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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Feedback

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Contrary to one of the comments, it is not the case that a business "cannot discriminate against any group for any reason". In reality, no statute and no court says any such thing.

This same comment further claims that the Establishment clause of the First Amendment means that a private individual or business "cannot use a religious argument to justify discrimination." This is exactly backwards, inasmuch as the First Amendment constrains the state, not individuals, and is the foundation for any argument FOR religious exemptions.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/19/2014 at 10:06 AM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Mr. Palermo,
Your argument is specious.
This is not a religious argument, it is a civil rights argument. If a business does business with the public, it cannot discriminate against any group for any reason. Our courts have upheld this many times.
You argument is the same which was used against Irish Americans in the late 19th century, Italian Americans in the early 20th century, and against African Americans until the late 20th century (although many would argue that this discrimination continues in many forms).
You advocate discrimination against one group of citizens. Our laws now prohibit this.
Additionally, our Constitution, as you reference, clearly states the separation of church and state in the first Amendment. You cannot use a religious argument to justify discrimination.
Clayton Adams
Naples, NY

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Posted by Clayton Adams on 03/18/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Testify, Howard!

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Posted by Fireball Junior on 03/18/2014 at 11:35 AM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Dear Mr. Levato,

Indeed you did "cover the news in this town for 40 years," and during my numerous encounters with you (as a reporter), especially as it relates to "the race issue," which Lovely Warren did not create, and has not perpetuated, I found that you always openly displayed the deepest , clearest form of cognitive dissonance. That is, you never really wanted to discuss issues of race. In my experience with you (as a reporter), anytime the issues arose, you avoided it like the plague, and always had some type of alternative explanation.
I paid very close attention to the 2013 Mayoral Election, and did not see a single indication of your perspective that Mayor Warren has an "apparent view of the city as black versus white." I think what you really mean is that you are disturbed by the fact that she would (from your perspective) dare raise race as a clear, deep-seated, pervasive, and potentially explosive, volatile, historic, and ongoing, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural issue and problem (not only in Rochester and Monroe County), but throughout the thoroughly racist, white-supremacist, U.S. nation-state, which does matter, and must be dealt with.

I openly and publicly challenge you to point out a single statement by Mayor Warren, in which she has said that "a white [super-wealthy] mayor like Tom Richards could not fully understand the needs of poor black folks" --- even though this probably is an undeniable fact.

I also openly challenge you to point us to any "broadcast [in which Mayor Warren has said] that a black police officer is better at defusing tense situations involving African Americans." What you're alluding to is the fact that she has said, understanding the history, culture, and ethos of people whom you police, which the overwhelming majority of RPD Officers do not, does matter. This raises the important issue of the need for ongoing, appropriate, cultural "sensitivity" training, which is one issue that Mayor Warren emphasized during the campaign. By the way, yes, sometimes (not always, because actually there are some pretty messed-up cops of color) race really does matter when you need a cop." People of color must always remain acutely aware of the fact that one wrong move when confronted by many white cops, especially those who are not properly trained, and/or grounded in the histories, cultures, and ethos's of people of color --- can, easily cost your life. I'm not making this up Ray. Go take a long, objective (if that's possible for you) look at the history of policing within the thoroughly racist, U.S. nation-state, particularly within communities of color --- then report to us what you find.

The idea that "Warren waged class warfare" would be laughable --- if it was not so diluted.
You say that you "wish Warren well," but something way down in my gut tells me that you really don't.

Howard J. Eagle
Rochester

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 03/18/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Feedback 3/5

Thank you for someone attempting to fight the ignorance and stereotype related to drug addiction. As someone who has fought this battle for years with many years of sobriety, we addicts hate ourselves enough and this awful disease. I did not use to "feel good", I used attempting to feel "normal". As for the rising heroin use, a large part is related to recent government ploys to decrease prescription pill addiction. Rather than go thru a horrendous withdrawal, people have turned to the streets. If the government was so concerned, they would help the millions of addicts begging for an end to their addiction, when the drug Suboxone helps addicts get off opiates without becoming deathly ill, so they may continue to work and not risk losing their job by having to be out sick to withdrawal for 1 -2 weeks, risking their employer find out their shameful secret and lose their job. The government only allows a handful of Dr's to prescribe Suboxone. Primary Dr's are allowed to prescribe drugs getting patients hooked, but not suboxone to get them unhooked. Suboxone is a big money maker. Many have resorted to buying Suboxone on the street to get off heroin, & are arrested for doing so when they are trying to do the right thing.

