My question: whatever happened to the Common Good? Does it not say in the Preamble to the Constitution that we the people are to establish justice and promote the general welfare? American individualism has run amuck! We are social creatures. We are an interdependent web. Too many of our "leaders" have forgotten that.
Richard S. Gilbert
Great story! I meet many women that also have flower city rings and necklaces. For all the people that are negative about Rochester there is an equal amount that love living here and have a lot of civic pride.
I have had contact with Ikea and was told they will not come to this area because they only build in area the have 2 million people in a 40 mile radius.
The house cleaning is looking good. I am hoping Lovely can do good things for the city.
The first thing that came to mind was, "Ikea?" That's the only retail tourist attraction I can think of. It would certainly draw crowds from Buffalo and Syracuse.
All this talk about shopping mall's and thing's what about the city school's.when are they to have a chance like other school's where folk's stick as one to make sure are kid's learn the best.they also need program's to attend to keep out of trouble ,thing's they like or ,would take interest in .more job's wouldn't hurt too.if we are going to have some type of future let's stop guessing at what we need and actually get something done that has a long life meaning.
Now is not the right time for city council to step in on this, it's really up to Lovely Warren to name her Police Chief and for him or her to set a direction.
As I see it, the city will either make some pronounced effort to increase enforcement of the state's existing anti-drug laws (I have suggested increased undercover narcotics investigation and SWAT-style drug house raids) as a "get-tough" policy, or it will continue to largely ignore the problem in the name of "improved community relations."
Stop-and-frisk of street-corner loiterers is not going to be a solution. The serious hard drug sales are occurring from drug houses, not in open-air. Open-air sales are mostly marijuana. What's required is actual undercover work by narcotics detectives, to include developing informants and executing controlled crack cocaine and heroin buys from drug houses. This is not regular patrol officers riding around and running their low-level harassment game by briefly shining their spotlights on corner crowds, then driving on.
It's up to Warren to establish her credibility on this.
Since selling illegal drugs is, in fact, illegal, then isn't the city already a drug-free zone?
Of course it's unconstitutional! And it wouldn't work even if it were passed. These politicians just want to look like they're doing something. I lived in the middle of this for 7 years and never called Adam Mcfadden to complain. I didn't like much of it and I was mildly inconvenienced at times. Sometimes, I was downright furious, but I never thought I had the power to do anything about it or thought I could make a phone call to someone who did.
Now things make sense. Passing drug free zones would mean more citizens would be arrested and this would help justify the increase of $1.5 million for the housing of prisoners in the jail. Too bad they are not interested in decreasing the number of people in jail as a way to cut costs as that would help everyone.
This kind of thing has been going on for years, and I don't know what the solution is. Young people just hanging out, socializing, maybe being a bit rebelious, but essentially doing no harm. Then, maybe the group gets a little too big, a fight starts. Everyone wants to watch. You see where I'm going here. It's a no win situation for the police. As is typically the case, the actions of a few spoil it for everyone.
And what does it mean for the mere person in the crowd, or even more so, the ones with the purpose of waiting for a bus. Guilty. Guilty by association.
Message to the new Mayor: Please scrap the red-light cameras. This unwanted and unjustifiable program is flawed and unfair. It drains money from the local economy and sows the seeds of ill will and mistrust among the population. Rochester becomes viewed as unwelcoming; thus discouraging tourism and visits from suburbanites anxious to spend money.
