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Re: “Henrietta board united against casino

the state can still allow the senaca nation to build the casino in Henrietta so don't relax just yet. call your congressman and spread the word.

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Posted by savemonroecounty on 03/21/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Henrietta board united against casino

it is not over yet

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Posted by henrietta resident on 03/21/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Interview: Local performer Evan Harrington returns to Rochester in "Once"

I just saw Rob Campbell, Penfield High School Class of 1987, in the Broadway show ALL THE WAY. He plays George Wallace. Amazing actor and guy!

Posted by Chey on 03/21/2014 at 8:29 AM

Re: “The high-risk stakes in Crimea and Ukraine

So the argument is that everyone should talk it out rather than beginning a war involving the two largest military powers in the world? Groundbreaking conclusion. Also you condemned Hillary for comparing Russian actions to Hitler's, then say that she was right. We can't condemn polititians for lying constantly, and then condemn them for telling the truth. And FINALLY it comes to light that the the Nazis invaded the nations of Europe because Woodrow said it was cool.

Posted by Jeff on 03/21/2014 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

If she would have lost someone close to hear to drunk driving you better believe he would have lost his job.

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Posted by MADD on 03/21/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

Let anonymous continue to post comments. I will continue to ignore them.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 2:22 AM

Re: “Parsing O'Brien's recent independent streak

Where is the Ted O'Brien I once knew?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 2:19 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

It is Lovely's train and she will drive it off the tracks if she wants to. It is interesting that Lovely seems to have ignored any lessons she might have learned from her first round of scandals. She continues to deflect media questions and lets her staff deliver press statements.

And she perpetuates her scandals. Redon offered to resign, which would have meant a quick end to the latest scandal but Lovely decided to keep Redon and the scandal around. It just makes not sense.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 2:11 AM

Re: “The high-risk stakes in Crimea and Ukraine

Crimea and Kosovo are not in the same moral universe — nor are the other situations the author cites remotely comparable.

Iraq, for example, was liberated precisely because the vaunted "international system" proved itself incapable of dealing with a psychotic despot like Saddam Hussein.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/20/2014 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

This is an interesting and important discussion. As I write this, I am sorting out my support for or against anonymity in posting comments. By the time I reach the end of this post, I'll have to decide if/how I'll sign my contribution to the discussion.

I will start by agreeing with Proudly Anonymous when s/he said: "An idea or argument should stand or fall on its merits, not on the biography or personality or popularity of the speaker." Knowing who said something may add context to the statement, but the "who" should not supersede the "what" in our decision on whether to accept or reject the point being made.

Along that line, I think we need to be careful in attributing a rationale to someone's decision on associating his/her name with an opinion. Fear and courage, risk and benefit are very personal conditions. While I try to empathize, it's impossible for me to know the personal circumstances that lead to the decision on signing a post. From that perspective, I won't judge the content on the basis of the person's choice on disclosing her/his identity.

I am personally disturbed by the increase in vitriolic commentary, but I don't see an absolute correlation between tone and anonymity. I've seen logical and respectful comments made by unnamed contributors (some examples are in this thread) and I have seen people willing to add their names to hateful and hurtful statements.

After all that, it seems I'm more inclined to judge a person based on their statements than I am to judge a statement based on who said it.

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Posted by Greg on 03/20/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

God almighty.

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Posted by sean on 03/20/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Henrietta board united against casino

4-0, I though there'd be 5 votes. Anyone absent?

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Posted by Henrietta resident on 03/20/2014 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Henrietta board united against casino

Thank God...

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Posted by Henrietta resident on 03/20/2014 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

BDG, I don't disapprove of private people, but you are not really being private. You are commenting in a public arena. If you want to be private, stay private. I suspect that what some anonymous commenters want in fact is to take no responsibility for their comments.

And there are other options for you. You can start an anonymous blog. You can go to craigslist or some other similar site. You can express your opinions in your private circle of friends. Or send your comments to whatever politicians you think should hear them. But don't pretend that you are being private when all who read City News online can see your comments. That is public.

(Democracy has several corners upon which stones must be laid.)

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 03/20/2014 at 1:47 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

Actually, a cornerstone of democracy is the secret ballot — i.e., it is universally held that democracy depends upon the power of individuals NOT to have to declare themselves publicly.

In any event, conflating a web site's comments policy with NSA snooping and PAC donor disclosure seems a bit of a stretch, to put it mildly.

You're free to disapprove of private people, and to urge them to be more like you. The question, however, is whether their views must be excluded.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/20/2014 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

"Leonard Redon is a valued member of my team who is doing good work on behalf of the people of Rochester."

It's just a goshdarn shame that the important work he is doing does not include trying to be personally responsible enough to keep those people safe on our streets! Spencer Ash, Reggie Hill, and now Leonard Redon. Can the city of Rochester employ some kind of early warning system so that we know when members of this administration are behind the wheel?

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Posted by Oh no! Anonymous! on 03/20/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

There are two main reasons why I dislike this anonymity:

Political: The growing anonymity and secrecy in American culture is dangerous for democracy, whether it is City’s online comments or large anonymous PACS funded by contributions from anonymous uber-wealthy conservatives or secret surveillance of American’s online habits. The overall impact of this secrecy is to increase a culture of fear, and of the need to remain anonymous. Our democracy is dependent on the power of individuals to stand openly before other individuals to say, “This is what I believe. What do you believe?” But now we see this anonymity creeping into the realm of government via Patty Malgieri’s alleged involvement in some creepy mailings. Is it wrong for her, but not wrong for us? What kind of America and government do we want?

Personal: Look, I approach this as an openly gay man, who in the very distant past decided to connect my name and my face to the most personal aspects of my soul and being, despite whatever hatred awaited me. And I have discovered, as have so many of my friends, that this disclosure is a life-affirming and spiritually positive decision with unanticipated rewards and recognitions. And that courageous collective action of so many in my community is transforming our society for the better. So why would I want to be anonymous now, when disclosure has done so much good for me and for my community?

Anonymous posters: I suggest you look inside and break out of your own closets, constructed of whatever fears you have assembled there and participate fully in our open American society that is so critical for us to protect.

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 03/20/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Arts and Cultural Council to close gallery and publication

My apologies for the mistake! The Arts Council has been in the Neighborhood of the Arts for more than 30 years, and at their current location for 13. Thank you for your comment, Ms. Dawson.

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Posted by rebeccarafferty on 03/20/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “The high-risk stakes in Crimea and Ukraine

While I agree that the US's (and Europe's) response to the crisis has been ill conceived, your defense of the people of Crimea's right to self-determination seems a bit naive. How can their cries for self-determination be taken seriously when only a slim majority of their citizens are ethnic Russians and when this cry of freedom suddenly rang out when Crimea was full of Russian troops. I'm sure the Tatars and the Ukrainians who live there don't feel the same way.

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Posted by Michael Osadciw on 03/20/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 4: “SHADE! The Rusical”

Gia is the worst.

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Posted by Kara Austin on 03/20/2014 at 9:30 AM

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