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Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Someone with authority needs to look into the wasteful spending by Vargas and the School Board on their consultant studies that either come up with the wrong conclusions (like this one) or come to conclusions that the teaching staff was already telling you about (but chose to ignore it and hire a consultant). Meanwhile the students of this district suffer as you fumble for answers.

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Posted by Glenn Long on 08/14/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Have gun? Don't travel

The best advice is to stay out of New York City (for a lot of reasons).
New York State has passed a myriad of restrictive gun laws in order to discourage gun ownership. If enough laws are passed sooner or later a law-abiding gun owner will make an honest mistake, at which time the State will pounce on you. So the citizen who wishes to exercise their 2nd amendment right may think twice about risking a felony offence. NY gun laws haven’t made us safer and have not taken guns out of the hands of criminals or gang members. These people don’t obey any laws so they won’t register their guns. Citizens who make the effort to follow the ever-tightening gun restrictions are setting themselves up for extra scrutiny by the State. Even registering your firearm with the State puts you at risk to have them confiscated if the State ever makes owning a gun illegal. (The criminals will still have theirs). In 2013 the New York Journal News published the names and addresses of legal gun owners in Westchester. It would have been much more useful if they would have published the names of illegal gun owners, wouldn’t it? They are the ones we have to worry about. But law-abiding gun owners dutifully provided all of the information required by the State, only to have it released to the press. Supposedly this information is protected now, but only if you ‘opted out’ when you register your gun. The State still collects it and retains it for any future use. Anyway, we all know how safe our personal information is kept these days.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Bart on 08/14/2014 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Dear City Newspaper, You have let me down. I have always valued your approach, your honest reporting, your integrity to tell the truth. The headline alone reads like most main-streamed media reporting on education. This like so many articles on education, implies that once again teachers are to blame, because of course we have to blame someone. I expect this kid of reporting from some publications, but not you.

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Posted by Sara Oliveiri on 08/14/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Just before I began a long summer of trying to get a substitute teaching job in this area, many decades ago, I got another job and it turned to be a another career. I am so glad I did not become a teacher.

The public’s lack of respect for one of the most critical roles in our society is appalling and delusional. It’s appalling because the public won’t do what it takes to adequately fund and support teaching. It’s delusional because teachers are those who educate and train the next generation, who will define the next generation.

I salute all teachers; no one becomes a teacher unless they are fully committed to the next generation.

30 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Frank J. Regan on 08/14/2014 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

"Local Gannett employees do not know what the future will bring..." And that implies they are DIFFERENT than EVERYONE ELSE? No one knows what the future will bring. Enjoy the suspense.

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Posted by sean on 08/14/2014 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

I'm sick of being criticized. I wish I could be someplace where parents instill value in education rather than value in the latest iphones and video games. Let's tie benefits to student achievement and maybe more parents would get their kids to school. Let's reinstate out of school suspensions so we can actually teach the kids in our classes that WANT to learn. Kids come to prek not even knowing their real names....yet it's always US that are ineffective. I've been teaching 18 years and bust my butt DAILY. I've had it with spending MY money buying supplies for kids with the latest Jordans. The sense of entitlement is ridiculous. Anybody that wants to criticize should come in and teach for one week. They won't come back. I've had it!

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Posted by howmuchmore? on 08/14/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Historic West Main church to be demolished

Price Chopper.

Give us another Price Chopper!

A Family Video Store would be fine too.

( And people wonder why people from NYC vacation in Vermont rather than in upper state New York which has become for them, a hell hole. )

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Taximan Steve Lindsey on 08/14/2014 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

How many more studies and plans do we need? It seems that no one has a clue what to do. No one is ready to role up their sleeves and just work on the basics. The taxpayers are getting tired of all the nonsense. How can a CO administrator say past plans have only sat on a shelf and gathered dust! Isn't it her job to see to implementation? Enough already. Disband the District and absorb it into adjoining Districts. That is the only hope now to stop this madness.

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Posted by Concerned taxpayer on 08/13/2014 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

Local Gannett employees do not know what the future will bring, but that is just because it is too early in the process for any firm decisions to have been made. The spinoff will have to occur first.

The Gannett exec that will run the media company made several comments about how the publishing company will be able to become more efficient, and eliminate redundancies. In a declining industry such as publishing, the spinoff of so many companies by so any owners means just one thing; profitability is declining and owners do not see it returning. Just look at what has happened to papers and magazines since 2008.

There will be fewer positions in the new Gannett in five years. How many fewer, it is hard to say, but further revenue declines will mean steeper cuts. And how about pay and benefits? Employees should ask themselves if they felt that the old Gannett paid salaries or better benefits than competitors. If the answer to either is yes, then they should expect hits here as well.

The internet is having huge impacts in retailing, music and film, and other industries, and there is no reason to expect that it will be different for publishing.

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Posted by Michael on 08/13/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Making connections in Pittsford

This is pretty simple. Do what they did on East Ave in the city, make it 2 lanes, add room for bikes and a sidewalk. Right now it's a pretty narrow road for 2 lanes and zero room for walkers or bikers.

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Posted by culver on 08/13/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

I share your concerns. I particularly agree with your assessment that "[i]nvestors don't buy stock in public newspaper companies to support good journalism; they buy it hoping it'll make money for them." The decades of favoring increased profits over maintaining quality product has, in my opinion, been a significant detriment to the US economy. Profit-based news organizations seem antithetical to a "free press."

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Posted by Greg on 08/13/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Wiesner case to head back to grand jury

I think there is a difference between "can" and "will" resubmit to the grand jury. The AGs office abused it's power with the perp walk. The most serious charge is dropped, the AG looks inept, and, in the context of the Moreland commission flap, reintroducing will look way too political! (which, it is)

I would bet that someone was trying to broker an ACD (adjournment contemplating dismissal) in this case. ..since it was so weak. Now the AG has to decide to focus on his reelection. I am not sure this will be reintroduced...besides, how do you draw an impartial jury?

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Posted by clint on 08/13/2014 at 5:34 AM

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