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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News Blog

Re: “Panel's report warns of climate change future effects

Millions of former residents eager for a change in climate already have fled New York State and the Great Lakes region. Nobody in their right mind should be trying to keep this dismal climate as it is.

A generation ago we let anti-nuke fanaticism carry the day. That turned out to be a disastrous blunder (one that, incidentally, further increased emissions). Let's not relearn that lesson.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 04/02/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Panel's report warns of climate change future effects

“New York State actually has a few programs in place to encourage that [Climate Change] sort of planning.” And one of those programs is called Climate Smart Communities (CSC) and if you want meet and talk with Mark Lowery, manager of the DEC’s CSC program, consider coming to the Sierra Club’s 2014 Earth Day Forum "Climate Smart Communities: Let’s Get With the Program" on April 17th, 220 S. Winton Rd, in Brighton, NY. More…

Climate Change isn’t about bumper sticker phrases, it’s complex, the state’s on it, and we need to talk about it. Got questions? Got thoughts on Climate Change in our area? We really want to hear your thoughts and we are ready want to listen. Without the public’s full understanding of what Climate Chang is and what measures will be needed to address an issue of this size and complexity, the public, everyone, must get engaged.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 04/02/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Local public health officials encouraged by lead trends

Also, here is a direct link to the article in American Journal of Preventive Medicine:

Posted by Jennifer Deal Becker on 04/01/2014 at 10:56 AM

Re: “Warren asks Cuomo for $100 million for downtown arts center

I thought that Rochester was facing a $28 million budget deficit. So the $6 million won't be used to lower this to $22 million? Is there some law that governments must always spend more than they have. I guess it's great for the big banks.

Help for the poor? That's just some politician talking.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/31/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Warren asks Cuomo for $100 million for downtown arts center

Cuomo turned down Mayor Warren's request for the $100 million but gave her $6 million for "anti-poverty efforts". Does anyone know specifically what "anti-poverty efforts" are and exactly how this money will be spent? I didn't think so. As usual there is no information anywhere about this.

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Posted by Bart on 03/31/2014 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Local officials say Cuomo's tax freeze plan is misguided

The only local names who support Cuomo's plan are allies or outright flunkies of Assemblyman Joe Morelle, the Assembly majority leader and close ally of Cuomo. None of them deserve a Profile in Courage Award.

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Posted by sean on 03/30/2014 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Warren asks Cuomo for $100 million for downtown arts center

Hey, Buffalo is getting ONE BILLION DOLLARS from NYS taxpayers. That computes to $50 million as Rochester's contribution.

High taxes, and then large giveaways is such a silly game and very destructive to our economy.

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Posted by johnny on 03/30/2014 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Warren asks Cuomo for $100 million for downtown arts center

Strange request, but, powerful! If I understand the Mayor's point of view, there are two points that are important...first, she wants the PAC downtown, that one is obvious. Second, she is taking advantage of the gridlock at Medley Centre.
What is not so obvious is why the gridlock exists. Let me propose a reason. Assemblyman Morelle represents the geography of Medley. Might it be that his calls for an investigation of the EZ status is actually him trying to kill the project to the benefit of Wilmorite...a huge political contributor and his son's employer?
Last night, in a bar in Irondequoit (not proposing that is a good place for fact gathering) a patron proposed that the agenda was just that. He pointed out that the entire Irondequoit board and supervisor are Morelle folks and, suddenly, it appears they are trying to kill the mall.
Is that possible, or worse, true? I hope that this is not a coordinated effort to kill Medley to the benefit of a company that stiffed the city for a lot of tax money at Sibley! And, by the way, Assemblyman Morelle was silent about that. Perhaps City should investigate this series of events.

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Posted by clint on 03/29/2014 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Dozens speak out about East High's problems

Dr. Vargas stated that the graduation rate would be about 10% higher if the district had done a better job of record keeping. Well if you eliminate the records clerk, the book clerk, the guidance secretary, the attendance clerk but add more administrative staff, whose is going to do the tasks of the positions that were eliminated?

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Posted by vega on 03/29/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Did I say NA? I meant NR.

Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/28/2014 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Mayor Lovely Warren: Crisis Management A+; Leadership N/A.

Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/27/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Clarification, she didn't "try" to lie about the speeding violations of her uncle, she did lie.

And I agree that it's a step forward how she has handled the situation with Mr. Redon's DWI arrest, although that case is far from settled at present.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/27/2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Rather than being disappointed, most of us are happy that she has finally done something right. Let's hope the trend continues. As regards Redon, we should want to see him handled by the legal system as we would be handled. No worse, but no preferential treatment either. The problem with the multiple traffic incidents involving Warren and her uncle is that he received preferential treatment. And of course, she tried to lie about it.

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Posted by Mike on 03/26/2014 at 10:28 PM
Posted by Jeremy Moule on 03/25/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Local public health officials encouraged by lead trends

Please post a link to the study!

Posted by RaChaCha on 03/25/2014 at 2:47 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

George-Love that idea of a newspaper creating a repository of all the accountability plans. Sunshine is the best disinfectant, right? (I think you first mentioned it at a CAFEE meeting many moons ago?) It could be a great way to build community engagement in the school improvement process, informed engagement. Each school and turnaround effort is required to create several plans that describe the "how" and set goals. Theoretically, the public has a seat at those tables. Theoretically. There's lots of information to glean from the plans, if you know they exist. City or the D&C could really help elevate the conversation by making it easier to access those documents.

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Posted by Carrie Remis on 03/25/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “RCSD budget: layoffs or not?

Great recap, Tim.

I'm concerned about the move away from In-School Suspension at the smaller K-6 schools. Will those students attend ISS at the larger schools, or does this mark the beginning of a shift toward Out of School Suspension or maybe away from suspension of all types at the elementary level? Are suspension rates increasing or decreasing at the elementary level?

It's disappointing that none of the recommendations that resulted from Commissioner White's work with the advisory groups were included in the first round of the budget. It would have been a smart way for the administration to signal its intentions to work with the new Board leadership and listen to the public better. There's still time, let's hope Commissioner White keeps pushing.

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Posted by Carrie Remis on 03/25/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

George and Mark: your discussion includes important information that's well worth posting. But it's becoming a personal squabble. That's not the purpose of our comments section. Please address issues, not personalities, and take your personal discussion offline. Thanks.

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Posted by Mary Anna Towler on 03/25/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

I just noticed that the example I gave is not actually Wilson HS (which unintentionally proves my point!)... All of these ridiculous names to keep track of. Even "Wilson High School" is not "Wilson High School"... no, instead it's the "Joseph C. Wilson Commencement Academy" - whatever that means.

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Posted by J on 03/25/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

I'm probably stepping into a hornet's nest here, but what the heck...

Go back to neighborhood schools. Lose the fancy names (e.g. "Rochester Early College International High School"... can't we just call it "Wilson"?). It sounds simplistic, and admittedly I'm far from an education expert, but the so-called "experts" are and have been failing for a very long time. Get back to basics. Kids need a solid foundation (i.e. the ability to read & write) before we can expect anything else of them.

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Posted by J on 03/25/2014 at 9:34 AM

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