“So let's repudiate those who are trying to obstruct the victory that Ms. Warren will rightfully claim on November 5.”
Is this the same Bill Johnson who a couple of weeks ago was encouraging Warren’s supporter to go to the polls next month because her election WASN’T a foregone conclusion given the advent of the Richards’ shadow campaign?
To say the least, I was disappointed in your newspaper endorsement of a man who says he is not running for mayor. You insistence on this "endorsement" smacks of the old guard believing the sky is falling when ever there is a probable transfer of power. It also is highly insensitive to a person you claim to support in that you insist on separating his desire to care for his family from a dubious public duty to which he owes no one. I am also tired of your misstatement of Council President Lovely Warrens support of public schools. She does support them. She simply believes as I do that education hungry city parents and children should not be held hostage to the city school district's failures. She correctly says, "parents need options". In additions she says in response to questions about city take over of schools, the superintendent needs to be given the opportunity to work out the solutions. Furthermore, you assume that Lovely's not spelling out all of her strategies is a weakness. Rather it is an important show of good leadership. She believes in including the constituents in crafting solutions. In addition she will as all good leaders do surround herself with competent staff and advisers. The current mayor stated when asked if he wanted to be mayor,"I want to be a grandfather more." Give the man and his family due respect. Also, elect an effective leader Lovely Warren who has the vision, compassion , competence and passion to be the mayor. She after all, represents the future of Rochester. Dr.Ruth H. Scott, former President of the Rochester City Council
There are people who believe in the Loch Ness Monster.
Her are people who believe in Bigfoot.
There are people who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens (from Outer Space, not from Mexico).
There are even people who believe that Obama isn’t an American Citizen.
And to this gullibility list we can now add people who believe the bilge pumped out by the D&C about expanded local coverage and how the public benefits from a paper that’s degenerated to little more than a 4-color advertising circular stuffed with soft “news”.
"The RPO shot itself in both feet when it showed Arild Remmereit to the door, and I predict an extended period for recovery."
MARTIN FASS - Would that be the Same Arild Remmereit who just slammed a similar door on the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and its patrons, despite they're throwing him a life line which he may, or may not, have deserved?
As to the need to hear musical talent live, what's your opinion of Caruso? And what process will future generations use to evaluate Pavarotti? Care to go on the (ahem) "record"?
Teenagers and fights: My first thought after reading the article was, "Of course those kids are angry. They are sick and tired of living in poverty with no viable way OUT. " There are no jobs for them, precious little to motivate or encourage them to maintain hope that they can BE somebody and DO something meaningful. I'd be angry, too. Poverty is at the root of all evils in our city. Living with the deprivations and hopelessness every day is enervating. Let's see some work on THAT, instead of finger-pointing and posturing about who's at fault for the violent tendencies among the children.
While there was much that inflamed me in writer Tom Baglio's opinion on "Racism's Status" in the September 25 "Feedback", I would like to point out that the phrase, "among these the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness", is found in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution and as such is not enshrined in our body of laws.
The victims of Hitler's evil soul included Christians, Jews, atheists and other. Under Stalin 10 to 13 million Ukrainians were starved to death, mostly Christians. The Irish famine was not an accident. "Thousands of" baptized " Catholics fought and died to defeat Hitler and his anti-human super race.
In France under the Enlightenment France was "dechristianized" by the reign of terror. Nazism and Communism were both atheistic..
"To say that one is a Christian and yet act contrary to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth is not hypocrisy. It is a lie, and a very cruel one at that."
BILL GLASNER - And who has the right to decide when someone who believes and claims they are a Christian isn't REALLY a Christian? You? Me? The parish priest? The College of Cardinals? The Pope?
BOB VOLPE – I agree wholeheartedly. Except that calling City Newspaper, or even the D&C an "important public opinion leader" is laying it on a bit thick.
So ignoring the fact that someone has to be pretty simple-minded to care who a given newspaper endorses, I’ve always wondered why the media fails to avail themselves of a right given to them which is denied to we voters, namely the ability to designate “None of the Above” as their selection.
"Bart - There are a lot of things you don’t see. "
Huh? Do you honestly think the business climate in New York is wonderful? Do you believe Cuomo's ad campaign that New York is "Open for Business"? Yikes. Step away from that Kool-Aid.
Bart - There are a lot of things you don’t see. My deepest sympathies.
