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Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

You're joking, right? Are you guys actually journalists? I mean, "professional journalists?"

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Posted by Rich Sloma on 10/15/2014 at 2:46 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

O'Brien says he responds to input from constituents? Only when it's convenient apparently. He voted for Cuomo's anti-gun SAFE ACT like all the rest of Cuomo's rubber-stamp legislators - no debate, no discussion and a highly questionable process. Is O'Brien proud of that accomplishment?

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Posted by Axel on 10/15/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

City is hopeless. You present yourself as some kind of objective truth squad for the media and then you go and gloss over or simply lie about what any non Republican does. Cuomo violated the NY constitution in order to pass the SAFE act, but that's ok because City can't bring itself to defend any aspect of legal gun use in NY, or really anywhere. If Pataki had strongarmed, bribed and made up new rules to ram through one of his pet projects, City would have rightly blasted him for it. No mention of the 400,000 and rising NY residents who have fled the kind of laws and policies Cuomo and City endorse. He might create some jobs in new tech that has failed before, but he certainly has driven out thousands of jobs and business thanks to the SAFE act, but that's ok with City because all those businesses and jobs were related to legal firearms. The day City examines the utter failure of NY gun laws to stop Illegal gun crime, will be a first. I'd love to see the video of someone asking the 3 staffers who wrote this, to describe what is required to own a handgun in Monroe county.
He 'bolstered' food industries? LOL, yeah ask any landowner about the rising property taxes thanks to mandates from Albany via NYC. I'm not a paid reporter like Jeremy, Tim and Christine, but even I know that the $2 Billion school technology effort has 2 parts that would interest your readers. First the payments by the state for any iPads, etc, that upstate might receive from this debt will be over an EIGHT year period. Maybe City is still using some 8 year old computers, but most people don't. Especially people who are training someone for the latest operating systems and programs. The other part of this new debt that might interest City is the fact that part, maybe a large part of the debt is to repair NYC schools. I keep hearing how well NYC is doing, how they really support upstate and then everyone at City along with the rest of us get to rebuild NYC schools that we will never see.
Some would read the Womens's Equality Act as the countries most extreme late term abortion law, but that's the way City always covers abortion. Never a mention of how to handle tragic medical emergencies as exceptions instead of what ever you want to call killing a healthy baby girl or boy. Bill Clinton emphasized the idea that we as a country ought to work harder to make abortion rare. I guess that's not 'militant' enough for many.
When NY state spends millions and years to 'study' fracking and when we are next door to PA where thousands of fracked gas wells are producing gas, is it really too much to ask to expect City to be critical of this Gov for not releasing the NY fracking study? Oh right, the report might support fracking and the objective, looking for the truth, City can't have that.
You really want to mention Sandy? Just because other NY outlets can't be bothered to ask why billions of that aid aren't accounted for, is no reason you guys shouldn't wonder why that effort is still incomplete years after the event. I suppose politicians have to sort out their priorities before they act, but a lot of people suffered unnecessarily because of more talk than action before, during and after that storm. Cuomo ought to receive his share of blame for that instead of you touting him as 'responding well to natural disasters.'
NY state is dead last in too many categories to continue to blow smoke for liberal theories, but it is fun to pretend the problem is the right instead of actually looking at things like, how effective was the ballistic fingerprinting law? What is the crime rate of police in this state vs NY permit holders? Come on, at some point even the most die hard, far left, liberal at your paper must have a moment where you think the propaganda is just not right. You advance this world by being truthful, NOT by pushing a lie or shouting a half truth. You are one of the last surviving print outlets, please do your job better.

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Posted by Registered Democrat on 10/15/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Only the rich are unaffected by The Cuomo Law. They already have effective protection, usually armed security. Others are at the mercy of nuts and felons. If you like the peril, vote democrat. If not, vote for someone else.

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Posted by Gene Ralno on 10/15/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

You write this like everyone was on board with his gun control scheme. I suggest you take a look at some of the front lawns upstate.

