I personally find Mary Anna Towler offensive in her prejudice and ignorance. Why shouldn't the republicans oppose Obamacare, it was passed purely by democrats and liberals rather than a bipartisan support.
There is a 1 year delay for business, why isn't it fair to have a 1 year delay for the individual mandate
There are union give-aways and exemptions, which are unfair
Lastly Obamacare whether you like it or not robs from Senior (US) Citizens so the democrats have a huge give-away to illegal immigrants to come to this country for free healthcare and be covered. There is no law that says you must have healthcare to come to this country nor is there a law to deport anyone who comes here without it. Who do illegal immigrants vote for? Democrats.
Please Mary Anna Towler don't fake your sincerity by pretending that this is helping people when its a government take over of healthcare and an immigration giveaway. I hope the republicans keep the government shut down until the next presidential election!
Wegmans is totally in the wrong here; they need to make good-faith effort to maintain the guaranteed pension plan. This time, the union is dead-on right.
For the person who asked if the pension is guaranteed, the answer is Yes. If the pension fund defaults, it's federally insured by the government. If that happened, the government would take control of the fund and everyone would receive 50% of what they are supposed to get up to a certain amount.
The problem is, Chi, that the pro-life sentiment seems to fade away after birth. Where is the moral outrage that children in this country die of perfectly preventable illnesses because their parents cannot afford healthcare? With many of these movements relating to the Catholic church—how pro-life is an organization that protects known child abusers? Would these same protestors stand outside a prison and protest the death penalty? In my experience, not many of them would.
These protestors aren't pro-life, they're anti-women.
What George Carlin did that Mother Teresa didn't was point out the hypocrisy of these myopic groups. When these groups spend as much time protesting poverty and the widening gap between the have and the have nots—maybe they'll have the merit to invoke Mother Teresa.
Must be why they call this the silly season! Lovely Warren didn't start campaigning last month, she started campaigning last SPRING. And I know she has already debated Alex White in a public place before now because I was there. Anyone who doesn't know anything about her or her plans by this time, has either been living under a rock or not paying attention. Don't blame her, blame yourself.
Anyone who thinks casinos are a good idea should volunteer to pay more in taxes. It is insane to believe that an activity based on addiction is a good thing for the economy. Casinos, like fracking, show just how desperate our society is to make things happen...at any cost.
Looks to me like she has learned how to play the game effectively. Many in this community walk away from, refuse to or blatantly ignore the rules of the game. They make their own as they go along. I've witnessed it numerous times. Personally, I think she should debate.
Lovely overcame one major hurdle which was to defeat Richards, whom should have never ran for re-election.
This is where the rubber meets the road.....Two's company and three's a crowd.
I have no interest in casinos. I don't find gambling fun, and I hate how they are designed to get you lost in the maze of slots. But honestly, how much would it hurt to put one down by High Falls?
"Richards has said that he is opposed to a casino in downtown Rochester for the kind of statement it would make about the character of the area.
"I don't know that putting a casino in the middle of downtown is necessarily what my vision of downtown is," he said."
What is his vision of downtown? Does it have any character? To me, downtown is just a bunch of tall buildings with empty streets on the weekends. I live in the Park Ave area, and rarely find myself downtown (besides Jazz Fest and hockey games) since I don't work there. I eat in the South Wedge, hang out on Monroe, go to the market, but downtown is just never on my radar as somewhere to go.
Downtown, especially near Kodak, is pretty desolate, at least a casino would be something there. It would be better than losing yet another business to Henrietta.
I am appalled! What kind of mayor is she going to be??? It appears she already thinks herself ABOVE the political process. JUST what Rochester needs in it's next Mayor. DISLIKE.
I prefer Mother Teresa (over George Carlin)- she called abortion "the greatest threat to peace in the world,"- she was a perfect model of the pro-life mission: reverence for all human life- from conception to natural death.
A desire to end the violence of abortion does not mean a hatred for all other humanity- it is a mission of inclusiveness- to expand human rights to the entire spectrum of human life.
Hey, these pro-Fracker people really do want their cake and eat it to: Frack for more fossil fuels in a time of Climate Change but no taxes on these industries that the state has to monitor and clean up after.
What’s odd about the rage against Big Government is that the very folks who continually rail against more government regulations and taxing are exactly the folks who will insure the need for Big Government. Free market fundamentalism that treats our environment as an externality (garbage dump and magical resource provider) and sucks public monies from our transportation system that allows their industries to function will force government to be larger and more intrusive to fix the damage from their rapacious practices.
