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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feedback

Re: “Feedback 7/30

My husband and I were fortunate to be able to send my son to school in Wake County, North Carolina. Although he was automatically assigned to attend his neighborhood school in the suburbs, we chose to send him to one of the magnet schools in downtown Raleigh which had 40% low-income students. At the magnet school fair, we could choose from schools with A+ Arts, Great Books, bilingual Spanish or French, STEM, and Montessori, among others. We ended up applying to a school with an inquiry-based curriculum, similar to the several Expeditionary Learning schools in the Rochester CSD. We were one of the lucky families -- several of my friends' children were waitlisted and they had to attend their second-choice schools (their neighborhood schools). The low-income students who lived in the inner-city neighborhood where the school was located were also lucky because they were automatically assigned to that school without having to go through a cumbersome application process.

I know that many parents worry about sending their children to the same schools with large numbers of low-income students, but what we discovered was that, rather than the low-income students pulling the middle-class students down, all the students were pulled up by having access to the resources and connections of the middle-class parents. When we moved back to Monroe County, we searched for a similar environment for our children, and actually found it in the Rush-Henrietta school district, which has a similar percentage of low-income students without sacrificing a high-quality education. I would welcome a county-wide school district because it would increase my children's choices, while at the same time decreasing the flight of middle-class families to the suburbs, which is killing the City of Rochester and will eventually be the death of the whole Greater Rochester region if we stick with the status quo.

Posted by Kathleen Cali on 08/05/2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Feedback 7/9

This would be a great investment and at a minimum a consistent Fast Bus System or LRT/Streetcar system connecting, RIT, U of R, and downtown would have a great benefit to this community and likely would see the highest usage. Parking is expensive and limited at both rapidly growing universities, and why not have a means to connect them to downtown and use our city as a place to collaborate and innovate.

Posted by John on 07/23/2014 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Feedback 7/16

There are two different options here. The wrong option was chosen. This option called for government provided training programs. Mrs. Warren also has called for a raise in the minimum wage.

The capitalist option costs the taxpayer zero dollars and yet provides real on the job training and responsibility, and the person gets paid to learn and feel dignity. Stop messing with the entry level wages and let people at least get a start.

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Posted by johnny on 07/22/2014 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Feedback 7/16

Questions Mayor Warren

What type of jobs are available for individuals with a very low academic level ?

If you say they need training, what type of training ,and what jobs will be available to them with this training ?

What has been the success rate of labor training, and employment in construction ,building, and other work areas ?

What jobs will be available for the forty _ nine percent school dropout rate?

How many companies have you spoken with about hiring low academic level employs ?



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Posted by Paul on 07/21/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Feedback 7/2

Good for Feedback writer Lori Marra! She asks the correct questions regarding the overlay of a special downtown tax zone...the same questions Ann MacQuay and the residents of Grove Place asked back in the early 1990's when this proposal last came bubbling up from RDDC. Sorry but Red Shirts, et. al, are NOT a magic pill solution. Nor is a special tax overlay without very specific information. And once in, these never go away no matter how abused.

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Posted by Shirley Dawson on 07/03/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Feedback 6/18

The residents of Charlotte don't oppose development. The problem is that the mayor is giving away the farm to a greedy out-of-town developer. In addition, this project seems to be headed for failure. It also requires that the city spend money it doesn't have. Even if it did work, the city and especially Charlotte wouldn't benefit. It's a no-brainer to oppose it.

There are three things that must be preserved: the beach, the trees and grass, and the parking lots. These are the jewels. Some berms could be built to hide the lots, but they're necessary because visitors need a place to park.

Let's continue developing the space around these jewels. If and when there's an outcry for luxurious hotels and condos, well, we'll probably have to do that too.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/18/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Feedback 5/28

Hi LaDawn, as the person who puts together the list of film openings each week, I apologize for any inconvenience the missing theaters may have caused. City goes to press on Tuesdays, and sometimes theaters haven't finalized their schedules for the following week at that point (that sometimes doesn't happen until late Tuesday or even early Wednesday). I try to wait as long as possible, but at a certain point I just have to go with what I have.

