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Re: “Former neighborhood leader to announce candidacy for Rochester City Council

Eugenio Cotto is a good man and worthy of support. I'm honored to have worked with him on several community projects, including the El Camino Trail, and the 14621 Brownfield Opportunity Area.

Best wishes, Eugenio!

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Posted by RaChaCha on 03/18/2014 at 2:58 PM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Testify, Howard!

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Posted by Fireball Junior on 03/18/2014 at 11:35 AM

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

Jim Alesi turned out to be a RINO (Republican In Name Only) who went against his promise to oppose gay marriage and was turned out of office. Ted O'Brien is looking like a DINO (Democrat In Name Only) trying to distance himself from Cuomo as re-election time appeoaches.
O'Brien announced he's against Gov. Cuomo's plan to give free college degrees to prisoners, then votes against the so-called Dream Act to give college tuition to illegal immigrants! He stated in both cases that he was acting according to the wishes of his constituents who have expressed their opinions on the subjects. I wonder what they've done with the REAL Ted O'Brien, the one who voted for Cuomo's NY SAFE gun control act WITHOUT any debate or input. Oh, right... that was the Ted O'Brien who wasn't yet running for re-election. Now Mr. O'Brien has to give the appearance of listening to his constituents and hope they'll forget long enough to re-elect him so he can go back to Albany and ignore them until the next election.

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Posted by Erik on 03/18/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “FEEDBACK 3/12

Dear Mr. Levato,

Indeed you did "cover the news in this town for 40 years," and during my numerous encounters with you (as a reporter), especially as it relates to "the race issue," which Lovely Warren did not create, and has not perpetuated, I found that you always openly displayed the deepest , clearest form of cognitive dissonance. That is, you never really wanted to discuss issues of race. In my experience with you (as a reporter), anytime the issues arose, you avoided it like the plague, and always had some type of alternative explanation.
I paid very close attention to the 2013 Mayoral Election, and did not see a single indication of your perspective that Mayor Warren has an "apparent view of the city as black versus white." I think what you really mean is that you are disturbed by the fact that she would (from your perspective) dare raise race as a clear, deep-seated, pervasive, and potentially explosive, volatile, historic, and ongoing, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural issue and problem (not only in Rochester and Monroe County), but throughout the thoroughly racist, white-supremacist, U.S. nation-state, which does matter, and must be dealt with.

I openly and publicly challenge you to point out a single statement by Mayor Warren, in which she has said that "a white [super-wealthy] mayor like Tom Richards could not fully understand the needs of poor black folks" --- even though this probably is an undeniable fact.

I also openly challenge you to point us to any "broadcast [in which Mayor Warren has said] that a black police officer is better at defusing tense situations involving African Americans." What you're alluding to is the fact that she has said, understanding the history, culture, and ethos of people whom you police, which the overwhelming majority of RPD Officers do not, does matter. This raises the important issue of the need for ongoing, appropriate, cultural "sensitivity" training, which is one issue that Mayor Warren emphasized during the campaign. By the way, yes, sometimes (not always, because actually there are some pretty messed-up cops of color) race really does matter when you need a cop." People of color must always remain acutely aware of the fact that one wrong move when confronted by many white cops, especially those who are not properly trained, and/or grounded in the histories, cultures, and ethos's of people of color --- can, easily cost your life. I'm not making this up Ray. Go take a long, objective (if that's possible for you) look at the history of policing within the thoroughly racist, U.S. nation-state, particularly within communities of color --- then report to us what you find.

The idea that "Warren waged class warfare" would be laughable --- if it was not so diluted.
You say that you "wish Warren well," but something way down in my gut tells me that you really don't.

