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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “Moms mobilize against climate change

I love this. When I worked for Habitat for Humanity, I saw people of all political beliefs, ethnic backgrounds, and religions working together for a common cause. I feel like Mothers Out Front has the opportunity to do the same thing to mobilize mothers around the common cause of protecting their children's future wellbeing, and the planet where their grandchildren will someday live.

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Posted by Sally J. Parrott on 01/28/2015 at 9:34 PM

Re: “Bike share closer?

Well, the meeting is today. I can't make it because I work evenings/nights. I hope someone from City Newspaper will be there.

I love outdoor exercise and think it must be encouraged. However, there are some concerns. How much is the initial start-up cost and who will pay for it? Who will benefit most? Poorer working city residents or professionals who might not even live in the city.

Maybe I'm just a naysayer, but I'm skeptical. I think young urbanites will save money and have a blast tooling around downtown. At the same time, I suspect, some residents of the poorer neighborhoods will still be walking and wishing.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/28/2015 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Moms mobilize against climate change

This is awesome, and serves to address the clear widespread disconnect between American mothers and their children's futures. Too many American mothers go about their lives, being aware of climate change, yet continuing about their lives with habits that contribute directly to it. They want the world of their children and grandchildren to be, well, stable and livable. Very glad to see this sort of thing growing.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 01/28/2015 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Bike share closer?

Why not just have RTS operate it?

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Posted by MrRoc on 01/28/2015 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

I found this article a total propaganda piece. This is clearly an attempt by the RCSD to get ahead of all of the bad publicity this is going to cause. Prediction: this is going to be a total train wreck for every student affected. Not only do the current ICOT classrooms help support learning for ALL students, but they help control behaviors which lead to students being sent to an in school suspension room or suspended from school (which we don't do no matter how severe the offense). Both general education and special education students benefit from an ICOT classroom in many, many ways. Many elementary students with special needs require support throughout he whole school day in order to be successful. With the move away from ICOT where (in a good classroom) the teachers work collaboratively to make all student feel successful and make gains in the classroom, student with special needs will now have less support, which can only lead to less success. Parents are also going to be railroaded in this process, as every child's IEP will now need to be changed to reflect this REDUCTION IN SUPPORT.
Oh, and for the record, at our building we were told by our CASE worker that this was "solely a financial decision by the district" and a "long term money solution for our Special Education Department". So.... there's the truth, what we are being told, and what the RCSD is telling the public. Which one of those fits this article?

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Posted by WWTSD? on 01/27/2015 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

From the time Mr Suriano started to work there, the minority of people who speak a second language fought against the IEPs not being complied with. We have told Vargas our concerns as well. Albany has come through to us to work in stopping the corruption, that is still ongoing. The suspensions are ongoing every day.

Posted by Ana Casserly on 01/26/2015 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

I seriously wonder how the RCSD sleeps at night. The ICOT model being eliminated by the district for the CT model REDUCES services to children. ITS a MONEY grab to cut 100 Special Education
Teachers! ICOT provides direct support for a kid in a REGULAR class 5 periods a day! The new and improved CT model that the district wants to sell will barely provide direct services 2 times a day and thats it! Follow the money and you will get answers my dear reporter!

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Posted by Dave Wurz on 01/23/2015 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

Glen, it is pure BS. Most special ed teachers don't even know what the hell a consultant teacher does. Basically you ( non direct CT) runs around and asks students teachers how they are doing in said student classes. The teacher will have to juggle his/her time to meet with the core teacher. Direct(CT) means that the teacher "checks" in with the student. The teacher may have to push into multiple classes during the same period- depending on his/her schedule. It's a way to cut cost, and I am tired of how the RCSD continues to short change our kids. A teacher with no background in chemistry may be responsible in helping your child in chemistry. Excuse me, what the hell is this. Please read: I could barely skim this informercial set 'em up "article" give them garbage and dress it up in silk. How can I, a teacher who wants to give my kids what they need under this rubbish? Why do they take away what our kids desperately need time and time again? What about the older kids who were cheated out of learning how to read when they were younger? Only experienced reading teacher are able to supply these kids with intensive reading instruction that is, yes expensive, but works. Disgraceful. I wish parents would get radical and DEMAND that these educators wake up. Do a one day keep your kid home to make the point clear. Apparently the district looses money when a kid is absent. Maybe they will pay attention. It's beyond heartbreaking to see these kids, with so much faux bravado be so fearful of words. Meanwhile the board decides to give themselves a generous paycheck, when most school boards don't. CO should be a ghost town, if we can't afford to teach ALL students how to read. Deplorable.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 01/22/2015 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

