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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Urban Journal

Re: “Supremes launch attacks on women's health care

No one is being denied access through this ruling. Why do those on the left side of the isle keep saying this?

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Posted by johnny on 07/09/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Downtown rising?

How about a week of jazz and a week of country, a week of rock, a week of classical?

BTW Rochester used to have 5 Fortune 500 companies headquarters. Not sure, but I've heard that Constellation Brands is a F500 company

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Posted by johnny on 07/07/2014 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Downtown rising?

To say that we make Rochester a music city is a GREAT IDEA but Rochester is already a music city ( training, education and new music testing ground). However, there are no Major Record Labels in Rochester and an over abundance of musical talent beyond belief. As well, there are not enough music venues of mid-size and larger to support making Rochester a Music City like Nashville, Los Angelos,or New York City ( only 5 hours south of Rochester). Great idea but if I had a lot of money, and based upon past experience, would not risk anything ( financial) but on medical, service, info tech., manufacturing, and green technology businesses. I believe the winter weather has a great impact upon a music city too... It's too darn cold and snowy to go out and play in mid-size clubs and expect people to drive to support the music played in any mid-size club. Which brings up the issue of mas transportation. With only 210,000 residents a good mass transit system is not sustainable without heavy, local taxpayer support . In the summer we are jammed with National Acts from around the Country. When winter sets in around the 1 st week of January it is all over and then clubs, musicians and promoters suffer the consequences.

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/05/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Downtown rising?

I am very pleased with the hard work that has made the International Jazz Festival what it is today. Thank You to Mr. Nugent and all others. Now let's take some of the money that has been made and put it to use on what is important and needed in Inner Rochester.

Programs like Teen Empowerment that take kids off the streets and change their outlook and teach them to live moral lives. Programs like these stop the murder, violence and drug use at the early stage. As Ms. Towler says... the downtown area has plenty of investors such as " Glazer isn't the only one. Morgan Management, Mark IV, Gary Stern, John Billone, and others continue to invest in downtown and nearby neighborhoods".

Yet ,I cannot help to believe more of these developers and their money could help programs grow such as Teen Empowerment. The sooner we help teens that do not have " good" parents with guidance the sooner all streets will be safer for all areas of Rochester. Not just downtown...

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/04/2014 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Downtown rising?

Ms. Towler, every year you indeed do comment on how the Jazz Fest gives us a glimpse of what the city could be. There me a connection to this anecdote- over the last decade or so, many of my fellow musicians in Rochester have noted that the music scene has picked, we all work a lot more than we used to (fifteen or twenty years ago).

Maybe some Rochesterians have learned that live music is really fun and they want to support it more often than once a year? Maybe less suburban people are afraid of "the city" than they used to be? They went to the jazz fest and the boogie man got them, but in a good way?

I'm probably naive in saying this, but if the jazz fest gives us a glimpse of what we could be, why weep about our lack of Fortune 500 companies? We have one of the most musical cities in the country; is it possible that re-branding and investing in Rochester as a music city, rather than a tech and financial city, could be the path to take Rochester into fully realizing herself?

Another related note: The RCSD (with the help of the Rochester Education Foundation) has been investing heavily in the musical education of its students. If that trend continues, perhaps all of Rochester's residents will get a taste of how music can transform individuals and communities.

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Posted by Alan Murphy on 07/03/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “National security: the US, Obama, and Iraq

Build the Keystone pipeline already!

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Posted by Bart on 06/20/2014 at 6:55 AM

Re: “National security: the US, Obama, and Iraq

If you wish you could ignore the Middle East's problems, then tell Cuomo to get rid of the stupid fracking ban.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/19/2014 at 1:01 PM

Re: “National security: the US, Obama, and Iraq

Adjunct Prof. Obama's approach to foreign relations — don't call it a policy — is neither informed nor realistic. It's hard to imagine anything more divorced from reality, or more ignorant of history and human nature. Add to the mix a narcissistic personality, colossal incompetence, compulsive blame-shifting, and a ridiculous blame-America ideology, and you have the calamity that is unfolding before our eyes.

Here's a reality-based way to think about a problem: Threats and risks don't go away just because you'd rather ignore them. They don't go away just because your options to mitigate them are limited and painful. If you can't deal with them now, or choose not to, they will deal with you later.

Antecedent to latest Iraq episode is a string of debacles in which Putin and others played Obama for a fool. Apparently during his stellar academic career the absent-minded professor neglected to learn one of the first lessons of leadership, namely, that you must make sure both your followers and your enemies either respect you or fear you.

According to a recent article in Politico, Prof. Obama delights in long luxurious dinners with wealthy and famous guests, engaged in deep conversation about "life and art, big interesting things," rather than the picayune responsibilities of his actual job. That's about the size of it: The American people, in their infinite wisdom, twice handed the most powerful position in human history to a pompous dilettante who finds the job disappointing and beneath him. Whoever gets that honor next will inherit a godawful mess.

