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Re: “Feedback 9/10

Why republish the garbage pseudo-science supported by John Jergen?

Posted by tmr on 09/11/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “Feedback 9/10

Would the citizens of Rochester consider how the people of Ferguson would have reacted if it had been a white man shooting a black policeman?
The shoe is on the other foot now and the white people are morning the loss of a brother not raiding and burning the town like illiterate, showoff, disrespectful group together cowards.
Think about it,,,,, what if the color of skin would have been reversed? It is stupid to watch the way people react and think, wake up and look around you; we are all human and there are bad people black or white. If you act respectful you're treated respectful.

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Posted by D on 09/11/2014 at 8:37 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Teachout pulls in impressive totals, but Cuomo wins primary

Howie Hawkins for Governor

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 09/11/2014 at 7:08 AM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

We need a moratorium on releasing parolees into our community until the problem is fixed!

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Posted by Bart on 09/11/2014 at 6:40 AM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

To be more clear and hopefully provide a bit of perspective, I am am a salaried food service employee and make less than 40,000 a year. I also work 70-85 hours a week, which puts my hourly rate around $7-$9 an hour. I attended a specialized culinary academy for which I am still paying bills, I have a few more years alimony payments to someone who never loved me, 3/4 financial responsibility for the household my partner and I have built, and 2 kitties that seem to always have an issue that costs money. When we can we squirrel away whatever leftover scraps of money we might have at the end of a month, and put it toward our savings to purchase a house.
I have worked long and hard to get were I am, and now that I am here I see that I get to work longer and harder. There are alot of people who would love to have a job at all, who would work harder and whine less and be generally stoked to have honest work, so the lack of gratitude coupled with the self importance and entitlement in this campaign is astonishing.
And as for the 'strike', feeble attempts to unionize won't go over well. Food worker unions are a fairly young concept and mostly west coast based as far as I know, so I doubt fast food worker unions would take off too quickly if they even left the ground. Fast food establishments are mostly staffed by the comfortably mediocre, summer school candidates, parolees, and teen moms. Not typically thought of as unionizing people. Anyway, corporate employees striking and unionizing is the reason the scabs exists in the first place. Except now they aren't called scabs. They're called hard working Americans (though, usually hopefuls) who have families to support and don't care about your arbitrary politicking, so long as they can feel confident that they will be bringing home a check to the family for whom they even bother going to work. but by all means, lets pay idiots more to stand around than we pay skilled tradespeople to be skilled at their trades.

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Posted by Steffon T Haaby on 09/11/2014 at 5:15 AM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

I am the guy that has been ripping down all the nonsense "fight for 15" posters. As a trained professional chef of 12 years, I find the suggestion that fast food employees deserve 15 dollars an hour offensive and laughable. I also have 2 younger brothers who are chefs in Olympia, WA. They as well find this irritating, but they are more understanding, because Seattle is a very costly city. Rochester is not. I have worked in 1 industry for 12 years and went to school to do so. I am classically trained and my passion for the industry is certainly more than that of the fast food employee, because its impossible to have passion for stamped out crap. Seattle made the change in minimum wage because the cost of living is ridiculous, and requires such. Comparatively, Rochester is pretty cheap. I have lived and worked in Austin, Seattle and Los Angeles and I am from San Francisco; real cities with real restaurants where you have to drive somewhere else to even find a Wendy's and are lucky to be able to afford rent as a CEO, let alone food employee. I have worked my way up the ladder for 12 long years under some of the best chefs in our nation and I am very good at what I do. I do not make 15 dollars an hour. To be clear, I work in a restaurant at which the average bill per table is $250- $300 and my position is far above that of the fast food manager. The hubris of these fast food employees to feel that their time is worth more than trained professionals who have given everything to the side of this industry that actually matters, makes me nauseous. If Seattle hadn't raised the minimum wage, these over-entitled cattle wouldn't feel they deserve more money. If you want more money, get a real job. Wendy's is a multimillion dollar a year corporation, so I get that you think you have a right to more of that money and you absolutely do, but as a chef and manager of many years( I also managed a Red Lobster for two years. Still only got 42,000), I agree that you should make more than 8 bucks, but the middle ground is closer to 11 (Starting pay at Cheesecake Factory, Applebees, Outback, and similar corporate casual dining establishments). You work in fast food. This makes you the lowest common denominator in the eyes of cooks, chefs, servers, bussers, expeditors, dishwashers, customers and pretty much the entire working world. Get over yourselves. You don't have any actual experience (your irrelevant degrees don't matter.) or real hard work to do. When's the last time you had to write a menu and figure out what it costs? How often do you have to deal with food writers and critics? How many over qualified, highly trained staff do you have to manage? You have to manage people with no work ethic in an establishment with no integrity. Bummer. The fast food industry does not lend itself to creative people with free thoughts and a sense of individualism and passion in their work. This is why it pays crap. If you are that person, get out of fast food. What we in the real restaurants do is worth far more than you fast food zombies and we don't get the wage you foolishly think you are worth. Yes you people deserve better pay, but do not condescend to think that the 8 hours a day (with breaks and benefits) you spend managing a cookie cutter operation at all trumps the 12-18 hours a day REAL RESTAURANT STAFF spend doing ACTUAL WORK for less than 15 an hour, rare breaks, and not great benefits. the reason they pay you less is because you get vacation time, 401k options, and bennies. Harris Corp pays 16 and all the fringes. And they handle the bulk of telecommunications for the US military. If you want more money, get a real job. Your McJob will not ever pay what you think you are worth which is why we career minded people will always rally against your stupidity. Put it this way: If we don't pay our teachers $15/h. why the heck do you think you deserve that?? Learn a trade or apply at a real restaurant if you think you are worth more. It isn't the government's fault you don't have enough ambition, skills, training, or education to find a job that challenges and fulfills you while paying you what you so very mistakenly think you are with. Most REAL restaurants start at $10/H. It is your own darn fault you chose the wrong career. Stop begging.

