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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

Re: “Drawing the line on sex offenders

Both Greg Kamp and George Herbert, who head camps for kids, should know that children should be safe, they also should know that parents should take the responsibility of educating their children about sex and not strangers! Strangers are not the ones committing sexual crimes on children. Child sex crimes are usually committed by people they know. look at the research data on recidivism for registered sex offenders, which shows a 2% rate of which is the lowest of any given crime. Wilcox and other politicians should be careful when they play on the fear of the public. Nothing sensible comes out of sensationalism and fear on any subject

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Posted by love prevails on 03/11/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Drawing the line on sex offenders

Thank God Wilcox will facilitate studying the research. What he will find is zero evidence supporting residency restrictions. In fact, ironically, what he will find is what he has stated in the last sentence of the article: a feel-good measure that not only does not reduce the re-offense rate but has the potential for raising it.

21 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Shelly Stow on 03/11/2015 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Our crisis of poverty, racism, and segregation


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Posted by JA on 03/11/2015 at 8:43 AM

Re: “Our crisis of poverty, racism, and segregation

I've lived in this city all but 4 years of my life. I'm 35 yrs old. This is of the reporters opinion, but it's true. Rochester used to be a place of opportunity for all so it seemed, and now it's an empty she'll of dreams and promises. Racial segregation exist widely here, is known, and not dealt with. I hear alot of people talk about people who are receiving Public Assistance (as it was called Welfare), however the picture and image that you have is out of touch with reality. Which is the one of the reasons why not only does.segregation exist but is rapidly growing. My family and I have been in need of assistance in recent times. I am severely disabled and have attempted to work anyway causing alot of medical setbacks. We're were a house hold that made over $70,000, great credit, NO criminal history, and we're still unable to find housing to except us, unless it was low income housing, even though we weren't a low income family. Now that I need these services, I've been told that I can't buy a home because SSI can't be my only income, this is very untrue. Or the rent is so high for a neighborood where you don't hear or see crime on a regular basis, or feel terrorized by law enforcement. Employment or employment programs, for not only ethnic but also for disabled and handicap are almost non existent.

Some if you who make quick and unlearned opinions believing hem to be the truth because that is all you know, may want to look A little harder. Unfortunately the hard core truth is not everyone wants to live proverty, yes segregation is still a thing, yes some do try to do and be better, but you're only going so far with a ceiling over your head. The sky is not the limit for everyone. It's hard to understand the other side especially when we've become so seperated. That is the reason for the need to acknowledge that it a real thing and do something about. One thing that we call do is start with yourself and consider is it possible that we may not completely understand each other and begin to listen.

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Posted by JA on 03/11/2015 at 8:41 AM

Re: “The latest bad news from the city school district

Sorry I flat out disagree with your summary about poverty trumping personnel. Poverty may be the single biggest hurdle in all of this and it complicates learning beyond the comprehension of most but this is all about personnel and this has never been more clear to everyone that works in the district. The district has never had so many high level changes, large-scale blunders, principal discontent, student shuffling, superintendent vs board chair anxiety, volunteer unhappiness, parent confusion, etc. etc. It is criminal and yet everyone stays silent.
Meanwhile district leaders go on creating committees trying to fool everyone that progress is happening. It is sickening. Poverty will always be an issue but until those in power understand and implement front line solutions, things will continue to deteriorate. The one option that has never been fully developed is giving the schools back to those who are in them. Only ownership will change this and the people at the top know this. Nothing could be more personal than that!

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 03/10/2015 at 4:51 PM

Re: “MCC's new downtown campus on target for 2017 opening

"Too bad they have decided to alter the historic fabric of the building."

So why didn't you buy the building if you felt it should be saved for historical purposes? Have you ever been inside the buildings they are "altering"?

I am all for preserving history but there is nothing historic being changed here - the portions of the buildings being updated were huge rooms filled with cubicles. The historical significance of Kodak is not lost on me but MCC is repurposing buildings that otherwise do not have much significance or use.

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Posted by ITISME on 03/07/2015 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Our future with snow

Brighton charges property owners about $25 per year for sidewalk plowing, the city charges more like $45, yet Brighton's sidewalks seem better plowed. Why? Maybe there is a way for the city to get better plowing without spending more. Relying on property owners to do it isn't working.