But wait, there is no conflict in Iraq. It ceased the moment Prof. Obama decreed that it be so. We know that, because he has told us repeatedly that he ended the war. His comical sidekick Biden claims that Iraq is among Obama's signature achievements. And so it is.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/18/2014 at 5:17 PM

Re: “The 'war on coal' and the war on the planet

There are good examples of why nuclear is outrageously expensive to build and insure. One example is Fukushima.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 06/16/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “The US, the super-rich, and the Great Society

It has emerged that a lamestream media organization pays Chelsea Clinton $600,000 per annum for her occasional TV performances in the role of "special correspondent". (For example: A hard-hitting interview with a certain computer-animated gecko.) She appears on average about 28 seconds per week, so her modest stipend works out to about $1.5 million per hour of air time (more than 200,000 times the federal minimum wage). Where's the justice in that? Where are the editorials? Keep this in mind the next time Chelsea or her sleazy parents natter on about "inequality"—or whine about being "dead broke" themselves.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/14/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “The 'war on coal' and the war on the planet

Great editorial, but the solar energy article in this issue has a great example of just why we find ourselves in a "thick smog of catchy phrases and deceitful ads." -- "Some critics characterize [solar power] as an expensive, noncompetitive energy source that is overly dependent on government subsidies; supporters vehemently disagree." Yeah? So which is it? While there is some subjective component to this debate, there is certainly data available to demonstrate the truthiness of each of these views. If the reporter has no bandwidth to investigate such opinions, then they should not be included in the article at all. As it stands today, people can just utter the most ridiculous opinions and get them disseminated through a media overly-concerned with presenting so-called "balance"., and unwilling or unable to fact-check.

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Posted by Sanity Monger on 06/12/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “The 'war on coal' and the war on the planet

Awesome reality-based, local editorial on ‘War on Coal’ by local editor that bars no holds on speaking up courageously for our life support system. And if we had more editors saying this, our American public wouldn’t be so “stupefyingly good at denying reality”:

“Americans have grown stupefyingly good at denying reality, no matter how strong the scientific and medical evidence. And special interests have become experts at obscuring the evidence with a thick smog of catchy phrases and deceitful ads.”

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 06/12/2014 at 7:55 AM

Re: “The 'war on coal' and the war on the planet

A major reason we still rely on coal for so much power production is that environmentalist fanaticism and fear-mongering stifled this country's adoption of clean nuclear power. Similar fanaticism now threatens the development of clean natural gas. And of course if the same fanatics had had their way, we would not have seen the agricultural revolution of recent decades, and billions would be dead of starvation.

We need to develop both nuclear power as well as the abundant natural energy resources with which we are so blessed. The absolute priority must be to reach a level of global economic expansion that will rapidly raise living standards not only for Americans but for the billions still impoverished around the world.

And yes, we urgently need to replace our incompetent, growth-killing political leadership.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/12/2014 at 12:15 AM

Re: “The 'war on coal' and the war on the planet

I overheard a conversation yesterday in which a young woman said she did not know why there was so much concern for the environment. She said most of the really bad stuff is predicted to happen in 50 years. She said she is not worried about the environment now and that she will be 75 years old in 50 years and will not care then either.

This pretty much sums up how and why we got to our current environmental situation and why things will not change soon enough or drastically enough to save and heal our environment.

Gwen Ifill's 2012 commencement speech at Bates College in Maine told graduates it was time to look up...look up from their computer screens and their phones and see what is really going on.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 06/11/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

I find the College Town Project a welcome addition to the Rochester-Henrietta Areas. Good job to all those responsible for revitalizing the area. Thank you and keep up the good work.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/10/2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

What I find extremely telling is that the HIDEOUS "College Town" is not mentioned as a problem.
In essence the corridor out of the city into Henrietta has been RUINED by the college town buildings.

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Posted by Jennifer Valentine on 06/08/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

I really wish people would speak the truth. The forensic units at the rochester psychiatric center have been in place for decades. I find this misinformation extremely irritating!

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Posted by Jennifer Valentine on 06/08/2014 at 6:26 PM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

Yeah and where is Mayor Warren? She has proposed something in complete odds with what the Charlotte community wants or needs and has ignored both the issues affecting the neighborhoods around Highland Hospital and the Rochester Pysch Center... guess it was these neighborhoods she did not intend to look out for and assist when she was campaigning. Damn shame!

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Posted by Concerned Resident on 06/06/2014 at 10:23 AM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

Mayor Lovely Warren seems oblivious to the fact that this port development project is happening at the very site of the fast ferry fiasco. Nobody wants a repeat! We all WANT to believe. But can you blame us for remembering High Falls and the soccer stadium. Medley Center seems a constant reminder that developers often don't walk the talk. Say what you will about Bob Duffy, but I for one never got tired of him constantly repeating how much he loved Rochester.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/06/2014 at 5:48 AM

Re: “The urban balancing act: residents vs. developers

People are not going to travel into the City of Rochester to spend money on looking at trees or open space are they ? City population has declined from 300,000 to about 210,000 residents while the County of Monroe has increased to about 980,000 residents. The City needs revenue to stay in business and to try to use that revenue money to help create jobs, keep the streets safe and better educate our students. When are you folks in positions of power and influence going to get it right ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/04/2014 at 11:11 PM

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