However, the Movie Times section on our website (…) is updated multiple times a day with movie theater listings AND showtimes as the information becomes available, so definitely check that out!

Posted by Adam Lubitow on 05/30/2014 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Feedback 5/28

Don't understand the supposed new format for the movies....caused a disagreement with a friend...when checking for a movie that only listed 4 checking the other theaters...this movie is also playing. Seems like a incorrect way to inform those as to what theaters are showing movies.

Posted by LaDawn Williams on 05/29/2014 at 4:41 PM

Re: “Feedback 5/28

@Daniel — I would not just ask families what they prefer, but would give effect to their God-given right to self-determination in supervising the education of their children.

So, I'll toss the challenge back to you: Are you willing to let go of the government school monopoly if that will afford the disadvantaged greater opportunity and dignity?

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Posted by b.d.g. on 05/29/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Feedback 5/21

One Tough Lady:
Something Maggie Brooks will be remembered for, is wearing Spike Heels in a parade.


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Posted by Paul on 05/27/2014 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Feedback 4/30

CHOCOLATE lovers attending the Wine & Chocolate sessions scheduled during the upcoming not-to-miss International Lilac Festival should be aware of a current THORN (mine! ) in the side of an Industry that slept for 120 years, a one-man movement on my @twitter account ("Dhani Schimizzi") to finally place "child-labor-free" LABELS on all their chocolate products.

My research shows that if you check the website of LINDT & SPRUNGLI they are way ahead of the other main players like Coca Cola (GODIVA), Nestles, KITKAT, CadburyUK & Hershey's Kisses in the struggle to eliminate chld SLAVE labor in the Chocolate Industry. For conscientous "aficionados" of the sweet, 120 years is a long time to wait -"si" or "no"?

Irondequoit, NY
Ixtapa, Jal. Mexico

Posted by DHANI SCHIMIZZI on 05/08/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Feedback 4/30

Segregation forever? Every action or inaction is a barometer reading of our level of caring. I'm so tired of seeing city school superintendents standing in classrooms for photo-ops to "show" that they're worth the six figures a year they're getting paid. Meanwhile time is ticking and the die is being cast for many a young mind. We need radical solutions and they should come from the children themselves rather than the high paid, scared-of-losing-their-job suit and ties. I believe we can educate anybody anywhere, we just need the freedom to do it.
This Oz-like entity called the State has decreed how our children will spend the better part of their childhood. I'm convinced that the state's concern is not whether our children grow to be beautiful, caring, contributing members of society but it's interest is in tapping brain power to develop some new weapons technology or scientific breakthrough. That's why the State deems science and math so important. It's all about the economy and being number one in the world. Do you think our children care if the U.S. is the richest most powerful nation?
So here are my recommendations:
1) Take a house on every block and turn it into a school. Kind of a variation on the one-room schoolhouse only with computers. Children would simply walk down the street - no more nauseating bus ride belching green house gases. They would learn with different aged students, reflecting the real world. The approach would be more personal- hard to get lost in the crowd when there's only 15-20 of you. Parents would be more likely to get involved because they live right next door to the "school".
2)Throw out the State's curriculum! Parents, teachers and students know the needs of their children. We don't need the State imposing years of math and science on young minds, the vast majority of whom will forget everything they know about math and science the second they answer the last test question. Of course I'm not saying that math and science are not of value but students should exhibit the interest and aptitude before we sentence them to years of spirit crushing boredom.
3)Reduce the hours spent in class. Children love to play and socialize(and by the way they actually learn a great deal from it). They should be doing more of that and less sitting on a hard seat being told to "sit still". I would rather my child go to school for two classes she is interested in and therefore more likely to do well in and gain confidence in, than to attend five or six classes simply watching the clock. There's a saying, "nothing succeeds like success". If a child becomes proficient in just on thing that success and confidence would spill over into everything else.

