nasty signs and chanting.

And I think religion does play into this. Because you have this disgusting reaction from a majority of people who identify with the far right, politically. And these folks are often, quite loudly, Christian. Yet, the vile way they've been attacking the plight of these kids is just about the most unChrist-like thing I could possibly imagine.

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Posted by Kara Austin on 07/24/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

To Roc Resident: You're correct; the second reference was incorrect. The statement was from Chris Collins. It's been corrected; thanks.

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Posted by Mary Anna Towler on 07/24/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

They are mostly teenagers. Most of the reporting on this seeks to plant the image of a group of lost toddlers crossing the border.

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Posted by ztm on 07/24/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

Ms Towler, you referenced Chris Lee I believe in error later in the article. Also, I don't understand why you are calling people's religious beliefs (be they Christian or otherwise) out in your editorial. People can have compassion for people , as I do, but still believe that our borders should be more secure. Why is it our country's responsibility to provide a home for people who came here illegally in spite of the conditions in their home countries?

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Posted by Roc Resident on 07/24/2014 at 10:58 AM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

"Some of them die before they get to the (US) border, victims of violence or the intense heat and lack of water and food along the way."

Why are we letting them die in Mexico? Why don't we send planes to Central America to get them and bring them here? Wouldn't that be safer for them?

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Posted by Vern on 07/24/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “This Christian nation: the immigrant children

I have to wonder why Mexico, with its very strict border security, is letting children into the country at it's southern border and letting them exit their northern border with the US? Mexico is the conduit for all of these children. Why isn't Mexico being held accountable for aiding and abetting the smugglers? What makes the US responsible for all this?
America is a nation of immigrants... LEGAL immigrants.

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Posted by Bart on 07/24/2014 at 10:31 AM

Re: “The battle over bar hours

Anyone that thinks Rochester / Monroe County is a "joke" should try to give us more detail upon what the joke is about our Area.

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/23/2014 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Lessons for Rochester from Raleigh

I have one child who spent k-12, one starting his senior year, and one going in to 5th grade, all in Raleigh.
While the county is seemingly too large for all the schools to be together, it does have advantages. Bill was right about the biggest advantage for us being the whole county shares the bill, yet, it really sucks when the outlying areas have to close for ice when we didn't get any. The magnet program was designed to encourage higher socio-economic families to attend inner city schools. Being a huge county means we have lots of magnet programs, even If it means longer bus rides. I can also tell you, firsthand, that bussing doesn't always,mean longer bus rides. My older two were bussed, but there were only 3 stops; their trip was about 30 minutes. I have friends whose kids go to more neighborhood schools, who make stops every 50-100 feet; the average bus ride is 45-60 minutes.
Hopefully the idiotic powers that were are done trying to argue to end bussing, and essentially re-segregate schools. I would have thought about pulling them out immediately! I will not go back to that era with my kids. Schools with mostly poor kids don't get teachers or supplies. I applauded Del Burns for his statement. The quote from the parent who asked his kid of his friend was white or black, but didn't want them to see skin color is stupid. Why would he ask if didn't want the kid to see skin color. I have never asked any of my boys what color theor friend was!
I'm sorry that Steve's sister has had an awful experience. We've had 2 horrible teachers, but both retired. We've also been super lucky that the boys only went to 1 school each at each level (elementary, middle, high). My oldest 2 at the largest high school in the county (not Garner), and with no trailers. As a matter of fact, none of my children have gone to a school with temporary trailers.
Raleigh's school system's issues have always been growing too fast, and an inability by leaders to foresee what that would mean.

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Posted by Kimberlee Bennett Champitto on 07/23/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Lessons for Rochester from Raleigh

No place in NC is an example of something to mimic, especially the schools. NC has some of the lowest paid, least happy teachers in the nation. The students also score in the lowest percentile in the nation. Just meet a NC native, It is few and far between that you meet one of above average intelligence. NC is a poor example for your story. Besides the elderly that retire, 99% of the people that leave NY for NC are the dregs of our economy. They are hardly a loss.

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Posted by MrRochester on 07/23/2014 at 6:25 PM

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