Using the terms "them", "poor", or "their" was for writing purposes and to make a point that all of us use these words that are hurtful and in affect "racist". More so, the reasons for being able to drive through most Towns in Monroe County without fear is because of wealth,education and self respect in those communities for the most part. If one locks his / her doors or tries to not stop at traffic light... then he / she would be... out of fear... racist. Why are you afraid ?
Craig R. Moffitt
Racism does exist but it exists as much on the blacks part as whites. When I go into parts of the city like Genesee-Jefferson, Jay-Orchard and Lyell Avenue, I lock the doors and try to not get stopped at lights, even if it means running red ones. There's a reason for that. It's not because I'm paranoid, it's because the people there view me with suspicion and hostility. I'm not one of "Them" because of the color of my skin and never will be. Jay-Orchard is ranked in the top 10 most violent neighborhoods in the NATION. Now we can either pretend that the problems are all external and not their fault, or they can do what they should and take responsibility. If I don't want to go through Lyell or Conkey Ave., there's a reason. I don't want to be the victim of essentially an urban terrorist attack. I shouldn't have to. I can go through any neighborhood in Chili, Brighton, Pittsford, Penfield or Fairport without a problem. Why is that? Answer that for me and perhaps I'll consider your views.
It troubles me that " racism" still exists in 2014, in Rochester, and in our Country. With poverty comes lack of education, moral values; and, street survival skills that are not acceptable or advisable to our young people throughout Rochester and Monroe County. Yes...by the way there is poverty in Monroe County. Is it "their" fault that they are "poor" or their fault that children live in poverty as well as their parents in Rochester-Monroe County... no it is not. Any wise leader or political power holder should recognize that our investments in affordable homes, education, safety and jobs are the keys to all of our futures.
However, I am not too happy about celebrating mass destruction of my city at all of our expenses. However, it is good to study and learn from all of our mistakes. Today we can work together; that being, the County of Monroe and the City of Rochester. There are 900,000 residents in the County and 210, 000 residents within the City Limits. The majority of the City are Democrat and the majority of the County of Monroe are Republican...do you see a pattern ? I do and I have consistently tried to get both sides together to no "good" end. It is more about money than it is about race. When this changes...then we will have an equal playing field. In 1964 I was eight years old and now I am fifty-eight years old. I know what it is like to be poor and "shut-out' because of my age but I will never know the feeling of being "shut-out" because of my skin color. Only those that were there at the time know that feeling and will never forget. I will also not ever forget.
Craig R. Moffitt
81 Finnegan Way
The big problem is a lack of civic engagement in the black community. People rather sit on their hands and complain that "the city", the mayor, the police, the schools, "do something" to "fix" the problems> Too much of the time, they neglect individual responsibility. If your son gets arrested, it's not the police's fault necessarily. What was your son doing that got him arrested? There has to be some evidence for the police to arrest. "The police shouldn't have done that." Maybe he shouldn't have committed a crime. When you have a 22-year-old with a 50-year-old grandmother, there's another problem. Girls need to not think they should have children when they're 14. They should be in school.
Just give it up already! People have and will always smoke pot whether it is legal or not. I can probably buy pot with a few phone calls on any day in Rochester. It's not crappy brick weed smuggled in by dangerous drug cartels, it's high-quality bud that is probably grown in New York State.
It blows my mind that doctors can still give out legal heroin and meth (pain pills and Adderall), but pot is still vilified. To use a crusty cliche, the cat is already out of the bag. It's legal in Colorado and Washington, just legalize it and tax it already!
"I wish Governor Cuomo would stop treating us like children." How about former NYC mayor Bloomberg's failed attempt to ban 32 ounce sodas, and current mayor deBlasio's plan to impose the ban again? New York is not the Empire State anymore; it's the Nanny State.
The criminal element that supplies Marijuana will continue to cultivate it and sell it. It will continue to be unregulated and untaxed. Maybe for the better. Those that currently smoke will still have access to it. The Police will arrest the few offenders that fall through the cracks and the drop in the bucket will continue. We will pay for the minorities in the community that get caught in the bucket that is the drug war to go to prison.
NYS still has way too many smokers. Why are cigarettes still legal here? Why does the tobacco industry support e-cigarettes? Look, both cigarettes and marijuana contain all sorts of chemical compounds. And vaping is a gateway to smoking; whatever the high someone's after.
