I have to admit that I am surprised by the lack of comments to this story. If the mayor had done something similar, the comments would have been rabid and relentless. Racism when commenting on mayor? Come on folks. The lack of comments here is beginning to prove it.
I am a bit surprised that nobody, particularly the reporter, has commented about the last person that claimed to have had his account hacked. It was a rather infamous congressman named Anthony Weiner. He was not interested in pursuing the matter with the police because he was going to investigate personally. Don't get me wrong; there are hackers out there more than willing to do bad things, but the curious thing is the reaction of the hackee. I would be more than a little miffed if someone hacked my account and misused it.
Putin's sordid human rights record began long before last year. Those who are only lately coming to that realization over this one issue have a serious credibility problem.
While de Blasio is certainly rattling some cages in the NYC charter school community, it is a gross exaggeration to suggest that his proposals could "pull apart the whole movement" or have some parallel to Rochester's situation.
The issue in NYC is about SPACE, not district finances or stability. Unlike district schools, charters in NYS do not receive public funding for capital expenses (i.e. buildings). In a city with extraordinary real estate costs such as NYC, the facility barrier is magnified for charters. In an effort to encourage charter growth, the previous Bloomberg administration made excess space in district buildings available to many charter schools rent free. While the space was often far from ideal, it mitigated one of the biggest logistical hurdles to opening a charter in NYC (and eliminated the need for funding from billionaire hedge fund managers). Now de Blasio is examining whether new charter schools (not existing charters) should pay rent for district space or if the district space should be made available at all in some cases. The $210 million he wants to divert to pre-K would come from planned improvements to the district's own buildings meant to accomodate new charters and other nonprofits in coming years. The funding would not be taken directly from NYC charter schools. So yes, de Blasio's approach is certainly concerning for NYC charters, but it is hardly the epic sea change portrayed above.
It is difficult to see how the NYC charter school facility issues are relevant to Rochester. Despite years of excess space across the RCSD, charter schools have never been offered an opportunity to access district facilities here (whether for a price or otherwise). As the RCSD continues to face budget woes in the years ahead, it might be time to examine untapped sources of revenue such as leasing extra building space to new charters. Shifting the burden of building maintenance alone would result in significant savings. Instead, our district is carrying the cost of unnecessary buildings...funds that could be spent in classrooms instead.
Isn't there enough cheap toxic food already available? Do we really need more diabetes, more foot amputations, heart attacks, and cancer? I'm looking forward to the pollution created by all of the traffic congestion and the cloud of gasoline fumes from the Costco mega-gas station. To top it off Costco will be next to the Erie Canal, adjacent to a residential neighborhood and across the street from a children's medical center and hospital.
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You're right; I meant to correct that in my first draft and it slipped past me. Thanks so much for catching it.
If you conduct a concert and if you think that the concert was good that should only be the view for yourself.You should not depend on others for views as everyone opinion is different.
Bottom line: Warren ran as a populist. Transparency was a central campaign promise. Those are colorblind principles. And yet, her press sec. has shown an utter contempt for the media and continues to throw red meat to Warren's base in order to deflect. The press office has brought a lot of this drama on itself and whipping up the base to cry racism is ultimately a very short-sighted strategy. Warren needs to be considered credible by the press and the establishment if she's to deliver the public policy change for her base she promised. This is all very sad, actually.
Tim, I think I found an error in this report. The note was NOT handwritten. The address on the envelope WAS. Readers can go to http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/2014/02/05/anonymous-envelope-suggests-discord-at-rcsd/5229595/ for this story and if you click "the envelope" you can view images of the actual letter and contents. When you do this you will see that the note was not handwritten.
Also, you will see from the article and images that the login of "patmalgieri " does show up. Patrick admitted it was his. Could have been Patricia. Same first 3 letters. The question is? Who knew the password? I'll let the readers take it from here.
First off, it's not like they're going to show any protests on TV, so you won't be "bearing witness" to anything other than Russian propaganda. Second, my sympathy for Putin's regime is second only to my sympathy for the profits of American corporations, so premising the argument on the fact that some sponsors may feel a minor dip in their revenues is a pretty absurd moral ground to stake out. Sounds to me more like you are justifying your desire to watch the games rather than sympathizing with the protestors in any meaningful way.
Boycotting is not the same as ignoring - in fact, having a boycott movement, and choosing to cover that, would send the absolute loudest message to Russia that it is not "business as usual" for them.
Bert: How do I know people the people making these unsubstantial criticism of our Mayor is white? Simple read through the comments mines are the only ones that show diversity all others are choir ready! Be honest do you think even a small percentage of these comments scrutinizing her for unsubstantial woes are from blacks? If so; laughable and it shows how much those are willing to hide their true feelings and intentions about the Mayor. Just Stop it you're sounding unintelligible and it's revealing.
