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Re: “WEEK AHEAD: Port designs, LGBT forum, county Dems to push for review of tax exemption, local climate march

This should be our first step in the Climate March!

"As environmental science has advanced, it has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future: deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease." Worldwatch Institute, "Is Meat Sustainable?"

“If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains... the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.” Environmental Defense Fund

"A 1% reduction in world-wide meat intake has the same benefit as a three trillion-dollar investment in solar energy." ~ Chris Mentzel, CEO of Clean Energy

If Al Gore can do it, you can too! I did it 26 years ago and consider it one of the best decisions of my life.
Step by Step Guide: How to Transition to a Vegan Diet…

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Posted by Jim Corcoran on 09/15/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Legislature Democrats target tax exemption

Is this going to actually accomplish anything? Does ANYTHING the Leg Dems do accomplish anything? They are semi-professional political whiners, not legislators. There are 10 of them. It takes 15 to make a majority. The Party can't even keep their own endorsed candidates in office, as Leslie Rivera and Saul Maniero before her have found out too late (and both from the same district, the 29th). If O'Brien get defeated by a former news anchor with a bad toupee in November (Rich Funke), I would suggest the Party consider disbanding. Does anyone even care about the Leg Dems? Are they capable of actually DOING anything?

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Posted by good riddance on 09/12/2014 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Judy Collins coming to East House

Thanks John. I should have known that since a friend of mine played it constantly, and I do mean CONSTANTLY. I liked "Judith" and one particular recording, "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress." And yes, it is nice that she's still around.

Posted by Tim Louis Macaluso on 09/12/2014 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

so if the minimum wage goes up, requiring not only soulless corporations but struggling mom-and-pop businesses to pony up, then skilled worker wages rise commensurately, then retail prices skyrocket so businesses can afford to pay their employees, aren't we right back where we started? what am i missing here?

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Posted by lucy on 09/11/2014 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

I'm gonna copy-paste me facebook status from yesterday into this comments thread, because there are apparently still a bunch of fools out there: Ok, kids, let me explain a little something you should have figured out on your own. NOBODY IS SAYING FAST FOOD WORKERS SHOULD MAKE MORE MONEY THAN YOU. Fifteen dollars an hour is meant to represent a living wage. The point of Fight for Fifteen is not that frycooks deserve a higher wage than paramedics or whatever other underpaid profession you care to name. The point is that everyone who works for a living should make enough to live on. And giant, tax-dodging, multinational corporations should not be paying the WORKERS (that's all of us) poverty level wages. If you work for a living and you're against workers making a living wage, then you're just against yourself.

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Posted by Partee Dave on 09/11/2014 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

People who are complaining about a higher wage for fast food employees being too much would do well to remember that these jobs are no longer held primarily by high school kids earning spending money, but increasingly by people trying to survive, pay bills, and raise children. Thats the reality of the economy we live in right now, and one can't always just run out, try harder, and get another job. On top of that, all you taxpayers are subsidizing the fast food industry to pay their workers low wages in the form of food stamps, medical insurance, and other benefits. You pay for McDonalds greed. It's really that simple. So, instead of sitting on the comments section of City Newspaper telling fast food workers to work harder at life, or defending wealthy franchisees who need no defense...perhaps you should join these brave workers on the picket line next time. And there will be a next time.

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Posted by Alex C on 09/11/2014 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Judy Collins coming to East House

Correction: Both Sides Now was not on Judy Collins first recording "Maid of Constant Sorrow" it was a hit for her on her album " Wildflowers" which I believe was released in 1967. I'm glad she's still around, so we have "real" music to listen to still.

Posted by John Jensen on 09/11/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Teachout pulls in impressive totals, but Cuomo wins primary

Howie Hawkins for Governor

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 09/11/2014 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

The franchise argument is nonsense. Most franchises are actually mega-franchises, where the owner owns many stores. In our area, all the Wendy's are owned by Richard Fox, a hyper conservative millionaire who owns over 80 stores in three states. Likewise, all the Burger Kings are owned by the Carols Group, which owns hundreds of stores around the country. This story about mom-n-pop franchises is a narrative cooked up by billion-dollar corporations to keep people poor.