Posted by Reader22 on 03/07/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Feedback 3/5

"Addicts seek relief, not a high"
Thank you Gary R. Scialdone, for putting this so concisely and pointing out the sheer ignorance of the general public in this area. I too, am appalled that Rochester is still so provincial. We'll get NO WHERE if we don't start showing compassion for those who suffer. Why anyone would believe people CHOOSE to live in the throes of addiction is beyond me. Please… Maybe withdrawing that third helping of Ben and Jerry's Double-Dip Judgment-O-Grim-Delight will open the jammed door of your minds. The compulsive/addictive over-eaters in this town never cease to amaze. It’s one of the worst areas of the USA for obese, judgmental, controlling, codependents in DESPERATE need of treatment. Let the three fingers point right back at you. Preferably from your bathroom scales.

Siobhan Sullivan

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Posted by Vawny Sullivan on 03/05/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “Feedback 2/19

I am a parent that pulled my child out of the failing RCSD in 2006/07 school year. She attends Rochester Prep and has excelled tremendously the last 2 years. I in no way feel the heat of blame on my shoulders. I pay my dam taxes and if that money trickles down to Albany just to make its way back to the school district to dole out to the charter schools then so be it. I expect to get transportation for my child cause I'm paying for it. I expect for my child to see a nurse cause I'm paying for it. Parents are not to blame in this situation the school board and the many superintendents that were hired and left over the years are. The only one that my have been able to turn this mess around was Mr. Calla. Mr. Vargas cannot improve this mess in the amount of time he's had. Let's be real. There are people that are entrenched on the board, at the union and down at the district offices that need to go. The mindset has to change. New people with new thoughts and ideas need to get in in order for things to change. I'm not gonna sit around and let my child get lost in the system. I haven't and if I can get her into a private high school or urban suburban then that's what I'm gonna do.

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Posted by Rhonda A. on 02/19/2014 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Feedback 2/12

Send All Government Workers To The Individual Health Exchanges!

At 01:56:30 of the 01/13/14 NYS Public Hearing On Health And Insurance (YouTube) - a 4 hour litany from various sectors on the abomination that is Obamacare specifically the "Individual Exchanges" or "Marketplace" - Dr. Andrew Kleinman chairman of the NYS Medical Society makes a profound statement: "Having health insurance under the exchanges does not mean having health care" as the health exchanges pay bovine manure; quoted half the rate of Medicaid which in itself is unprofitable. What doctor would take bottom feeder paying patients if they can't stay in business with them? Many are opting out or would if they knew who they were! It's that bad!

But no matter to the NYS senate royalties; they're all covered by top tier health insurance curtosy we New Yorkers. At a recent Brighton town meeting I tabled a novel proposition: how about the town take the $2,000 "penalty" which has all the meaning of "affordable" in the Afforable Care Act for each full time body on coveted expensive top tier "out of network" plans and send them off to the Individual Exchanges saving the town a whole lot of money!?

And, who else better to experience Obamacare than government itself?! Of course that didn't go over so well with the board or other NY towns I called. My supervisor Moehle responded a lot of excuses among them retaining good people, blah blah.

But one thing he didn't say; "It was simply the law" to which I would have responded with Thomas Jefferson: "If a law is unjust a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so."

