Narrow Search

  • Show Only

  • Category

  • Narrow by Date

    • All
    • Today
    • Last 7 Days
    • Last 30 Days
    • Select a Date Range
    • From:

      To:


Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

So Sean Murphy thinks one reason the problem of rising HIV rates in men who have sex with men is because "disease prevention that requires a fifth-grade level of communication is going to be challenging." Seriously? Rising rates of HIV transmission can be halted by materials written at a second-grade level: "Men--stop putting your penis in another man's rectum!" Oh, and BTW--stop hooking up with dozens and hundreds of strangers for anonymous, promiscuous sex on Grindr, Scruff, Adam4Adam, ManHunt, Craigslist, et.al."

3 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by ludovico on 11/28/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

There is video of Michael Brown paying for the cigars. A customer (not the store) called in what appeared to be a robbery. Tobacco products are always kept behind the counter. Do we know all the details of what happened at the store?

The police officer made very bad choices from the beginning. Someone who so quickly gets into a self-defense situation is simply unfit to be a police officer. I see incompetence rather than racism. And Michael Brown was similarly incompetent.

5 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/28/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

I LIKE WHAT KAMAKAZZE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HOW TO FIX THE RCSD... I hope the board ( VAN WHITE ) and the Supt. read this...this is a way to make it work. Stick with this plan for 10 years with no deviations.


1. Break up the district. Make it competitive.

2. Make the folks at the top accountable in the same way as teachers are made to be accountable.

3. Explore and commit to alternative programs/schools. All city was a success. The district and the board didn't get any data to see how much of a success it was. I cannot understand how the RCSD who is at the bottom in the state - and no one thought to get data from this program?! Staff who worked there knew about the success.

4. Utilize BOCES.

5. Hire reading teachers who are familiar with helping older students learn how to read. If you have to cut the already over bloated staff at central office to do this...then do it. It should be against the law that a child gets to 9th grade and can't read. This one emotes such a passion in me I can barely contain it. My thinking is this: if we can't afford to supply our schools with resources that work in teaching all of our children literacy, we can't afford a school board, secretaries that make $75 k a year, a director in charge of RCSD discipline (seriously where are you), an AA studies program ( MIA as well), I can go on, and on. OUR KIDS MUST BOOST THEIR READING LEVELS TO SUCCEED AND GRADUATE ON TIME.

6. Higher ups really need to visit the schools more often. Not knowing what is going on is a luxury the RCSD cannot afford. I would love to see the Dep. superintendent work as a building substitute for a month, along with Vargas and other important leaders who make very serious decisions.

I'm sure I'll be kicking myself tomorrow because I forgot one or two. Enjoy your holiday!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 11/27/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

1. Break up the district. Make it competitive.
2. Make the folks at the top accountable the same way the teachers are.
3. Explore and commit to alternative programs/schools. All city was a success. The district and the board didn't get any data to see how much of a success it was. I cannot understand how the RCSD who is at the bottom in the state- and no one thought to get data from this program?! Staff who worked there knew about the success.
4. Utilize boces.
5. Hire reading teachers who are familiar with helping older students learn how to read. If you have to cut the already over bloated staff at central office to do this do it. It should be against the law that a child gets to 9th grade and can't read. This one emotes such a passion in me I can barely contain it. My thinking is this: if we can't afford to supply our schools with resources that work in teaching all of our children literacy, we can't afford a school board, secretaries that make 75k a year, a director in charge of RCSDdiscipline(seriously where are you), an AA studies program ( MIA as well), I can go on. And on. OUR KIDS MUST BOOST THEIR READING LEVELS.
6. Higher ups really need to visit the schools more. Not knowing what is going on is a luxury the RCSD cannot afford. I would love to see the dep super work as a building sub for a month, along with Vargas and other important leaders who make very serious decisions.
I'm sure I'll be kicking myself tomorrow because I forgot one or two. Enjoy your holiday!

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by kamakazee78 on 11/26/2014 at 11:53 PM

Re: “To our readers

Enabling Facebook comments is fine as long as using a regular City account remains an option too. Some people prefer to not have Facebook accounts for various reasons.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 11/26/2014 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

To all concerned...the grand jury proceedings are now open to the public and on-line for your reading and study. No stone was left un-turned and it is what it is...isn't it ?

