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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

Re: “Our anonymous comments

A large part of why I visit this site and read City Newspaper articles is to read the comments. I used to visit 13wham quite often, but once they removed the ability to comment, I stopped. The quality of discourse on the D & C website took a huge dive once they required facebook login. I believe that allowing anonymous comments lets readers share information and insight that they would not feel safe/comfortable sharing if they had to disclose their identifty. There is value in this information, and it's up to me as reader to sift through and make that determination. I frequent this site, I would visit much less frequently (if at all) if the ability to comment anonymously were taken away. Frankly, I'm more concerned about sweeping generalizations and name calling that some of your courageous (named!) readers employ...

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by swk on 03/21/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Parsing O'Brien's recent independent streak

What seems like a better idea? Investing in college edcuations for inmates who want them or a lifetime of food stamps, unemployment and other public assistance?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “Parsing O'Brien's recent independent streak

Ted is still there, Tom. He's representing a larger group of voters and constituents with wildly different views. So, he's doing his JOB. Undocumented workers and their families are a much bigger issue for the state and its agricultural backbone than people want to talk about. Their children get educated in the K-12 years, but there are barriers due to immigration status that prevents access to college loans and filling out FAFSA legally. But conservatives claim they want folks willing to work hard and fix their own problems... which is part of the DREAM act... go parse that one.

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Posted by Fairport Watcher on 03/21/2014 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Mmm, mmm, mmm. When, if ever will the problems stop for The Mayor?

She has either got to step up to the plate and face the music of what has occurred in her administration so far, or continue to be viewed negatively by the citizenry of the Rochester area.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Rastus P. Kumquat on 03/21/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

Great essay. The presentation (action plan) from the superintendent the other night was a sales pitch for what he said months ago. Do we really need to be shown in print that reading by third grade is important? Why in the world is no one stating the obvious? East is too big. Best practices on urban schools has confirmed this for years.

East is just the beginning and unless the district takes drastic action internally, more RCSD schools will end up in trouble for many more years because years of research tells us simply changing management doesn't work. It will take a whole new approach, a blank slate. It is pitiful that no one of influence is stepping up or stepping in.

The superintendent, school board, unions and others must give power back to those in the schools. It is the only internally solution offering any real hope.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 03/21/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “East's problems mirror an unstable district

Great analysis, Tim. Heartbreaking, but great.

My question is: with each of the options that NYSED has presented, does the RTA contract carryover? Throughout all the decades of reform churn, the RTA contract has been the constant. For all the rhetoric about the RTA supporting innovation, etc. the contract is notorious for it's power to obstruct change--it's very doubtful that outside partners (local or national) would willingly take it on without the power to make changes to it. As far as I can tell, only Commissioner Elliott has had the courage to talk about the need for concessions from the RTA.

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Posted by Carrie Remis on 03/21/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

I ignore comments by anonymous because they are the worda of cowards who have more to hide than they have comments to express.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

I think at this point one does have to question Len Redon's judgment. Does he have a medical condition that impairs his ability to drive? Is his medical condition worsened with the consumption of alcohol? Do any of these circumstances impair Redon's ability to effectively do his job. All of these questions must now be asked.

Lovely had nothing to do with any of this leading up to Redon being stopped for DWI. Lovely has everything to do with evading the tough media questions and the refusal to accept Redon's offer to resign.

I would think Lovely would want to clear the tracks of the Redon scandal because there will probably be another scandal arriving shortly.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

Lovely Warren bears no responsibility for her deputy mayor driving while intoxicated -- he had no history of DWI or, as far as we know, serious traffic violations, so it's not like this was a pattern of misconduct that she should have been aware of. There should be no criticism of her having him as her #2 person, assuming he is competent in his job, which I'm assuming he is. On the other hand, Mayor Warren does have great responsibility for how this situation is dealt with. So far, it would appear that she is not dealing with it in the best way. To immediately throw out diabetes as an excuse for the DWI, and to immediately reject his off to resign, is ill-advised. It's not that he for sure should be fired or resign, but taking some time to gather the facts and determine his fitness to continue in office would have been very appropriate.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/21/2014 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Henrietta board united against casino

the state can still allow the senaca nation to build the casino in Henrietta so don't relax just yet. call your congressman and spread the word.

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Posted by savemonroecounty on 03/21/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Henrietta board united against casino

it is not over yet

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Posted by henrietta resident on 03/21/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “The high-risk stakes in Crimea and Ukraine

So the argument is that everyone should talk it out rather than beginning a war involving the two largest military powers in the world? Groundbreaking conclusion. Also you condemned Hillary for comparing Russian actions to Hitler's, then say that she was right. We can't condemn polititians for lying constantly, and then condemn them for telling the truth. And FINALLY it comes to light that the the Nazis invaded the nations of Europe because Woodrow said it was cool.

Posted by Jeff on 03/21/2014 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

If she would have lost someone close to hear to drunk driving you better believe he would have lost his job.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by MADD on 03/21/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

Let anonymous continue to post comments. I will continue to ignore them.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 2:22 AM

Re: “Parsing O'Brien's recent independent streak

Where is the Ted O'Brien I once knew?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 2:19 AM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

It is Lovely's train and she will drive it off the tracks if she wants to. It is interesting that Lovely seems to have ignored any lessons she might have learned from her first round of scandals. She continues to deflect media questions and lets her staff deliver press statements.

And she perpetuates her scandals. Redon offered to resign, which would have meant a quick end to the latest scandal but Lovely decided to keep Redon and the scandal around. It just makes not sense.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/21/2014 at 2:11 AM

Re: “The high-risk stakes in Crimea and Ukraine

Crimea and Kosovo are not in the same moral universe — nor are the other situations the author cites remotely comparable.

Iraq, for example, was liberated precisely because the vaunted "international system" proved itself incapable of dealing with a psychotic despot like Saddam Hussein.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/20/2014 at 10:58 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

This is an interesting and important discussion. As I write this, I am sorting out my support for or against anonymity in posting comments. By the time I reach the end of this post, I'll have to decide if/how I'll sign my contribution to the discussion.

I will start by agreeing with Proudly Anonymous when s/he said: "An idea or argument should stand or fall on its merits, not on the biography or personality or popularity of the speaker." Knowing who said something may add context to the statement, but the "who" should not supersede the "what" in our decision on whether to accept or reject the point being made.

Along that line, I think we need to be careful in attributing a rationale to someone's decision on associating his/her name with an opinion. Fear and courage, risk and benefit are very personal conditions. While I try to empathize, it's impossible for me to know the personal circumstances that lead to the decision on signing a post. From that perspective, I won't judge the content on the basis of the person's choice on disclosing her/his identity.

I am personally disturbed by the increase in vitriolic commentary, but I don't see an absolute correlation between tone and anonymity. I've seen logical and respectful comments made by unnamed contributors (some examples are in this thread) and I have seen people willing to add their names to hateful and hurtful statements.

After all that, it seems I'm more inclined to judge a person based on their statements than I am to judge a statement based on who said it.

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Posted by Greg on 03/20/2014 at 6:00 PM

Re: “Rochester deputy mayor charged with DWI

God almighty.

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Posted by sean on 03/20/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Henrietta board united against casino

4-0, I though there'd be 5 votes. Anyone absent?

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Posted by Henrietta resident on 03/20/2014 at 4:14 PM

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