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Re: “Rochester Lilac Festival announces changes including fencing, checkpoints

What does "check bags" mean? That seems to be a big issue. This is such a fundamental issue that it's in our nation's basic law. How is going to a festival consenting to a search? Has there been public discussion about this? Has the police department discussed this issue, the festival organizers, the Parks Department? I am curious if no one has raised legal issues and I wonder if we should.

It is not, if I need to say it, a problem with an individual's bags being checked, but a problem with not discussing the issue of why we have a protection from unwarranted searches in the Constitution.

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Posted by John on 04/09/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “East High is not alone, says Commissioner King

"Evidence shows that with the right leadership, they work, he said."

And what evidence is that?

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Posted by Hilary Appelman on 04/09/2014 at 12:33 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

The root problem in the RCSD is that the district doesn't understand Maslow's hierarchy of needs. You MUST meet basic needs before you try to address higher-level needs. And they must be done in order.

First, you have to make sure that kids are fed and warm. I know they provide breakfast and lunch (though I admit that I don't know if the meals are actually edible. They might even want to look into that).

Second, you have to provide an environment of safety. This is where the district is failing miserably. The funds that Vargas refers to should be funneled unapologetically to getting the hallways safe. Teachers will do better, students will do better. But most importantly, you CANNOT address educational concerns until you address safety concerns.

Third, the problem starts in elementary school. A problem cannot be fixed from the top down. You have to start with the elementary schools. I know a few RCSD teachers. They face a generation of children whose families do not value education, thus there must be innovation on the part of the teacher....because their job is now not only to educate, but to make learning fascinating. In short, they must be education salespeople. Yes, it's hard. Yes, it's double the work that the suburb teachers have to do. But it IS possible.

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Posted by guest on 04/03/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Queer careers

Work lives and personal lives "collide" only to the extent we let them. How about everybody at work focus on the business at hand, keep their nose out of their neighbor's business, and keep their own business to themselves?

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Posted by b.d.g. on 04/02/2014 at 3:38 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

You can't educate kids when 20% of them are absent any given day. No wonder the RCSD is such a mess. The absenteeism figure just speaks to the massive amount of cultural rot in the city of Rochester.

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Posted by Animule on 04/01/2014 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Restoring balance to Braddock Bay

What amazes me the most(well, not really), is how the DEC is so protective of wetlands everywhere, but now we find that digging canals through the cattails is good???

Actually, it's about time they did something about the Greece waterfront. Braddock Bay has been dead for years. The Long Pond outlet has been virtually unnavigable for years as is the small channel between Long and Cranberry Ponds. Buck Pond has weeds growing throughout the open water. Little Pond also is struggling .

There are at least 4 marinas with close to zero boats in them, Restaurants are closed or struggling. The ecosystem was much healthier when the marinas were full and lots of tax revenue was flowing.

This article illustrates that not only can capitalism and environmentalism co-exist, they must co-exist.

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Posted by johnny on 03/30/2014 at 10:16 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

PLEASE, our babies know this is not what education is about! They know the process of the RCSD will not and can not work for them. They need our HELP! Have any of you been to any of these schools? They'r not schools! Cattle get better treatment even when it comes to the food! IT'S TIME for us to either Take our kids out of the RCSD, or Take the RCSD! NOTHING WILL GET ANY BETTER WITH THOSE WHO ARE IN CHARGE NOW! ONLY their pockets will get bigger and that's all that matters to them, not our KIDS! The State can close this school system and we can use the funds to home school our kids, which can't be worst than what we have now!

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Posted by John L. Norris on 03/29/2014 at 10:52 PM

Re: “New report shows stark divide between the city and the region

I agree that something needs to be done about poverty and accompanying racism.
If we are serious then just look a the Governor's proposed budget. Areas where addressing some of the issues re poverty include fully restoring progressive income
taxes , reject the proposals to end the bank taxes, collect the stock transfer tax. These would allow the defeceit to be paid and cover needs addressing poverty including education, neighborhood development, housing, job opportunities , transportation and green energy. This means electing representatives who do not stay with the status quo which is designed to keep the problems at the talking but actually do little level. The media needs to cover political progressive alternatives with greater depth and frequency. Look at the onniGreen Party platform on line. Come to the meeting which will address these issues on April 10th 7p.m. at the Flying Squirrel Center 285 Clarissa St.
Bonnie Cannan

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Posted by Bonnie Cannan on 03/29/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Restoring balance to Braddock Bay

I question statements that there is not enough variability in the water levels since the existing plan was put in place in the 1950's. On the contrary, ask anyone who lives on the lake or owns property there - we have had many years of high water, and many years of low water, as well as years in between. The new plan would allow much higher highs, and much lower lows. The plan is designed to follow "nature's way" in allowing these fluctuations. But nature is not often even handed - what if nature gave us 5 consecutive years of extremely high water? Wouldn't the wetlands become "drowned" then? And if we had 5 consecutive years of extremely low water - wouldn't the wetlands be starved of water? Goldilocks would certainly have a hard time with this...