This is pretty awesome, with how the city is formulating more concrete plans toward a more livable city; especially more awesome if the city rolls forth with such plans and keeps on going forth. I've already transitioned to the world of electric bicycles and electric motorcycles, and have my gasoline automobile parked (a goal: the Tesla III). I love being able to walk & bike around to live out my life instead of being stuck in an anger-inducing automobile. My like-aged friends aren't fond of using cars to live out their lives, as well.

Also, as a college teacher, I very clearly perceive this as being the sort of thing Rochester SHOULD be doing to stay viable as an attractive place to live for our emerging, working generation.

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Posted by Brian Milburn on 01/22/2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “Specialists for special education

"Consultant teaching is also more flexible and uses teachers who are specialized in the subject matter in which the student needs help." I call BS to that statement. Special Education teachers are put all over the place, even in subject areas the teacher is not proficient enough to even help students. This district does not take into account teacher strengths (especially Special Education!) and puts us wherever there is "a hole to fill." The HR dept. at Central Office would have been out of a job a long time ago if this were the private sector!!!!

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Posted by Glenn Long on 01/22/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

The big energy advantage Rochester has over its suburban neighbors is its relaxed policy on snow and leaf removal. Perhaps this is by default, but the nominal savings in capital, labor and health cost cannot be overstated. City residents get a chance to rake their own leaves and shovel their own walks all the while getting healthier for the exercise it provides them. Meanwhile the environment is cleaner, healthier and less noisy.

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Posted by John Jongen on 01/22/2015 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

Cool Rochester (http://www.CoolRochester.org) had hoped our partnership with the City several years ago would have gotten them off the dime, but it takes a lot to start up a freight train I guess. Good points per usual, Frank!

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Posted by Margie Campaigne on 01/21/2015 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

The City of Rochester, NY starts to put together a Climate Action Plan. It’s very milquetoast but it’s a start.

It seems to be the City’s goal to quietly address Climate Change with the ‘no regrets’ strategy, which is to say actions that can be justified economically, socially, and environmentally whether Climate Change is real or not. This is not leadership; this is hedging your bets politically.

Although the City is doing many things on the climate front, few know about these efforts.

Number one on the Climate Action Plan should be ‘community engagement’. That is not happening. Even the City’s bicycle projects (bikeROCHESTER http://www.cityofrochester.gov/bikerochest…), which is fantastic effort and constitutes one of the City’s strongest adaptation strategies (as 27% of greenhouse gas emission come from the transportation sector) ‘Climate Change’ or even ‘greenhouse gases’ are not mentioned.

You cannot lead by quietly setting an example that nobody knows about.

You lead by continually educating the public so that they will understand the threat, by updating our various infrastructures so that will be resilient and robust enough to tolerate more frequent extreme weather, and by asking the public to become engaged in viewing and acting on all our local issues through the lens of Climate Change—election year after election year.

More on Climate Change in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/weather&cl…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/21/2015 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Finger Lakes' fuel, tourism industries clash

Everything is safe when something promises money and jobs.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 01/18/2015 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Finger Lakes' fuel, tourism industries clash

Something worth mentioning AGAIN here is the abject HYPOCRISY exhibited by Yvonne Taylor and the "Business Coalition" Wineries as the try to deprive others of LPG, yet use it freely and depend on it themselves. For the proof in pictures see these two articles:

http://naturalgasnow.org/shale-gas-stories-gas-free-seneca/
http://naturalgasnow.org/shale-gas-stories-more-propane-hypocrisy/