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Posted by Irene Allen on 03/07/2015 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Our future with snow

We had a about underground walking/biking tunnels or covered sidewalks.

Or lets just get people to shovel their sidewalks.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 03/07/2015 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Feedback 3/4

Rochester’s historic Carnegie Building at 274 North Goodman Street can now officially be demolished, marking a significant loss to what has remained of the University of Rochester’s old Prince Street campus.

Had to try to save this wonderful building, and certainly worth doing so, despite the obstacles. And not simply because my great-grandfather, Professor Herman LeRoy Fairchild, U of R Professor of Geological and Natural Sciences, had his office in the Carnegie Building a century ago.

This fine structure facing the Memorial Art Gallery across the old campus lawn represents an integral part of this now-disappearing historic campus. Such fine masonry craftsmanship as seen there would never be duplicated today. Character and history have a cachet that cannot be replicated by new construction.

Rehabilitation was certainly a viable option, but was not as simple for everyone as was demolition. The easier method was selected, with none of the persons involved in the process seriously examining how to rehabilitate the building, instead simply brushing aside that alternative.

The City of Rochester currently has about 5,000 structures officially termed "Designated Buildings of Historic Value" (D.B.H.V), of which the Carnegie Building was one. Such buildings cannot be demolished without permission from the City Zoning Board of Appeals, unless an emergency threat to public safety intervenes.

Building owners over the years have seemed all too ready to invoke this loophole to historic preservation. The resulting dialogue is thus whether to demolish, not how to save and rehabilitate.

My belief is that "emergency" scenarios should first call for fencing the public away from any risky situation, and then promptly analyzing in good faith what it would take to do a respectful rehabilitation of the building at issue. Only then could demolition and rehabilitation be compared with each other to establish the best course forward, considering both the economics and the diminishing surviving heritage of the City of Rochester.

This issue of demolition vs. rehabilitation will continue to arise with numerous other of the 5,000 D.B.H.V. buildings in the city, such as the church on West Main Street proposed for demolition for some type of big box store.

More effective protection of our heritage via D.B.H.V designation needs to be addressed prior to other such crises arising, with more emphasis on how to save our remaining important buildings.

On the Carnegie Building, the hearing officer could just as easily have found that any danger to the public was in abeyance while the chain link fence around the building stayed in place during rehabilitation work.

Most of the original post-and-beam construction of this century-old building survives in good condition, as I witnessed inside the building. The undamaged vertical timbers inside the building bore the weight of the transverse horizontal beams.

The exterior walls were designed to bear their own weight on a free-standing basis. These exterior walls supported only the extremities of the horizontal beams, which were already being cantilevered from interior vertical posts.

The only wall removal that has happened thus far was the middle section between two corners on the North Goodman Street side, where the surviving parts of the walls constituted right-angle bracing to the longer front and back walls.

The structural situation parallels the similar configuration on West Main Street in the Nothnagle Building, whose design a Carnegie Building rehabilitation may well have emulated.

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Posted by douglas.a.fisher on 03/06/2015 at 9:20 PM

Re: “Our future with snow

"Climate change"? We have been promised global warming for decades and I want it now. Actually I remember in the 1970s when all the news hype was about global cooling; we were heading into another ice age as evidence by the Buffalo Blizzard of '77. Then it became global warming according to Al Gore and the like. I guess "climate change" is a good catch-all phrase that covers all the bases so that prognosticators can never be wrong. Ten thousand years ago there was a layer of ice a mile thick over North America. Did humans cause that ice age too? What about all of the previous ice ages that pre-date human history? Could the cause(s) be something cyclical that is not of human origin like sunspots, asteroid impact, volcanic activity, orbital eccentricity and precession? Let's do something about those causes too.

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Posted by Bart on 03/06/2015 at 7:00 AM

Re: “Vargas-school board feud blows up

Suggestions for the Board of Education and the Superintendent of the RCSD.

You can save a lot of money by merging departments that can be merged
For example:
The Plant Maintenance Department oversees grounds services, moving
services, and all types of craftsmanship services.
Why couldn’t it also oversee the distribution services of computers, books, and
inter-office mail? It’s just one more service that the district provides.

