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Re: “[UPDATED] Medical pot, schools project, judges, and sparklers mark end of Legislature session

Non of this legislation means anything to me. I continue to feel poorer than ever. Only Howie Hawkins of the Green Party gives me any hope. It seems he has no chance; just like me.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/22/2014 at 2:59 AM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

The county does not provide rooms on an as needed basis. With working women being the majority of the workforce, and breastfeeding support in the workplace being a law since 2007, it is about time someone makes sure this happens. I wouldn't expect that men would necessarily understand the need, but luckily someone does. breastfeeding is a public health concern that, if taken more seriously by people in the position of power, could save this country billions of dollars.

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Posted by Dianne Otero Cassidy on 06/21/2014 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

Ms. Andrews proposed banning guns from the county office building, even though legislation already existed banning them, she stonewalled the MCC move and the Mayor delivered votes to hang her out.

Given her penchant for lack of research, political posturing, and being inept, this piece of legislation appears to be brilliant compared to her other moves!

But, then again, as an employee of NYSUT, why would we expect substance ? They have failed our children, demand more money every year, and are oblivious to everything around them as well.

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Posted by clint on 06/20/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

The story is posted. Here's the link: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/News…

Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 06/20/2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Joint Schools Construction Board pushes back on rumors

It was irresponsible and premature for Mayor Lovely Warren to try and second-guess the FBI. The mayor has likely been overly critical of the Rochester Joint Schools Construction Board. Her good intentions with regards to safeguarding taxpayer's money should nevertheless still be commended.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/20/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

Yes, of course. We're working on it now, as a matter of fact.

Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 06/20/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Lobbyists doom Child Safe Products Act

Now that the Senate session is over, can you post an update on what happened (or didn't happen)? Thanks.

Posted by rochLD on 06/20/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Joint Schools Construction Board pushes back on rumors

Very serious allegations where made against the RJSCB. It draws suspension, scrutiny and breaks down public trust for infrastructure spending. That it alleges financial misappropriation occurred for the spending of resources for children makes it potentially reprehensible and warrants criminal investigation.
If the truth involves false allegations the time and resources spent investigating defending in order to return to building schools for children then those involved also warrant investigation and legal prosecution.
Clear this matter quickly and return to the task at hand.

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 06/20/2014 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

I have felt for a long time that the Republican majority ignored the minority party , frequently without good reason. However, if this is the most consequential thing the Dems can propose, when the county already provides facilities on an as needed basis, then there is no reason for the Reps to pay attention to the Dems. Andrews is simply not a serious representative.

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Posted by Mike on 06/19/2014 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Dems want county to designate rooms for breastfeeding

For God's sake !!! What is next ? A private room with a lock to get ones' self pregnant ? Can't Carrie find something better to provide in services to Monroe County Employees ? I thought I had heard and seen most things but this seems to be one of the most unimportant issues that I have read about in years.

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/19/2014 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Education is big business in Rochester

Another big business is the prison system. Many dropouts from city schools end up there. Another big business is the gun industry. It's shameful that money and jobs are so often put ahead of the common good.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/19/2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Education is big business in Rochester

No, the government school monopoly is not a business. It is a political entity that confiscates resources from the real economy, where people and businesses would put them to more productive use, in order to line the pockets of political interests. A business will soon disappear if it doesn't meet people's needs efficiently, but the government school monopoly responds only to politics. Once upon a time, one at least could argue that government schools did produce a productive local workforce and citizenry. After decades of declining performance, those days are long gone.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/19/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “California decision a game-changer

So hiring non certified, little to no experience 22 year olds fresh out of college as teachers to work in charter schools make more sense?!! See how easy it is to get one over on the judicial system and the American public??!

