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Re: “Racism, separateness, and the Ferguson decision

I am confused. Which of Johnson's stories does Towler find credible (see attached link)? This guy lied every time he opened his mouth. The claims of racism ring hollow as well. The left simply does not like the outcome of the grand jury proceeding. Now that a GJ in NYc has also cleared a cop in a killing, perhaps the rioters will move on to the new story. They are welcome too take Warren with them.

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Posted by Luxembourg on 12/03/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Right of refusal

I live in a very nice apartment that is well maintained, for the most part, by my landlord. We recently had a city inspector come through and he found a few code violations with smoke detectors (not in the proper locations), lack of carbon monoxide detectors (which I didn't know was required), and a broken porch step (which I had been nagging my landlord for months to fix). I'm happy the inspector caught the violations and that my landlord quickly addressed them.

As for the argument as to why renters are subject to inspections when homeowners are not, it's simple. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of your property. If you want to let it fall into disrepair and squalor, that's your business and you are the one who will suffer the financial consequences. As a renter, my landlord is responsible for the maintenance of the property. If the landlord lets the property fall into disrepair, it is the tenant who suffers, often with little support to get the landlord to take action. I see inspections as protection for the tenant. Waivers are a bad idea.

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Posted by Martin Petrella on 12/03/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “ALBUM REVIEW: "Raindrop: Improvisations With Chopin"

Thanks, Ron, for the great review!

Posted by Deanna Witkowski on 12/03/2014 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Does anyone hold the SED and the Regents accountable?

The Department of Education is disconnected and overwhelmed like everyone associated with education seems to be. They know very little about what local charter schools look like from day to day. When was the last time anyone from Albany dropped in and did a surprise inspection? The charters here break certain obligations and promises all the time. Some more than others. All one has to do is look at the enrollment numbers to see how haphazard oversight is. Local charters are required to stay at a certain enrollment number but some often go over this number to get additional revenue. Additionally, they are all required to enroll a certain number of special education and ELL students but almost none do.

Everyone needs to remember that SED (The State Education Department) and the "Regents" are the same people that oversee the Rochester City School District and they have allowed its failures to continue for thirty years. Accountability in education fails across the board.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 12/03/2014 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Contaminated houses coming down

charlotte project has hazardous materials and the city officals are sweeping it under the rug.. we are having a meeting at the robach center thursday dec 4 at 7pm .. about the materials found and why no local developer will touch it.. who is gettng paid off here.. wait till these condos sink.

Posted by Lorraine Parzuski on 12/02/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Democrat and Chronicle newsroom changes begin, with some losses

D&C announcements such as this are always shortly followed by a substantial subscription rate hike. What'll it be this time? 10%? 20%? 30%?

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Posted by Ed Francis on 12/02/2014 at 3:44 PM

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

As an NP who cares for hundreds of HIV + and negative gay and bisexual men, I would say that the biggest reason that the HIV epidemic is not under better control in the US is that the health care system has dealt with prevention as a behavioral issue and change is very difficult to apply to something like sexual behaviors. Those strategies will work for disciplined people who do not have sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Now there is finally a medical way for people to prevent acquiring HIV, by taking one pill a day (which still requires some disciplined behavior) but the number of health care providers telling their patients about it is miniscule. "Chemical prevention" works for measles, mumps, polio, hepatitis, HPV....even pregnancy. We in health care should treat HIV prevention as we do many other conditions.

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Posted by Theresa Schwartz on 12/01/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

If people are so dissatisfied with the police of this community then get out and off your butts to vote for new, city council members and a new mayor as well as a new district attorney in 2015. Why was it that in 2014 voters of Caucasian decent outnumbered all other races : Black, Cuban, Dominican at the polls ? Ferguson is 67% black but more whites voted than any other race. If....after all that has happened in Ferguson and beyond black voters do not come out to the polls and outnumber voters 2 or 3 to one then this will tell me that rioting, burning, looting are more important than voting.

If folks want change then do it at the polls in a legal manner and present your case to the new Mayor and City Council that appoint the Chief of Police. In Rochester, by the way, the Police Chief is appointed by City Council and the Police force works for the Mayor. There is a union that intercedes on behalf of Rank and File Patrolmen.

Get it right at least once Ferguson...go vote and make the changes happen if things are so bad; develop neighbor hood organizations; elect judges that will apply proper sentencing; help the police and develop relationships that are constructive so you businesses succeed and so that your neighborhoods are safe. Nothing is perfect but this would be a good start. Make sure that African American Police Officers are hired and rise to the ranks of policy control. But then again...who wants to be murdered for a salary or $45,000 a year.