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Posted by 173c on 10/15/2014 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

Only the rich are unaffected by Cuomo's law. They already have effective self protection, usually armed security. Others will suffer at the hands of nuts and felons. If you like being defenseless, vote democrat. if not vote Republican. Not complicated.

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Posted by Gene Ralno on 10/15/2014 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

Cuomo is the most corrupt politician in NY, by a LOT. He is currently under federal investigation for corrupting his "anti corruption" committee. This newspaper is a joke.

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Posted by citysucks on 10/15/2014 at 12:45 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

He represents Noone but his own self serving interests. 3 men control the entire 20 million slaves who live in New York. This is not how government was set up according to our Constitution. This is arrogance at its pinnacle and corruption to the highest order. Mr Como belongs in a prison cell.

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Posted by Sherman Kearns on 10/15/2014 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

Wow! How hard did you guys have to hold your nose while writing this endorsement?

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Posted by D. Bingo on 10/15/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Unfortunately, rather than objectively look at issues, you advocate for one side..... Left/liberal, therefore not a surprise you support O'Brien. I don't blame Rich for not agreeing to an interview. There is no guarantee it would not have be slanted and biased in both questioning and "reportage".

His views on things other than guns and abortion are documented in his campaigne literature and website/Facebook page. The fact he is leading in the polls by >25% should tell you We the People are a bit dissatisfied with the current administration.

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Posted by Ed Mathes on 10/15/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Booting Ted O'Brien and electing a Republican state senate would put Cuomo rightly in his place. Cuomo likes to brag how his "bipartisan efforts" with the senate Republican and Independent Democratic Coalition made all sorts of progress. (Although NY is still the highest-taxed most business-unfriendly state in America. This is progress?). That all changed last June when Cuomo courted the liberal Working Families Party for their endorsement in a move to shore up his liberal credentials, with the promise to pursue a more "progressive agenda". With that he threw away the working arrangement with the state senate. Good luck Rich Funke!

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Posted by Bart on 10/15/2014 at 6:58 AM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

Ted O'Brien's vote for the SAFE Act is why he will be a one term senator.

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Posted by Jim Harte on 10/15/2014 at 2:25 AM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD


1.During the 2013-2014 school year, the Rochester school district spent $11 million on grade retention (holding students back)." REALLY --- HOW SO???

2. WOULDN'T Y'ALL LIKE TO KNOW WHO COMPOSES THE "12-person leadership team that formed earlier this year [and that] has assembled the Community Task Force on School Climate, which is a broader group of parents, teachers, students, law enforcement personnel, health and human services providers, nonprofit agencies, and neighborhood and civic leaders??? DO ANY OF YOU KNOW A SINGLE "TEACHER" OR "STUDENT" ON THE SO- CALLED "TASK FORCE?"

3. AS USUAL, LOOK WHOSE "LEADING:" "Rubin, who led the development of the task force..."

4. "Board member Mary Adams says, ..." MUST BE GETTING CLOSE TO ELECTION TIME.

5. "To help bridge that gap, [ i.e.,] too many city school district employees don't come from the same background where our students come --- Vargas and members of the task force have sought out the help of the Advancement Project. The nonprofit, which is based in Washington, DC, works with parents and community groups to promote a more culturally sensitive school climate and a fairer approach to school discipline." WHAT??? IT'S NOT "PARENTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS" THAT NEED TO BE "WORKED WITH" IN ORDER TO FOSTER "A MORE CULTURALLY SENSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE." WHAT???

6. "The Advancement Project takes a civil rights approach to its work with community groups to break down institutional barriers to change..." WHAT???

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 10/14/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Second chance for controversial fire program

Hi Nancy,

Robert Poles at RCSD is the coordinator of the Pathways to Public Safety Program. He can be reached at 232-2730, ext. 441.

Posted by Tim Louis Macaluso on 10/14/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The church inside the Catholic Church

I hope the synod of bishops will consider the church as a family, and recognize that our patriarchal family structure is becoming an obstacle to evangelization as we enter the transition to a post-patriarchal society. Hierarchy is not the problem, and the church must remain apostolic; patriarchy is the problem, and the exclusively male hierarchy is becoming stale as a symbol of the Christ-Church mystery.

