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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

I don't have a real big problem wit the red light camera's. It's clearly a money grab, but just don't run the light and they can't grab the money. As someone who drives in the city everyday, I am definately more conservative on deciding whether to "run the yellow".

However, I do have problems with how this is being operated.

1) City employees are allowed to run red lights if on city business. Why has no one commented on this? This is much more offensive than fining someone who has actually run a redlight.

2) If you get caught by the camera, you are assumed guitly until proven innocent, The only recourse is to go to court during the workday to fight the ticket. I have a big issue with this. I have recieved 1 red light ticket. The video evidence provided by the camera shows my car coming to a complete stop, sitting at the light during the entire red light, and then making a left turn after the light turns green.. I have to take time off work to fight this? These should go through a cursury review prior to issuing the ticket. I know this will cost some admin money, but it also avoid the economic loss of ne taking off work, taking more court time, and making everyone else wait longer in court.

If this is can be run better, just let it be. The city will get money from the guilty and the streets might be safer.

8 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Moroninthehouse on 11/10/2014 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

What City Hall's belated "independent study" does not reveal is that there was no actual traffic problem to begin with and that many cities around the country are now pulling the plug on these programs - based on public outcry over the legal and technical flaws.

Rochester is pulling in over $3.5 million dollars a year that the City can spend any way it wants - that is the real reason for these City "gotcha" cameras.

See the discussion on my Facebook page for more :

11 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Krieger Law on 11/10/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “The D&C's new newsroom

A constitutional originalist: It is so frustrating that we have lost the most basic and reasonable ability to focus/debate on the important issues at hand. Do you want the presidents birth certificate as well? How about his marriage license and kindergarden attendance records? Persoanlly, I find it a travesty that we do not know who he sat with during lunch in high school! I have heard they are socialists, communists, and the founders of ISIS. Its a great medial coverup!

Instead of worring about the great media conspiracy and irrelevant "facts", why don't we debate issues with real facts and analysis.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Moroninthehouse on 11/10/2014 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

Accidents usually happen in roads and mostly, vehicles are involved. Cameras this time are big help in reducing these accidents. Those who do not know how to follow traffic rules are often the victim. everyone wants to be secured that is why they wanted o secure everything too like insurances at and anything related to trafficproblems like those cameras.

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by keshabell on 11/10/2014 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Close race with Slaughter introduces Mark Assini to the nation

The Monroe County Republican Committee / Party will never throw any money at a candidate that has a slim or none chance of winning a race like the Assini / Salughter Race. But all were surprised indeed. There has not been this type of unexpected voter behavior in many. many years in our district. I hope the count is for Assini on this Wednesday but it looks like it may not become true. But again...the voters have sent a message to Louise. Get off your butt and do something in your last two years because next time the MCRC will throw the money at Assini.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by crm135790 on 11/09/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

Mike...I drive for a living currently. I am 58 years old and a very safe driver with a spotless record. And, I have noticed over the last 10 years that drivers have become very, very aggressive. I don't mind when they fly by me on the express way; cut me off or tail gate; but, I do mind when, at an intersection, the most probable place for an accident to occur, that people actually speed up or run red lights. Like I said before...use the camera revenue to hire more police to make the streets of Rochester safer so that businesses come back and home owners too. When police have to screw around with traffic control it takes away valuable,precious resources from patrols that should be proactively preventing or curtailing murder, rape, stabbings, grand larceny, fights, drug trafficking, prostitution, gang warfare, and the rest. Don't you agree ? Or have I got it wrong ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/09/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Teachers warn of the end of public education

They don't have teachers unions in Texas and they still have tons of incompetent teachers. If you want to attract a better class of people into the teaching profession, you have to compensate teachers at a level that is on par with other professions. Conservatives call this throwing money at the problem but ignore the fact that they think money is the answer as long as it's confined to the private sector. Witness the obscene CEO compensation.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Dan Francis on 11/09/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

The mayor and city council have a choice whether or not to take several million dollars a year from a cash-strapped police department. What do you think they will do? Isn't it likely that this study is biased. The red-light camera program has already been pre-approved by the state. But, the mayor and deputy mayor want us to believe that they are honestly reaccessing this program before the contract with Redflex is extended. Is this a snow job? It is. You just don't get rid of money machines. You don't.

Many of us want Rochester to scrap these damm things. Redflex has never won when red-light cameras were voted on. Never. Let's focus on real traffic safety. These cameras don't prevent accidents. It's common sense.

This study is disgusting. Remember that Redflex is a company in Arizona that takes about 50% of the profits. The equipment is made in Australia. They always object to increasing the duration of the yellow light because violations and tickets would drop. This company stinks!

10 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/09/2014 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Study assesses child care subsidies in Monroe County

"County officials have put their emphasis on continuing subsidies for families already receiving them, and then adding new families as slots open up. They've resisted calls to increase eligibility levels. "

Wow, I guess it never occurred to them to do things that really help people like creating an economic climate that was business friendly like reducing the tax burden and crushing regulatory conditions that hurt the economy as a whole and thereby creating more jobs and opportunities for people across the board. More jobs and greater opportunity if the way to assist people in need of child care.

That would be the kind of change I hope to see.

Keeping people fed well on government cheese, and making sure that more people get addicted to the crack of state welfare benefits, food stamps, unemployment and the like, does nothing to grow the economy, all it does is result in tax increases and greater unemployment.

But of course we know the real reason behind these efforts. People dependent on state welfare benefits reliably vote for those politicians who promise to keep the government cheese train rolling, that is extremist liberal Democrats.