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Posted by crm135790 on 12/01/2014 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Immigration plan's winners and losers

During the depression. People came here llegaly. I repeat llegaly. An had a hard time. Being called not so nice names. And now people come here from god knows.where.and they demand citizenship. Do it llegaly end of story.

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Posted by Robert Snipes on 12/01/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Theater Review: "West Side Story" at Kodak Center

If this production is based on the last Broadway revival, then the Spanish translations were done by Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of "In the Heights."

Posted by Karen Pfeiffer Jones on 11/30/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

The testimony was from 5 African American folks that were at the scene. Those five people did not know the officer's testimony... yet confirmed his account of the young man's actions. Case closed, guilty. Move on Ferguson and Sharpton to more lies to build your cause of racial division in Rochester and beyond.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/30/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Most of the American public believes what officer Wilson said. His account was the truth. Any discrepancies were measured against his testimony. Does this seem right? My first problem is that the ferguson police dep't said that Wilson did not know aboout the corner store robbery. To me this is crucial. If officer Wilson knew about Brown possibly being a suspect (young aggressive robber on the loose ). Wilson would be justified (IMO) to be very guarded when confronting Brown. I could agree that he had possible reason to be ready to defend himself. The officer did NOT know about any robbery.…

Why did he say in his interview( that is all it was) that he recognized Brown maybe a potential suspect of the then recent crime? No one questions this.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 11/29/2014 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision


" FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

Darren Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. The resignation is effective immediately, Bruntrager said. He declined further immediate comment but said he would release more details Saturday night.

A grand jury spent more than three months reviewing evidence in the case before declining in November to issue any charges against Wilson. He told jurors that he feared for his life when Brown hit him and reached for his gun.

The news of Wilson's resignation didn't seem to appease a small group of protesters who stood outside of the Ferguson police department on Saturday night.

"I've been protesting out here since August," said Rick Campbell, who added that he didn't care that Wilson had resigned.

Several other protesters who were asked to comment shrugged their shoulders or expressed disinterest".

"We were not after Wilson's job," civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement to AP. "We were after Michael Brown's justice."


Yet...the behavior of one young man has taken his own life. As well, this young man's behavior has ruined the life of a policeman in the Ferguson Police Dept. as well as the officer's family. But the most tragic, this young man has ruined the lives of his own family too because he could not follow the law and a policeman's orders.

Everyone may have suffered from this terrible, tragic event. It will continue in the nation because people do not follow the law and the orders of a policeman. I don't know about Al Sharpton but I see no justice for anyone. Maybe there is still hope for young people to live law abiding, moral lives regardless of color or race. I will pray... that is all that is left for me to contribute to the matter.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/29/2014 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

It has been nearly a year since Lovely became mayor. In that year my impression of her has solidified. Every time she says or does something, this is what I think: junior high cheerleader who unexpectedly wins an election for student body president.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 11/29/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

The Police Officer made the correct decision as bound by law and to protect his own life. A Video buying cigars ... bull crap. I am sure Ferguson Police will be getting body cameras soon so that this very tragic event will not happen again in the way it did happen.

My prayers to the Police Dept., ; the City : the people; and, the families of both parties directly involved. Case closed... now, let us find a way to make things peaceful through dialog in Ferguson and the entire Nation without looting, rioting, killing, and burning.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/29/2014 at 8:33 AM

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

So Sean Murphy thinks one reason the problem of rising HIV rates in men who have sex with men is because "disease prevention that requires a fifth-grade level of communication is going to be challenging." Seriously? Rising rates of HIV transmission can be halted by materials written at a second-grade level: "Men--stop putting your penis in another man's rectum!" Oh, and BTW--stop hooking up with dozens and hundreds of strangers for anonymous, promiscuous sex on Grindr, Scruff, Adam4Adam, ManHunt, Craigslist,"

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Posted by ludovico on 11/28/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

There is video of Michael Brown paying for the cigars. A customer (not the store) called in what appeared to be a robbery. Tobacco products are always kept behind the counter. Do we know all the details of what happened at the store?

The police officer made very bad choices from the beginning. Someone who so quickly gets into a self-defense situation is simply unfit to be a police officer. I see incompetence rather than racism. And Michael Brown was similarly incompetent.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/28/2014 at 12:29 PM

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