In this regard, St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body (TOB) may provide a solid basis for solving the most pressing issues of human sexuality, both in families and in the Church as the family of God, including the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Catholic and Orthodox churches. The TOB endorses neither radical patriarchy nor radical feminism, and provides a vision of marriage, and gender relations in general, that can be summarized as unity in diversity, equality in mutuality, individuality in community.

Doctrinally, nothing essential (dogmatic) of the Catholic faith would have to change in order to ordain women to the priesthood and the episcopate. The TOB confirms that there is one (embodied) human nature, shows that men and women equally share in human personhood, and makes clear that the human body, male and female, is what makes our Lord Jesus Christ visible as an incarnate divine Person.

What is needed is "simply" to clarify our sacramental theology to separate patriarchal ideology from revealed truth. With all due respect and sensitivity for those who are heavily invested in the patriarchal order of things, this is a clarification that is possible and urgently needed in the church of the 21st century.

Jesus never identified himself as a patriarch. The Holy Family was a not a patriarchy. The Trinity is not a patriarchy. The spousal, sacramental love of Christ for the church is not intrinsically patriarchal (as the TOB exegesis of Ephesians 5 abundantly shows), and Jesus Christ is head of the church because he is a divine Person and our Redeemer, not because he is a human male.

To act "in persona Christ capitis" means to act in place of a divine Person. Neither men nor women are divine persons. Any baptized human person, male or female, can be ordained to act "in persona Christ capitis." All ministries, including ordained ministries, should be gift-based, not gender-based.

The exclusively male priesthood is a choice, not a dogma (CIC 1024, CCC 1598). The church does have the authority (the power of the keys) to ordain women as soon as the Pope, as the successor of Peter, decides it would be for the glory of God and the good of souls.

Isn't CIC 1024 an artificial contraceptive of female priestly vocations?

Why should the hierarchical church be exempted from practicing Humanae Vitae?

How can we preach the gospel of life if we choose to prevent female priestly vocations?

The patriarchal age is passing, but the deposit of faith is inexhaustible. Let us pray that all the Christian churches can discern the difference between patriarchal ideology and revealed truth, and act accordingly.

Dominus vobiscum,


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Posted by Luis Gutierrez on 10/14/2014 at 12:20 AM

Re: “New party leader faces early test

I have a question or two for Mr. Garretson... what are his plans for the Henrietta Democratic Committee ? How will he inspire local folks on the committee to choose candidates that are fair; that will work for only the Henrietta Community; that will ask questions and show up to Board Meetings; that will work fairly with any supervisor that is elected in the best interests of the entire community; that know what they are doing in Govt' planning and budgets ? That is what I would like to ask Mr. Garretson. Rochester is not the only community that needs change !!!

Craig R. Moffitt

Posted by crm135790 on 10/13/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Second chance for controversial fire program

We're looking into this for you. I'll post here when I get an answer.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 10/13/2014 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Second chance for controversial fire program

I have a 17 years old boy that would like to be in a program firefighters and he goes to East High school could you let me know about any program out there thanks

Posted by Nancy Ortiz on 10/12/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

Students are perceptive....they are protesting the antiquity of the curriculum, the classroom environment & lack of social conscious electives. Nobody is studying the behavior, cause the wrong people are on the task force. More money, no solutions....guess its desgned that way.

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Posted by lemme say it on 10/11/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Climate change: Lowering temperatures at RCSD

This article FAILS to address the most basic and most important reason of them all: the students' HOME.
Each of us, whether we accept it or not, reflect what is going on in our private lives, it is unavoidable. Let's address the white elefant in the room:
If the city community leaders worked on changing the messages people hear from comunity organizers/preacher on "sunday mornings" to one of respect to others, instead of one of challenge to authority and the schools re-shifted their efforts to involve parents/guardian more into the lives of their children (specially the absent by choice kind of parents/guardians), I guarantee you you will see a huge change in the classrooms and grades.
This is not an easy solution but it is the right solution IMHO.

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Posted by acadreamer on 10/10/2014 at 10:07 AM

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