That, of course is how Obama ended up winning so many of the 57 states.

I vote for change.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/09/2014 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Downtown district delayed, smaller borders likely

"I know that Rochester can put together a team of multi-talented and hardworking city workers to do whatever it takes to maintain the center city. We need to sell this as a great value at a low cost."

Ah, what insight! What a detailed and thought provoking dissection of the issue! That's some awesome analysis there, the use of logic and presentation of the facts leading to your conclusion makes a strong case for your point.

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/09/2014 at 8:47 AM

Re: “Question Bridge discussion: recap from Wednesday, November 5, and Friday, November 7

"Many people see African-American men as a threat to the establishment, and the story of Anthony Anderson winning his court case demonstrates how laws where created so that black men could never be higher than the poorest white man," Robinson responded."

Um, what? I must be missing something, don't we have like a black president or something?

What utter garbage.

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/09/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “The D&C's new newsroom

"I woudl like your boss to go back ane review your high school trnascripts and/or SAT scores and decide if you should remian employed."

False equivalency.

My transcripts, grades and work as Editor of the Harvard Review are not in quesiton here, and they are not being supressed from public view.

Does it not trouble you at all that the press and the state are working collectively to further their own ends? Do you not believe that the press should be interested in reporting things that are relevant and working towards disseminating truth and facts regardless of where those facts lead? Or are you a shameless idealogue interested only on promoting stories and facts that benefit your side? The ends justify the means as it is so often observed.

On the one hand we are describing a journalist, on the other, nothing but a partisan shill.

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/09/2014 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Close race with Slaughter introduces Mark Assini to the nation

Good job summed it up very well indeed.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/08/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Close race with Slaughter introduces Mark Assini to the nation

let me take a different view of the election of Assini v Slaughter. First, Assini never went negative, or, for that matter, even mentioned she was the opponent. So her base was not threatened. Second, this is a race where Brother Wease and Lonsberry both endorsed and liked the candidate, which is strange, but speaks to who Assini is. Third, I have never seen a candidate talk so directly and honestly in his messages.

Forth, I cannot remember an election that used so much radio. Fifth, Assini, according to his commercials, went to 12,000 homes. Sixth, whoever did Assini messages picked the right tone and content...he did not run against Louise, he ran against Congress. And, last, there was an undertone that she was too old and too political for the gridlocked Congress. She should never run again! If you are being honest, she got her butt kicked, win or not!

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Posted by weaselover on 11/08/2014 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

Hey Brian...if the light is red ? STOOOOPPPPPPPP. Simple.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/08/2014 at 8:15 AM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

Good...police are not screwing around writing traffic tickets when there are much more serious things that need attention like murder, rape, assault, property theft etc. And. if city council and the mayor want police body cameras too then they can use the $1 million raised each year by traffic cameras to buy the cameras... I am not in favor of body cameras unless city council and the mayor wear them too. If we are going to keep the traffic cameras then use the money raised for more police to keep the streets safer so that people (home owners) come back to Rochester as well as businesses. We can use the money raised to give businesses tax breaks until they get established AND CREATE JOBS FOR THOSE ON THE STREETS. THE STREETS DON"T LOVE YA...DO THEY ? I would not want to see this traffic camera money to go into the general fund for employee raises etc.


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Posted by crm135790 on 11/08/2014 at 7:59 AM

Re: “New teachers face a hostile environment

" societal ills that have fallen on teachers to manage in the classroom, and a general societal resistance to address growing poverty and income inequality in the US ".

Finally...someone understands the problems that new and " experienced " teachers face in the Rochester City School District. I have spoken to many teachers that say " my kids are out of control and there is nothing I can do about it ". I try but the parent does not give a why should I after trying so hard ".

If anyone is going to have children and send them to any public or private school anywhere in Rochester / Monroe County please make sure you understand that it is expensive to raise a child and your first responsibility is to educate your children on proper behavior as well as living a relatively moral life in school...spend time with your children and help them with their homework . Go to parent / teacher conferences and if your child has some issues then it is your responsibility to get your child help...not the teacher's unless it involves only learning. Seems like common sense to me but not to some parent(s).

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/07/2014 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

The data hasn't been rigorously interpreted. This is scandalous!

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/07/2014 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

The report is fraudulent science.

The initial statement in the "study" deems the study pseudoscience:

"Red light running is complex and there is no single reason to explain why drivers run red lights. Red light running is generally a result of drivers wanting to save time . . ."

These are invalid premises. Injected into the study from its beginning is the hindsight bias that drivers are guilty. It makes a conclusion before investigation of causality. It is a well-known that fact that dilemma zones created by traffic engineers is the biggest contributor to red light running and crashes. That is because the math formula engineers use to set yellow light durations violates the laws of physics for general traffic movement. Traffic engineers will not admit the egregious error because they have committing it since 1965.

The "study" is typical of pro-camera studies. Those who do not know science will be deceived by it. Those deceived are the councilmen who read it and the engineers who wrote it.

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Posted by Brian Ceccarelli on 11/07/2014 at 4:37 PM

Re: “A note from City's editors

Given what a complete mess the RCSD is I feel your paper has been very fair and consistent in your reporting, maybe too forgiving. If there was an error it should be cleared up but there was some substance to this story that should be flushed out. The D and C recently a story that the district made a 5 million dollar screw up regarding special education costs. Five million dollars! This was just one of many apparent large-scale blunders but the public rarely hears more about who was to blame. It ends up fading away and that is a shame for everyone especially the kids and their teachers.

Someone needs to hold leaders accountable.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 11/07/2014 at 3:27 PM

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