I did not see where Mr. Palermo presented any "facts" that businesses in New York always fail because of regulations and taxes. Maybe you have "facts" to back up your assertion. It's generally accepted, however, that New York State is extremely business-unfriendly and is described as a "tax hell". This certainly doesn't help those trying to create jobs here. The cable business channel CNBC ranked New York 50th out of the 50 states for business friendliness. The state rated 34th in having an overall hospitable climate toward business.
In July of last year Cuomo said that the state was running ads to address the perception that New York is unfriendly to business. “We’re not hiding that New York has had a reputation for being anti- business or problematic for businesses,” said Cuomo
Good luck with that.
Sam Palermo – I’m always amazed by the fact that businesses in New York always fail because of “stifling regulations and high taxes”, and never because of poor business skills, incompetent CEOs, or just plain bad management.
I still have no idea what you're talking about. That link was a search that showed people who were posting about the murals. (Again, here it is: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23walltherap…) I was not arguing about any link between anything. The vast majority of the comments were in support of the Wall Therapy program.
Your reading comprehension and leaps of logic are pretty funny.
Zack - So let's see. Your response to another poster ...
"Either way, a quick twitter search suggests that your opinion regarding these murals is not the majority. I'm guessing you don't use twitter."
....was a clear statement that you believe that there's a connection between not appreciating the murals and not using Twitter. I set out what I see as the connection and you disagreed. So pray tell, what IS the connection that you claim exists?
MJN-You're putting words in my mouth. You've made your point that you don't like the murals. I get it, just like Paul Goldberg doesn't like them. My point is that the way you both express your opinions is self-serving and unproductive.
Odds are, the majority of people don't care about the murals. They don't upset them and they don't make them feel inspired.
I'm not gonna engage your snark, but I will say there are places that require neighbors to approve what goes on on your own property. Most suburbs have some sort of regulations like that. Not saying you should leave Rochester--you both may actually be productive for the city in some ways--just trying to point out another option for something you actually have control over.
"Either way, a quick twitter search suggests that your opinion regarding these murals is not the majority. I'm guessing you don't use twitter"
Zack - Not clear which point you’re trying to make. Is it the fact that some people are gullible enough to believe that the opinions expressed by the twits using Twitter are somehow representative of the opinions of society as a whole (or should that be “hole”?)...
...or is it that the same mentality that that considers Twitter to be an effective means of communication also can easily be conned into believing that crappy wall murals are “art”?
I'm kinda shocked people think they are bears...if you look at the artist other pieces of work they look exactly like his rats..... but without a tail.
Paul Goldberg, this is the second time you've expressed your dislike for the Wall Therapy program. (http://roccitynews.wordpress.com/2012/08/0…) Instead of belaboring your complaints you could find the good in the Wall Therapy program. Art is often meant to challenge preconceived notions. Perhaps take this opportunity to try to understand what the artist was going for in their murals?
Maybe take the "rat" mural as an opportunity to meet the building owner and ask why he chose to use that wall for painting?
Maybe use the art as a generational bridge to speak with your grandchildren? (I bet they might like it.)
...or you could continue to complain to a newspaper and feel better for venting frustrations on the public.
Either way, a quick twitter search suggests that your opinion regarding these murals is not the majority. I'm guessing you don't use twitter, so here's the link: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23walltherap…
Bravo to Paul Goldberg for standing up and speaking his truth about this Wall Art phenomenon, which immediately struck me and my wife - both of us cultural workers and art enthusiasts - as a highly questionable enterprise.
My wife said, " Why are outsiders coming in and saying what people need to see on their walls? Who are these people, and did they ask anyone living there if they wanted it?" She pointed out that the photos suggested it was mostly white guys painting black women, which she characterized as bullshit, although that was clearly just a hunch.
I thought much of the art was too frenetic or self indulgent or just plain bad for anyone to live with on a regular and long-term basis. If I wanted to sound less judgmental, I'd just point out that even the best ones represent a very particular aesthetic that may appeal to a narrow contingent of self-appointed art champions but don't seem likely to enhance life for a general public. They represent a private art aesthetic, something a few people might choose to look at but no one should be forced to see -- public art needs to take public interest into consideration.
I can't imagine many residents of nearby neighborhoods see them as an enhancement. I would hate to be accosted by them on a regular basis. Plain walls have so much more to offer. I say that as an artist who knows how much we ned public support for art, but we also need artistic respect for the public.
What arrogance to inflict this on an area and then insult the unfortunate residents when they object. What utter, self-congratualtory arrogance masquerading as public interest. And how very like, for example, the intusive and domineering US foreign policy that these same well-intentioned art pushers probably abhor.
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