Really, how many Managers/Supervisors and secretaries do we need to coordinate
services for the RCSD as a whole?
This is why the district is struggling. It spends a lot of money micro-managing
services. (To many chiefs not enough Indians)

As a city taxpayer I urge you all to please give this serious consideration. It can be done.

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Posted by City Taxpayer & Employee on 03/05/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “FCC net neutrality decision is all about traffic

I cancelled my entire Time Warner service several months ago and got a smart phone instead. 5G phones will become available in about 5 years. It will be mind-boggling to be able to have a complete high-definition movie downloaded in a couple of seconds. We'll all be in the fast lane then.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/05/2015 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Our future with snow

Excellent essay on Rochester’s future with snow. If Rochester wishes to characterize itself as a walkable city (as it often does), it cannot be un-walkable for several months of the year.

Walkability is now heralded as a desirable quality in a sustainable city, making it a destination for retirees who want more exercise and less car in their lives. More important, it takes major action towards addressing Climate Change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. If we took our sidewalks as seriously as we do our roads, we would be walkable city.

We could encourage more folks to shovel their sidewalks. The city could prioritize main and secondary streets—(think of Monroe Ave., Goodman, Culver, Norton, and Field Street)—in such a way that pedestrians would have no more than 3 blocks of poorly-cleared sidewalks between them and their destination. Everyone should have the right to walk their cities, even when it snows.

Climate Change is certain; what is uncertain is whether the increased frequent precipitation will fall as rain or snow in any given year. Rochester has a chance to address many of its most pressing issues by solving them through the lens Climate Change, which will offer many opportunities for a city like ours, well-situated among increasingly critical natural resources.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 03/05/2015 at 4:48 PM

Re: “MCC's new downtown campus on target for 2017 opening

Too bad they have decided to alter the historic fabric of the building.

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Posted by Louise Wu on 03/05/2015 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Our future with snow

How about heated sidewalks and intersections to automatically melt snow and ice? Newly constructed sidewalks and intersections could be required to be wired for that. Also remember the denser development we allow, the less sidewalk per person there is to shovel.
Also requiring snow tires in the winter will cut down on accidents.
also, there have been plenty of days without snow even during our cold spell. that time should have been used to cart away the mountains of snow that block visibility at intersections.

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Posted by Adrian Martin on 03/05/2015 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Vargas-school board feud blows up

The Board doesn't want to buy out his contract, and they can't just fire him. It's about impossible to say, but this could be a move to get him to resign so they don't have to either buy him out or sit around and wait for his contract to end. There's no shortage of Machiavellian tactics over there.

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Posted by Svlad Cjelli on 03/05/2015 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Forum tonight on Cuomo's education vision

A "community" forum that starts at 4:30pm? I guess this is for the teaching community.

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Posted by Dave Atias on 03/05/2015 at 12:08 PM

Re: “Vargas-school board feud blows up

The board has been very open about the fact that they are not happy with the superintendent's ability to get things done. This has been accelerated since Mr. White became the president. The fact is that the board is micromanaging and this is not their job but the superintendent has left them no choice. The district has never been so misdirected and this too is well documented.

In an effective organization the board would fire the CEO and replace him or her rather than micromanage but no one would dare take the position right now. Lets not forget that this same group hired and supported him in the first place but it seems very obvious his days are numbered.

This is just another reason why the community, the state and even national figures laugh when they hear about Rochester City School progress. It's all %$#*&^%$#%& to those who matter the most-the kids, the families and the teachers.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 03/05/2015 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Urban-Suburban: expansion and challenges

Adalis is my granddaughter and I'm so proud of who she has become. I love this program and I know my grandkids are so lucky to have this opportunity to participate in this program. My grandson, Adalis's younger brother is in the program too, he's at Caulkins rd. middle school this year and he's the quarterback of his football team, he plays lacrosse and he plays basketball and he also plays the trumpet. Next year he'll be going to Pittsford Sutherland and Adalis will be going to collage. I truly believe this would not happen without this program.

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Posted by Lisa Denise Warnick on 03/05/2015 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Our future with snow

Snow removal is expensive. The city needs to make budget cuts. If I were Mayor, I'd start by scrapping the police reorganization.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/04/2015 at 11:57 PM

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