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Posted by lp on 05/03/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Contrary to one of the comments, it is not the case that a business "cannot discriminate against any group for any reason". In reality, no statute and no court says any such thing.

This same comment further claims that the Establishment clause of the First Amendment means that a private individual or business "cannot use a religious argument to justify discrimination." This is exactly backwards, inasmuch as the First Amendment constrains the state, not individuals, and is the foundation for any argument FOR religious exemptions.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/19/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Mr. Palermo,
Your argument is specious.
This is not a religious argument, it is a civil rights argument. If a business does business with the public, it cannot discriminate against any group for any reason. Our courts have upheld this many times.
You argument is the same which was used against Irish Americans in the late 19th century, Italian Americans in the early 20th century, and against African Americans until the late 20th century (although many would argue that this discrimination continues in many forms).
You advocate discrimination against one group of citizens. Our laws now prohibit this.
Additionally, our Constitution, as you reference, clearly states the separation of church and state in the first Amendment. You cannot use a religious argument to justify discrimination.
Clayton Adams
Naples, NY

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Posted by Clayton Adams on 03/18/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Testify, Howard!

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Posted by Fireball Junior on 03/18/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Dear Mr. Levato,

Indeed you did "cover the news in this town for 40 years," and during my numerous encounters with you (as a reporter), especially as it relates to "the race issue," which Lovely Warren did not create, and has not perpetuated, I found that you always openly displayed the deepest , clearest form of cognitive dissonance. That is, you never really wanted to discuss issues of race. In my experience with you (as a reporter), anytime the issues arose, you avoided it like the plague, and always had some type of alternative explanation.
I paid very close attention to the 2013 Mayoral Election, and did not see a single indication of your perspective that Mayor Warren has an "apparent view of the city as black versus white." I think what you really mean is that you are disturbed by the fact that she would (from your perspective) dare raise race as a clear, deep-seated, pervasive, and potentially explosive, volatile, historic, and ongoing, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural issue and problem (not only in Rochester and Monroe County), but throughout the thoroughly racist, white-supremacist, U.S. nation-state, which does matter, and must be dealt with.

I openly and publicly challenge you to point out a single statement by Mayor Warren, in which she has said that "a white [super-wealthy] mayor like Tom Richards could not fully understand the needs of poor black folks" --- even though this probably is an undeniable fact.

I also openly challenge you to point us to any "broadcast [in which Mayor Warren has said] that a black police officer is better at defusing tense situations involving African Americans." What you're alluding to is the fact that she has said, understanding the history, culture, and ethos of people whom you police, which the overwhelming majority of RPD Officers do not, does matter. This raises the important issue of the need for ongoing, appropriate, cultural "sensitivity" training, which is one issue that Mayor Warren emphasized during the campaign. By the way, yes, sometimes (not always, because actually there are some pretty messed-up cops of color) race really does matter when you need a cop." People of color must always remain acutely aware of the fact that one wrong move when confronted by many white cops, especially those who are not properly trained, and/or grounded in the histories, cultures, and ethos's of people of color --- can, easily cost your life. I'm not making this up Ray. Go take a long, objective (if that's possible for you) look at the history of policing within the thoroughly racist, U.S. nation-state, particularly within communities of color --- then report to us what you find.

The idea that "Warren waged class warfare" would be laughable --- if it was not so diluted.
You say that you "wish Warren well," but something way down in my gut tells me that you really don't.

