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Re: “Film Review: "Gone Girl"

"He gets a phone call -- the movie never makes it quite clear who calls -- and rushes home to find signs of a break-in and his wife gone."

Nick's neighbor calls him at the bar to let him know that his cat got out. You can tell this because Nick addresses his neighbor by name on the phone. This is immediately followed by Nick pulling up to his house, seeing the cat, then waving to his neighbor and thanking him for calling. I'm not sure how that could get any clearer.

And while "Gone Girl" and "Presumed Innocent" may explore some similar themes, their respective plots resemble one another in only the most cursory of ways.

Posted by Frank on 10/15/2014 at 1:31 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Symposium on poverty; Oak Orchard watershed; higher education forum; coffee and conversation

Um, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting, author of five critically lauded books, working his way up the ranks as an investigative reporter, staring as a teen, authoring an enormous number of quality pieces, to name just a couple of things based on, you know, merit; earning, not "earning." Oh and a six figure salary gets you in the top 20%; to get into the top 1% means making well over half a million per year. And if Johnston does, more power to him. Whatever he makes he has earned through hard work.

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Posted by Troll Whisperer on 10/14/2014 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Week Ahead: Symposium on poverty; Oak Orchard watershed; higher education forum; coffee and conversation

David Cay Johnston must be the biggest blowhard in the world. First, he's one of the 1%ers, "earning" a 6 figure salary at UR to teach 2 classes per week. Second, all he does is contribute to the problem of income inequality by doing nothing but pissing people off. He only states one side of the story. Put ALL of the facts on the table and his whole speal goes away.

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Posted by johnny on 10/14/2014 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

STRANGE PRONOUNCEMENTS

1.During the 2013-2014 school year, the Rochester school district spent $11 million on grade retention (holding students back)." REALLY --- HOW SO???

2. WOULDN'T Y'ALL LIKE TO KNOW WHO COMPOSES THE "12-person leadership team that formed earlier this year [and that] has assembled the Community Task Force on School Climate, which is a broader group of parents, teachers, students, law enforcement personnel, health and human services providers, nonprofit agencies, and neighborhood and civic leaders??? DO ANY OF YOU KNOW A SINGLE "TEACHER" OR "STUDENT" ON THE SO- CALLED "TASK FORCE?"

3. AS USUAL, LOOK WHOSE "LEADING:" "Rubin, who led the development of the task force..."

4. "Board member Mary Adams says, ..." MUST BE GETTING CLOSE TO ELECTION TIME.

5. "To help bridge that gap, [ i.e.,] too many city school district employees don't come from the same background where our students come --- Vargas and members of the task force have sought out the help of the Advancement Project. The nonprofit, which is based in Washington, DC, works with parents and community groups to promote a more culturally sensitive school climate and a fairer approach to school discipline." WHAT??? IT'S NOT "PARENTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS" THAT NEED TO BE "WORKED WITH" IN ORDER TO FOSTER "A MORE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE." WHAT???

6. "The Advancement Project takes a civil rights approach to its work with community groups to break down institutional barriers to change..." WHAT???

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 10/14/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Second chance for controversial fire program

Hi Nancy,

Robert Poles at RCSD is the coordinator of the Pathways to Public Safety Program. He can be reached at 232-2730, ext. 441.

Posted by Tim Louis Macaluso on 10/14/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The church inside the Catholic Church

I hope the synod of bishops will consider the church as a family, and recognize that our patriarchal family structure is becoming an obstacle to evangelization as we enter the transition to a post-patriarchal society. Hierarchy is not the problem, and the church must remain apostolic; patriarchy is the problem, and the exclusively male hierarchy is becoming stale as a symbol of the Christ-Church mystery.

In this regard, St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body (TOB) may provide a solid basis for solving the most pressing issues of human sexuality, both in families and in the Church as the family of God, including the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. The TOB endorses neither radical patriarchy nor radical feminism, and provides a vision of marriage, and gender relations in general, that can be summarized as unity in diversity, equality in mutuality, individuality in community.

Doctrinally, nothing essential (dogmatic) of the Catholic faith would have to change in order to ordain women to the priesthood and the episcopate. The TOB confirms that there is one (embodied) human nature, shows that men and women equally share in human personhood, and makes clear that the human body, male and female, is what makes our Lord Jesus Christ visible as an incarnate divine Person.

What is needed is "simply" to clarify our sacramental theology to separate patriarchal ideology from revealed truth. With all due respect and sensitivity for those who are heavily invested in the patriarchal order of things, this is a clarification that is possible and urgently needed in the church of the 21st century.

Jesus never identified himself as a patriarch. The Holy Family was a not a patriarchy. The Trinity is not a patriarchy. The spousal, sacramental love of Christ for the church is not intrinsically patriarchal (as the TOB exegesis of Ephesians 5 abundantly shows), and Jesus Christ is head of the church because he is a divine Person and our Redeemer, not because he is a human male.

To act "in persona Christ capitis" means to act in place of a divine Person. Neither men nor women are divine persons. Any baptized human person, male or female, can be ordained to act "in persona Christ capitis." All ministries, including ordained ministries, should be gift-based, not gender-based.

The exclusively male priesthood is a choice, not a dogma (CIC 1024, CCC 1598). The church does have the authority (the power of the keys) to ordain women as soon as the Pope, as the successor of Peter, decides it would be for the glory of God and the good of souls.

