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Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

For Charlotte to succeed, they need to be competitive with their fellow city neighborhoods - namely, the attractive, vibrant ones like Park Avenue and the South Wedge, and not to mention our growing downtown. If Charlotte tries to emulate the car-centric, low-density suburban lifestyle, they will fail because people who want that lifestyle will NEVER move to the city. There are plenty of suburban neighborhoods on/near the water just like Charlotte is, so that's not a unique selling point either.

City neighborhoods have to appeal to city people. And a huge part of urban appeal is walkability, which requires a population dense enough to sustain retail, restaurants, and services in a concentrated area. And in an area with limited space, that means mid- to high-rise apartment/condo buildings. If you can't deal with that, then maybe a vibrant urban neighborhood just isn't for you.

And also, those vast parking lots belong to a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Henrietta. TAKE THEM OUT.

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Posted by Eileen on 09/13/2014 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

I have a feeling they'd consider anything over 1 story a "high rise". In other words, if any building is constructed, they don't want it for some odd ball reason.

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Posted by Jason Briggs on 09/13/2014 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

Why are they fighting this project? I would pay for a condo at Charlotte if I could get a nice lake view to wake up to every day.

I hate to say it but stubborn people that criticize the idea before it's even fairly presented are damaging the communities ability to revitalize it's self and be successful. This is the same attitude that brought Kodak into bankruptcy... don't let it bring Charlotte into mediocrity!

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Posted by Kevin Allen on 09/13/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

10 Stories barely qualifies as a High Rise... the residents in Charlotte live in a CITY, if they don't like it they, should probably move to the town of Hamlin or sodus point.

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Posted by John Smith on 09/12/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

CORRECTION #2: It turns out I was wrong about that last point as well. If everyone was as self-interested, myopic, and resentful as some of the above commenters would like us to be, we'd probably all burn in a ball of endless hellfire. Again - my bad.

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Posted by Lyle Jeremy Rubin on 09/12/2014 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

This is perhaps one of the strangest and most unwarranted requests I may have ever heard by anyone in any profession, ever. If McDonalds/fa(s)t food employees want a wage-doubling pay increase, then this is absolutely absurd. The reason why these jobs pay so little has to do with the lack of skills required to perform the work: food comes frozen or bagged and prepped, all that is required is cutting open these bags and learning how to use a microwave properly. Many corporate, stream-lined places of business have preparation guides in multiple languages with pictures included, so that even the most illiterate employee may function in these highly organized environments. If in fact these disgruntled employees are arguing for a minimum wage increase across the board to $15, I am wondering if any of these individuals possess the capability of foresight (my personal guess is no). Raising the minimum wage by almost double would radically increase inflation. Your $4 gallon of milk would then cost around $8--and the protests would then continue.
If their argument is based on their family size and family support, this is also a heinous request. How many times has an employer asked you upon hire, "How many people are you supporting in your family? 5? Well, let's pay you twice as much as Johnny over there who's single." There are many, many ways to make money--finding a new, better-paying job in the same field, finding a second job, going back to school to increase your skill-set so that your next job(s) DO indeed pay a higher wage, selling things on the internet, or creating things at home and selling them independently at a store-front, garage sale, or market. There are also dozens of ways of penny-pinching and saving money, so that your dollar stretches further: using birth control responsibly for starters (less mouths to feed!), couponing, buying foods that are not prepared (all aspects of preparation cost you more money!), and spending less money on entertainment, to name just a very few.
Am I empathetic to the plight of the poor and needy? Of course. Poverty is an ugly, multi-headed monster that effects many, many people across the nation and is no simple subject. Officially, I "live below the poverty line" myself. I can manage to survive, however, by a number of important lifestyle guidelines that assist me in financial decision-making processes. I have ample amount of savings, can pay all of my bills on time, am accept and am content with what I have as opposed to wanting what I do not, and am not begging for a pay increase when I do so little to actually deserve it--and I make the same amount as these folks do. Fancy that.

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Posted by Lindsey on 09/12/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

Actor-director Tim Robbins is leading an effort to provide offender rehabilitation in prisons. Anger management is taught through arts programs.

AND, as a society, can we seriously afford to let our schools CUT such programs?

Posted by Mike Bruton on 09/12/2014 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

I agree with everything some of the previous commenters have said. If everyone thought like that a hundred years ago, we still wouldn't have the weekend. And everyone knows the weekend is nothing but an excuse to not work so that someone much better off than us can enjoy the overwhelming majority of the fruits of our labor. And what's not to like about working so that someone else can enjoy the overwhelming majority of the fruits of our labor! Hell, I'd work 8 or 9 days a week if God had given us 8 or 9 days in a week!

