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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

"The problem is that we live in Gun Nation. With no time to think, sometimes people get shot. It's very simple: less guns=less people getting shot. "

On this is not valid, and facts and history tell us all we need to know.

More guns=less crime, and this has been documented and we all know it to be true intrinsically; Chicago, about as gun unfriendly as you can be, This city is a literal war zone, filled with crime.

Please take the time to have a look at this excellent book, the author is a journalist who set out to write a book about the exact subject you speak of, it's the title of the book. But his research led him to the exact opposite conclusion and he went on to document how and where more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens works to reduce the crime rate; always.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_Guns,_Less_Crime

Look at the facts, assess then honestly and come to your own conclusions, but do not do so in a reactionary manner!

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/06/2014 at 8:29 PM

Re: “RCSD's big gamble: longer days

How can we as parents sit by like its the teachers problem that our kids are not learning. some of this problem is ours; however in todays society we have to work more than one job along with most being single parents who's watching at home
to make sure that they are doing homework and studying for the test coming up
I appeal to you all don't give up on these kids future their education is the most important to them in the future our technology change everyday jobs are changing
requirements all the time since the seventies left we now have more automated
systems, more paperless bills, paperless applications for jobs making it longer and harder to find jobs due to the time response online applications so they need to be highly educated for many reasons this meaning survival of real life.

Posted by Project Dream on 11/06/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Good souls: Cemetery care often falls to volunteers

Good reporting. I agree with Kwai's comment - this is something worth checking out and perhaps getting involved with.

Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 11/06/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “The D&C's new newsroom

I wish I could type...i do look forward to any comments about my lack of typing and proof reading skills... :)

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Posted by Moroninthehouse on 11/06/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “The D&C's new newsroom

OK, lets think people!

To constituonal originalist: Thanks to god that our constituional originalists (those that actually wrote the constitution) were actually smart and forward thinking vs. those that claim to defend the constituon now. If yo don't like the current administation, you are free to focus on thier stances, accomplishements, or lack of accomplishments. I woudl like your boss to go back ane review your high school trnascripts and/or SAT scores and decide if you should remian employed.

Muzenews: Yes, it is sad what happens when old, comfortable insititutions wither and fall by the wayside. However, what is Gannet to do? Paper news is failing and hemmoraghing money. They have been passed by like pony express and rotary phones. everyone reading this (including you) are partially to blame. Would you prefer to give up your tablet or smart phone used to read this story and share this opinion? Should we ban the internet to save printed news? Dinosaur businesses waiting to long to react to technology disruption will fail (i.e. see Kodak as another example). Yes, it is a shame that good, talented people pay the price for this but anyone who has not seen this coming for at least the last decade has either in denial or not paying attention.

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Posted by Moroninthehouse on 11/06/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “The D&C's new newsroom

I, for one, can guarantee you with certainty, that if you locate and print the presidents college transcripts, or Lois Lerners emails, your circulation would skyrocket, and therefore your jobs would remain intact.

Have a go at it, would you please?

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/05/2014 at 2:05 PM

Re: “The D&C's new newsroom

The independent weekly, Seven Days, in Burlington, VT ran an article that gave insight into what's going on at Gannett papers. It's not pretty. Plus, I'd like to know what a non-Gannett stockholder has to say about this. http://m.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2014/10/30/media-note-free-press-lays-off-higher-ed-reporter

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Posted by muzenews on 11/05/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Good souls: Cemetery care often falls to volunteers

Cool story.....I am now headed to Mt Hope to enjoy the day and see some stones!

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Posted by Kwai Chang on 11/05/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

Deserves our vote? Possibly the worst example of distortion in print that I have ever read. Shameful.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 11/03/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “O'Brien has earned a second term

I get it that O'Brien is principled but from a political standpoint he really screwed the pooch with his support for the SAFE act. In the 55th Senate district? His re-election bid would have been a tough one in this cycle regardless, but if I had to pick out one key reason why I think he's most likely to lose his job tomorrow, that's it.

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Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 11/03/2014 at 10:46 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

City, you seriously can't believe what you wrote. I won't torment myself any further by documenting Cuomo's horrific displays of how he has served NY. We all have witnessed it. You even mentioned a few of his "gaffes" in the beginning of your article. I would really like to know if journalists these days stand by anything. How do you get yourselves to believe what you write? Most people will be turned off by this pithy tongue lashing, but the elephant in the living room is getting bigger, and growing polka dots. It has to be said.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 11/03/2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “The ballot proposals: Yes to 1 and 2

I will vote in favor of Proposition 1 as it its one step in the right direction in getting politicians, Democratic and Republican Parties,and those currently in the Senate and Assembly out of the business of redrawing their own districts...but we still have a long way to go. Proposition 2 is to save paper which I am in favor of saving trees. However, electronic e mail of a proposed bill will speed up the voting process and then we ( the public ) may have little chance of reviewing the proposed bill in advance of the vote in either legislative house . I will vote no on Proposition 3. I think that each school district should raise it own school taxes if it needs to buy future technology.