Some states differ in procedure but all the state's prosecutor evidence was presented to 9 people : 3 black and 6 white based on the population of the county. As well, several black people testified against the deceased young man confirming all the evidence presented. These people of color and honor truthfully and under oath confirmed what really happened.

A young man stealing cigars and bullying and then intimidating a store clerk; walking away from the crime, down the street and are then confronted by the officer. The young man went to the police car and a struggle began for the officers gun. The gun discharged inside the patrol car once although, during the struggle multiple punches were thrown by the deceased connected to the face of the officer with his fists. The officer regained control of his weapon and pursued the deceased outside of his patrol car calling out to the young man to stop and get down on the ground with his gun drawn. The young man turned and charged back to the officer like an enraged rhinoceros and the officer responded within his right and duty as a sworn officer of the law; and ,shot the young man and killed him. Very tragic and tough on all of us...indeed both family's members.

Now it is the entire nation....

Again, when a police officer orders you, me, your mother, father or sister; no matter what race or color, do what the police officer says. Figure the rest out later...save your life and show respect for yourself and the law whether you like it or not.

With all that I have said... it really, deeply, bothers me that you folks that disagree keep trying to find that the "balance of justice is no longer fair "; that the " prosecutor should have announced the verdict early that day " ; that Sharpton and the rest are further dividing the Nation and Rochester, NY; that I heard a man on the radio today that said " I was a cracker and said that we should pray to God that us Black Folks don't kill or hurt you like you have done to me. I am 58 years old and am very fair and open to all people and am also fed up with the race disconnect. Keep burning down your own community but just don't come here to do it. Find a nice hobby or volunteer for something good in the community. Respect the police and they will respect you.

19 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 11/26/2014 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/26

Thank you, Mary Catherine Healy, for telling it exactly as it is. And these women call themselves feminists, while working to strip women of their rights, especially poor women. It's disgraceful.

Linda Stephens

Posted by Linda Stephens on 11/26/2014 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Where are Rochester's rioters and looters. Today, the local GJ declined to indict the black man that stabbed and killed an unarmed black teen in Penfield recently. It seems that GJs are actually thinking, and take into account such things as self defense, even if the media does not.

19 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Luxembourg on 11/26/2014 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

It appeared to me that the prosecutor subverted the grand jury to get the no bill he wanted. Why place witnesses on the stands whose credibility was questionable and not in accordance with the physical evidence? Since when is a defendant allowed to testify at a grand jury, getting his story out without being challenged by an alternative scenario by the prosecution. The prosecutor's father was a cop who was murdered by a black suspect and this was the FIFTH case he's handled where a cop shooting a citizen under questionable circumstances was derailed by him before even allowing it to come to trial. His behavior was clearly biased and he should have been forced to recuse himself from this case and appointed a special prosecutor. Officer Wilson may very well be not guilty, but the way this whole thing was handled by the DA leaves many of Brown's supporters feeling they didn't get a fair and open inquiry into all the facts surrounding this case

2 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by geodow on 11/26/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Please learn about the Ferguson grand jury system here. Grand juries do not sift through all the details. That happens in a trial, which the DA easily scuttled.

http://blog.simplejustice.us/2014/11/25/th…

3 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 11/26/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

You are correct J ... I should have said the entire community. And, Kawi Chang after the " big bomb " dropped by Lovely Warren today I do not care if she sees my comment. Sharpton, Jackson, NAACP Leader, Mayor Warren and the rest are using this terrible tragedy as a platform... for whatever purpose is beyond me. I am sickened by this entire mess that all of us have put ourselves into. We are all responsible for this spread of distrust and disconnect ( racism ). Young black men do not trust police and police do not trust young black men.

But I still say...police are our last line of defense. If a policeman tells me or ANYONE ELSE to do something or gives me an order it is the law and I abide. We can sort out the differences later instead of hurting each other or killing the policeman or the " perp " being killed by the police.

I stand by the Pierson Family in Rochester, NY. Darrel chose not to pull his weapon on a career criminal parole escapee... instead to chase down the accused and was then MURDERED with a hand gun at point blank range to the head.

