You have captured the frustration in our Monroe County perfectly! I'd like to remind folks that when you hear the terminology to "ban fracking" we are not just talking about a drilling technique. The issues of toxic waste and toxic water is a grave issue! Ever wonder why PA wants to ship this stuff out of state?? No one talks about the great economic gain of having toxic injection wells on their land. No one wants frack waste water sprayed on their road.
Monroe County, like Erie, has a major water source connecting to our Great Lake Ontario. The Genesee River starts in PA........that alone should be cause for concern! We need our own county legislature to address the toxic industry around drilling for shale gas.
kudos - great article and great to see it out there in such a way to break the barriers.
Why do wealthy foundations produce reports that tell us what we already know and then turn around and ask for more money for themselves? If they want to really make a difference then they should spend more of their savings. If the Community Foundation spent half of its money it could join with a proven charter school group, build ten new schools for five thousand kids and begin to change history. Instead they spend a little, do too little and talk too much.
According to the report, the poverty rate for intact families in Monroe County is just over 3%. For deadbeat dad households with young children, it's just under 52%.
Do you really need somebody to draw you a picture?
About fifty years ago, before flagrant disrespect for the law and society's common values became commonplace.
Let's see.....How long has the mayor, city council and RCSD board been Democrat?
The same with most other large NE cities, including Detroit.
Stop it. The "war on poverty" has only produced more poverty. Stop "helping" so much.
Of course these anti poverty programs have made 1000's in the Washington DC area rich. The counties around DC are the richest in the country, and the federal government keeps churning out "program" after "program", and none of them help. That's wasted money that should be left in everyone's pocket.
Go to Youtube and search for Walter E. Williams, Thomas Sowell and Milton Freidman and their thoughts on capitalism, the free market and fairness
What time period was that exactly? When the cops were all pillars of society, icons of morality and rightness that deserved our unreserved trust and compliance? Oh right...
Once upon a time, the police were renowned in our society for their dedication to the law and were deeply respected by everyone. If they told you to do something, you DID IT, not because they could threaten you but because they deserved your respect. Now people, especially young people and people in the city treat them deplorably. They have to deal with the worst of the worst in our society. Now these kids were innocently standing on a sidewalk, waiting for a bus. But the police don't necessarily know that. And the kids should have realized that. It is unfortunate it went as far as it did. But maybe we can learn a lesson from it.
You said "If a police officer tells you to move, you do not legally have to move unless you are actively committing a crime, interfering with an investigation, and so on."
Really? Is this sound legal advice? And what if an officer asks you to stop? Can you refuse to do that too? What if an officer is dispersing a crowd? Do you still refuse to move? Ignoring a simple request is the kind of stupid and irrational righteous insolence that many people have for authority. Jeez, just move along will ya?
Heaven forbid that government employees should be help accountable for their job performance, like every other grownup.
Fire them all.
Good to hear that taboo subjects are on the table. Here are a couple.
One, address the epidemic of sexual immorality and bastardy that accounts for so many children living in poverty. We must deal with men who refuse to support their children. Those who are unemployable should be conscripted and put to work on all those "shovel-ready" projects that liberals are always yammering about.
Two, abolish the godless, wasteful, archaic and destructive government school monopoly. That's the only education "reform" that will improve the lives of poor families.
"And yes, technically, even if they weren't blocking the entrance, if a police officer told them to move, they should have moved."
No. Never. A million times infinity no.
If a police officer tells you to move, you do not legally have to move unless you are actively committing a crime, interfering with an investigation, and so on. Mind you, this comes a day or two after a young man, not under investigation, was beaten by the RPD for refusing to leave a public side walk.
Waiting for a bus isn't a crime and it's borderline pathetic to try and justify and/or rewrite RPD's actions in this situation.
Since other people have already pointed out the underlying racism, I won't keep beating a dead horse.
This article bends over backwards to be apologetic to the police department as if both sides have equal arguments for their actions. The police actions are clearly not justified in this instance. Customers may have had to walk around a crowd of young men, but none were prevented from going in the store of leaving the store.
Not only did one police officer arrest these young men, but several police officers participated in the arrest meaning, to me, that the actions of the police were systematic and that none of the officers questioned the lead officers actions.
This could be considered an isolated incident if not for
--The arrest of Benny Warr by police for waiting at a bus stop. He was thrown to the ground and pulled out of his wheelchair by arresting officers.
--The Arrest of Willie Lightfoot by the RPD for DWI when he confronted officers beating a detained man. He was at his barbershop and not operating a motor vehicle at the time.
--The arrest of Emily Good for filming the police stopping a young black man.
--The retaliation against Emily Good supporters by systematically ticketing their vehicles outside the Flying Squirrel Community Center.
and countless other incidents.
The reason there is such a prevalent no snitching policy among Rochester residents is because if you talk to the police you will get beaten and/or arrested and whatever help you were trying to give will backfire. The police know that your poor, disadvantaged and no one will believe your story unless you recorded it.
I expect more from my local paper when covering stories of this nature. You've disappointed me and many other people City Newspaper.
I'm not sure if you meant to write it like this, but this is worded terribly racist.. especially the following lines: "All of us in the Rochester community need to confront the issue of black teenagers downtown. We need a solution – and it can't be to simply remove the kids. They have as much right to be on Main Street as anybody.
They also have as much responsibility as anybody to behave properly. And it's the behavior problem that we haven't figured out how to deal with."
"The issue of black teenagers...." Wow, even your code fell apart and your racism is naked, Ms. Towler.
"confront the issue of black teenagers downtown. "
Are you serious? I guess white teenagers never cause problems, downtown or in other places.
If you want to know what unbridled capitalism can do, ask a Chinese worker who dreams of buying a Buick, whose parents dreamed of buying a refrigerator, and whose grandparents dreamed of not starving to death.
Oh, and ask her if she gives a fig about "inequality".
God bless unbridled capitalism, and don't knock it till you've tried it. It has not been tried in the USA for a very long time — much less in New York State.
Economic growth is the only way to improve material well-being, and for the last half-decade it's been virtually non-existent thanks to Prof. Obama's disastrous incompetence and extremist anti-growth ideology.
Meanwhile, politicians pour a TRILLION of your hard-earned dollars every year into welfare programs that accomplish nothing but to perpetuate poverty!
The only solution for these circumstances is for citizens to WISE UP!
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