Once again, a case is being tried in the media without any facts. This only adds fuel to the fire, and causes more problems. Alleged "witnesses" who claimed they could see flames coming out the barrel of the gun (only in the movies), that Brown was shot in the back (disproved by family's autopsy) that the cop stood over Brown and finished him off (also disproved by autopsy). Mr. Brown's companion claimed the cop car door struck them and bounced back into the cop who became so enraged he started dragging a 6'4" 290 lb. man into the police car through the window. Sounds contrived. Showing the convenience store video was "character assassination" but really shows why Mr. Brown might have reacted badly to the cops. The media and the rumor mill are creating a story and this conflict
I think an even bigger problem is the White , Black , Asian and Hispanic Politicians have all forgotten about the American People. What has the Black Cacuss actually done for the Black community? Just like the White, Asian and Hispanics Politions, NOTHING. The money they raise to help the American People ends up in there Pockets While the whole time they claim they are helping us. Government is to big to corrupt. What the Minority Populations dont see, understand and feel is that The money Hungry Politicians and Capitalists are doing, is merely creating a society of control that they use against all of us to benefit themselves and there buddies. The rich elites have done this since the begining of time. This is ultimitley the cause of every Violent outbursts in all of the societies on this Planet. ITS CALLED SLAVERY. As a White man educated and with a skilled trade my wife a nurse with a bachelors degree we are doing no better than when I was 16. I'm personaly devistated by the gross loss of income since the Manufacturing industry began its collapse in 2006. In my opinion the powers to be have been devaluing the people who make them rich for ever. What the public needs to do is wake up from there Ipads, video games and smart phones and realize we are being brain washed and are all victims to the rich elite. Remember the Revolutionary War and what that was about, the Civil War. Guess we havent learned from our Histories Yet. All races that fall uder the 1% are victim to this. We all need to banned together and take back our rights, freedoms and quality of life. This is not a race thing!!! Its a Power struggle as to whom the King is.
Grand Jury today on the shooting. Maybe some day REAL answers about what happened will be available. It's a shame that all of the early information about this was from Youtube and twitter, as most of it was incorrect. Mr. brown was not shot in the back, the cop did not stand over him to finish him off, etc. If this nonsense had been addressed PROMPTLY most of the problems could have been avoided.
@sanity--clearly, acting acceptably hasn't fixed anything. Keeping quiet is why the police force in Ferguson feel it's acceptable to shoot to kill for jaywalking. In this country, no one hears you unless you scream.
@sanity the looting and rioting is the only voice that a people who have felt. de-valued for too long, have. The media is focused on the riots, while the loss of life of a human being gets headlined on page 2. Any one with any sense of decency can't condone the riots. The bigger issue is that pot that was placed on that back burner now angrily boiling over. Racism. Generation Y and Z don't want to march and demonstrate - in order for white society to value them. We did that 60 years ago! It did not work. Read: it didn't work. A true, authentic conversation must be had because the younger generation who face an anemic economy, education being taken over by greedy corporate interest, a horrifically unjust justice system are desperately taking matters in their own tired hands.
The behavior of the people in Ferguson is shameful. Even more shameful is the attitude of those like the author who seem to feel that this is a problem of white racism. It is not. The problems in the black community will only be solved once we realize that race hucksters sowing an attitude of injustice hides the real problems.
Well, rioting and looting aren't going to give anyone a good feeling toward you or erase and negative stereotypes. You can't force someone to like you. If you want to be liked, be likable, if you want to be accepted, act acceptably.
I agree with Greg on this one...Gannett is probably been one of the worst newspapers in the United State for turning its back on journalism, as defined by our US constitution, for the sake of profit. They've falsified subscriptions and readership for decades to justify astronomical ad prices. Customers caught on and the internet has been moving digitally for years.
It was sad to see the horse and buggy and pony express go bye bye, but we'll adapt and move on. Had the newspaper industry actually hung on to its journalistic mission of holding the government accountable, our country wouldn't be in such a mess today. We're all learning that our Fourth Estate or Fourth Branch of the government has been complicit in the destruction of Main Street.
"Local Gannett employees do not know what the future will bring..." And that implies they are DIFFERENT than EVERYONE ELSE? No one knows what the future will bring. Enjoy the suspense.