Howard J. Eagle
Rochester

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Posted by Howard J. Eagle on 03/18/2014 at 10:15 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Funke announces Senate run

WOW! State senator Ted O'Brien (D) announced he's against Gov. Cuomo's plan to give free college degrees to prisoners, then votes against the so-called Dream Act to give college tuition to illegal immigrants! He stated in both cases that he was acting according to the wishes of his constituents who have expressed their opinions on the subjects. I wonder what they've done with the REAL Ted O'Brien, the one who voted for Cuomo's NY SAFE gun control act WITHOUT any debate or input. Oh, right... that was the Ted O'Brien who wasn't yet running for re-election. Now Mr. O'Brien has to give the appearance of listening to his constituents and hope they'll forget long enough to re-elect him so he can go back to Albany and ignore them until the next election.

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Posted by Erik on 03/18/2014 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Crash course for cops

State motor vehicle law requires pedestrians and bicyclists to behave in a certain way. Enforcement seems non-existent compared with cars.

I recently was startled by a group of teens walking the wrong way on the side of Clover St in Pittsford. It was nighttime and they were all in dark clothing.

There are many bicyclists in the city who also wear dark clothes and their bikes are lacking in reflectors. Their riding also leaves much to be desired.

It's up to drivers to watch out for these others who are technically breaking the law. The walkers and bicyclists seem oblivious to the dangers and continue their risky behaviors because they know they will never get caught. And with the increasing use of smart phones by pedestrians, the situation is only worsening.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/17/2014 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Casinos, casinos,casinos everywhere

This is crazy! We approved the beginning of this madness last November? People want some casinos in NYS; but why more? If the Senecas can keep some people from going out of the state to gamble, I guess it's ok; but let's not get carried away.

Of course, there would be an initial economic boost as borrowed money is spent. Longer term, more jobs would be lost than created. A casino is too much of a drain on the local economy. It is a fantasy to think otherwise.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/17/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Casinos, casinos,casinos everywhere

"Sometime in the next decade, New York will be awash in casinos. I wonder if the politicians and business leaders who wanted them will be sorry."

This is what you get with government who enacts legislation with no thought of the long term consequences. People seem to buy the instant gratification scheme. But it is just that...a scheme. A political scheme.

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Posted by johnny on 03/17/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] $12.4 million is nice, but...

"More money for Rochester, of course, would probably also mean less money for somebody else. "

Very true statement. Let's just look at the "Buffalo Billion" for instance, where NYS taxpayers are GIVING a billion dollars to the Buffalo area. Rochester is about 5% of the population of NYS, so we in Rochester are forced to give Buffalo $50,000,000. How is that fair? Add the $125,000,000 for their football stadium and hundreds of millions for other projects and ...wow. We being screwed in Rochester.

Posted by johnny on 03/17/2014 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

@Two: "there is no research showing teacher evaluations will improve anything"

In point of fact, human history is full of evidence that in any endeavor, accountability improves results.

@Two: "Opt out of political idiocy!"

Only one way to do that: separate school and state.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/17/2014 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Teachers union sues over evaluations

I teach in the Bronx where we have rampant poverty as well. The current teacher evaluation system punishes teachers for working with the neediest students. Two years ago, the best teachers in my school all left for schools with higher achievers, afraid of this evaluation scheme.

This evaluation regime came as part of Race to the Top and the Common Core standards which demand students cite evidence and provide research to back up their claims. Ironically, there is no research showing teacher evaluations will improve anything, and there is solid research showing the links between poverty and family dysfunction and low performance.

Thus, the system, rolled out by Obama and Arne Duncan is a move meant to blame teachers knowing full well low performance is primarily caused by other factors. In NYC, our schools are also cherry picked by charters, leaving higher concentrations of at-risk kids.

The most absurd part of teacher evaluations are that test scores in Math or English get tied to the performance ratings of teachers of Art, Music, Dance, Foreign Language, Gym, Science and Social Studies. How could a rating on a test in a different subject possibly be accurate? The government doesn't care - this is a bold strike against the profession of teaching and that is why major grassroots protests are ongoing. The next is Sat May 17 at City Hall Park in NYC.

Opt out of political idiocy!

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Posted by TwoTeachers on 03/16/2014 at 8:17 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] $12.4 million is nice, but...

