Shortage of parking near First Church , especially weekends.
You failed to mention the Center for Performing and Visual Arts on Joseph Avenue, a project of the Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance -- converting a landmark designated early 1900's former synagogue into a 300 seat performing arts center. A transformational project for Rochester's inner city, with a committed Steering Committee in place to bring the Center to fruition.
The local Democrat party is a mess all right. They complain about their lack of clout in the county legislature yet they have complete control of the city and seem unable to manage it without looking like the Keystone Kops. At the state level, Ted O’Brien was soundly defeated by Rich Funke to give control of the senate to the Republicans, Louise Slaughter almost lost her seat to Mark Assini in what was supposed to be a shoe-in for her, and Bob Duffy bailed out as Cuomo’s running mate. Cuomo couldn’t even carry Monroe County in his re-election bid. Not to mention Joe Morelle who was pushed out of the running for speaker by the Downstate Democrats.
Renting space for smaller theatres was in the plans for Renaissance Square but the rental fee was far beyond what any group could afford. RAPA is currently renting spaces for smaller theatres. With so many performing arts groups reaching for audiences the issue should not be the need for additional space (there is enough now) but the need for arts coverage by the media. We don't need a large downtown theatre. We have the Auditorium Eastman Theatre and Kodak Center for Performing Arts.
Younger Dems were interviewed for this story, Larry. Just because someone isn't directly quoted doesn't mean that they don't show up in the story in other ways.
Ruth Scott is spot on. This entire report is weighted toward the old guard party leadership. The real story here begins where Ms. Fien ended. Except for Bannister, I don't think Ms. Fien interviewed anyone under the age of 50 years old. If she were to really probe deeply into the party, instead of this same old, same old reporting, she would have focussed on the many young Democratic voices who are revitalizing the party, while the old guard is still involved in decades old resentments. There is new leadership emerging that understands the party machine but will be able to transcend those rusty gears and mechanisms in order to inspire our entire region. And perhaps there is no one better to lead that charge than possible-maybe-undecided County Exec candidate Vinnie Esposito. Just saying...
A great idea, but certainly not the first co-housing project here:
If we must have a zoo, why not move it to Genesee Valley Park where there is MUCH more room? Do we really need TWO 18-hole golf courses there?
Yes, yes, yes! There is so much talent here in Rochester and not enough room to show it. We are especially in need of affordable places for smaller groups that may not have the resources to own and manage their own playhouse or stage, but could rent one out for their show.
More taxes and more government bloat are just the ticket for a state already suffocating under both? Yeah, sure.
And is this anything but another cynical, calculated step leading toward absolute left-wing control of your family's health care? Yeah, sure. Leftists NEVER give up on their dream of social control by any means necessary. Constant vigilance is the price of keeping a modicum of individual dignity and liberty.
The sponsor of the legislation, naturally, is a left-wing career politician (45 years) from Manhattan who boasts of being "someone who has been active with NARAL since 1969."
Does the county spend more on the zoo than it does to help the homeless?
Universal health care for NY is an idea whose time is WAY past come -- for all the reasons detailed in this article. Thanks to Tim Macaluso for the fine article, and to Assemblyman Gottfried for keeping the idea alive in Albany. Now, let's get the rest of the State Assembly on board!
Zoos have been around for several hundred years. Have they saved their non-human inmates from the humans yet? Wake me up when they do.
I love the zoo and think it's past time that the zoo update its main building. Zoos have a key role in getting people interested in wildlife which will, in the long run, help create the political pressure to save wildlife habitats.
Not really sure why City censored my post as I wasn't trying to sell anything. I was merely trying to recommend a book ("Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn) that folks can borrow from their local library if they so choose. It was an eye-opening book for me personally and I think it's entirely relevant to this conversation about animal captivity and human global dominance (but thanks for censoring me without even knowing what you censored). Perhaps I should've used this link instead: http://www.ishmael.org/Origins/Ishmael/
We were told if you liked your health care plan you could keep your health care plan, and if you liked your doctor you could keep your doctor. We were promised that health care costs would drop $2,500 per family. It turned out to be a bunch of Democrat lies. Now we're being told that we will get even better health care and the state (but probably not the average taxpayer) will save $45 BILLION dollars with this new plan. Are we really so stupid as to believe any of this? All we need now is Jonathan Gruber's endorsement of "Gottfriedcare".
I thought that the "affordable care act" was suppose to make everything better. And now we have a "solution" to make the ACA better. Can't wait for the government to roll out the next "solution" after that too. We sure have become gullible in this state and country.
The zoo should not be prison to animals that should otherwise be free. The should also not serve animals as food. The irony with the only reason a 'zoo' might need to exist is to help animals who might otherwise go extinct. The irony? The eating of animals is one of the prime reasons animals go extinct. If the zoo would not serve animals on a plate and if people would not put animals on their plate, there would be no reason for a zoo at all.
Rain forests are cut down or burned at rate of 80,000 to 200,000 acres per day and much of the reason is for animal agriculture, a place to graze animals or to grow food to feed the animals that people eat. Millions upon millions of acres in the United States are used to graze cows or to grow food for cows. These lands were once home to an abundance of biodiversity. Now they are home to monocrops of genetically modified corn and soy, a diet not even suitable for a cow which is why they are fed antibiotics (another problem). Millions of tons of animal waste lay ruin to waterways and areas that once were biodiverse. Overfishing where 7.3 million tons of dolphin and other animals that people do not eat are thrown away, dead as by-catch. All of this mass destruction for a hot dog or a hamburger that is not even healthy to eat anyway.
If we did not eat animals we would reduce the amount of land needed to grow food by a staggering amount.
The whole problem with a zoo is the problem in general: Valuing the life of one animal over another. By serving one animal on a plate but valuing the animal in the cage because it might go extinct is the problem. That animal might have its habitat intact if we valued all life. By valuing only some life, we devalue it. We are the threat. The only way to solve the problem is not by building a zoo. It is by actually valuing animals, not just some animals, but all of them.
Close this Animal Prison. Children are not going to learn much from an animal in an artificial habit other than putting profit and entertainment over an animals right to be free just like us.
I think we should close the Zoo and set a example to the world, That animals need to be free. The education for children should be one of animal sentience.
“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” Arthur Schopenhauer
“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.” Albert Schweitzer
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