These lakes provide drinking water for several hundred thousand people... WHY ON EARTH would any one even PROPOSE drilling or hydrofracking around such an area? I hope this is stopped in its tracks.
"Warren has made a point of saying that the system is broken and that it has resisted reform. She is a strong supporter of charter schools. "
I hope she read the article about how charters have higher suspension rates. If she allows RCSD schools to behave similarly, then maybe we can have a discussion of equivalency. Until then, maybe she should support those of us who are trying to work within the system to help those less fortunate and less supported become better scholars and citizens.
The system is only as broken as those who use it (by which I of course mean students and parents). It's not like the teachers in RCSD are any less educated or dedicated; quite the opposite. The difference is the students, parents and community we work in. If she - or any politician or citizen - wish to advocate reform, how about advocating reforms where they will do the most good.
It would seem to me that this is such a simple thing. Those currently developing the area's management plan know how the people feel. It would be so simple to just write very specific and very clear language in the plan to rule out all possibilities of drilling on or under the 7000 acres.
I have to wonder what strings are being pulled that could keep the language out of the plan. This is supposed to be about the environment...not hidden corporate interests.
The city had its opportunity to remain the owner of this land and remain in control of it. That time has passed.
I applaud every effort to keep these lakes free from development and especially gas and oil drilling.
Eff these people. I don't care what your stance is on abortion or whatever. There's NO excuse for making my 3 year old see a giant picture with a dead baby on it. They should all be ashamed of themselves. By all means, protest and stand up for your beliefs, but be civil about it and stop tying to traumatize people not involved in your little war.
Hey there, Jeremy. You wrote, "In Monroe County, the active stations are concentrated in the east-side communities and the City of Rochester."
Used to be the west side had one of the most robust community access channels operated and programmed entirely by a team of volunteers: talk shows, news, school and sports events, even live election night coverage. Now, the west-side station (Greece, Gates, Chili) lays virtually dormant after the town governments and school districts colluded to "take over" the stations a few years ago, with promises of giving high school students the opportunity to run the station and create programming, Quite a loss to west-side residents and a waste of what used to be a "public access" channel.
We are losing a gem! Tim's advocacy, by simply being himself, is profound. His work with educators and students is tireless. Tim hit the nail on the head with so many of his insights about the RCSD but I was especially appreciative of his frank commets to business leaders who complain about the broken system. "If the district is that bad, and you know all of these schools around it are so much better, why not just disband the school district? Then all the kids who live in the city would have to be absorbed by the surrounding suburbs." Why not indeed?
Love you Tim. Best wishes in your new role. Hugs !
Please support these guys: http://greenlightnets.com/ There is already fiber in the Rochester area, but they're small, and moving slowly. It would be gratifying to see Time Warner at least take a hit, since the chance of them collapsing is slim.
It's not Time Warner that's blocking FIOS. That one is a legacy of an old deal between Frontier and Verizon.
Time Warner can do whatever they want because they got this City by the short hairs! How about writing an article about their monopoly and how they block Verizon FIOS from coming in? Or how they are going to have to change their business model to allowing the subscriber to choose what channels to pay for, in order to compete against the internet. DOWN WITH TIME WARNER!!!
I had the pleasure and honor of working with City Councilman Tim Mains, and later with Principal Mains (at School 50). While we probably didn't agree on every issue, I found him to be one of the most honorable and hard-working public servants in our community. Jamestown's gain is most certainly our loss.
Tim scrutinized every budget line - a tradition now followed by Carolee Conklin. He listened to speakers, engaged with the community, and supported public policy decisions that benefited city residents. And he did all of his work with compassion, understanding and a dry sense of humor.
I wish him well, but he will be missed.
With the single stream recycling, how much of the material, especially paper, will be contaminated? People don't always properly clean containers now but mixing dirty containers with the paper will just cause more problems.