But it's more than that. If everyone listened to the previous commenters, we'd enjoy even LESS labor power in this country than we already do, and that would be awesome! Just think about it - more of the nation's wealth would accrue to those at the top, and as all social science demonstrates, this has proven time and again to be a wonderful thing for everyone! When it comes to pretty much every social indicator under the sun, from health outcomes to crime to social trust to happiness, we're all better off when those at the top are getting richer and richer while the rest of our incomes are stagnating. What's more, the economy grows even faster than it did before! Like I said, this is AWE-SOME.

CORRECTION: It turns out virtually everything in the above paragraph is wrong, with the exception that less labor power does indeed lead to increased inequality. Believe it or not, increased inequality tends to lead to worse health outcomes, higher crime rates, less social trust, and less happiness, not to mention a more unstable and violent society as a whole. It also leads to decreased growth. My bad.

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Posted by Lyle Jeremy Rubin on 09/12/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

Remember: (1) Most fast-food workers are adults who are major breadwinners for their families; (2) had the minimum wage fifty years ago merely kept up with inflation it would be over $15 today; (3) when these giant corporations don’t pay living wages the rest of us pay Medicaid and food stamps to help these families stay out of poverty; (4) a $15 living wage puts more money into the pockets of people who will spend it, thereby creating more jobs, not fewer; (5) McDonalds, Burger King, and the rest are hugely profitable, paying their CEOs over 1,000 times what they pay their front-line workers. It’s time America’s fast-food workers got a raise. - Robert Reich

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Posted by Joan Collins Lambert on 09/11/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

Don't want to struggle to feed 2 children? Don't have that second kid if your prospects are working are Wendy's. 1 kid can be a mistake, don't tell me the second one is too.

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Posted by Culver on 09/11/2014 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

How did you advance your career? I bet it wasn't through protesting.

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Posted by Joe Halloway on 09/11/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

We need a moratorium on releasing parolees into our community until the problem is fixed!

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Posted by Bart on 09/11/2014 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

To be more clear and hopefully provide a bit of perspective, I am am a salaried food service employee and make less than 40,000 a year. I also work 70-85 hours a week, which puts my hourly rate around $7-$9 an hour. I attended a specialized culinary academy for which I am still paying bills, I have a few more years alimony payments to someone who never loved me, 3/4 financial responsibility for the household my partner and I have built, and 2 kitties that seem to always have an issue that costs money. When we can we squirrel away whatever leftover scraps of money we might have at the end of a month, and put it toward our savings to purchase a house.
I have worked long and hard to get were I am, and now that I am here I see that I get to work longer and harder. There are alot of people who would love to have a job at all, who would work harder and whine less and be generally stoked to have honest work, so the lack of gratitude coupled with the self importance and entitlement in this campaign is astonishing.
And as for the 'strike', feeble attempts to unionize won't go over well. Food worker unions are a fairly young concept and mostly west coast based as far as I know, so I doubt fast food worker unions would take off too quickly if they even left the ground. Fast food establishments are mostly staffed by the comfortably mediocre, summer school candidates, parolees, and teen moms. Not typically thought of as unionizing people. Anyway, corporate employees striking and unionizing is the reason the scabs exists in the first place. Except now they aren't called scabs. They're called hard working Americans (though, usually hopefuls) who have families to support and don't care about your arbitrary politicking, so long as they can feel confident that they will be bringing home a check to the family for whom they even bother going to work. but by all means, lets pay idiots more to stand around than we pay skilled tradespeople to be skilled at their trades.

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Posted by Steffon T Haaby on 09/11/2014 at 5:15 AM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