Joel Shapiro - Brighton NY

Posted by JRS on 02/13/2014 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Feedback 2/12

Let's take Bob P olhemus's logic and apply into the root of the problem of city schools-economic segregation. For decades the Republican controlled Monroe County Legislature , County Executive and their colleagues in town and village government have done nothing to increase economic opportunity for inner city residents, and everything in their power to isolate the most needy, resulting in the destruction of city neighborhoods and schools. "It seems obvious to me that "Ms. Brooks and her cronies" should be replaced by an executive and staff that is willing to work with all parties to implement innovative and meaningful changes in the system." Hmmm....like a county -wide schools sytem and mixed-income housing in the suburbs? "No other private or public enterprise would tolerate the continuance of officers during such a prolonged period of non-performance. Replacing "Ms. Brooks" cannot possibly have a negative impact on the schools." Mr. Polhemus, I would also hope that many concerned citizens would agree to take corrective action. "If it is really about the children, how could they not?"

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Posted by llopata on 02/13/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Feedback 2/5

I am probably late to this one, but commenting on Byrna Weir's comment about "Shopping Local". Not sure if City Newspaper printed this to be ironic, but I don't think shopping at your "local" CVS is supporting your local business...

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Posted by Suzanne on 02/12/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Feedback 2/12

I am probably late to this one, but commenting on Byrna Weir's comment about "Shopping Local". Not sure if City Newspaper printed this to be ironic, but I don't think shopping at your "local" CVS is supporting your local business...

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Posted by Suzanne on 02/12/2014 at 9:36 PM

Re: “Feedback 2/5

If BYRNA WEIR thinks "shopping local" means shopping at CVS, then I feel sorry for all our truly local businesses.

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Posted by none on 02/06/2014 at 1:16 AM

Re: “Feedback 1/22

The TRUTH about the non-teaching UNION called BENTE.

For years I have watched individuals get jobs with the RCSD simply because they have a relative or buddy that is already a RCSD employee particularly non-minority and non-city residence.
Adding insult to injury, the minorities that do manage to get a job with the RCSD usually acquire the jobs that their counter parts don’t want. And when it comes to promotion, forget about it.
Now the RCSD and BENTE will swear that isn’t the case. However, when you have jobs that are posted and minority qualified candidates that applied aren’t even interviewed or if by chance they do get an interview by the very individuals that only want their kind, it is a recipe for failure. I believe this union is a joke, a sham, a waste of employee’s money in dues. Hopefully someday the RCSD will be able to turn it around. Perhaps diversity training in all levels and departments will be a step in the right direction.

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Posted by Tom on 01/27/2014 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Feedback 12/25

My workday ends right around the time the bars close. The drunks are out and so are the cops. I know the police think I'm drunk. I get stopped on occasion. I don't like being prejudged and accused. Also, the cops are acting like I could pull a gun and shoot them at any minute. This makes me nervous. I'm trying as hard as I can not to make any sudden moves or to hide my hands. It's easy to imagine that if I started arguing, or swearing, then the next step would probably be me getting knocked to the ground and handcuffed. And I don't see how me being white could possibly prevent that from happening.

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Posted by Michael Bruton on 12/29/2013 at 10:49 PM

Re: “Feedback 12/25

It's hard to fathom that nobody has commented on this "feedback". Mr. Linn, you should be embarrassed for having written what you did. For no other reason than it clearly shows a gross emotional bias on your part or rather a tendency towards the dramatic.

Statements like "every person born white who thinks about it knows that 16 white kids waiting for a bus on a cold November morning would never have experienced this." are disparaging, untrue and do a great harm to our community. Don't make RPD some race-hating monster.

What everyone is missing here are "the facts". I keep reading these editorial rants making our most recent RPD tabloid-style media blitz a racial incident...with everyone throwing in their own emotional tales, influence and variation to the story.

While RDP has had some black marks on their record in 2013, I truly don't see how this situation is anything but standard procedure for policing. There are certainly underlying reasons that lead to the manner in which those young men reacted to RPD in the way that they did. Without a doubt. However, the remaining bits of sensationalism bleeding-heart diatribe spread throughout your feedback are shameful for someone in higher education.

City Resident

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Posted by City Resident on 12/28/2013 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/20

Thank you, Dan.