Local Gannett employees do not know what the future will bring, but that is just because it is too early in the process for any firm decisions to have been made. The spinoff will have to occur first.
The Gannett exec that will run the media company made several comments about how the publishing company will be able to become more efficient, and eliminate redundancies. In a declining industry such as publishing, the spinoff of so many companies by so any owners means just one thing; profitability is declining and owners do not see it returning. Just look at what has happened to papers and magazines since 2008.
There will be fewer positions in the new Gannett in five years. How many fewer, it is hard to say, but further revenue declines will mean steeper cuts. And how about pay and benefits? Employees should ask themselves if they felt that the old Gannett paid salaries or better benefits than competitors. If the answer to either is yes, then they should expect hits here as well.
The internet is having huge impacts in retailing, music and film, and other industries, and there is no reason to expect that it will be different for publishing.
I share your concerns. I particularly agree with your assessment that "[i]nvestors don't buy stock in public newspaper companies to support good journalism; they buy it hoping it'll make money for them." The decades of favoring increased profits over maintaining quality product has, in my opinion, been a significant detriment to the US economy. Profit-based news organizations seem antithetical to a "free press."
Great article. World's oldest profession is really intertribal warfare and looks like we are all heading for another "Great War" . . . for every Gandhi there are 10 Stalins and Hitlers.
Radical Islamic Jihadis are certainly helping us along this horrible path . . . may the peacemakers unite and eradicate them one glorious day and save the rest of us from Islamist tyranny - the worst tyranny imaginable.
Tom: FYI I was born here and that makes me an American citizen. I did have relatives who came here LEGALLY from other countries (and still have the documents to prove it). I agree we should learn from history. The Native Americans could not turn back the 'immigrants' who eventually colonized and claimed North America. If the US can't or won't defend her borders and sovereignty the same thing could happen again. The US has fought wars to prevent the conquest of other countries but we're not doing anything to protect our own borders. We are a nation of laws and LEGAL immigrants.
Andrew and many others prove that Christians value money above all else.
And Bart..."we" are legal immigrants? The Native Americans granted us that status?? I think you need to read some history books.
Let's be real honest here. The left has never had much usage for Christianity until now. When the left begins opposing abortion I will believe them.
I ask that if you are Christian to attempt to adopt one of these children and teach them Christian values. Who knows they may vote republican and the whole thing will backfire on obama
I read that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered to take 1000 of the 'refugees'. Chicago is near the top of the list of cities with crime, gang and gun violence. Isn't that what these children are supposedly fleeing from?
If in some way a few dollares could be made on these ones then they would become legal real fast.
Who should be ashamed is Mary Anna Towler for that blatant assault on the city and state she claims to love so much. Mrs. Towler, simply because hard working, LAW-ABIDING citizens are tired of their tax dollars being used for at best, dubious causes and at worst corruption at the highest levels, does NOT mean we are the heartless people you have the insolence to portray us as. Now I just came back from Mass. I prayed that the crisis at the border can get worked out, that these children can find peace and safety. But NOT on our backs and our dollars. I've been made to pay enough over the years for a war I didn't want, for liquor and cigarettes for people who'd rather live on my dollar than make their own, for the rich to make money off the backs of everyone else and for government bureaucrats to sit around watching pornography all day on their computer while getting full health care, paid vacations to luxury resorts and money for pensions.
I strongly disagree with the characterization of Rochesterians in this article. Yes, there has been a good deal of objecting to bringing illegal immigrants to the area. However, I don't believe it is because people here are uncaring and lack compassion. Rather, I feel people are WEARY of taking on the problems of the world. And when we do step up to help, Americans are vilified - as evidenced by the commentary in the article about Border Patrol Agents . After two untenable wars and countless other interventions that cost us American lives and treasure, it's time to focus on what we need in this country, this state and this city.
There is a statue in the New York harbor that beckons , "Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses yearning to be free." Back in the early twentieth century, tens of thousands of Italians and Sicilians passed beneath this statue, most undocumented, they had no papers. The immigration officers posted the letters WOP (without papers), on their applications. The derogatory name stuck, but they came, they worked hard, they became good citizens and added to the American culture. I, of Irish heritage, ended up marrying one of the descendants of that mass migration of undocumented immigrants.
Perhaps the statue, if it has become irrelevant, should be torn down. Scrap copper is at a premium these days.
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