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Re: “The A/V club: Rochester musician-artists

I'm desperate to find musicians and artist willing to share their talents next Thursday and Friday. I'm an urban school teacher, and we have space booked at Bernunzio's to give classes and performances meant to open the eyes, ears, and minds of young people to creative possibilities. If you dig this idea, or know someone who would, please share. We are looking for ALL types of musicians and artists. For more information, please reach out to christina.knauf@rcsdk12.org Thanks.

Posted by Chrissy Veneron-Knauf on 03/02/2015 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Mike Green may run for DA again

What the author failed to report (but which is interesting to this story) was that Mike Green was once a REPUBLICAN and became a "freshly minted" DEMOCRAT in 2003 to run for county DA. He held the office of first assistant DA in Monroe County (an appointment) and later switched parties. All those who have issues with Sandra Doorley switching parties should take note. If Green runs, both candidates will be switch hitters.

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Posted by Bart on 03/02/2015 at 11:52 AM

Re: “The great LDC extinction

A big, but in the end meaningless , gesture to kick off her campaign.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/01/2015 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Testing's not the key to educational success

Rather than pitting school against school and district against district, join us as we work to create Great Schools for ALL of Monroe County.

• Countywide magnet schools. This group is looking at options for schools open to students from anywhere in the county, with a student population of no more than 40 percent low-income. Magnet schools, elementary and secondary, are organized around programs or educational themes intended to appeal to a wide range of families – e.g., science, language immersion, the arts, leadership, etc. Conveners: Dan Delehanty and Erica Bryant Contact: magnet@gs4a.org

• Socio-economically integrated summer learning programs. There are many summer learning programs in Monroe County; this group is exploring ways to better integrate them and develop additional programs.
Conveners: Lois Giess Contact: summer@gs4a.org

• Urban-Suburban expansion. The Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program opened in 1965 and now places more than 500 minority city students in schools in the seven participating suburban districts. This group is looking at ways to expand the program to more districts, increase student participation, and consider ways to draw suburban students to city schools.
Conveners: Jeff Crane and Lesli Myers Contact: interdistrict@gs4a.org

• Regional planning to improve school integration. This group is reviewing regional planning efforts elsewhere to determine whether alternative methods of school taxation and cooperative efforts among school districts could be a part of integration efforts here.
Conveners: Cindy Rasmussen and Jenna Tomasello Contact: regional@gs4a.org

• Outreach and diversity. This group is developing ways to carry the GS4A message to a wider community, to engage new groups in the conversation and broaden our base of support.
Conveners: Brian Bailey Contact: outreach@gs4a.org

• Legislative Options. This work group is looking at legislative issues that impact regional collaboration.
Convener: Mark Hare Contact: leg@gs4a.org

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Posted by Elizabeth Laidlaw on 03/01/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Mike Green may run for DA again

Run, Mike, run. Make Doorely history.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 02/28/2015 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Fate uncertain for workers

Don't you know. Democrats and future Democratic voters don't have to follow the law.

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Posted by jhonaly50 on 02/27/2015 at 10:00 PM

Re: “The great LDC extinction

Where her campaign goes from here will determine the reasons that Cheryl Dinolfo made the remarks about eliminating LDC's. If this is the core of her platform, then she will have erred. On the other hand, if the remarks were made for preventative reasons then she'll be fine. It's wise to first get the LDC issue out of the way.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/27/2015 at 5:52 PM

Re: “Rochester's fighting chance for a turnaround

Let's see:
Rochester's GDP is larger than Buffalo's- meaning, we pay more taxes
Rochester's average income is higher than Buffalo's- meaning we pay more taxes.
Rochester's average home price is higher than Buffalo's- meaning we pay more in taxes.

What do we get in return? With Rochester's 5% of NYS population, it means that from the Billion TAXPAYERS gave Buffalo, $50 million is from Rochester. Oh, and we get a chance to COMPETE for HALF of what Buffalo got. Without Rochester there would be NO Buffalo Bills or Sabres. And yet Rochester is still long term doing much better than Buffalo.

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Posted by johnny on 02/27/2015 at 1:53 PM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Republican and Democrat are out the door in 2015. What really matters are working for the people of one's district; putting politics aside; collective mutual agreements; cooperation; and making those decisions that best serve the entire community....not Democrat or Republican.

Craig Robert Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 02/27/2015 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Testing's not the key to educational success

Students should be tested. We need to get students qualified by teaching and testing. The tests should determine a mastery of specific skills and determined by the profession. Kids drop out because they know early on that college won't be for them. Shouldn't there be other options?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/26/2015 at 11:09 PM

Re: “Living with HIV

HIV has been a bonanza for drug companies. With PrEP, drug companies have a lifetime of sales for those with and without an HIV infection.

The very simple fact is that condoms work. PrEP without condoms leaves a person open to a host of other infectious diseases. It seems everyone wants some easier HIV prevention when the simple true is that good health is not simple or easy. Taking a pill once a day sends the wrong message, in my opinion. It can negate the thoughtful engagement needed on a daily basis to actually be healthy and live a healthy life.

