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Re: “Gates supervisor wants casino at tech park

Jack Moore called it the "No More Casinos Competition Coalition". I credit the Henrietta Town Supervisor for telling it like it is.

The Seneca Nation already has three casinos in the Buffalo area. Couldn't they just close one? The "complicated" compacts wouldn't have to be reopened in order to build a casino in Monroe County. And what would the coalition say? Closing one casino and opening another isn't really "more". I bet the coalition would change it's name before endorsing a casino in the Rochester area. They know where their customers live and how much hurt that a Rochester area casino would cause.

Land has already been purchased in Henrietta for a casino. It seems like a good location. Gates seems like a terrible location.

I am in complete agreement with the No New Casinos Coalition. But, how realistic is it considering how powerless the town governments are in this particular situation?

Regionally, we need to be good neighbors to the Senecas also. This means supporting them in allowing a casino wherever they want one. We always have the choice of not going. A little personal responsibility can go very long way.

Posted by Mike Bruton on 04/11/2014 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Two former lawmen fight for Reilich's old Assembly seat

We need an assemblyman who will challenge the status quo and fight for working people and the middle class. That man is Gary Pudup. Gary has the integrity to do the right thing, instead of the politically expedient thing. He may ruffle a few feathers in his own party, but he won't be a party automaton who "goes along to get along".

Don't look for Mr. Lawrence to buck the G.O.P. brass - he was nominated because he will follow the orders of Party fat cats without question - and that type of mentality has been detrimental to people trying to make a living.

Give 'em hell, Gary!

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Posted by MB on 04/11/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Big differences between many city and suburban schools

Greece Odyssey is 87% white and has an 18% free/reduced lunch rate. East has an 88% free/reduced lunch rate.

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Posted by Meg on 04/10/2014 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Vargas calls for culture change in city schools

If this isn't a case of throwing a rock and hiding your hand, I don't know what is. This dismissive air of " I know it's bad. This is unacceptable" etc has past the expiration date years ago. This is all pretend to occupy the community's mind that something will get done. The powers that be like to create chaos to deter attention from the truth. Sadly, we all fall for it. Again. And again. Read closely: the people who make the decisions at the top should be held accountable for decisions made. Period. Don't act like its impossible to do this. It can be done. Why are teachers taking 90% of the blame nationwide for the downfall of education? Why would any person with a grain of common sense risk student loan debt, poor career prospects, a broken system, outrageous student behavior to come into the education field? Look for the nail in the coffin in the above article. Amazing.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 04/08/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Vargas calls for culture change in city schools

When you have 20-30 years (some people say 40-50 years) of failure in the RCSD, the only conclusion one can draw is that this system is rotten to the core. We keep having the same conversation year after year, but things never get better. In fact, they get worse. "Culture change", yeah right.

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Posted by Vince Felder on 04/07/2014 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Has the city school district hit bottom?
we don't need more money, we need more freedom.

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Posted by Vision Quest Community School on 04/07/2014 at 4:44 PM

Re: “A different side of the casino argument: the effect on tribes

I don't understand why this article was published. Surely City could have asked an actual member of the Seneca Nation to comment on the casino and tribal politics, rather than posting a hasty summary written by someone who just "did some reading over the weekend"?

This is just another instance of those in the majority talking over or in place of a racial minority. Next time you should seek out what they have to say, instead of speaking for them in their place.

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Posted by Anon on 04/07/2014 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Vargas calls for culture change in city schools

I agree with Dr. Vargas that a culture change is needed. Changing a culture means changing attitudes, priorities and philosophy of an organization - - - how and why that organization wants to do business. Transformation of the RCSD - - - changing the culture cannot be accomplished by closing schools, adding new courses to the curriculum, giving students more time on task, clearing the books of non-attending students, or more standardized tests. Changing the culture must begin with changing the mindset of each individual who has a vested interest in the district. The purpose and reasons for existence of the school district must become the focal point for all. There are transformation processes that have been successful in making dramatic culture changes in other school districts, corporations and even countries. Positive transformation can only happen when all constituents agree that there is a problem and desire to do their part to solve it. The entire country of Guatemala (including the president) adopted a process to change culture and a saying which means Transformation Begins with Me! I strongly believe that there is no reason why the Rochester community and RCSD cannot do the same.

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Posted by Sandra Fink on 04/06/2014 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Vargas calls for culture change in city schools

Commissioner Adams --- I hear you ("???").

