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Re: “Crash course for cops

Without bike laws and enforcement, and the training and licencing that goes with it, the bike scene here remains lawless and dangerous. This anarchy leaves bikers with no rights. If a biker has an accident on a sidewalk the investigating police officer simply says not to ride on the sidewalk. But if a biker has an accident on a public road he will also be told that he should not have been riding on the road. I am not making this up. In contrast my bicycle course and exam in Europe was rewarded with a licence that is personally signed by the mayor of my town.

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Posted by John Jongen on 03/13/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Could Trump split ranks of the local GOP?

I actually think he could run this time. But only if unopposed in the Republican party like he says it would have to be.

I predict that the Republicans will remain divided right up to the finale of The Apprentice.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/13/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: ““Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3: The horror, the horror…

"And so, it was frankly bullshit when Adore ended up toward the bottom of the heap, but not lipsynching for her life this episode. Nothing about that scenario added up, except for the act that the producers clearly love Adore -- or at least they think that the viewers love her -- and so they want her to stick around for a while. But based on her lack of preparation for the challenge, her lousy job as team leader, and the fact that her runway look was the least polished of the Bottom 3, there’s no reason she shouldn’t have been lipsynching."

I was SO SURPRISED that Adore did not have to lipsynch that I totally blocked out this part of the show! Thank you for confirming this travesty of drag justice.

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Posted by Jerome James O'Neill on 03/13/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “CHOW HOUND: Where food is worth eating

Been to Gyromania, yum! Also looking forward to trying some of these other places, thanks for the heads up!

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Posted by Maggie on 03/13/2014 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Could Trump split ranks of the local GOP?

The "Donald" loves the free attention. He will not run , nor spend any of his money on such a losing venture. The local politicians look silly running after him. When will they learn Trump is only in this for himself. His super sized ego makes Cuomo look normal!

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Posted by Concernedcitizen on 03/13/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Funke announces Senate run

I wonder if Ted O'Brien is proud of being parts of Cuomo's NYSAFE act charade and the way it was rammed through begind closed doors in the dead of night and without any public debate or input. He states he "fought to clean up Albany". What exactly has been accomplished to combat corruption in New York? Later, Ted.

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Posted by Erik on 03/13/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: ““Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3: The horror, the horror…

#TeamMILK

Posted by swaaarm on 03/13/2014 at 12:49 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Funke announces Senate run

And the race begins! While O'Brien has a Democratic enrollment advantage, Funke is well-known from his decades on 10NBC (I watched him for years until his retirement) and seems to be peddling the "reasonable conservative" message. Can he do what Maggie did and make the leap from local celebrity to politician? This will be an interesting race.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sean on 03/12/2014 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

So giving free college degrees to prisoners is an "investment" to keep them off unemployment and welfare? How about we also give them jobs, cars to get to and from work and free mortages too. We have to spend tax dollars to house, guard, clothe and feed prisoners. We shouldn't have to give them free college degrees.

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Posted by Jeff on 03/12/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

O'Brien is saying the right thing (opposing Cuomo's plan) for the wrong reason (not enough 'resources'). Many New Yorkers are insulted by the proposal to reward convicts with a free college education. O'Brien is following his constituents' wishes but still playing to liberals (calling the plan 'well-intentioned').
The simple solution is to require those who ‘graduate’ from prison with a college degree pay the state back for the cost of their education – just like they would have to pay back a student loan. Why is the only option to give away FREE college degrees?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bart on 03/12/2014 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

Sean...they are not planning to force all NY inmates into college courses. It will be an option for those interested and capable.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/11/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

"Ted O'Brien is trying to appease voters here." In other words, he's representing his constituents, correct?

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/11/2014 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

I would rather have some of my tax dollars invested in an inmate's. education rather than a lifetime of unemployment benefits, food stamps and other public assistance.

I agree with Cuomo on this issue.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/11/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

Unless shown proof elsewhere, I'm sure the $5,000 comes out of our taxes. Instead of forcibly educating criminals who made a conscious choice to commit an act against our society's laws, how about we take that $5,000 per inmate and put it into the chronically underfunded State University and City University system? Most criminals have rational choice. Very few are forcibly coerced into turning to crime. They could stay in school and go to college, without being a convicted criminal behind bars when they do it. I did. Thousands and thousands of other college graduates of the SUNY and CUNY system did. WHY ON EARTH should taxpayers have to pay $65,000 so a criminal with a better than 50:50 chance of reoffending can get a degree in painting or poetry or whatever? If they want to go to community college after they finish their prison sentence, take loans and fellowships like everyone else and get a college degree. But it is offensive to me and many, many others that we should have to pay for a convicted murderer or rapist or burglar to get a college degree from our tax dollars when many of us spend YEARS earning our degrees while holding down legitimate jobs and keeping out of trouble. This is offensive.

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Posted by sean on 03/11/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Sen. O'Brien says he opposes Cuomo's plan to provide college classes to inmates

Ted O'Brien is trying to appease voters here. Cuomo is spending a little to save a lot. This education gives hope and help to people. Long-term, crime and numbers in prisons will go down. Cops and wardens will inevitably lose their jobs. And this is a GOOD thing!

It may not seem fair to educate prisoners, but if this leads to lower taxes and less crime, then I'm all for it.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/11/2014 at 4:52 PM

Re: ““Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3: The horror, the horror…

I so agree with you about Laganja pressuring Vivacious into excusing her for having put the bullseye on her back.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by drunken housewife on 03/11/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: ““Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 3: The horror, the horror…

Eric, I am not from Rochester, but I love reading your posts every week. You definitely give the best recap of RPDR that I read online, and I especially love your cleverly placed opinions which are always on point!

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Posted by Kyle on 03/11/2014 at 2:28 AM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

THERE IS ONE STATISTIC (IN PARTICULAR) IN THIS ARTICLE, WHICH REALLY LEAPS RIGHT OFF THE PAGE, I.E.,

"...98 percent were rated “highly effective” or “effective” by their principals..."

9 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 03/11/2014 at 12:48 AM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

I think taxpayers and students should sue corporate America for not paying taxes and screwing students for their six figure debt and test test mentality. All while hedge fund and privatizers take in millions. Whose the one taking advantage of students?

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Posted by eastcoadthoosier on 03/10/2014 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

I teach in a school with 80% free and reduced lunches. One year my students passed the reading test with 100%. The next year they passed with 65%. I'm a National Board Certified teacher, and have been evaluated as a distinguished teacher. I worry that with all my years of study and experience, I might be deemed ineffective, especially with the poorly written standards that we are facing. The Common Core Standards & their associated standardized tests are absurd! We now have Kindergarteners being required to do homework about alliteration. How in the world can we expect to tie teacher effectiveness to such inappropriate standards?

49 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by SEKnutzen on 03/10/2014 at 10:37 PM

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