I am the guy that has been ripping down all the nonsense "fight for 15" posters. As a trained professional chef of 12 years, I find the suggestion that fast food employees deserve 15 dollars an hour offensive and laughable. I also have 2 younger brothers who are chefs in Olympia, WA. They as well find this irritating, but they are more understanding, because Seattle is a very costly city. Rochester is not. I have worked in 1 industry for 12 years and went to school to do so. I am classically trained and my passion for the industry is certainly more than that of the fast food employee, because its impossible to have passion for stamped out crap. Seattle made the change in minimum wage because the cost of living is ridiculous, and requires such. Comparatively, Rochester is pretty cheap. I have lived and worked in Austin, Seattle and Los Angeles and I am from San Francisco; real cities with real restaurants where you have to drive somewhere else to even find a Wendy's and are lucky to be able to afford rent as a CEO, let alone food employee. I have worked my way up the ladder for 12 long years under some of the best chefs in our nation and I am very good at what I do. I do not make 15 dollars an hour. To be clear, I work in a restaurant at which the average bill per table is $250- $300 and my position is far above that of the fast food manager. The hubris of these fast food employees to feel that their time is worth more than trained professionals who have given everything to the side of this industry that actually matters, makes me nauseous. If Seattle hadn't raised the minimum wage, these over-entitled cattle wouldn't feel they deserve more money. If you want more money, get a real job. Wendy's is a multimillion dollar a year corporation, so I get that you think you have a right to more of that money and you absolutely do, but as a chef and manager of many years( I also managed a Red Lobster for two years. Still only got 42,000), I agree that you should make more than 8 bucks, but the middle ground is closer to 11 (Starting pay at Cheesecake Factory, Applebees, Outback, and similar corporate casual dining establishments). You work in fast food. This makes you the lowest common denominator in the eyes of cooks, chefs, servers, bussers, expeditors, dishwashers, customers and pretty much the entire working world. Get over yourselves. You don't have any actual experience (your irrelevant degrees don't matter.) or real hard work to do. When's the last time you had to write a menu and figure out what it costs? How often do you have to deal with food writers and critics? How many over qualified, highly trained staff do you have to manage? You have to manage people with no work ethic in an establishment with no integrity. Bummer. The fast food industry does not lend itself to creative people with free thoughts and a sense of individualism and passion in their work. This is why it pays crap. If you are that person, get out of fast food. What we in the real restaurants do is worth far more than you fast food zombies and we don't get the wage you foolishly think you are worth. Yes you people deserve better pay, but do not condescend to think that the 8 hours a day (with breaks and benefits) you spend managing a cookie cutter operation at all trumps the 12-18 hours a day REAL RESTAURANT STAFF spend doing ACTUAL WORK for less than 15 an hour, rare breaks, and not great benefits. the reason they pay you less is because you get vacation time, 401k options, and bennies. Harris Corp pays 16 and all the fringes. And they handle the bulk of telecommunications for the US military. If you want more money, get a real job. Your McJob will not ever pay what you think you are worth which is why we career minded people will always rally against your stupidity. Put it this way: If we don't pay our teachers $15/h. why the heck do you think you deserve that?? Learn a trade or apply at a real restaurant if you think you are worth more. It isn't the government's fault you don't have enough ambition, skills, training, or education to find a job that challenges and fulfills you while paying you what you so very mistakenly think you are with. Most REAL restaurants start at $10/H. It is your own darn fault you chose the wrong career. Stop begging.

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Posted by Steffon T Haaby on 09/11/2014 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

September 5th, 2014

To the family of Officer Pierson and the Rochester Police Department : I am deeply sorry for the tragic loss of a husband, father, son, brother and more.

Officer Pierson, a decorated Rochester Police Tactical Officer, was murdered yesterday by a "career" criminal in an exchange of gunfire on Hudson Ave. near Avenue D in Rochester, NY. The officer was shot at close range by the accused. This "career" criminal was already a felon; on supervised parole by the State of New York; and, just released from serving a 3 1/2 year sentence in the Wyoming Correctional Facility.

I am OUTRAGED by this senseless, tragic, and cowardly act of violence against the Police Officer, the department and the Greater Rochester Community. And, I intend upon personally seeing to it... that justice is served to the fullest extent of the law. Recently, five RPD officers in our police department have been shot and seriously wounded in the line of duty... the majority of these police officer shootings have been committed by career criminals and to the best of my knowledge only one of the police officer shootings in the past were committed by two young men that were not career criminals. Officer Pierson was murdered by a "career criminal " in illegal possession of a handgun in the progress of fleeing an officer of the law for a second violation of probation. When a convicted, served felon flees his/her probation someone has to find them wherever they may be and this is no easy task for NYS Probation or the local police departments where it is believed that the person is hiding.

All of Rochester knows that illegal handguns on the street are a big problem...but where did the murderer get the handgun ? How can this still be buy an illegal handgun as a convicted felon in 2014 ? Where are the handguns coming from in the States of our Union ? Why do young men of our Greater Rochester Area and career criminals continue to shoot, kill, and murder each other as well as police officers without any concern for life or consequences ? Why does a young wife and mother have to live the rest of her life with this terrible burden...the murder of her husband ? What will become of the children without a father ? And... more so, how can we help the entire community and the Pierson Family ?

