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Re: “Rochester's fighting chance for a turnaround

Buffalo gets a BILLION dollars from Cuomo. Erie County is one of the few Upstate counties that Cuomo carries in his re-election in November. Hmmmm. Now seven upstate "regions" - as defined by Cuomo - must COMPETE between themselves for only three $500 million grants. Winners to be judged and awarded by Cuomo. (The losers get ZIP, ZERO). How can anyone think that Cuomo isn't using state taxpayer funds solely to benefit his political interests? The Upstate/NYC divide is alive and well.

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Posted by Bart on 02/26/2015 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Brighton eyes solar law

Clean low cost solar as long as you avoid an expensive solar lease or PPA. Today a name brand, average sized 4.75 kW grid tie solar system that will produce up to 600 kWh per month with only 5 hours of peak sunshine per day.can now be purchased for less than $2.20 a watt after applying the tax credit or less than $11,000. Don't get blindsided by the solar leasing company's balloon payment or their 2.9% annual payment increases.

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Posted by Ray Boggs on 02/26/2015 at 12:04 AM

Re: “The future of film

Interesting article with current information. I'm doing my master degree in a research program and my thesis is about film photography in the digital era so all this information is valuable for me since I live in a context where it's all about the latest technology and rarely about handcrafted but most of all human processes. So reading all this has made my day.

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Posted by Cristina Parra on 02/20/2015 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Rochester to undertake citywide climate inventory

Stockholm's Carbon Conservation for Heat, Home & H2O Health

Bloomberg Philanthropies, no less, reports;
Stockholm, one of the five winning cities in the 2014 Mayors Challenge prize competition, Are planning:
District Heat & Biochar production.
(Note to Companies send your proposals, they are choosing partners)
Biochar in return for Citizen's garden waste.
Use for storm water cleanup.

What A great, and engauging, way to run a "Biomass Railroad".
(Note to Stockholm; In the mean time promote TLUD Char-B-Qs, Wassail/Tea parties with community gardening folks.)

Biochar-ging Ahead to Engage Citizens in Combating Climate Change
http://www.bloomberg.org/blog/biochar-ging-ahead-engage-citizens-combating-climate-change/

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DC Farm Site Eco-Disaster

Stockholm's Carbon Conservation could be a model for a District of Columbia Carbon Conservation, thus a world urban model. This Nouveau brown field the perfect challenge for Biochar remediation.

DC farm site is ecological disaster
http://news.yahoo.com/apnewsbreak-dc-farm-ecological-disaster-164534203.html

The team at BrightFarms has been working in commercial scale urban agriculture since 2006 and claim "Revolutionary" zeal. (I hope zeal enough to read my char soils presentation)
http://www.brightfarms.com/s/#!/about_us

The city department of general services could hook-up with the White House.
The first lady's garden I recall had some lead issues,
I have seen two videos of the president congratulating Biochar science fair winners on the White House lawn.,
The Smithsonian Institute has a Terra Preta Soils display.
http://forces.si.edu/soils/02_08_04.html
Plus, I have copied the USDA Biochar research folks.

City of Trees is a former nickname of DC,
Contact Bartlett Tree Arboricultural Researcher Kelby Fite, about their Biochar product.
http://www.bartlett.com/tips/Biochar.cfm

But if ya'll can't work it out....Welcome to Virginia!

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Posted by Erich J. Knight on 02/19/2015 at 5:17 AM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

I use the buses and transit center daily. There continues to be a need for an organized citizen grass roots organization of bus riders who depend on the bus. These riders are most often those with the least power and live in the City. This would go along way to fill unmet needs including the needs of riders coming from city neighborhoods. As was true in this article those interviewed do not represent this group. I would also suggest that while there have been some incidents ,I do not think that because there is a large number of students there that indicates frequent incidents. It is also my understanding that the decision to use public transportation for students was made to save money That decision making was never shared with adult bus riders. The number of students does affect the crowding on the buses. Using the former school buses would help to secure students getting to their homes. I would hope however, that if that would be restored that the reason ie racism is not allowed to be the rationale. There are some other issues related to the Center--needs more attention to clearing snow, ice in the area from outside stops on Mortimer to front entrance, needs dollar money change machines, not all buses have stalls in the Center, the route changes which began in January have caused increases in fares , a lack of seating in some areas due to the fact that the Center had to be placed in a small narrow space, there was not enough space inside to accommodate seating in all the bus stall areas ( about 1/3) .

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Posted by Bonnie Cannan on 02/14/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The future of film

Wow, I love getting to read an article on film! I too shot on film many years ago and switched to digital for the obvious reasons. After several years I got bored and decided to try film again. Since then I've set up a darkroom and now have more film cameras than I would ever have time to use. I truly love film, it's the best medium for creativity and getting the most satisfaction out of your work.

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Posted by Jeremy Porter on 02/13/2015 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

why not go back to neighborhood schools, it will solve a lot of problems PERIOD!

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Posted by Gini Denninger on 02/12/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Solar power push

Yes, Susan, I have been interested in solar for over 40 years. My house is semi south oriented and I have more windows on this side of the house. (Done with my own money). It can be 20 degrees outside and on a sunny day my heat doesn't come on. However, to FORCE the entire state to pay higher taxes to offer tax rebates to a select few is not right. To add insult to injury NYS is funding a $750,000,000 solar plant in Buffalo (remember the Solindra fiasco?). Now NYS is really in deep. So we subsidize the manufacturing and then subsidize the installation. When solar energy makes sense on it's own, I'm all for it, but come on, we have the worst poverty problem in the nation and this is where our taxes (highest in the nation also) go? Lower our taxes and not only will poverty go away, but we can then afford to purchase our own solar collectors.

