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Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

PLEASE, our babies know this is not what education is about! They know the process of the RCSD will not and can not work for them. They need our HELP! Have any of you been to any of these schools? They'r not schools! Cattle get better treatment even when it comes to the food! IT'S TIME for us to either Take our kids out of the RCSD, or Take the RCSD! NOTHING WILL GET ANY BETTER WITH THOSE WHO ARE IN CHARGE NOW! ONLY their pockets will get bigger and that's all that matters to them, not our KIDS! The State can close this school system and we can use the funds to home school our kids, which can't be worst than what we have now!

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Posted by John L. Norris on 03/29/2014 at 10:52 PM

Re: “New report shows stark divide between the city and the region

I agree that something needs to be done about poverty and accompanying racism.
If we are serious then just look a the Governor's proposed budget. Areas where addressing some of the issues re poverty include fully restoring progressive income
taxes , reject the proposals to end the bank taxes, collect the stock transfer tax. These would allow the defeceit to be paid and cover needs addressing poverty including education, neighborhood development, housing, job opportunities , transportation and green energy. This means electing representatives who do not stay with the status quo which is designed to keep the problems at the talking but actually do little level. The media needs to cover political progressive alternatives with greater depth and frequency. Look at the onniGreen Party platform on line. Come to the meeting which will address these issues on April 10th 7p.m. at the Flying Squirrel Center 285 Clarissa St.
Bonnie Cannan

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Posted by Bonnie Cannan on 03/29/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Restoring balance to Braddock Bay

I question statements that there is not enough variability in the water levels since the existing plan was put in place in the 1950's. On the contrary, ask anyone who lives on the lake or owns property there - we have had many years of high water, and many years of low water, as well as years in between. The new plan would allow much higher highs, and much lower lows. The plan is designed to follow "nature's way" in allowing these fluctuations. But nature is not often even handed - what if nature gave us 5 consecutive years of extremely high water? Wouldn't the wetlands become "drowned" then? And if we had 5 consecutive years of extremely low water - wouldn't the wetlands be starved of water? Goldilocks would certainly have a hard time with this...

Posted by Lake Lover on 03/29/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

A FEW CRITICALLY IMPORTANT POINTS IN THE ARTICLE --- ARE AS FOLLOWS:

"East's problems reflect a much larger, systemic issues. A teacher who asked to remain anonymous says that student misconduct in many of the district's secondary classrooms borders on chronic mayhem. And she's not alone in this observation."

"Though strong on what needs to be done to positively impact student outcomes, the presentation was weak on how to get it done. There were few of even the most incremental timelines."

"It's abundantly clear that the district suffers from interminable management problems, and an inability to successfully complete even the most basic tasks and policies. And now well into his term, Vargas is causing some people to worry that his plan, whatever it is, isn't working."

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 03/28/2014 at 11:10 PM

Re: “New report shows stark divide between the city and the region

How many more of these reports do we need? Everyone knows what and where the problems are. Imagine if all of the time and resources dedicated to creating these reports/convenings/conversations, etc...was actually used to do something about poverty?

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Posted by LRS on 03/28/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “All eyes on Ted O'Brien

The Funke operatives are working it already.....Ted is a good man and serves the District very well.

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Posted by Go Ted on 03/27/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “All eyes on Ted O'Brien

Ted O'Brien is in a tough spot he created for himself. The article didn't mention O'Brien voting for Cuomo's so-called NY SAFE gun control law, passed behind closed door with no public debate or input. Why doesn't O'Brien mention that as he lists his votes with his "fellow Democrats"? You see plenty of yard signs calling for the repeal of the law in O'Brien's district. Those folks won't vote for O'Brien.

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Posted by Angus on 03/27/2014 at 9:48 PM

Re: “New report shows stark divide between the city and the region

It is too bad that city is unwillingness to inform readers that the region ex rochester has a child poverty rate of ~10%, and the reason for the huge difference versus the city(47%) is that 68% of households in rochester with kids have on,y one parent whereas the corresponding figure for the rest of the region is ~25%. Why not expect people to behave responsibly?

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Posted by Mike on 03/27/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Restoring balance to Braddock Bay

Question: Buck Pond is quite different from Braddock Bay which has two strong-flowing creeks emptying into the bay - Salmon Ck. and Buttonwood Ck. The bay has a 'naturally-formed sand barrier' unlike the other ponds which are bounded by the ancient sand barrier now Edgemere Dr. How would putting rip-rap along the eastern mouth of the bay prevent erosion of the marsh edge [now cattails] - 'slowing down' of erosion? I can't see it happening. This mono-culture is directly caused by the water level ups-and-downs caused by natural events and the St. Lawrence Seaway hydro-manipulation. To get shoreland diversity you have to maintain less extreme water levels to get native plants to take hold thus increasing animal, amphibian and other species to increase including fish.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/27/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Treatment for a traumatized world