The article is (in some respects) sick. WE HAVE GOT TO STOP THE MYSTICISM / MYSTIFICATION regarding serious problems and issue within the Rochester City School District, which is exactly what the article accommodates / allows. I mean, these guys are discussing "culture" and "organization" as if they are actually living-organisms with omnipotent power and control. Culture and organizations / cultures of organizations are FUNCTIONS OF PEOPLE --- period. The culture of ANY organization is established, perpetuated, allowed, maintained, and / or changed via ACTIONS AND / OR IN-ACTIONS BY PEOPLE - PERIOD. Thus, the mystifying quote that: “We have an organization that has agreed that this is acceptable” is ludicrous (on it's face). The statement really should be: 'We have an organization [COMPOSED OF PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY TOP DECISION-MAKERS, who have agreed [VIA ACTIONS AND /OR IN-ACTIONS --- NO MATTER WHAT THEY SAY] that this is acceptable” This absolutely, necessarily includes Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and Board President Van White. They are necessarily part of the "agreement." If this was not the case --- not only would they be "calling for cultural change in city schools" --- they would necessarily be making clear, decisive, moves --- designed to ensure CHANGE. This really is very important --- because it is not realistic, nor possible for mush-mouth people --- who apparently don't even have the where-with-all and / or the intestinal fortitude to clearly and accurately define / describe deep-seated, pervasive, historic problems and issues --- to provide the kind of leadership that will be necessary in order to effectively address the problems and issues. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 04/05/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Dems announce candidate for State Assembly seat

I wish I lived in Greece so I could vote for him! I really have a lot of respect for Gary.

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Posted by Bess Watts on 04/05/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Dems announce candidate for State Assembly seat

He advocates for marriage equality, immigration reform and the SAFE Act and is the former ACLU director. He's running in a seat that Democrats haven't held since Joe Robach switched to the Republicans over a decade ago. And Greece, the bulk of the district, hasn't elected a Democratic supervisor since 1929. Good luck Gary.

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Posted by bill on 04/04/2014 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Vargas calls for culture change in city schools


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Posted by Mary Adams on 04/04/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Vargas looking for partner for East High School

When I went to a local college for a business degree, I found that every "theory" they taught us was not applicable to the real world of business. I went back to that same local college to get my Masters in Education, and like the previous degree, I found that everything they taught us was not applicable to the real world of urban education. I am curious to see the results of these collaborations since all the colleges will be bringing to the table is more "theories" about urban education. Until everyone starts to notice the elephant in the room (poverty and it's effects on urban students), there will be no improvement to the current school situation at RCSD.

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Posted by Glenn Long on 04/04/2014 at 12:52 PM

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

@Doogie: your definitions are vague. Please provide links to your own assertions.

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Posted by Troll Whisperer on 04/03/2014 at 4:50 PM

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

Correction of typo:

Troll Wisperer: Are you a denier of natural, cosmic and planetary causes of climate change?

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Posted by Doogie on 04/03/2014 at 10:31 AM

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

Troll Wisperer: Are you a denier of natural, cosmic and planetary causes climate change?

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Posted by Doogie on 04/03/2014 at 10:29 AM

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

@Leo, please provide links to peer-reviewed research that states the earth is not experiencing human-made global warming.

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Posted by Troll Whisperer on 04/02/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Vargas looking for partner for East High School

As a parent of children attending city schools, I'm all for innovative ideas to improve student achievement and turn around some pretty bleak statistics in some of our buildings. I also have a great deal of respect for our many high quality colleges and universities in the region. When I read about these proposals though, I feel like I'm missing something. Rankings of colleges and universities tend to equate being more selective with better -- they're more 'successful' by screening out lower performing students and educating the best and the brightest. Nothing in that operating model suggests to me any particular competence or expertise with successfully educating lower performing students in an urban environment. Engagement or collaborations with our colleges could be helpful but students in our schools face a myriad of issues and challenges not present in a college or university's typical student. I'll be interested to see what develops but would love to see how this model has played out in other areas before betting the farm on this approach.

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Posted by Matt McDermott on 04/02/2014 at 3:29 PM

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

"The IPCC is the authoritative voice on climate change." HA! Sez who?
Back in the 1970's the conventional wisdom was that we were heading into another ice age because of global cooling. At some point that assertion was no longer operative; now they say we are experiencing global warming. Ten thousand years ago this area was covered with ice a mile thick. It came and went without the apparent intervention of humans, so it must have been caused by natural effects such as sun spots, solar flares, and the eccentricity, tilt and precession of the earth's orbit. These are much larger effects than we humans have any ability to alter. We should continue to be more efficient with energy and other resources, but let's not allow our judgment to be influenced by fear mongers.

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Posted by Leo on 04/02/2014 at 12:04 PM

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

If you take the time to read some climate studies that pertain to our region, especially the ClimAID report, you find that our region, with its fresh water, temperate climate, excellent soil, will be one of those regions that may not get hit as hard with Climate Change as many others.

Folks in the South and West are experiencing severe flooding and droughts that, according to climate studies, will be long lasting. There is more than a good chance that this Rochester region will be a place many will want to come to grow food and get enough fresh clean water—as long as we don’t frack it up. We have excellent transportation infrastructures (which includes the canal that can move heavy equipment) and getting better as the City of Rochester ramps up alternative transportation (walking and bicycling).

One of the thing s to learn about how to adapt to Climate Change in our region is to adapt to more folks coming to this region, where our economy will grow. We must protect the environment we have and ready ourselves for many who will find our region a wonderful relief from wildfires, drought, massive flooding, sea rise, and much more.

Read the ClimAid report:

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 04/02/2014 at 11:06 AM

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