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Posted by johnny on 02/12/2015 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Solar power push

Hopefully someone has already come up with this but until they have a way to melt the snow off the panels so you can capture the winter sun - hard to believe that even as I type this there IS sun shining! - I would hesitate to install the panels. My neighbor had a system installed and is underwhelmed at best - that needs to be addressed....if it already has been - awesome as I would get the solar in a heartbeat

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Posted by Kwai Chang on 02/11/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

I frequently use the Transit Center and have never seen anything like what Martin described.

"I have heard numerous stories. . ."

Have you actually witnessed this or are you just repeating rumors?

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Posted by Lily on 02/09/2015 at 1:07 PM

Re: “United for Rochester's sake

As a student of voluntary charitable organizations and the United Way's role in funding them since the 1960s, I have to differ with CEO Peter Carpino's observations that donors "have not given up control" by giving through the UW. He points to the earmarked option in their pledge process which allows donors to designate which organizations they want their contributions to be credited to, or conversely, which organizations they don't want their contributions to support, as was the case during the 80s and 90s at least. What he doesn't say is that all approved organizations must submit an annual budget to UW in order to qualify to receive anything. If donors earmark more than the agreed-upon budget of an organization, they still only receive the previously agreed-upon amount specified in their budget. If donors earmark less than the agreed-upon budget of an organization, they still receive the previously agreed-upon amount specified in their budget. If donors contribute directly to an organization outside of the UW process, the organization is bound to report that to UW, which deducts that amount from the previously agreed-upon budget. In other words, UW in in the position of determining what each individual organization will receive and the control is definitely out of the hands of the donor. The original Community Chest idea was to provide a way for the community to collectively vote with their contributions, rather than to have the UW board and staff determine this. Yes, Mr. Carpino, donors have definitely lost the ability to control where their contributions go. You will probably argue that control needs to be sacrificed when a broader approach to community planning is desired and to some extent I can agree with you. But do donors still have a hand in controlling where their contributions go? The answer is decidedly no.

Marshall L. Smith, PhD, MSW
Professor Emeritus, RIT

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Posted by docsmith on 02/09/2015 at 11:29 AM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

“If you don’t have the offer of a reward, all you have is the offer of a stick,” he said in a recent interview. “And nobody wants to work for just the stick. There has to be the carrot and the stick.”

Holy %#&*% Batman… what happened to doing your job because you get paid for it. If you don't like it go find another job. GIVING A BONUS FOR DOING YOUR JOB… YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!

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Posted by ITISME on 02/08/2015 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

RGRTA relies heavily on government subsidies for its existence. The monetary bonuses must be eliminated because high level employees are gaming the system and overcompensating themselves. Why not substitute vacation pay for bonus pay? This would probably mean hiring more people. Wouldn't that be a good thing?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/08/2015 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

I am in the Transit Center several times a week, often in the afternoon, and it is much worse than this article or its accompanying editorial portray. Kids are constantly in motion and there is a culture of intimidation. God forbid it is perceived that you might be looking at someone the wrong way. I have heard numerous stories of kids sucker punching strangers as they exit the bus, for fun. I am a big advocate of both downtown and public transit but this situation is out of control. These kids should not be on public transportation. Period. Does someone have to die or be severely injured to put this issue on the table? I suggest your editor and your staff writers spend the hour between 3 and 4pm on a school day in the Transit Center, then write this stuff.

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Posted by Martin Edic on 02/04/2015 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

Why cant First Transportation buses be used to pick children up in their neighborhoods like they do in the suburbs? Are the neighborhoods that unsafe that school buses cant be used? Is the cost that much different from RTS busing students vs First Transportation or some other busing company busing students?

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Posted by MrRoc on 02/04/2015 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Moms mobilize against climate change

Everyone interesting in fixing climate change needs to read Naomi Klein's latest call This Changes Everything.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 02/01/2015 at 8:10 PM

Re: “Cuomo and teachers: it's war

For decades, politicians on both sides of the aisle kowtowed to the teachers' union. Oh they'd spout a few platitudes about needing change, but ultimately it was business as usual. Now that finally someone has actually stated that changes will happen, it's war. Sorry teachers' unions, the party is over. I just never guessed it would happen under a liberal governor with the last name of Cuomo.

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Posted by David Miller on 02/01/2015 at 1:22 AM

Re: “Webster eyes water project

Love this! Im glad Rochester is not just sitting back and Doing nothing. Curious to see if this evolves into something bigger. The Great Lakes are an even greater resource than I had thought. I'm

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Posted by Wyatt_ROC on 01/30/2015 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Moms mobilize against climate change

Great idea to enlarge the demographic pond to include young mothers and children, especially since they will actually confront the full impact of human-caused climate disruption (ACD). But lets not forget that ACD will affect us all and it takes a village to work on such a weighty problem together. As a member of self-described 'grandfathers out front ' for six years we helped stop fracking in Perinton and NY State. And I love mothers, fathers and their children too. Check our Facebook page for Citizens Alliance for a Pristine Perinton www.facebook.com/capp-ny

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Posted by John Jongen on 01/29/2015 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Moms mobilize against climate change

Just when you think we’re out of ideas on how to mobilize folks to address Climate Change, ‘Mothers Out Front’ comes to Rochester.

One by one, day by day, women by women, there’s a powerful new voice rising, a voice of concern, demanding attention to the worldwide crisis of Climate Change.

This is a wonderful article about a new route in our region on how to address a problem that seems intractably unpalatable to the public.

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

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 01/29/2015 at 8:44 AM

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