Isn't CIC 1024 an artificial contraceptive of female priestly vocations?

Why should the hierarchical church be exempted from practicing Humanae Vitae?

How can we preach the gospel of life if we choose to prevent female priestly vocations?

The patriarchal age is passing, but the deposit of faith is inexhaustible. Let us pray that all the Christian churches can discern the difference between patriarchal ideology and revealed truth, and act accordingly.

Dominus vobiscum,

Luis

Posted by Luis Gutierrez on 10/14/2014 at 12:20 AM

Re: “New party leader faces early test

I have a question or two for Mr. Garretson... what are his plans for the Henrietta Democratic Committee ? How will he inspire local folks on the committee to choose candidates that are fair; that will work for only the Henrietta Community; that will ask questions and show up to Board Meetings; that will work fairly with any supervisor that is elected in the best interests of the entire community; that know what they are doing in Govt' planning and budgets ? That is what I would like to ask Mr. Garretson. Rochester is not the only community that needs change !!!

Craig R. Moffitt

Posted by crm135790 on 10/13/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Second chance for controversial fire program

Nancy,
We're looking into this for you. I'll post here when I get an answer.
Thanks,
Chris

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 10/13/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Second chance for controversial fire program

I have a 17 years old boy that would like to be in a program firefighters and he goes to East High school could you let me know about any program out there thanks

Posted by Nancy Ortiz on 10/12/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

They cannot release test questions due to "test security ".
Which means students cannot view their tests to see where they went wrong. Which means students cannot learn a single thing from these tests. And as a parent- you have no idea where your student is string and where they are weak. Remember when you brought your tests home and your parents sat down at the dining room table and went over it with you ? Remember that. "Aha " moment when you realized what you'd done wrong- and how to do it right?
Those days are gone. No viewing the test. No learning from your mistakes. No ability for parents to participate and help their kids. God help am education system that completely removes parents playing a role in teaching their kids. The disregard for the benefit of involved parents is nothing short of mind blowing.
I love how common core boasts that the system will now equalize education "regardless of the zip code". At least on this front common core pushers actually are telling the truth: Now every child, regardless of where they live, is left to their own devices. Now NO child has the benefit of involved parents.

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Posted by Chris on 10/11/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

The official claim of common core is that the purpose of this massive testing is so that teachers, parents and students can see where students are falling short and get immediate intervention where needed. But the tests cannot be seen ? Then what in the world is the purpose of the test? I would really like to know the answer to that question.

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Posted by Chris on 10/11/2014 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

Students are perceptive....they are protesting the antiquity of the curriculum, the classroom environment & lack of social conscious electives. Nobody is studying the behavior, cause the wrong people are on the task force. More money, no solutions....guess its desgned that way.

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Posted by lemme say it on 10/11/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

The entire common core and testing was put in our schools behind the backs of parents, so you have to ask your self why? We see the damage done from common core and insane testing every day. I am thankful many teachers are standing against common core and testing in our state.

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Posted by Rosemary Martin on 10/11/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Groups target sub-minimum wage for tipped restaurant workers

If a waitress makes $5 an hour and brings in $10 in tips, then that's $15. It means that customers are paying two thirds of her salary. Everyone should realize that tipping is essential and NOT an extra bonus for good service.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/10/2014 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

This article FAILS to address the most basic and most important reason of them all: the students' HOME.
Each of us, whether we accept it or not, reflect what is going on in our private lives, it is unavoidable. Let's address the white elefant in the room:
If the city community leaders worked on changing the messages people hear from comunity organizers/preacher on "sunday mornings" to one of respect to others, instead of one of challenge to authority and the schools re-shifted their efforts to involve parents/guardian more into the lives of their children (specially the absent by choice kind of parents/guardians), I guarantee you you will see a huge change in the classrooms and grades.
This is not an easy solution but it is the right solution IMHO.

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Posted by acadreamer on 10/10/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Ginna's future in jeopardy

Frankspeak....maybe you can show everyone just how safe nuclear power is by opening up your back yard for the storage of the spent fuel rods....

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/10/2014 at 6:45 AM

Re: “NYSUT sues state over Common Core tests

Possibly the best and most thoroughly researched anti-Common Core presentation to date. [54 minute video]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w4xD7nzLD8&feature=youtu.be

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Posted by John Eppolito on 10/10/2014 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Feedback 10/8

I so appreciate SUE STARPOLI's letter. Columbus Day should be celebrated as "Indigenous Peoples" Day.

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Posted by OD on 10/09/2014 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Ginna's future in jeopardy

We have cheep hydro power just 60 miles west of Rochester. Why can't we get any here? Oh yeah, Buffalo, which just got $1 billion from taxpayers and will soon get another $1 billion from us for a new football stadium won't let us have any.

Thanks Buffalo-
they call themselves "the city of good neighbors"
what a joke

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Posted by johnny on 10/09/2014 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Ginna's future in jeopardy

It's the government that has caused the cost to get so out of control. Ask anyone who works or has worked there. If you want to change a light bulb, someone must write a plan, get it approved and then a half dozen people can then procede with the task. Think about that!!!! Something as simple as changing a light bulb costs thousands of dollars.

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Posted by johnny on 10/09/2014 at 9:26 PM

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