In the 1970s I was living in a university town - Moscow, Idaho - and I was able to take a six-week certification 'class' for 'non-professionals' which addressed all human services [social work, mental health, food, housing, medical, daycare, etc.] available in the county. It was an eye-opener for a 20-something and gave me an edge-up which I have used all my life. Recently I watched an episode of Iyanla Fix-My-Life on OWN which came the closest I've seen to modeling compassionate response in the face of generational trauma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccq0bvVmZVE ~~ all of us can play a role in healing.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/26/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Correction, when I wrote "I don't see many people in this thread condemning Lovely Warren for having Mr. Redon on his staff." it obviously should have said "on her staff", not "on his staff".

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/23/2014 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

"So now, with all anger and upset, we condemn Lovely Warren for two people she kept on ? "

I don't see many people in this thread condemning Lovely Warren for having Mr. Redon on his staff. I certainly didn't, nor did the majority of comments. Any criticisms have been how she's handling the situation once Mr. Redon had his DWI incident. And not all the commenters are even critical of that aspect.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/23/2014 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Sorry all, Redon was a Richards appointment. So, by the way, was Spencer Ash. So now, with all anger and upset, we condemn Lovely Warren for two people she kept on ?

OMG, how stupidly racist is this?

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Posted by clint on 03/23/2014 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Arts & Cultural Council announces move to Kodak Center for Performing Arts

I hate this whole story! Years ago, someone floated the idea (it might have been RBTL or the Philharmonic) of forming an United Way for the arts. Instead, we get stupid magazines, crashed and burned Ren. Sq., and another failure in the making with RAPA...when will we learn?

Try this scenario...City brings together a meeting of the arts groups and tries to gain concensus about what to do before the whole house of cards tumbles!

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Posted by clint on 03/22/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Arts & Cultural Council announces move to Kodak Center for Performing Arts

Reg. Arts Council move to Ridge Road: This seems to go from bad to worse! Shall we drain EVERY art business out of the downtown? THINK...what art community do you serve living on Ridge Road far from music/art/writers? Does anyone actually believe that an art gallery in the Kodak building will entice visitors from....anywhere? ARTISTS; DO NOT PAY TO EXHIBIT IN THE SPACE UNLESS YOU'RE WILLING TO BUS IN YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SEE THE SHOW!
We have all but lost any community support for visual art in this town. I see this as only another example of "why".

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Posted by Shirley Dawson on 03/22/2014 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

As some of you have do doubt noticed, I have not been a fan of Lovely Warren, but I think that she is doing the right thing in this instance, given all the factors involved. Leonard Redon is not just a valued member of her administration, he is a highly regarded public servant who brings intelligence, fairness and hard work to his position as Deputy Mayor, a fact that is underscored by his continued appointment over two administrations. Deputy Mayors function largely in the background, steering the day-to-day operations forward, so perhaps his low profile is a real detriment to him at a time like this. Did he have a lapse of judgement if the charges bear out? Yes, he did. But he has no history of anything like this over many decades of a professional life. We should be patient and let this one work itself out a bit.

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 03/21/2014 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Why do we do we even need a deputy mayor? Don't forget about the expired inspection sticker. That's important too.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/21/2014 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Mmm, mmm, mmm. When, if ever will the problems stop for The Mayor?

She has either got to step up to the plate and face the music of what has occurred in her administration so far, or continue to be viewed negatively by the citizenry of the Rochester area.

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Posted by Rastus P. Kumquat on 03/21/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

I think at this point one does have to question Len Redon's judgment. Does he have a medical condition that impairs his ability to drive? Is his medical condition worsened with the consumption of alcohol? Do any of these circumstances impair Redon's ability to effectively do his job. All of these questions must now be asked.

Lovely had nothing to do with any of this leading up to Redon being stopped for DWI. Lovely has everything to do with evading the tough media questions and the refusal to accept Redon's offer to resign.

I would think Lovely would want to clear the tracks of the Redon scandal because there will probably be another scandal arriving shortly.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Lovely Warren bears no responsibility for her deputy mayor driving while intoxicated -- he had no history of DWI or, as far as we know, serious traffic violations, so it's not like this was a pattern of misconduct that she should have been aware of. There should be no criticism of her having him as her #2 person, assuming he is competent in his job, which I'm assuming he is. On the other hand, Mayor Warren does have great responsibility for how this situation is dealt with. So far, it would appear that she is not dealing with it in the best way. To immediately throw out diabetes as an excuse for the DWI, and to immediately reject his off to resign, is ill-advised. It's not that he for sure should be fired or resign, but taking some time to gather the facts and determine his fitness to continue in office would have been very appropriate.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/21/2014 at 10:03 AM

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