Haven’t seen a single industry yet willing to take on Brownfields, which industry has left ‘we the people’ to clean up.
The workers standing together under the Teamsters banner are admirable, and hopefully when they return to the drawing board on Friday, Wegmans can bring a reasonable offer to the table. I support our local laborers, not our local corporations.
Based on the very little information about the two plans in this article, it's totally impossible to conclude which one is better or offers more security. If a neutral accountant with no ax to grind either way would scrutinize the details of each plan and give a conclusion as to which was better and more secure, I would believe that. Otherwise, who can know which is better?
What in the heck would "Warren's policies" have to do with "failing schools?"
You got the wrong candidate. The three (3) candidates who have a combined incumbency-record of nearly twenty (20) years; are up for reelection on November 5th, and are responsible for developing, and overseeing "policies" to address "failing schools" are:
- Mr. Jose Cruz
- Mr. Van White
- Ms. Cynthia Elliott
Prior to the September 10th Democratic Party Primary Election, community members sponsored at least six (6) school board candidates forums. Mr. Jose Cruz did NOT participate in a single forum. A City Newspaper reporter covered at least three of the above referenced forums, and did NOT write a single word about Mr. Cruz's conspicuous absence.
So, apparently, only CERTAIN "people seeking public office have a responsibility to subject themselves to a thorough vetting by the public.
STOP BEING POLITICAL HYPOCRITES!
"guaranteed lifetime pensions"
guaranteed how? If you have more people drawing out then putting in where is the difference coming from? It isn't explained in this article and that seems to be the crux of the matter. Can that teamster plan actually be guaranteed to pay out forever? A defined benefit plan vs. a defined contribution plan are much different plans.
I support the organized workers of Wegmans for sticking to their guns on this one. Wegmans is trying to leverage local esteem for its brand in order to replace guaranteed lifetime pensions with a much weaker fund that could dry up - especially given the longer lifespans of the modern worker. If Wegmans refuses to respect the plan that has been in place ever since Local 118 began protecting their workers, the Teamsters should call a strike - and conscientious Rochesterians should shop at (unionized) Tops Friendly Markets until such time as Wegmans respects its workers. Danny Wegman cannot throw money at this problem and make it go away. And I certainly won't be crossing the picket line if he thinks he can.
Cuomo isn’t doing anything to end corruption in government. In fact, he’s a perfect example of the problem, doing everything he can to benefit from the proposed referendum:
6/24/13: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have quietly deleted a proposed ban on accepting campaign contributions from casino operators
9/30/13: Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused of manipulation of the ballot amendment wording on the casino gambling referendum
10/2/13: A state judge next week will hear arguments in a lawsuit that contends the state has illegally expended funds promoting a casino expansion plan that the Cuomo administration is asking voters to approve next month in a statewide referendum
10/8/13: Gov. Andrew Cuomo collected more than $361,000 and the Legislature has raked in over $1 million from gambling interests leading up to the Nov. 5 referendum
The voters should send Cuomo a message and vote NO on the casino referendum.
You should never gamble with the certain and steadfast equality of a pension for a dialuted form of reason of prosperity .You all should strike not just for yourselves but for also the uncertain future of every working man in america being shredded little by little everything that is good
As a working man are virtue and values are giving to assure the product of are ideas grow and prosper so shall the princple and value of our lives should be after our service to continue the virtue.
Good for the workers for standing firm against an inferior offer being made by Wegmans. The truck drivers, warehouse employees, and bakery workers who have unionized with the Teamsters are right not to take a payout and a shadowy retirement plan in lieu of a guaranteed pension that ensures a lifetime of financial security. And shame on Wegmans for attempting to use their vaunted local brand to try to pull this chicanery on their own workforce.
Imagine if current mayor Tom Richards had refused to debate Warren during the Dem primary? After all, her campaign seemed hopeless. Or imagine if he'd continued campaigning on a minor party label (as he might've done after losing the primary). What would Warren have done then? I tend to think that we ought to be as expansive as possible. And so I agree with the City Newspaper on this. Lovely Warren should debate Alex White. Warren claims to be vaguely progressive ... if that is vaguely accurate, she ought to be embracing public discussion of the many matters confronting the city.
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