The 26 Mythical Constructs of Gas Free Seneca are covered in this 4-part series ending here (with links to the first 3 parts):
http://naturalgasnow.org/mythical-constructs-gas-free-seneca-part-iv/#more-5088

And as to how well THE ITHACANS are received in Watkins Glen:
http://naturalgasnow.org/unwelcome-ithacans-rush-aid-schuyler-county/

And to find out about the already 29-OTHER ENERGY STORAGE FACILITIES IN UPSTATE see the NYS DEC Map in:

http://naturalgasnow.org/gas-storage-far-new-new-york-no-one-notices/

GET EDUCATED and you won't fall for the idiots preaching "Gloom and Doom" on their soapboxes!

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Posted by David Crea on 01/18/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Finger Lakes' fuel, tourism industries clash

Anyone who thinks the Gas Free Seneca site gives "independent" information is a horrible fool!! They are bought and paid for with Park Foundation money, via the Sustainable Markets Foundation to launder it. Also Rockefeller and Heinz Foundations -- John Kerry's fool wife. The Rockefellers want to keep the land cheap -- until they've bought it all up, then sell at a tremendous profit after fracking is finally allowed in some future decade. The 'left' is trying to steal private property rights -- an old Communist/Socialist/Progressive trick. The people living around the project are all for it. NONE have been arrested as the fools from Ithaca have been -- 180 now.

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Posted by David Crea on 01/18/2015 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Water power

Quietly, and with little fanfare, local media bakes Climate Change into environmental articles—as they should. If the public is not continually informed of the changes that Climate Change is having locally, they’re going to continue to think Climate Change is a political issue. We cannot possible plan for our future if our local reporters don’t consider Climate Change in the present and in the future.

“Shifts in precipitation patterns, brought on by climate change, also play a role in the erosion. Overall, the amount of precipitation that the Rochester area gets hasn't changed much, but more frequently it's coming in heavy bursts. And those downpours tend to be more intense than in the past. "On an observation basis, I think we've seen more what we call flashy storms, where the water rises very quickly within the creek, within the parks, more so than in the past," says Monroe County's Rinaldo.”

More on Climate Change in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/weather&cl…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/15/2015 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Finger Lakes' fuel, tourism industries clash

"The company says that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission wouldn't have signed off on the natural gas storage project if it wasn't safe."

Are there any rational people left who believe this type of statement? Our government told us Hanford, Rocky Flats and Love Canal were all "safe".

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 01/11/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Finger Lakes' fuel, tourism industries clash

Expanding on this great article a little, the fight to preserve our Western New York State environment should not simply be characterized as one industry vs. another.

As Roland Micklem (86), stated at the "We Are Seneca Lake Pre-Arraignment Press Conference at the Town of Reading Court, November 5, 2014", and I transcribe a portion: “…this action that we are doing is far more than trying to protect Seneca Lake. The actions we are taking now has cosmic implications. I look upon what we’re doing is the action to help save perhaps the only planet in the Milky Way galaxy that supports life. I want you to really think about that. This is much, much bigger than our local battle here to save Seneca Lake. Climate Change is now pretty well accepted by the world scientific establishment, and it seems like in this country is the only place in the world where there are still naysayers. And this is something that will sure do us in unless we take very strong and meaningful action. So if I’m going to jail, I look upon it as going to jail to save the planet….” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeh_Hcqs_H…

That was a cold, cold evening listening to the speakers speak, but Roland’s talk warmed me up. We are all part of something very big going on at this time in history and we need to continually connect the dots.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/09/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Marina may miss a season

I've noticed that Greg Weycamp is nowhere to be found. Oh yeah; He's not from here. If he was, he'd be doing some of the project management for the city. Is Edgewater concerned that the bedrock may be too deep to anchor a high-rise?

If Greg Weycamp wants a marina, then shouldn't he at least be here helping build one? It was a BIG mistake to hire an out-of-town developer for the port. Weycamp makes grand promises for Rochester's port and then flies back to Chicago to balance the books.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 01/08/2015 at 3:52 PM

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