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Re: “Education is big business in Rochester

Another big business is the prison system. Many dropouts from city schools end up there. Another big business is the gun industry. It's shameful that money and jobs are so often put ahead of the common good.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/19/2014 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Rethinking Irondequoit

I just hope as we grow that we keep our green areas that make Irondequoit beautiful. Revitalize old buildings instead of cutting down trees and clearing lots to make new. And please no more dollar and discount stores, we definitely have enough.

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Posted by Sandy Brady-Ferrentino on 06/19/2014 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Education is big business in Rochester

No, the government school monopoly is not a business. It is a political entity that confiscates resources from the real economy, where people and businesses would put them to more productive use, in order to line the pockets of political interests. A business will soon disappear if it doesn't meet people's needs efficiently, but the government school monopoly responds only to politics. Once upon a time, one at least could argue that government schools did produce a productive local workforce and citizenry. After decades of declining performance, those days are long gone.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/19/2014 at 9:31 AM

Re: “California decision a game-changer

So hiring non certified, little to no experience 22 year olds fresh out of college as teachers to work in charter schools make more sense?!! See how easy it is to get one over on the judicial system and the American public??!

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 06/18/2014 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Teachers' rights challenged

Once they get rid of unions, labor laws will be the next target. Private workers, you're next.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 06/18/2014 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Education is big business in Rochester

Charlotte high was "modernized" they didn't put air conditioning in, they have just 1 and a half restrooms for adult female staff( the 3rd floor bathroom is out of order often). They gave been trying to fix the back door so that the work badges could work. I've seen people coming in ALL year to try to fix it. When accountability is lacking, the results are shoddy, ill planed and wasteful.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 06/18/2014 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Rethinking Irondequoit

Sea Breeze could use lots of help. The town really messed up when they ran that expressway extension behind the town, on very desirable and scenic property that could have been used for a park and housing, helping to create a walkable village and more shops and restaurants. Instead, that road bypasses the village. Dumb.

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Posted by johnny on 06/18/2014 at 6:46 PM

Re: “National security: the US, Obama, and Iraq

Adjunct Prof. Obama's approach to foreign relations — don't call it a policy — is neither informed nor realistic. It's hard to imagine anything more divorced from reality, or more ignorant of history and human nature. Add to the mix a narcissistic personality, colossal incompetence, compulsive blame-shifting, and a ridiculous blame-America ideology, and you have the calamity that is unfolding before our eyes.

Here's a reality-based way to think about a problem: Threats and risks don't go away just because you'd rather ignore them. They don't go away just because your options to mitigate them are limited and painful. If you can't deal with them now, or choose not to, they will deal with you later.

Antecedent to latest Iraq episode is a string of debacles in which Putin and others played Obama for a fool. Apparently during his stellar academic career the absent-minded professor neglected to learn one of the first lessons of leadership, namely, that you must make sure both your followers and your enemies either respect you or fear you.

According to a recent article in Politico, Prof. Obama delights in long luxurious dinners with wealthy and famous guests, engaged in deep conversation about "life and art, big interesting things," rather than the picayune responsibilities of his actual job. That's about the size of it: The American people, in their infinite wisdom, twice handed the most powerful position in human history to a pompous dilettante who finds the job disappointing and beneath him. Whoever gets that honor next will inherit a godawful mess.

But wait, there is no conflict in Iraq. It ceased the moment Prof. Obama decreed that it be so. We know that, because he has told us repeatedly that he ended the war. His comical sidekick Biden claims that Iraq is among Obama's signature achievements. And so it is.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/18/2014 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Education is big business in Rochester

When one visits a site of City School District Bldg. improvement one can observe first hand the facts that there are little if any women, young black men, mature white men over the age of 55 or more or minority owned sub contractors performing the prevailing wage work. It has been this way for years ( the good old boys club ) and will continue to be this way unless Lovely and Loretta step up to the plate and hit the "home run" like they did yesterday. Now....with that said am I saying jobs should be given to the aforementioned without the qualifications necessary to perform the tasks ? No I am not saying that at all. What I am saying is that we need jobs and the balance has been tipped in favor of steering contracts to those companies that do not hire and train minorities. Yet choose to "fudge" the paperwork to get the money and to hell with the minority.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/18/2014 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Rethinking Irondequoit

Medley Center should be condemned and the property taken from the owner. Demolish the structure and turn the land into a green space that can be easily maintained by a minimal crew of town employees with the type of mowing equipment used along highways. End of problem. The last thing Irondquoit needs is to end up a as visual monstrosity like Henrietta.

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Posted by AncientAngler on 06/18/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Feedback 6/18

The residents of Charlotte don't oppose development. The problem is that the mayor is giving away the farm to a greedy out-of-town developer. In addition, this project seems to be headed for failure. It also requires that the city spend money it doesn't have. Even if it did work, the city and especially Charlotte wouldn't benefit. It's a no-brainer to oppose it.

There are three things that must be preserved: the beach, the trees and grass, and the parking lots. These are the jewels. Some berms could be built to hide the lots, but they're necessary because visitors need a place to park.

Let's continue developing the space around these jewels. If and when there's an outcry for luxurious hotels and condos, well, we'll probably have to do that too.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/18/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Teachers' rights challenged

Every taxpayer goes to work every day knowing that the family income is at stake, based on her or his work performance. Most of us are grown-up about it. Grown-ups take pride and satisfaction in being held accountable.

