The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh wait, that's rain. It comes and goes. That is the nature of the editorial comment of this paper. Politics is a rough-and-tumble business. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. People want results. Albany has been full of excuses for decades. I don't like Cuomo's methods and I despise him personally. What most people will care about is four on-time budgets, universal pre-K, the right to marry your partner of the same-sex and a slowly (MUCH too slowly) strengthening economy. That is why people will re-elect Cuomo. Of course he hasn't laid out a vision for four more years. But neither has Astorino. All he's done is yipped at Cuomo's heels like the annoying little terrier he has. If the NY Republican Committee was serious about electing him, they would put more money in the race. They're too busy struggling to retain their tentative toehold in the state Senate courtesy of a corrupt back-room bargain by five so-called "Independent Democrats". Go Cuomo!
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Or how about dodging home improvement permits so that his assessment wouldn't go up? The guy truly believes he's above the law. I hope the US Attorney puts him in handcuffs. Shame on NY Democrats if Cuomo wins the primary.
"If Democrats don't lead the fight on issues like corruption, campaign finance reform, equitable taxation, wealth disparity, and aid to cities, who will?"
The answer to this question is Howie Hawkins and the Green Party.
Why is Urbanski still around? WHY?
It is promising to see that Writers and Books is committing its resources to a discussion of our region's most pressing problem. Following the announcement of "education historian" Ravitch as the first speaker (hardly one to shy away from often conflicting statements about "what is good or bad"), I am especially curious to hear who the other presenters will be reflecting "both sides of the issue." More importantly, our community has a history of struggling with the transition from discussion to action when it comes to improving our abysmal city school system.
The headline on this article is, in my view, a misreading of what the educational experts said. It says "many teachers are not up to par." What I heard is that in every school they studied there were two or three teachers who had students who were engaged while the other teachers had students who were not engaged. Teachers are isolated in their individual classrooms. Their suggestion was to take a long term view of teachers sharing and learning from each other. They criticized the way schools work not the quality of the teachers. Professional development programs and activities in the past are not very useful. Schools need to give time for teachers to work with and learn from each other. This will not change things overnight, but blaming teachers and closing schools based on test scores is counterproductive. Our schools will get better slowly as school administrators, teachers, parents, and students work together.
Just a little more food for thought. They're digging their own grave: http://jimromenesko.com/2014/08/08/here-are-the-new-jobs-being-offered-to-gannett-journalists/
Trying to address Great Lake water levels highlights the need to address environmental imperatives and how to compensate ‘victims.’
As addressing Climate Change will force us (our governments) to make our life support system sustainable, we must find an economic way to make these regulations that will impact some folks unevenly (say, Great Lakes shoreline property owners) more palatable.
Trying to restore Great Lakes levels is only one of the measures that will have to be taken as we have to adapt to more extreme weather and climate that will always impact a special few. This doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice these special few each time we trying to make our life support system viable.
We as a society should find better ways than creative destruction (let the chips fall where they may) to humanely address sometimes drastic environmental regulations.
We don’t have to supplant our moral system with our economic system; we can address environmental concerns without creating victims who will naturally do anything to protect their own interests—who will form influential groups and we’ll have a shitstorm instead of a solution. Every time critical environmental regulations come up.
This is so typical of our liberal government. We screwed it up over the last 50 years, so now we are going to "fix" it by screwing it up even more.
Please, please, please fix the schools, NYS must be the dumbest state in the country.
"And third, we need to get serious, at last, about addressing the roots of the problem that are at the heart of all this - in Ferguson, in Rochester, throughout the country."
I agree, but we have a black president, a black attorney general and people like Al Sharpton fanning the flames.
Meanwhile, Blacks, sometimes even black children are being slaughtered by other blacks almost daily all over this country. You would think that City News and other "news" papers would care and want to address this issue.
We've seen enough on YouTube to conclude that police harassment targeting blacks is real. I'm sick of racking my brains in defense of incompetent and unfit law enforcement.
I'm not bothered by the rioting and looting. Don't criticize the media. Turn off CNN if it's not your thing. They'll get the message soon enough.
It would behoove our police to remember that when they serve, they serve the people. All of us. Not the ones who hop-to the second they bark orders or snark at us (I'm looking at you, officer who couldn't have been much older than drinking age). Wishful thinking, this civility thing?
Once again, a case is being tried in the media without any facts. This only adds fuel to the fire, and causes more problems. Alleged "witnesses" who claimed they could see flames coming out the barrel of the gun (only in the movies), that Brown was shot in the back (disproved by family's autopsy) that the cop stood over Brown and finished him off (also disproved by autopsy). Mr. Brown's companion claimed the cop car door struck them and bounced back into the cop who became so enraged he started dragging a 6'4" 290 lb. man into the police car through the window. Sounds contrived. Showing the convenience store video was "character assassination" but really shows why Mr. Brown might have reacted badly to the cops. The media and the rumor mill are creating a story and this conflict
I think an even bigger problem is the White , Black , Asian and Hispanic Politicians have all forgotten about the American People. What has the Black Cacuss actually done for the Black community? Just like the White, Asian and Hispanics Politions, NOTHING. The money they raise to help the American People ends up in there Pockets While the whole time they claim they are helping us. Government is to big to corrupt. What the Minority Populations dont see, understand and feel is that The money Hungry Politicians and Capitalists are doing, is merely creating a society of control that they use against all of us to benefit themselves and there buddies. The rich elites have done this since the begining of time. This is ultimitley the cause of every Violent outbursts in all of the societies on this Planet. ITS CALLED SLAVERY. As a White man educated and with a skilled trade my wife a nurse with a bachelors degree we are doing no better than when I was 16. I'm personaly devistated by the gross loss of income since the Manufacturing industry began its collapse in 2006. In my opinion the powers to be have been devaluing the people who make them rich for ever. What the public needs to do is wake up from there Ipads, video games and smart phones and realize we are being brain washed and are all victims to the rich elite. Remember the Revolutionary War and what that was about, the Civil War. Guess we havent learned from our Histories Yet. All races that fall uder the 1% are victim to this. We all need to banned together and take back our rights, freedoms and quality of life. This is not a race thing!!! Its a Power struggle as to whom the King is.
Grand Jury today on the shooting. Maybe some day REAL answers about what happened will be available. It's a shame that all of the early information about this was from Youtube and twitter, as most of it was incorrect. Mr. brown was not shot in the back, the cop did not stand over him to finish him off, etc. If this nonsense had been addressed PROMPTLY most of the problems could have been avoided.
People caring about "law and order" more than their rights. America has already gone down the tubes.
@sanity--clearly, acting acceptably hasn't fixed anything. Keeping quiet is why the police force in Ferguson feel it's acceptable to shoot to kill for jaywalking. In this country, no one hears you unless you scream.
@sanity the looting and rioting is the only voice that a people who have felt. de-valued for too long, have. The media is focused on the riots, while the loss of life of a human being gets headlined on page 2. Any one with any sense of decency can't condone the riots. The bigger issue is that pot that was placed on that back burner now angrily boiling over. Racism. Generation Y and Z don't want to march and demonstrate - in order for white society to value them. We did that 60 years ago! It did not work. Read: it didn't work. A true, authentic conversation must be had because the younger generation who face an anemic economy, education being taken over by greedy corporate interest, a horrifically unjust justice system are desperately taking matters in their own tired hands.
People loot, shoot, and riot in Ferguson, and the people who try to restore law and order are criticized. America is going down the tubes
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