Posted by Lake Lover on 03/29/2014 at 9:33 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

A FEW CRITICALLY IMPORTANT POINTS IN THE ARTICLE --- ARE AS FOLLOWS:

"East's problems reflect a much larger, systemic issues. A teacher who asked to remain anonymous says that student misconduct in many of the district's secondary classrooms borders on chronic mayhem. And she's not alone in this observation."

"Though strong on what needs to be done to positively impact student outcomes, the presentation was weak on how to get it done. There were few of even the most incremental timelines."

"It's abundantly clear that the district suffers from interminable management problems, and an inability to successfully complete even the most basic tasks and policies. And now well into his term, Vargas is causing some people to worry that his plan, whatever it is, isn't working."

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 03/28/2014 at 11:10 PM

Re: “New report shows stark divide between the city and the region

How many more of these reports do we need? Everyone knows what and where the problems are. Imagine if all of the time and resources dedicated to creating these reports/convenings/conversations, etc...was actually used to do something about poverty?

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Posted by LRS on 03/28/2014 at 10:11 AM

Re: “All eyes on Ted O'Brien

The Funke operatives are working it already.....Ted is a good man and serves the District very well.

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Posted by Go Ted on 03/27/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “All eyes on Ted O'Brien

Ted O'Brien is in a tough spot he created for himself. The article didn't mention O'Brien voting for Cuomo's so-called NY SAFE gun control law, passed behind closed door with no public debate or input. Why doesn't O'Brien mention that as he lists his votes with his "fellow Democrats"? You see plenty of yard signs calling for the repeal of the law in O'Brien's district. Those folks won't vote for O'Brien.

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Posted by Angus on 03/27/2014 at 9:48 PM

Re: “New report shows stark divide between the city and the region

It is too bad that city is unwillingness to inform readers that the region ex rochester has a child poverty rate of ~10%, and the reason for the huge difference versus the city(47%) is that 68% of households in rochester with kids have on,y one parent whereas the corresponding figure for the rest of the region is ~25%. Why not expect people to behave responsibly?

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Posted by Mike on 03/27/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Restoring balance to Braddock Bay

Question: Buck Pond is quite different from Braddock Bay which has two strong-flowing creeks emptying into the bay - Salmon Ck. and Buttonwood Ck. The bay has a 'naturally-formed sand barrier' unlike the other ponds which are bounded by the ancient sand barrier now Edgemere Dr. How would putting rip-rap along the eastern mouth of the bay prevent erosion of the marsh edge [now cattails] - 'slowing down' of erosion? I can't see it happening. This mono-culture is directly caused by the water level ups-and-downs caused by natural events and the St. Lawrence Seaway hydro-manipulation. To get shoreland diversity you have to maintain less extreme water levels to get native plants to take hold thus increasing animal, amphibian and other species to increase including fish.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/27/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Treatment for a traumatized world

In the 1970s I was living in a university town - Moscow, Idaho - and I was able to take a six-week certification 'class' for 'non-professionals' which addressed all human services [social work, mental health, food, housing, medical, daycare, etc.] available in the county. It was an eye-opener for a 20-something and gave me an edge-up which I have used all my life. Recently I watched an episode of Iyanla Fix-My-Life on OWN which came the closest I've seen to modeling compassionate response in the face of generational trauma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccq0bvVmZVE ~~ all of us can play a role in healing.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/26/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Correction, when I wrote "I don't see many people in this thread condemning Lovely Warren for having Mr. Redon on his staff." it obviously should have said "on her staff", not "on his staff".

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/23/2014 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

"So now, with all anger and upset, we condemn Lovely Warren for two people she kept on ? "

I don't see many people in this thread condemning Lovely Warren for having Mr. Redon on his staff. I certainly didn't, nor did the majority of comments. Any criticisms have been how she's handling the situation once Mr. Redon had his DWI incident. And not all the commenters are even critical of that aspect.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/23/2014 at 8:34 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Sorry all, Redon was a Richards appointment. So, by the way, was Spencer Ash. So now, with all anger and upset, we condemn Lovely Warren for two people she kept on ?

OMG, how stupidly racist is this?

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Posted by clint on 03/23/2014 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Arts & Cultural Council announces move to Kodak Center for Performing Arts

I hate this whole story! Years ago, someone floated the idea (it might have been RBTL or the Philharmonic) of forming an United Way for the arts. Instead, we get stupid magazines, crashed and burned Ren. Sq., and another failure in the making with RAPA...when will we learn?

Try this scenario...City brings together a meeting of the arts groups and tries to gain concensus about what to do before the whole house of cards tumbles!

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Posted by clint on 03/22/2014 at 8:05 PM

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