Just proves that Morelle and Duffy don't actually have any power in Albany. Maybe Louise should quit wasting her time on high-speed rail (which will, and should, never happen here) and focus on this. These people are a joke.

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Posted by J on 03/16/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Could Trump split ranks of the local GOP?

Trump has played his supporters once again. He will never run for public office. He has to be anointed to accept any office because he does not have the personality or brains to go through a real election. He could not take the rejection of a loss. I wonder if the politicians who he lead on feel foolish now? How many times will people fall for his nonsense?

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Posted by Herewegoagain on 03/14/2014 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Could Trump split ranks of the local GOP?

Trump will do anything for free publicity. I wonder, do all those politicians that he flirted with feel foolish now? He will not stop advertising himself and he will never run for public office. He does not have the personality or the smarts to survive public scrutiny. He also will not risk the public humiliation of losing. Oh, and the millions he makes on that boring tv show which is the only money he makes. Everything else is mortgaged to the hilt. Wasn't it BT Barnum who warned us that one was born every minute? Trump followers prove that rule!

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Posted by Concernedcitizen on 03/14/2014 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Could Trump split ranks of the local GOP?

No surprise, he's not running. He "has much bigger plans." He has never run for public office, just teased. What a creep anyway.

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Posted by Troll Whisperer on 03/14/2014 at 10:55 PM

Re: “Crash course for cops

It would be interesting to note that the continual upgrading our Rochester transportation system to include bicycling is also a way our city is adapting to Climate Change. Part of that goal, of course, is to make bicycling safe, which will include drivers, the media, and law enforcement.

If you read the city’s web page “Office of Energy & Sustainability” [http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.asp…] you come to “Energy Management and Climate Action Status Report” and when you download that you see this: “Municipal transportation accounts for approximately 36% of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use by the City. Many opportunities exist to reduce the use of fossil fuels in both the City fleet and by the public. Some of the initiatives and projects that have been completed include: …, Bicycle Enhancement Program installation of bicycle lane markings (i.e., exclusive bicycle lanes and shared use lanes) and associated signage on approximately 15 centerline miles of arterial and collector streets…, Complete Streets Policy to accommodate all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and persons with disabilities.”

There’s a pattern here and we ought to talk about it. One of Rochester’s most effective strategies for addressing Climate Change is increase active transportation (walking and bicycling) and as we get more folks comfortable and safe on our public roads we will reduce greenhouse gases. Let’s connect the dots and talk about Climate Change and transportation.

More on Transportation in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/communting…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 03/14/2014 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Crash course for cops

Without bike laws and enforcement, and the training and licencing that goes with it, the bike scene here remains lawless and dangerous. This anarchy leaves bikers with no rights. If a biker has an accident on a sidewalk the investigating police officer simply says not to ride on the sidewalk. But if a biker has an accident on a public road he will also be told that he should not have been riding on the road. I am not making this up. In contrast my bicycle course and exam in Europe was rewarded with a licence that is personally signed by the mayor of my town.

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Posted by John Jongen on 03/13/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Could Trump split ranks of the local GOP?

I actually think he could run this time. But only if unopposed in the Republican party like he says it would have to be.

I predict that the Republicans will remain divided right up to the finale of The Apprentice.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/13/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Could Trump split ranks of the local GOP?

The "Donald" loves the free attention. He will not run , nor spend any of his money on such a losing venture. The local politicians look silly running after him. When will they learn Trump is only in this for himself. His super sized ego makes Cuomo look normal!

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Posted by Concernedcitizen on 03/13/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Funke announces Senate run

I wonder if Ted O'Brien is proud of being parts of Cuomo's NYSAFE act charade and the way it was rammed through begind closed doors in the dead of night and without any public debate or input. He states he "fought to clean up Albany". What exactly has been accomplished to combat corruption in New York? Later, Ted.

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Posted by Erik on 03/13/2014 at 7:00 AM

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