I wish Governor Cuomo would stop treating us like children. What a waste of money that NYS is spending on all those grotesque tv ads of people coughing and of those ravaged by cancer. Cigarettes are taxed so incredibly high and people still won't give them up. Why not some positive incentives? How about raising the minimum wage for non-smokers? They're worth more!
How dare Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich rejected as "wacky" a requests to give the invocationfrom a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. personally have been touched by His Noodly Appendage and I have faith She exists. Who gave Bill the power over my faith.!
As a Bible believing born again Christian, a US citizen and
resident of of Greece I think this is wonderful. We need more
inclusion, not less. We need more viewpoints, not fewer. We want
to encourage expression, not squelch it. I'm proud to live in the
Town of Greece where the expression of diverse views are welcome.
The Supreme Court's decision was wise. There is an appropriate
place for religious spiritual and moral expression in our civic
The Compassionate Care Act was a slippery slope. Governor Cuomo demanded changes to this bill to make sure there would be no unintended consequences.
Hopefully, someday, a future governor will advocate full legalization of cannabis. This really would be the best way for the government to get off of people's backs while raising much needed revenue.
"Well if people want Morelle to "represent" them, they need to tell him their ideas, press him on it."
Morelle and all of the other Cuomo toadies don't want your ideas or input. Refer to the NY SAFE act. Enough said.
"He (Cuomo) threatened to veto the well planned and thoughtful Compassionate Care Act and then he rammed through a bill that reflected his misguided belief..."
No way! I'm SHOCKED that Cuomo would pass legislation this way. Oh wait. I just remembered his NY SAFE gun control act. Nevermind.
Well if people want Morelle to "represent" them, they need to tell him their ideas, press him on it. "Cuomo acted like a bully toward patients..." Cuomo acts like a bully toward ANYONE who disagrees with him b/c he IS a bully. What else is new?
Simply our lack of support from the State is because Mr. Morrelle and the rest of our local state pols have not done their jobs. Yet each and every one of them will get reelected.
Greece seems like its full of Hateful Catholics. I won't be going there and spending anymore of my money there. I'm pretty sure I am not welcome there anyways....
Cuomo acted like a bully towards the patients and their caregivers in the final days of the legislature. He threatened to veto the well planned and thoughtful Compassionate Care Act andthen he rammed through a bill that reflected his misguided belief that medical marijuana was a law enforcement issue. He deserves to be tossed out through the Democratic primary process. Progressives should get behind the Teachout/Wu campaign. Go to www.zephyrteachout.com to learn more about the campaign.
Invoking the Spanish Inquisition. Equating Galloway v. Town of Greece with the Scopes trial. Expecting us to believe the First Amendment establishes atheism as the State religion. Expecting us to believe prayer to open Congressional House and Senate sessions is a violation of the First Amendment. Methinks the secular fundamentalists doth protest too much.
There aren't enough audiences for all the religious talkers out there. Greece Supervisor Bill Reilich should keep opening prayers brief. Why does he bring people in who never want to stop talking? When Reilich says "Amen", I think there is a feeling of unity and shared relief that the speaker has finally finished!
I find it outrageous how some are twisting words and twisting history to make their point. The reason the Founders established freedom of religion was to prevent a national church, such as the Church of England in the UK, from being established. They did NOT oppose religion. John Adams was a Christian Deist; look it up. Please read The Founders on God and Government and quit making attacks on people trying to set the record straight. Many of the Founders supported days of prayer and thanksgiving (Washington issued several such proclamations, despite not being a communicant in the Episcopal Church). Most of the Founders believed in some degree of Christian thought (what is now considered cultural Christianity), because the overwhelming majority of people in this country in the 1790s believed in the Christian religion. And the fact is that 65% of people in Greece are Roman Catholic and ought to be given more consideration than a handful of disgruntled atheists who do not have the right to run roughshod over the majority. While people of faith (like ME) respect the rights of non-believers or others, such as Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc., it doesn't mean we should have to listen to nonsense about their not being respected. In many countries, not being the official religion results in prison, torture and death. If people don't want to listen to Christian prayer at a meeting of mostly Christians in a heavily Republican and Catholic town, they should try putting cotton in their ears or arriving AFTER the invocation. Do what Washington did when Communion was served in the Episcopal Church: Leave along with the other non-communicants and return for the invocation. Leave while the prayers are going on or come after them. Or sit respectfully like people once did, keep your mouth shut and bear it.
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