We can all agree that more people should vote. If for no other reason than that smaller turn outs tend to favor the fringe elements of the political parties.
As to the rest of Ms. Towler’s lecture...
Along with the right to vote comes the right to enroll in the party (or no party) of our choice. If this results in an overwhelming number of citizens being enrolled in the same party in a given area, so what? No one is shut out of the democratic process UNLESS their party-of-choice refuses to field a candidate. That there are no Republican or Conservative candidates for mayor or city council is the fault of each party’s leaders, NOT the process. The Greens haven’t a prayer of winning, but that hasn’t stopped them from running. That the Republicans and Conservatives consistently refuse to put forward candidates while consistently whining about the way the city is run speaks loudly about their lack of respect for their party members in Rochester, their lack of faith in the efficacy of their message, and speaks even louder about the fact that they’d rather complain then do anything to fix what they claim are the city’s problems.
And, at the risk of being called unpatriotic, the fact is that the oft-repeated statements about those who fought and died for OUR right to vote ignore the fact that most of those who died did so for THEIR right to vote. Namely the right of white males over 21. As to the rest of America’s potential voters, women did not gain the vote nationally until 1920. And blacks, despite the passage of the XVth. Amendment in 1870, realistically did not receive the permanent right to vote until the passage of the XXIVth. Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. And those between 18 and 21 did not receive the right to vote until 1971.
Clearly another cry into the night to try and urge maintenance of the status quo! Sad but so true.
In the end Tom Richards is just playing games with the voters and the people trying to revive his campaign. He endorsed Warren and yet will not stop the last minute efforts to get him elected. Any respect I had for Richards is now gone.
Richards is just adding to the confusion and offers another reason why people are turning away from voting.
This will probably be censored, as so much of the real conversation about the mayor's race:
A hint of sour grapes?
The proportion of Rochester voters has gone largely unchanged--the population is declining, so too then, are absolute votes. Warren won the primary by the largest margin IN HISTORY-- a history that you deem insignificant, apparently. I know for a fact that Warren's camp did a ton of voter reg work. How much do you think Richards did? ZERO, because it wasn't in their interest to register voters.
Where is your outrage about the TurnOUt's unethical campaign practices: their lack of disclosure, the misleading information, not to mention THEIR LACK OF CANDIDATE? And where was your outrage when Duffy defeated Norwood by less than 2,000 votes?
It should be noted that your outrage over voter turnout lines up perfectly with the messaging of the TurnOutForTom crew, Rochester's own Tea Party. CityNews has become their echo chamber, their very own FOX news.
I thought City was the paper for the voiceless, willing to take tough policy stands for the people. You've become a mouthpiece of the establishment.. PERIOD.
Though voting is important, I detect a hint of sour grapes in that people didn't come out to vote for the "right" candidate, ie. Tom Richards. But I agree with the sentiment of voting. However after that, we all need to be quiet. This is a representative democracy, not the Athenian Assembly. Our opinion is irrelevant until the next election.
In defense of shallow insignificance? Now there's a unique position I would have never predicted.
I like the changes made by the D&C. Before the change, everyone at lunch would pass sections of the D&C around, look through them quickly and pass them on. Now we all manage to find something of interest to read.
I would say that in 2013, quality over quantity does not apply to print news media. With few exceptions, everyone has cut the number and quality of stories. So, especially in the case of the D&C, quantity makes things more palatable without an increase of quality. Now, at least, the D&C can be a part of my news gathering.
i would like to see more, real investigative reporting. I would like to see reporters and the media follow up on information given to then rather than just printing what could amount to no more than opinions. It is so hard to take back words that have already been out there and more and more often we are seeing negative publicity on things that don't exist.
"But newspapers also have a responsibility to be community leaders."
And one of the ways that newspapers can be community leaders is to utilize changing technologies to enhance interaction with their readers.