Can we, as a community, help this family through this terrible tragedy... I know I will help the Pierson Family in any way possible. I will also, again and again...and over and over...until this entire community in Monroe County and Rochester finally realizes that all of us need to find solutions to this on going plague of violence and murder in Rochester toward Police ( the last line of defense). Until we remove illegal handguns ...not legal handguns, however, from our streets the murder and violence will continue. Until we change the" mindset" of young men and career criminals the murder will continue.

We can make change by demanding a group meeting of the NYS Dept. of Parole and Corrections as well as the Monroe County Sheriff's Dept.; The Rochester Police Dept. ; The Monroe County Dept. of Probation, Maggie Brooks of Monroe County and Lovely Warren of Rochester. Together we can and will hasten the process of finding strategies to take the handguns off the streets for illegal sale and possession. The next step would be to build probation and staffing personal to its highest level, in our communities' histories, that would be humanly possible, in the NYS Probation and in the Monroe County Probation. The next step would be to intervene with young people at the early ages ( 7-16 years old ) of a young person's life to attempt to change the "mindset" that shooting someone out of fear; or because of poverty; or because there is no father present in the home; or because there are no jobs available would not be the right choice to make and that poor choices will have negative, life long consequences for all families and our community.

There are already intervention programs in Rochester but these programs are underfunded. One of many programs, Teen Empowerment, can and will be expanded to a total of three locations. Central Ave., Genesee Street., and Hudson Ave near Ave D. As well, we need to elect City, County and Supreme Court Judges that will impose proper sentencing without plea bargaining.

The most important change or requirement of probation, in my opinion, could be that those that are released back into society on probation, after serving " their time ", can and will be ordered into mandatory attendance in our area churches to learn how to better live moral lives with respect, dignity, hope, trust and care toward all people.

I am going to make sure that these changes do occur in Rochester / Monroe County and I will hold all elected and appointed officials accountable in every way legally possible.


585 755 8821 CELL

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Posted by crm135790 on 09/10/2014 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

Our prisons are overcrowded, and my guess is, understaffed. Who can know who will repeat their crime? Perhaps if we had fewer people incarcerated for crimes involving drugs that harm no one, we COULD afford to have sufficient staff to make better parole assessments.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 09/10/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

Don't forget; the West Webster shooter murdered his grandmother and only served 17 years in prison. Then he laid a trap for firefighters on Christmas Eve so he could murder them. Why he only got 17 years for murdering his grandmother is a good question and I haven't heard a satisfactory answer. You can get more for insider trading. I don't understand the logic of our justice system if someone can break the law and go to prison for a violent crime (a murder of a family member no less) then eat their vegetables, do their laundry, get a GED and get time knocked off their sentence because while they couldn't follow the law outside, they followed the rules inside, so they should be released early. If he had been put away for good, he wouldn't have been released and murdered two volunteer firefighters and wounded three others. You shouldn't be incapable of following society's rules OUTSIDE PRISON and get time knocked off your sentence for being good INSIDE PRISON. It makes no sense whatsoever. If you follow society's laws and mores you won't go to prison. If you go to prison, you should be there for the entirety of your sentence. The thug who murdered Officer Pierson was weeks out of jail and wanted on a parole violation. Enough is enough.

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Posted by sethc on 09/10/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “An island of ancient faith in the inner city

I've never heard of Fifteenth Tabernacle. Very intriguing.

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Posted by sethc on 09/10/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Coalition recruits climate marchers

"In fiscal year 2012, the DoD consumed 827 trillion Btu of site delivered energy at a cost of 20.4 billion dollars. While consuming that amount of energy, DoD emitted 70 million metric tons of CO2. And yet, total DoD energy use and costs are higher than those given above simply because the energy use and costs arising from the contractors to support military operations both domestically and abroad are not included in DoD’s data."… END WAR!

Posted by Sandy Oscar Grant Fessler on 09/08/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Coalition recruits climate marchers

This march is ecological lunacy. According to, the average Greyhound bus (loaded) weighs roughly 70,000 lbs. A gallon of gasoline, burned, produces roughly 10 kg of CO2 emissions. This mad scheme plans to push 2 70,000 lb. buses to New York City and back to protest global warming! Has there ever been a greater disjunction between ends and means? If you are truly sincere, you should bicycle or walk to NYC. Even for the Greenwash Club (I mean, the Sierra Club), this is lame. - Peter Q Kilbridge

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Posted by FC on 09/08/2014 at 2:05 PM

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