My only hope with new bicycle boulevards are that they are clearly marked AND clearly lit at night. Some of the inhospitable streets are in some neighborhoods where after-dark/before-dawn riding can have more than one danger, or at least the appearance of it. Fernwood may be a nice street, but some of the other streets that run parallel to Clifford are less so.
Another option might be to re-design sidewalks so that they are easier to ride (make them wider, pave the bike parts to do away with the seams).
The article fails to mention the gross conflict of interest we now have with Waste Management now managing both recycling and waste disposal (until this year, WM did not manage county recycling). What's the incentive to promote recycling if you make money either way?
First we get: "county officials ... [have] applied to the Department of Environmental Conservation for permission to add .. ", and then: "County officials say they expect the approval process to take about three years". Is it an application or an approval process? Sounds like it's just a matter of going through the motions. How nice for the landfill proponents.
"Mill Seat currently captures about 70 percent of the landfill gas and burns it in generators to produce electricity, which cuts down on the landfill's methane emissions" -- burning the methane emits CO2, thereby contributing to climate change. It is better to burn it for energy than not, but far better to not be creating the methane in the first place. There are far better destinations for our organic waste than a landfill. Sadly, the county sees it as a "win" since the big picture as usual eludes them.
While I applaud Monroe County’s efforts at recycling, I do not believe that a landfill, any landfill, is an “environmentally sound” way to dispose of waste. The Zero Waste committee of the Rochester Sierra Club has hosted a park cleanup in the county’s yearly ‘PickUpTheParks’ program for four years. Our group and many other groups and residents cheered the long-awaited decision by Monroe County to recycle #3-#7 plastics.
Monroe County’s eco-park, a residential drop-off point for recyclables and hazardous waste, is an incredible service that all residents should use. Everyone can dispose of paints and old gasoline and other environmentally hazardous stuff. However, according to an eco-park representative, only 1% of the public is availing themselves of this critical service. That is unacceptable, and one has to wonder where the other 99% are dumping their hazardous waste.
Landfills as a waste option are becoming suspect. Yes, they’ve come a long way from the toxic garbage dumps of the past. And of course Monroe County does need to provide the public with a waste removal system. They do not have the luxury of eliminating landfilling as a waste option at present, so landfills may well be a necessary evil at this point.
But landfills are never ‘environmentally sound’ and we should be moving away from them as quickly as possible. When we try to solve our energy and waste problems by capturing and then burning the methane gases that naturally accompany landfills, the public gets the false impression that this solves either problem. What it does is perpetuate landfills as a basic component of waste management thus sweeping our waste, energy, and resource problems under the rug.
It is a better idea to get rid of the idea of landfills and instead find ways to recycle those things we toss into them. Recycling our waste—organic, furniture, plastics, aluminum, etc.—would provide a wealth of resources for businesses, instead of having to further deplete our natural resources.
“Landfills are the largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions in the U.S., and the impact of landfill emissions in the short term is grossly underestimated — methane is 72 times more potent than CO2 over a 20-year time frame.” (Page 7, Stop Trashing the Climate)
Also, this is interesting “…according to an audit, 69 percent of county households participate in recycling, while 53 percent of Rochester residents participate.” It’s interesting because in Buffalo, where the press follows recycling rates very closely, they have a recycling rate of only 13.6 percent. The national average is 34 percent. Hard to believe we are wildly above the national average.
Anyway, I am in total agreement with Mr. Garland’s statement about updating plans on landfills, which includes “…develop public education programs about proper disposal, recycling, or reuse of different wastes.” Not only should there be widespread education about proper waste disposal, I believe our local media should step up to the plate and provide this educational component free of charge, as it is in the public interest.
Would like to see City report in depth on recycling efforts and progress in Monroe County, including an insider's view of current recycling technology and challenges.
Often times transportation planning firms will identify routes based on level of service measurements and determine which are most necessary for filling out a bike network considering city funding limitations. While it would be nice for the city to do this one in house with public suggestions, I'm not sure they have the manpower or the expertise to assess the routes and determine which they can actually afford to implement.
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