I don't usually comment, but the lack of probing questions in this article is alarming. I have to imagine that if Patty Malgierie was on the Mayor's administration, reporters would be asking a whole lot more questions like:
-What does the County Clerk say about Mr. Malgieri's claim that his user account was hacked? It was her county system after all. He's a pillar of the community saying that there was a security breach of gov't-run website that a lot of people use to do legitimate work. Are they at risk too? Doesn't Donolfo have a duty to investigate Malgierie's claim?
-Will Vargas discipline Malgierie if it turns out the hacking was b.s.? If she worked for the mayor, everyone would be up in arms if she wasn't reprimanded or fired. Attempting to damage a duly elected official (and essentially your boss) is a big deal. Or at least it should be. And doing political work in a public sector job is illegal.
-Is Malgierie's impunity (apparent anyway) a function of the sweet contract her husband negotiated for her and that this paper reported about last year? Does she think she is untouchable? Because this isn't how public servants who are accountable behave. And isn't it a tad ironic that she was granted an iron clad contract, but is going after tenure protections for educators? Seems like a big helping hypocrisy to me.
-What are the emails that Van White has been sending to the district that he mentions int he DC article? I'd like to see if there is any veracity to his claim that he's pushing for accountability. Like what, where? He's been around for a long time, what's new? Details please.
Bert you stated me to Keep It Civil! look's whose talking. To me, speaking truth to racial hatred is Civil. Have you ever heard of the Civil Rights movement. You know the movement of those that laid their life on the line to confront racism and stereotypical bigotry. When those participants marched and were beaten and ravage with dogs those who did it and authorized it say they were doing it b/c the protesters were not acting civil eventhough it was done non violently. They called it civil disobedience. Sitting at a counter of a restaurant, riding in the front of the bus, acquiring a descent education to school of choice, the right to vote or RUN for public office; all was deemed uncivil; if you were black. Attacking the Mayor for unsubstantial crap such as speeding tickets which many mayors, government employees, EMS service members, fellow police officers and even Masons most always gets a courtesy pass on to you is CIVIL? It doesn't even adds up; so let's call it for what it is- Racist. And as far as you tell me not to bring down the name Mitt Romney a good man is preposterous and laughable in the eyes of Black America for very GOOD REASONS. Bert, you're so out of touch with the 2014 world. The days before 1964 will never return, so why can't we just all get along, stop attacking the mayor for speeding tickets and protecting herself and family. If you were mayor and received such credible threats you would be a fool not to unofficially hire someone promptly until you could officially knowing the process takes time. So stop it and either support the Mayor or take the advice of my grandmother, "If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all. Now that's Civil! What you're doing is not and what I am doing is just pointing it out b/c it has no place in the 21st century!
As a reporter you need to ask a few questions: How do they know the login of the requestor for these docs? It doesn't seem that this should be easily acquired by the media. Who in the county has access to login records (IT administrators can typically login under other user's credentials)?
I love the first paragraph of this review so much. The comparison to Chekov is spot on. DEAD ON.
"Mitt Romney": I read your rant but you failed to provide proof that all of the complaints are coming from 'mainly white people' as you claim. I could say that all of the complaints are coming from space aliens, but not providing any proof wouldn't make it true. And no one is trying to delete your comments, Just use your own name or a simple pseudonym rather than dragging down someone else's good name. Keep it civil, please.
I understand your point. I think there is some confusion when you title an article using "we" and "boycott". In this context, "we" would most likely mean "the United States Olympic Team" but you mean "people watching it on TV."
I'd like to have seen our nation step up as a proponent of what was right. But the U.S. is always dead-last among first-world nations doing "what is right"—e.g. slavery, female leaders, nationalized health coverage, reducing carbon emissions, green energy, ... ad infinitum, it appears.
Hey Bert no one's talking about your usage of a Muppet's name. Poor Muppet! Secondly, Blacks have been dealing with Racism predominately from whites for over 400 years, you don't think we know racism when we see it or hear it by now? And I know you would love for opposition comments to be deleted so you and the others can continue to character assassinate the Black Mayor and guise racial undertones in your comments unabatedly. They are guys like me who are going to take the time to question your honesty and intentions and so far the comments have no honesty and are laced with racist intentions. Reading these senseless and unsubstantial attacks on the Mayor then question why former chief Jim Sheppard told her to hire security promptly until she could officially shows all racial implications. She had to do certain things b/c people like the one's commenting to protect herself and her family The Tea Party didn't last despite; like most of you they also tried to hide their racial intentions guise in what they call an honest debate and honest criticism: sounds familiar. The Tea Party didn't survive. They all have given up, so should those remaining confederates commenting on this story. The War is over, Lovely has won; whether you like it or not.
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Nicely written review +
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