Thank you for a needed beginning of exploration on this topic. It's better to have Cancer than "mental illness" , in Rochester. The Cancer providers/supports are excellent, creative, holistic (yoga, nutrition, for example). Here are a few, brief observations. URMC needs to get rid of that huge "Behavioral Health" sign - it sends the wrong message. No parity for Medicare. (Seniors on fixed income cannot afford MH care). No quality control. The poorest, least educated get the lowest level of provider, least education. The MH clinic providers have huge caseloads, the most difficult cases, little support, limited modalities. "Talk therapy" or Rx, may not be the most effective or only intervention. "Mental health" is still the most "primitive" of the "medical" sciences. There's a big gap between the latest in neuroscience and practical application. There is EBM (evidence based medicine) that licensed Creative Arts providers (Music/ Art therapy), are profoundly effective, - but no insurance coverage. Understanding environmental/social causes (across class) and preventive (often low cost, creative, neighborhood level) interventions are needed. Privacy rights on electronic record systems (complex, sensitive issues). I hope this article promotes much needed, open conversation and action on a local level.
I completely agree Chris. Well written.
Glad that the white elephant in the living room is finally being addressed. I would like to know why NYS makes such senseless laws concerning patients that take ADHD/ADD meds. I know controll substance abuse is real, but why do I need to make an appointment with my dr. Every month to get a script? Why does NYS lawmakers view us as drug abusers? Is this a tactic to demean those of us who are mentally ill ? Another slap in the face.
Anti-fracking kooks are the same Luddite Neanderthals who refuse to vaccinate their kids against dreadful diseases; consult a horoscope before getting out of bed in the morning; enjoy the blessings of modern transportation, industry, and agriculture while sanctimoniously denouncing them; and who think the Koch brothers are secretly controlling their thoughts by means of special rays.
I'm not a practicing lawyer, so you take what I say with a grain of salt. However, I have represented myself in city court before and successfully defeated contempt of cop like charges (e.g. disorderly conduct, etc.) before.
Pro-cop and cop apologists immediately try to discredit people that, god forbid, suggest the thought of disobeying a police officer. Let me elaborate.
The police are public servants that exist to enforce the law and prevent crime. We can all agree on this because it's unequivocal fact. The opposing viewpoints come down to, generally, how police officers accomplish their job. I don't want to turn this into a debate on selective enforcement of laws, misconduct/contempt of cop, and other related topics. This isn't the place.
The point I want to make is that, and there is legal precedent -- this is not my opinion, that the police do not have the legal authority to order you to do something solely because their a police officer. There are, however, many different situations where they can to enforce the law or protect themselves from harm (the latter is frequently abused to unlawfully order bystanders to leave the area to prevent them from recording an officer, or they're asked to outright stop recording -- this is how Emily Good ended up arrested a few years ago).
All that being said is why I commented in the first place. As vehemently as I disagree with George's comment about "ignoring a simple request is the kind of stupid and irrational righteous insolence that many people have for authority", I pick my own battles. It's one thing to go out of your way to challenge an officer's authority because you have a chip on your shoulder and something else entirely refusing to obey an unlawful order to move or stop recording an officer when you suspect misconduct on their part.
Lastly, I have some choice words for George and Sean. We live in a world where many people possess the mental capacity to challenge authority when it is abused, instead of blindly following along like a sheep. When police officers stop abusing their authority, more people will be disinclined to challenge it. Trying to paint these people as "disrespectful" or "insolent" doesn't do you any favors.
In RPD's case, they have a long history of misconduct and abuse of their authority, which instills distrust. Incidents like this do not help reinforce any trust. Believe me, I have all the respect for the stereotypical honest police officer trying to do his job. I'm not going to come up excuses for officers that do something they shouldn't have, trying to justify "all the crap they deal with" to throw out logic and slam three teenage kids with a plethora of violations because they offended an officer's sense of authority and importance.
We need them to but I wouldn't hold my breath on it.
When police in Greece or Brighton or Pittsford start arresting kids for waiting for the bus, then we can take this issue seriously. Oh wait, that NEVER happens. Kids in Pittsford, Brighton, Irondequoit use drugs and alcohol all the time. How many are prosecuted every year? How many blacks in the city are cautioned or arrested by cops going about their daily business? A lot more. Should EVERYONE follow the law? Yeah. Should everyone be treated equally under the law? Yeah. Does that actually happen in real life? Yeah right!
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.
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