HIV has continued to spread simply because many do not like condoms. HIV will continue to spread simply because those who might benefit the most from PrEP cannot afford it and would not take it on a regular basis if they could afford it.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 02/26/2015 at 9:28 PM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

" But Clifford said this morning that the election is not about Warren, but about the people of Northwest Rochester, who couldn't care less about party politics. "

Disloyalty to the Democratic Party ? I highly doubt it !!! Molly ran Duffy's Campaign and got him elected. Many of us were very sad to see him go but he is back in Rochester now and trying to create jobs. As well, I believe Wade Norwood to be in a better position of power to really help the area in Health and Education. Duffy pulled the plug on a real mess when it came to the Fast Ferry and I am sure Molly had a hand in that too. Cut millions of dollars in spending to the RPD and formed the EAST / WEST system of coverage with 24 / 7 coverage as Police Chief while under the Johnson Admin. Now we have to call 911 for everything instead of being able to call both 911 and the Police Station. Molly got her appointment from Duffy but worked for it above and beyond politics in my opinion.

Have any of you readers actually gone to a committee meeting for Democrats in Rochester as I do not think I have ever seen more disagreement and lack of harmony.
Always bickering about whom is in control be it Gantt, Morelle MC Fadden or now Garretson instead of getting things accomplished by putting politics aside. Whom ever actually follows through with putting aside politics and works for the people of said neighborhood will win every open seat this year in County, City and Town Politics in my opinion.

Molly is a person that I know will follow through with that promise of working for the people of that district.

Craig Robert Moffitt
Republican / Democrat ( Independent Thinker)

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Posted by crm135790 on 02/26/2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Rochester's fighting chance for a turnaround

Bart, I've been saying this for a long time. You hear people complaining about how much money is in politics, as in contributions in return for favors to the contributor.
BUT
When do you hear about the real problem. "Vote for me and I'll give you free stuff"? That message is much more damaging to this country. As Mitt Romney correctly stated--"47% of Americans pay no taxes". That figure has grown in the past 6 years. Once it reaches 51%, we are ALL doomed when you can simply vote take your neighbors money.

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Posted by johnny on 02/26/2015 at 1:30 PM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Wow, Molly has had a lot of jobs, but you failed to list any real accomplishments. Or is she a shoe in because she's a Democrat and a women? If you want diversity, how about a ....a.....a....Republican?

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Posted by johnny on 02/26/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Fate uncertain for workers

John, all working people are now slaves. We aren't even entitled to about half of our hard earned wage. Disgusting.
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These people aren't undocumented--They're illegal. Go through the proper channels to citizenship like everyone else.
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"doing the type of work that most Americans — for whatever reason — are not willing to do"--um, could it be that someone else is paying for your housing, heat and food?
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Yes, the immigration system is broke-building the fence will fix it.

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Posted by johnny on 02/26/2015 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Fate uncertain for workers

We have a pathway to citizenship and many LEGAL immigrants are following it. Are these people law-abiding or are they just stupid for following the rules? Why doesn't everyone who wants to come to America follow the rules? Why must we make exceptions? Because "undocumented immigrants" is code for Future Democrat Voters.

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Posted by Bart on 02/26/2015 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Fate uncertain for workers

'Undocumented immigrants' is code for slavery. Legislators and employers have always exploited and owned them for their cheap labor and then pretend to be sanctimonious about the practice. So who is kidding whom?

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Posted by John Jongen on 02/26/2015 at 9:09 AM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Ellen "Molly" Clifford's entire career -- including patronage appointments to city jobs she proved ill suited for -- is connected to her role as a party and campaign operative. She now insists that her record in these roles is off limits in weighing her bid for city council. While people could indeed "care less" about the petty factionalism that drove almost every action Clifford took in local politics, they are rightly concerned about the integrity and good faith of people in positions of public trust . The issue is not who anyone preferred in the last mayoral primary. Many fine individuals differed about that. What offended many people, supporters of both candidates is this: Clifford sought the leadership of the 28th district, where she did not live, after the winner of the mayoral primary was known. She then secretly worked against the winner of that primary, abusing that position of trust, when her personal financial stake in the outcome was reasonably presumed, and responded abusively and arrogantly when (at first courteously) questioned about it. She then ignored the requests of committee members for a copy of party rules, which might have resolved the situation. The result was massive committee primary challenges last year, with former County Chairperson Clifford holding her own committee seat by only a single vote. Needless to say she was not reelected Leader. However, she is now running for the city council for the district she just moved into last year. She had not lived in the NW for decades. The conduct is typical of her. The NW deserves better. For City newspaper to report on this topic, and overlook these facts, is journalistic malpractice .

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Posted by Tom Brennan on 02/26/2015 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Roman announces County Lej bid

I think Yversha Roman will be a wonderful change for this county.

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Posted by Becky Miriam Rodriguez on 02/26/2015 at 6:42 AM

Re: “The comeback: Molly Clifford's running for City Council

Christine has left important information out of this story, including Clifford's carpetbagger status in the Northwest, and ethical questions surrounding her conduct in party leadership positions, which are quite apart from honorably express differences in mayoral candidate preferences. I will address them here shortly, after double checking a few things. Furthermore, Mr. Plonczynski is not a NW resident, and the NW does not require his instruction in these matters. His last foray into NW civic affairs, his last of many unscrupulous intrusions, was last summer, when he invoked the serious illness of a NW party committee member to denigrate NW residents for participating the primary and petition process in committee selection. A committee member was ill, so how dare people take part in the democratic process. That was his argument. It was disgusting. And typical of him. It surprises me that somebody this lacking in common decency and good judgment has the nerve to show his face in public, let alone instruct other communities in how to run their affairs.

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Posted by Tom Brennan on 02/26/2015 at 6:38 AM

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