A Grand Jury is the Law in every state of the Union. It works just fine and those folks took their time on the matter and reached a decision based on the evidence in a court of law.


As far as I am concerned Sharpton and Lovely Warren have broken every law in the moral code book of this entire country... I have to listen to their opinions but it makes me sick to my stomach.

27 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 11/25/2014 at 8:21 PM

Re: “To our readers

Mike is correct. After posting, I stand corrected. Sorry City. This venue still works. Easy and still private.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gotta Say It on 11/25/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Craig - Did you watch any of last night's news coverage? If so, you would've noticed plenty of WHITE agitators (aka "do-gooders") stirring up trouble as well. As you know, these kinds of controversial, national news stories bring out the crazies (communists, anarchists, etc.) who, more often than not, have no real connection to the issue at hand but instead show up with the sole intention of causing havoc.

21 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by J on 11/25/2014 at 3:48 PM

Re: “To our readers

Why the complaints? Someone can still post anonymously using a pseudonym. All City Newspaper needs is an email address. Anyone can create an email address without any problems with anonymity.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/25/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Sheesh Craig - better hope Mayor Lovely doesn't see that!!!

10 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Kwai Chang on 11/25/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “To our readers

Totally agree with above. The status quo remains because those in power threaten those who attempt to offer real alternatives. Fear wins. It appears like those in power have influenced your paper. So sad.

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Gotta Say It on 11/25/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “To our readers

thank you for enabling everyone to use facebook to comment. You have undoubtedly sqelched those who fear reprisal because of their position in life, or where they may work. Again, another opportunity lost for some meaningful insight due to the political correctness of this cowardly nation.

People will no longer speak their minds.

8 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by badthingk on 11/25/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Three months of a Grand Jury probe with a jury of peers examining every last detail showing that all of the evidence says " no wrong doing by the police officer ".

So...with that said, destruction of property; looting and vandalism; shooting of a police officer; arson and millions of dollars of damage to private and public property ?

Shame on the black community of Ferguson !!!

Craig R. Moffitt

33 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by crm135790 on 11/25/2014 at 8:09 AM

Re: “Frankel weighing second county exec bid

One thing for sure, if former Brighton Supervisor Sandra Frankel becomes Monroe County Executive: No more Climate Change denial. With Sandy Frankel in office we can properly plan for our future. Climate Change means we have to plan.

In the Monroe County, including the Rochester region, we can barely speak about the worldwide crisis of Climate Change, let alone begin a major effort in our region to educate the public and begin properly planning for the changes that will come (and are happening now) to our region.

Sandy Frankel has spoken out many times publically on our critical need to address Climate Change and even backed our local efforts to get Rochesterians to the recent People’s Climate March in NYC to demonstrate our need for our leaders to act. Sandy Frankel is a proven leader and her leadership in our county would be a major step forward in planning for our future.

I am so not political, as the present scene is dreadful, but I must speak out for what would be a demonstrable change in the climate of our region. With someone leading on Climate Change in our county we would see a major shift in public attitudes on the crisis of our age, changes in the media and their willingness to connect the dots of local extreme weather with warming predictions, and changes in business who’d get a clear message that really being green means a sustainable future.

If you are looking for good news on the Climate Change crisis, Sandy Frankel as Monroe County Executive could be that news. Let the debates begin.

6 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Frank J. Regan on 11/24/2014 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Frankel weighing second county exec bid

God no, please no, not Frankel. She was horrible as a candidate in '11 and I doubt she'd be better now. She's the Martha Coakley of Monroe County politics (the outgoing Massachusetts A.G. who lost bids for U.S. Senate and Governor in a row). Another Frankel run will be a waste of time and money. She's too liberal for the western suburbs, they won't turn out the base in Rochester and she's not a natural politician. She's very cold, smug and aloof for higher office. Please stay in retirement, Sandy. I don't want to sound ageist either, but she's in her 70s and has been in politics for over 20 years. Could the Democrats, supposedly the party of the future, nominate someone who hasn't been around for decades? Here are a couple names: Adam Bello or Joe Morelle Jr.,

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by steve on 11/21/2014 at 3:35 PM

Top Viewed Stories


© 2014 City Newspaper

Website powered by Foundation