Posted by crm135790 on 11/03/2014 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

The problem is that we live in Gun Nation. With no time to think, sometimes people get shot. It's very simple: less guns=less people getting shot.

Occasionally, a video ends up on YouTube that doesn't show the whole story and erroneously looks like police brutality. Police body cameras can help fill the gaps. They should be on all the time. 99% of the time, the video will never be looked at anyway.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/03/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The ballot proposals: Yes to 1 and 2

The NYCLU also recommends voting down Proposition #1 for reasons that it's only going to shift the corrupt system to a new version. As their November 2 e-mail states, "the politicians whose careers are at stake will keep the final say on how district lines are drawn." Same old, same old.

As for supporting Proposition #2, note that third clause which says, "the bill cannot be changed electronically without leaving a record of the changes". The trouble with digital is it is not physical, and as such, no matter how many perceived protections exist, the fact is the documents can be changed secretly and en masse. Paper documents can be changed too, but that requires breaking into each legislator's office to do it which is far more difficult.

Nonetheless, with the astonishing amount of dysfunction in Albany, I can't fathom anybody bothering to propose a law then secretly changing it so the altered version gets passed without anybody reading it. It's much easier to just bribe the majority leaders and be done with it. So in the end, we get to keep a broken system but at least waste less paper—less a "common sense" decision and more a "whatever."

Posted by Jason Olshefsky on 11/03/2014 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

But the groups I mentioned are funded by taxpayers and carry great responsibilities toward our children, parents and community members. The solution is simple... no matter what color, race, or gender; when a police person gives you an order you follow it even of it leads to an arrest. It is the law of the Sate of New York. Follow the orders and then sort it out in court later with legal means by a judge and jury. See ? Problem solved regarding body cameras and we saved $1 million dollars that we can use to create jobs and better educate our children to learn that people should follow the direction of a police officer. I however learned it for free by my father and mother's guidance.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/02/2014 at 5:32 PM

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

The rest of those groups you mentioned don't carry firearms, don't have the authority to take away our freedom by locking us up (sometimes for nothing at all) and don't have the right to kill us (as the police do from time to time) and make up a reason why. There has not been an unjustified shooting in the city of Rochester in decades, even though many of those people were unarmed. Amadou Diallo in N.Y.C. was shot *19* times b/c he was reaching for his wallet to identify himself. He was unarmed. Police officers are different than the rest of those people you mentioned for the reasons I have mentioned above. They are supposed to enforce the law and are bound by the laws as well. Too many of them think they ARE the law. They are not. They should be made to wear body cameras that they can't shut off. If they don't want to, they should resign or be fired. They supposedly work for us but act like an occupying army with armor, tanks, machine guns, tear gas. I have a certain degree of sympathy for them but I didn't ask them to become police officers and get paid $4.8 million in overtime pay and be able to retire after 20 years with pensions soaking up hundreds of millions of dollars. The police don't even have an obligation to protect you from crime but to maintain public order. Sometimes I'd rather deal with a problem myself than call the thug idiots carrying badges.

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Posted by sean on 11/02/2014 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

We also pay the salaries of all elected officials, teachers, RCSD Admin., Fire Fighters, City Council, County Legislators, Mr. Stewart's Ministry salary at his church is paid by the members ( same thing )... my point being that if police have to wear cameras then all the rest should too... right ? Not many trust politicians so we make them wear cameras ? Many people feel that teachers and the RCSD can't do the job so we make them wear cameras ? Where do we start and stop with body cameras ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/01/2014 at 7:23 PM

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

We pay police's salaries and trust them to keep us safe. Too many of them abuse that trust. From something as simple as speeding without their lights on, to more serious abuses like police brutality and murder. When they are in taxpayer vehicles, on taxpayer time, they have no right to privacy. There is a reason we need body cameras on police. Too many of them abuse the public trust and the public dollar that pays their salaries and overtime. What are they doing in their taxpayer vehicles that they feel they need to hide? If they are all honest and honorable men and women, they don't need to fear public scrutiny. They should welcome it.

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Posted by sean on 11/01/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

I would say that body cameras are a bad idea for the RPD and the $1 million to be spent could be better spent upon hiring more police officers of all races and or male, female officers of both genders or creating jobs in the problem areas.

I would also challenge Mr. Stewart to wear a body camera so we can make sure he is ministering safely and properly to the public. I would also challenge the Mayor and City Council to wear body cameras too so that we know that they are performing their jobs correctly too. We may as well add in City Teachers, RCSD Administration and the Board too. Let us add "bad" parents too for not keeping their children off the streets past 10:00 pm. Heck...I'll wear one too if asked.

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Posted by crm135790 on 10/31/2014 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Cuomo deserves our vote

I will vote in protest for Hawkins, Green Party. Let us not forget that Astorino or Cuomo cannot do anything without the full cooperation of the Assembly and the Senate together... If there is cooperation then all of us will benefit in the end.

When will the executive and legislative branches work together to make our great state prosper for all people ? When will our elected officials stop thinking in terms of Republican and Democrat ? What happened to a good solid set of ideas that work well for all of us ?

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 10/28/2014 at 10:03 PM

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