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 06/18/2014 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Education is big business in Rochester

Charlotte high was "modernized" they didn't put air conditioning in, they have just 1 and a half restrooms for adult female staff( the 3rd floor bathroom is out of order often). They gave been trying to fix the back door so that the work badges could work. I've seen people coming in ALL year to try to fix it. When accountability is lacking, the results are shoddy, ill planed and wasteful.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 06/18/2014 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Education is big business in Rochester

When one visits a site of City School District Bldg. improvement one can observe first hand the facts that there are little if any women, young black men, mature white men over the age of 55 or more or minority owned sub contractors performing the prevailing wage work. It has been this way for years ( the good old boys club ) and will continue to be this way unless Lovely and Loretta step up to the plate and hit the "home run" like they did yesterday. Now....with that said am I saying jobs should be given to the aforementioned without the qualifications necessary to perform the tasks ? No I am not saying that at all. What I am saying is that we need jobs and the balance has been tipped in favor of steering contracts to those companies that do not hire and train minorities. Yet choose to "fudge" the paperwork to get the money and to hell with the minority.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/18/2014 at 4:46 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren to legislators: Don't approve funds for second phase of schools modernization

Great...oversight in redundant fashion as stated by Joe Morelle. Yet, what is the FBI Investigation about and why is it that phase two will go ahead as planned ? What happened in phase one ? Whom is it that lied,stole, rigged bids etc. ?

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/18/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Last-minute deal saves second phase of schools project

Great...oversight in redundant fashion as stated by Joe Morelle. Yet, what is the FBI Investigation about and why is it that phase two will go ahead as planned ? What happened in phase one ? Whom is it that lied,stole, rigged bids etc. ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/17/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Last-minute deal saves second phase of schools project

Glad to hear collaboration is happening to improve the education of children in our area. As we look at how to re-vitalize Rochester, let’s ask more questions and seek better answers.
• Should income inequality in the United States be a matter of great public concern? Yes. Inequality of the type we’re experiencing now directly threatens our democratic institutions and values. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty, French Economist.
• What is the best US return on investment? Early childhood education! Source: Dr. James Heckman, Nobel Economist, University of Chicago, Chautauqua Institute series.
• What do young children need to learn before they enter elementary school? Seven Essential Life Skills: Focus & Self Control, Perspective Taking, Communications, Making Connections, Critical Thinking, Taking on Challenges, Being a Self-Directed Learner. Source: Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky, Work/Family Institute.
• How do children learn? Experts find that boys tend to learn best through movement and touch, while girls learn most effectively by talking and listening. Frames of Mind: The theory of multiple intelligences, Howard Gardner.
• What intelligence can we develop in children that will give them a superior advantage in the workforce? Emotional Intelligence. Source: Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.
• Could educational and income inequality have been prevented in Rochester? Yes. Many cities in the US merged their city and county school systems years ago, saving their cities from rotting at their core, and enabling a strong regional economy to thrive. Source: Hope and despair in the American city, Why there are no bad schools in Raleigh, Gerald Grant, Syracuse University Professor of Education and Sociology.
• What do we know about poverty and how to intervene? The two highest correlations with poverty are family structure and the level of educational attainment. Focus on enhancing the education of mothers and promote an increase in education for young females. Teach story structure and formal language to instill the concept of consequences. Source: What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty, Bill Ehlig and Ruby K. Payne.
• In what forums are these questions being asked? The Mayor’s Early Learning Council? The Presbyterian fact finding trip to Raleigh supported by the Rochester Community Foundation? The University of Rochester’s initiatives for East High School? Fairport United Methodist and Fairport American Association of University Women’s forums on Poverty?
My gift in this space is a wide-open forum. Join us for the free “Annie” interactive outdoor movie event for the whole family on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 1100 Ayrault Road, Fairport NY 14450 (rain date 8/27). A costume parade kicks off the fun at 8:00pm, so be sure to come dressed as your favorite character and be ready to sing-along with Little Orphan Annie. If able, please bring a new or gently used children’s book and/or backpack to be donated to a Rochester city school student.
Pamela Barrett Spiteri, Director, Drama Kids International of Rochester

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Posted by Pamela Barrett Spiteri on 06/17/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren to legislators: Don't approve funds for second phase of schools modernization

This last minute letter from Lovely Warren and Loretta Scott is troubling. Clearly, the city was not working closely with Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle. Now, the mayor is complaining about not being listened to. Once again, Mayor Lovely Warren is putting herself ahead of the taxpayers, children, and workers she claims to represent.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/17/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren to legislators: Don't approve funds for second phase of schools modernization

The solution to mismanagement of funds and other corruption in a government project is not to stop all projects but to investigate, arrest and punish the transgressors. Then to put checks in place to make sure it never happens again. After all failing to repair our schools and refusing to provide these jobs will not make things better.

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Posted by Alex White on 06/16/2014 at 11:13 PM

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