Howard J. Eagle

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 03/18/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Feedback 3/5

Thank you for someone attempting to fight the ignorance and stereotype related to drug addiction. As someone who has fought this battle for years with many years of sobriety, we addicts hate ourselves enough and this awful disease. I did not use to "feel good", I used attempting to feel "normal". As for the rising heroin use, a large part is related to recent government ploys to decrease prescription pill addiction. Rather than go thru a horrendous withdrawal, people have turned to the streets. If the government was so concerned, they would help the millions of addicts begging for an end to their addiction, when the drug Suboxone helps addicts get off opiates without becoming deathly ill, so they may continue to work and not risk losing their job by having to be out sick to withdrawal for 1 -2 weeks, risking their employer find out their shameful secret and lose their job. The government only allows a handful of Dr's to prescribe Suboxone. Primary Dr's are allowed to prescribe drugs getting patients hooked, but not suboxone to get them unhooked. Suboxone is a big money maker. Many have resorted to buying Suboxone on the street to get off heroin, & are arrested for doing so when they are trying to do the right thing.

Posted by Reader22 on 03/07/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Feedback 3/5

"Addicts seek relief, not a high"
Thank you Gary R. Scialdone, for putting this so concisely and pointing out the sheer ignorance of the general public in this area. I too, am appalled that Rochester is still so provincial. We'll get NO WHERE if we don't start showing compassion for those who suffer. Why anyone would believe people CHOOSE to live in the throes of addiction is beyond me. Please… Maybe withdrawing that third helping of Ben and Jerry's Double-Dip Judgment-O-Grim-Delight will open the jammed door of your minds. The compulsive/addictive over-eaters in this town never cease to amaze. It’s one of the worst areas of the USA for obese, judgmental, controlling, codependents in DESPERATE need of treatment. Let the three fingers point right back at you. Preferably from your bathroom scales.

Siobhan Sullivan

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Posted by Vawny Sullivan on 03/05/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Feedback 2/19

I am a parent that pulled my child out of the failing RCSD in 2006/07 school year. She attends Rochester Prep and has excelled tremendously the last 2 years. I in no way feel the heat of blame on my shoulders. I pay my dam taxes and if that money trickles down to Albany just to make its way back to the school district to dole out to the charter schools then so be it. I expect to get transportation for my child cause I'm paying for it. I expect for my child to see a nurse cause I'm paying for it. Parents are not to blame in this situation the school board and the many superintendents that were hired and left over the years are. The only one that my have been able to turn this mess around was Mr. Calla. Mr. Vargas cannot improve this mess in the amount of time he's had. Let's be real. There are people that are entrenched on the board, at the union and down at the district offices that need to go. The mindset has to change. New people with new thoughts and ideas need to get in in order for things to change. I'm not gonna sit around and let my child get lost in the system. I haven't and if I can get her into a private high school or urban suburban then that's what I'm gonna do.

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Posted by Rhonda A. on 02/19/2014 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Feedback 2/12

Send All Government Workers To The Individual Health Exchanges!

At 01:56:30 of the 01/13/14 NYS Public Hearing On Health And Insurance (YouTube) - a 4 hour litany from various sectors on the abomination that is Obamacare specifically the "Individual Exchanges" or "Marketplace" - Dr. Andrew Kleinman chairman of the NYS Medical Society makes a profound statement: "Having health insurance under the exchanges does not mean having health care" as the health exchanges pay bovine manure; quoted half the rate of Medicaid which in itself is unprofitable. What doctor would take bottom feeder paying patients if they can't stay in business with them? Many are opting out or would if they knew who they were! It's that bad!

But no matter to the NYS senate royalties; they're all covered by top tier health insurance curtosy we New Yorkers. At a recent Brighton town meeting I tabled a novel proposition: how about the town take the $2,000 "penalty" which has all the meaning of "affordable" in the Afforable Care Act for each full time body on coveted expensive top tier "out of network" plans and send them off to the Individual Exchanges saving the town a whole lot of money!?

And, who else better to experience Obamacare than government itself?! Of course that didn't go over so well with the board or other NY towns I called. My supervisor Moehle responded a lot of excuses among them retaining good people, blah blah.

But one thing he didn't say; "It was simply the law" to which I would have responded with Thomas Jefferson: "If a law is unjust a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so."

Joel Shapiro - Brighton NY

Posted by JRS on 02/13/2014 at 9:29 PM

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