One other thing I found amusing about the missive is the posturing about why things have come to the point they have. Apparently the Christian "good guys" have been turning the other cheek in such situations. As a result the [special] "rights of Christians" (to force their beliefs on others?) has become jeopardized.

I make no claim regarding the writer, whom I have not met. But generally people active in favor of the U.S. Constitution have not experienced gentle treatment from their opponents. I refer to Jessica Ahlquist, a very brave publicly acknowledged atheist.

As soon as she came out of the closet many of her classmates gasped and an equally brave girl called her "a little witch" under her breath.

Then she protested what was clearly a prayer plaque, including an "Amen" in her public high school auditorium. As her lawsuit progressed she received hate mail and was verbally attacked by her peers, media outlets, and online. She received death threats, and required police escorts to and from classes. This was reminiscent of the Deep South over school integration, by the way, and it happened in Rhode Island. On the day after the ruling, Rhode Island State Representative Peter G. Palumbo, one of the nicest and most reasonable people ever, called Ahlquist as "an evil little thing" on the radio.

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Posted by Bill Forward on 11/22/2013 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/20

"America is fast on its way to becoming a secular, Godless society." This may be the one factually accurate statement in the entire letter. The percentage of our population that are non-believers is about 20% and growing fast. There are at least two reasons this is a good thing:

1. Non-believers generally defend the rights of citizens to worship without letting one denomination impose doctrine or dominate others. This makes the public square neutral ground where all citizens, whether from a majority religion, a minority religion, or no religion at all, can participate equally.

2. In most religious traditions, notions of morality are static with no self-correction mechanism. Thus when certain positions become untenable (slavery for example, which is specifically endorsed in Exodus 21), the correction is difficult and contentious. By de-coupling morality to ancient myths, non-believers are able to rationally and objectively advance our moral understanding.

The fact that more Americans are becoming non-believers definitely has me giving thanks this coming holiday season.

Dan Courtney

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Posted by Dan Courtney on 11/21/2013 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/20

Wow. Seriously? Where to begin? The very fact that writer sneers at people of the opposite view actually underscores the problem. By having *any* public prayers forced upon all attendees at a Town Board meeting every citizen present who is not enslaved by the author's Santa Claus "thinking" is marginalized to a second-class citizen. America actually was established as a "secular" nation in the sense that freedom of religion entails freedom *from* religion. Guess what? You can still have your clearly religious displays on private property, including homes, churches and any land that is not paid for by all taxpayers.

People who are free of dogmatic religion are not joyless "Grinches" just because the writer cannot imagine otherwise. I actually was amused, rather than offended by the classically proud ignorance of the letter. (Thank you!) Speaking of ignorance, I wonder if she has even heard of the pre-Christian origins of every holiday mentioned except Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's Day? I don't expect her to agree with such absurdity, but it would be nice if she were at least exposed to these silly, inconvenient facts.

Have a Happy Winter Solstice!

- Bill Forward

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Posted by Bill Forward on 11/20/2013 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/13

The latest unemployment rate in Atlantic City was 12.6%. The most recent unemployment rate in Las Vegas was 9.2%. The most recent unemployment rate in PA was 7.7% and drum roll please...the unemployment rate in NY was 7.6%.

I mentioned Atlantic City and Las Vegas because of their high profile status as casino gambling meccas. I mentioned Pennsylvania because of the fracking's promise of jobs. These unemployment figures kind of shoot down the lies told about fracking and casinos as job saviors. Yes, of course they create jobs, but many things create jobs.

And have you been to Atlantic City lately? It is still the tale of two worlds...on one side, there is the glitz of the casinos and right across the street are the homeless in extreme poverty.

Fracking and casinos are not solutions, they are problems and threats.

Posted by Tom Janowski on 11/13/2013 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Feedback 10/30

What is your point. The victory must still be earned. The status quo WILL be repudiated. The good ol boy network will be handed a bitter defeat and I LOVE it!!

Posted by Lance Lovelady on 10/31/2013 at 10:57 AM

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