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Posted by Jake Allen on 09/10/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Rochester city schools still grappling with absenteeism

Woody Allen said that "90% of success is just showing up".

Part of going to school is learning the discipline of showing up on time. Teaching these kids not to go to school because they don't feel like it is a horrible way to start life, unless you don't plan on getting a job someday either.

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Posted by johnny on 09/10/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Rochester city schools still grappling with absenteeism

Focusing on attendance so much is causing mission drift. The bigger issue is the quality of the schools themselves. Attendance is a misleading bullet. It is true that kids not in school are not going to learn but that assumes that simply getting them in the school building translates to learning. This is hardly the case for a fair number of kids who stay home unmotivated, afraid, angry, abused or otherwise disengaged. Making these kids come to school causes stress and anxiety for everyone who encounters them during the day and in the end, other kids learn less. The bottom line is the test scores so the superintendent should know that leaving these kids at home but improving the instruction and resources to those already attending will get better results.

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Posted by Gotta say It on 09/10/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

Thanks for participating everyone. Comments on this blog are now closed.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 09/10/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

Hey moderator - how about putting a lid on the rants here.

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Posted by Albert on 09/10/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

He chose to be a police officer knowing the dangers involved -- which is a reason to be particularly grateful to him, for his choice to serve the community in the important role of law enforcement, and also to be particularly saddened be his untimely death at the hands of someone who was working to make the community a worse place, not better place.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 09/10/2014 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

Wow, lots of un-sympathetic comments here. I suppose if the perp had been killed instead he'd probably get more sympathy than the officer. Would you people be saying "Gee, I didn't ask him to be a felon, he chose that for himself"? I doubt it.

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Posted by Bart on 09/10/2014 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

Maybe if channel 8, 10 and 13 did week-long coverage of the death of a 14 year old African American killed by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting, society would begin to comprehend the importance of all lives. As it is now, society and media decide who gets celebrated and who is forgotten.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 09/10/2014 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

My thoughts exactly! Although it is terrible that a police officer was killed, his life is NOT more valuable than anyone else's. He chose to be a police officer, just as soldiers chose to go to war. My father was a cop for almost 20 years. He says that every cop knows that every day may be their last. Every cop is trained to prevent that from happening. But if it happens, so be it. The fact that he was killed, doesn't mean that I should have to spend days crying my eyes out. I am empathic to his wife and children. I feel terrible for them. But I had an acquaintance killed in a car crash on Labor Day and the media doesn't remember her at all. She was a bright 20-year-old girl working three jobs. I didn't ask him to be a cop. I didn't ask soldiers to go to war. They should know each day may be their last. Enough of this boo-hoo-hoo nonsense.

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Posted by dan on 09/09/2014 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Rochester city schools still grappling with absenteeism

Because a percentage of the "missing " don't live in the district, attend a private school, or are duplicate entries in the rosters. Fix the rosters!! Every building can point to names of known errors like these.

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Posted by Robin Wagstrom-Arnone on 09/09/2014 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

I think it is sad that the death of a police officer garners days and days of extensive media coverage while so many other senseless deaths are immediately forgotten. All deaths are equally tragic but media seems to be telling a story that some lives are worth more than others. It is not wonder society has problems.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 09/09/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Rochester city schools still grappling with absenteeism

Why don't RCSD children go to school? Because the schools are over crowded hell holes, that is why. Would you go to school if you worried that you would be beat up every day, or robbed or worse? The administrators, and many of the teachers ignore the violence for the most part-they don't want to get involved. I think even THEY are afraid of some of these kids and their parents.

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Posted by Katy on 09/09/2014 at 11:33 AM

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