But then we are reminded that government school employees, supported by OUR hard-earned income, are beneficiaries of a byzantine protection racket that the mob would envy. It's unconscionable.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 06/18/2014 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Seeking bus converts

Some people have asked if you need a special ROC Transit Day pass to participate. You do not. ANY RTS fare card can be used. If you already have a monthly pass for example, you can use it to redeem any of the deals at local merchants/restaurants. And if our volunteers see you out and about tomorrow without your car, you could win a free gift.

But don't do it to win a prize - do it because it feels good! Make plans now to leave your car home, walk, bike, or bus tomorrow.

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Posted by Mike Governale on 06/18/2014 at 10:10 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren to legislators: Don't approve funds for second phase of schools modernization

Great...oversight in redundant fashion as stated by Joe Morelle. Yet, what is the FBI Investigation about and why is it that phase two will go ahead as planned ? What happened in phase one ? Whom is it that lied,stole, rigged bids etc. ?

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/18/2014 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Teachers' rights challenged

I say poverty is unconstitutional as it has the ability to impede a students right to a quality education - if said students are not receiving proper dental care, are lacking eye glasses if needed and have poor nutrition - I am certainly not implying being poor equates to being unable to learn. But I am stating it can certainly set up some major road blocks - now let's talk about how these factors weigh on on my performance - I'm all for a fair evaluation process but until we stop teacher bashing and focus on quality living conditions you'll never get me to agree to this whole teaching/union bashing fiasco

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Posted by Lisa DiRenzo Englert on 06/18/2014 at 6:03 AM

Re: “Last-minute deal saves second phase of schools project

Great...oversight in redundant fashion as stated by Joe Morelle. Yet, what is the FBI Investigation about and why is it that phase two will go ahead as planned ? What happened in phase one ? Whom is it that lied,stole, rigged bids etc. ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/17/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Last-minute deal saves second phase of schools project

Glad to hear collaboration is happening to improve the education of children in our area. As we look at how to re-vitalize Rochester, let’s ask more questions and seek better answers.
• Should income inequality in the United States be a matter of great public concern? Yes. Inequality of the type we’re experiencing now directly threatens our democratic institutions and values. Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty, French Economist.
• What is the best US return on investment? Early childhood education! Source: Dr. James Heckman, Nobel Economist, University of Chicago, Chautauqua Institute series.
• What do young children need to learn before they enter elementary school? Seven Essential Life Skills: Focus & Self Control, Perspective Taking, Communications, Making Connections, Critical Thinking, Taking on Challenges, Being a Self-Directed Learner. Source: Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky, Work/Family Institute.
• How do children learn? Experts find that boys tend to learn best through movement and touch, while girls learn most effectively by talking and listening. Frames of Mind: The theory of multiple intelligences, Howard Gardner.
• What intelligence can we develop in children that will give them a superior advantage in the workforce? Emotional Intelligence. Source: Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves.
• Could educational and income inequality have been prevented in Rochester? Yes. Many cities in the US merged their city and county school systems years ago, saving their cities from rotting at their core, and enabling a strong regional economy to thrive. Source: Hope and despair in the American city, Why there are no bad schools in Raleigh, Gerald Grant, Syracuse University Professor of Education and Sociology.
• What do we know about poverty and how to intervene? The two highest correlations with poverty are family structure and the level of educational attainment. Focus on enhancing the education of mothers and promote an increase in education for young females. Teach story structure and formal language to instill the concept of consequences. Source: What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty, Bill Ehlig and Ruby K. Payne.
• In what forums are these questions being asked? The Mayor’s Early Learning Council? The Presbyterian fact finding trip to Raleigh supported by the Rochester Community Foundation? The University of Rochester’s initiatives for East High School? Fairport United Methodist and Fairport American Association of University Women’s forums on Poverty?
My gift in this space is a wide-open forum. Join us for the free “Annie” interactive outdoor movie event for the whole family on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 1100 Ayrault Road, Fairport NY 14450 (rain date 8/27). A costume parade kicks off the fun at 8:00pm, so be sure to come dressed as your favorite character and be ready to sing-along with Little Orphan Annie. If able, please bring a new or gently used children’s book and/or backpack to be donated to a Rochester city school student.
Pamela Barrett Spiteri, Director, Drama Kids International of Rochester

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Posted by Pamela Barrett Spiteri on 06/17/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren to legislators: Don't approve funds for second phase of schools modernization

This last minute letter from Lovely Warren and Loretta Scott is troubling. Clearly, the city was not working closely with Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle. Now, the mayor is complaining about not being listened to. Once again, Mayor Lovely Warren is putting herself ahead of the taxpayers, children, and workers she claims to represent.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 06/17/2014 at 1:33 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren to legislators: Don't approve funds for second phase of schools modernization

The solution to mismanagement of funds and other corruption in a government project is not to stop all projects but to investigate, arrest and punish the transgressors. Then to put checks in place to make sure it never happens again. After all failing to repair our schools and refusing to provide these jobs will not make things better.

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Posted by Alex White on 06/16/2014 at 11:13 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Warren to legislators: Don't approve funds for second phase of schools modernization

Seems like Lovely and Loretta are not going to put up with the " same old, same old things" in Rochester,NY What really is sad is when men and women try to take advantage of power, money and possible bid rigging to better their own lives instead of the children of Rochester. Is it not bad enough that we have such a poor graduation rate of about 45%; daily murder in the streets; children choosing drugs and gangs instead of jobs (not that there are any good jobs)... more so that men and women that are supposed to be setting the example are allegedly stealing and or rigging bids ; or misappropriating millions of dollars on behalf of the City of Rochester and the School District ? I am sad today and hope that the FBI does indeed arrest and imprison anyone that may have done these things to me and our children.

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Posted by crm135790 on 06/16/2014 at 9:21 PM

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