For example, readers now have the ability to communicate with newspaper editors and reporters with questions and feedback about articles and editorials via posted comments. This provides those editors/reporters with the opportunity to respond in real time to those questions and to clarify or elaborate on any points they raised which were questionable, unclear or underreported.
Unfortunately, in the case of the D&C AND City Newspaper, the ability for two-way communication is not being taken advantage of. Reader questions and comments are ignored and 21st. Century newspapers pay as little attention, of not less, to their readers as any two bit paper from the 19th. Century.
On a related note, particularly amusing is how the D&C is quick to print any :Letter to the Editor that praises their operations while consigning to the round file any letter containing even a hint of criticism or a suggestion that their management and staff might not walk on the water.
Amen! The D&C has been on a downward slide for a while now. The issues with news coverage are duly noted. Add to that the inability to proofread, to provide competent customer service and to offer a printed weekly television listing for newsstand customers. The new "more" is hardly that.
The D&C is owned by Gannett, why would they print stories from Berkshire Hathaway (BH) and other newspapers? They would have to pay BH for the articles and employ less at the D&C. If you want to read stories from other companies, then buy a D&C and a BH newspaper. I think the changes to the web and to the physical paper were very positive. If I could read City articles in the D&C, I would just pick up the D&C and skip City.
Shallow insignificant stories and events lead to conversation amongst friends. Every normal human accomplishes several insignificant events every day, we enjoy learning that others accomplish the same worthless crap everyday.
Constant, real, education and certification teaches me significant things, City newspaper and the D&C teaches me about local and national insignificant things that start conversation with my friends.
This critique seems to believe that City serves as an investigative engine, I enjoy it for the stories on new restaurants and the coupons that go along with them. Your liberal slanted stories only inform me that you really dislike fracking.
ARobinson - You say that like it's a bad thing.
As a matter of fact, I find City Newspaper not to be objective in any manner or fashion. It is incredibly biased toward liberals and prejudiced toward conservatives.
I personally find Mary Anna Towler offensive in her prejudice and ignorance. Why shouldn't the republicans oppose Obamacare, it was passed purely by democrats and liberals rather than a bipartisan support.
There is a 1 year delay for business, why isn't it fair to have a 1 year delay for the individual mandate
There are union give-aways and exemptions, which are unfair
Lastly Obamacare whether you like it or not robs from Senior (US) Citizens so the democrats have a huge give-away to illegal immigrants to come to this country for free healthcare and be covered. There is no law that says you must have healthcare to come to this country nor is there a law to deport anyone who comes here without it. Who do illegal immigrants vote for? Democrats.
Please Mary Anna Towler don't fake your sincerity by pretending that this is helping people when its a government take over of healthcare and an immigration giveaway. I hope the republicans keep the government shut down until the next presidential election!
This virus has been allowed to fester for years in this city. Nothing new here, just more rhetoric, political posturing, and egocentric foolishness. The response by the RCSD officials are political and bares no solutions. Vargas, Evans, and White are a part of the problem.
"Something's going on among Rochester teenagers that we need to understand. And rerouting buses deals with the end result, not the cause."
I don't believe the phenomenon is limited to Rochester. I suspect these same kinds of occurrences are happening nationwide. They do however seem limited to low-income, poverty stricken areas/individuals... but definitely much larger than just a "Rochester problem". A cry for help it seems.
Oh btw, let's not forget the Greece Ridge Mall festival fights of 2010, and Roc City Rib Fest fights of 2011...
If they made children go to the school in their neighborhoods and not be able to choose to go to one that requires busing would they have enough extra yellow buses to not need the kids to ride RTA or transfer downtown?
A Lovely Warren win was fiction....no wait, that did happen.
Dave Atlas - I don't believe that City Newspaper goes in for fiction. Which is the only way they could write about an Alex White mayoral administration.
Why don't you do the same thing in case Alex White wins....just for laughs. I mean, you've obviously called the election results 2 months before the election even happens so have fun with it... ask the same questions only in the event of an Alex White administration.
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