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Posted by Steffon T Haaby on 09/11/2014 at 2:37 AM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

September 5th, 2014

To the family of Officer Pierson and the Rochester Police Department : I am deeply sorry for the tragic loss of a husband, father, son, brother and more.

Officer Pierson, a decorated Rochester Police Tactical Officer, was murdered yesterday by a "career" criminal in an exchange of gunfire on Hudson Ave. near Avenue D in Rochester, NY. The officer was shot at close range by the accused. This "career" criminal was already a felon; on supervised parole by the State of New York; and, just released from serving a 3 1/2 year sentence in the Wyoming Correctional Facility.

I am OUTRAGED by this senseless, tragic, and cowardly act of violence against the Police Officer, the department and the Greater Rochester Community. And, I intend upon personally seeing to it... that justice is served to the fullest extent of the law. Recently, five RPD officers in our police department have been shot and seriously wounded in the line of duty... the majority of these police officer shootings have been committed by career criminals and to the best of my knowledge only one of the police officer shootings in the past were committed by two young men that were not career criminals. Officer Pierson was murdered by a "career criminal " in illegal possession of a handgun in the progress of fleeing an officer of the law for a second violation of probation. When a convicted, served felon flees his/her probation someone has to find them wherever they may be and this is no easy task for NYS Probation or the local police departments where it is believed that the person is hiding.

All of Rochester knows that illegal handguns on the street are a big problem...but where did the murderer get the handgun ? How can this still be buy an illegal handgun as a convicted felon in 2014 ? Where are the handguns coming from in the States of our Union ? Why do young men of our Greater Rochester Area and career criminals continue to shoot, kill, and murder each other as well as police officers without any concern for life or consequences ? Why does a young wife and mother have to live the rest of her life with this terrible burden...the murder of her husband ? What will become of the children without a father ? And... more so, how can we help the entire community and the Pierson Family ?

Can we, as a community, help this family through this terrible tragedy... I know I will help the Pierson Family in any way possible. I will also, again and again...and over and over...until this entire community in Monroe County and Rochester finally realizes that all of us need to find solutions to this on going plague of violence and murder in Rochester toward Police ( the last line of defense). Until we remove illegal handguns ...not legal handguns, however, from our streets the murder and violence will continue. Until we change the" mindset" of young men and career criminals the murder will continue.

We can make change by demanding a group meeting of the NYS Dept. of Parole and Corrections as well as the Monroe County Sheriff's Dept.; The Rochester Police Dept. ; The Monroe County Dept. of Probation, Maggie Brooks of Monroe County and Lovely Warren of Rochester. Together we can and will hasten the process of finding strategies to take the handguns off the streets for illegal sale and possession. The next step would be to build probation and staffing personal to its highest level, in our communities' histories, that would be humanly possible, in the NYS Probation and in the Monroe County Probation. The next step would be to intervene with young people at the early ages ( 7-16 years old ) of a young person's life to attempt to change the "mindset" that shooting someone out of fear; or because of poverty; or because there is no father present in the home; or because there are no jobs available would not be the right choice to make and that poor choices will have negative, life long consequences for all families and our community.

There are already intervention programs in Rochester but these programs are underfunded. One of many programs, Teen Empowerment, can and will be expanded to a total of three locations. Central Ave., Genesee Street., and Hudson Ave near Ave D. As well, we need to elect City, County and Supreme Court Judges that will impose proper sentencing without plea bargaining.

The most important change or requirement of probation, in my opinion, could be that those that are released back into society on probation, after serving " their time ", can and will be ordered into mandatory attendance in our area churches to learn how to better live moral lives with respect, dignity, hope, trust and care toward all people.

I am going to make sure that these changes do occur in Rochester / Monroe County and I will hold all elected and appointed officials accountable in every way legally possible.


585 755 8821 CELL

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Posted by crm135790 on 09/10/2014 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

The franchise argument is nonsense. Most franchises are actually mega-franchises, where the owner owns many stores. In our area, all the Wendy's are owned by Richard Fox, a hyper conservative millionaire who owns over 80 stores in three states. Likewise, all the Burger Kings are owned by the Carols Group, which owns hundreds of stores around the country. This story about mom-n-pop franchises is a narrative cooked up by billion-dollar corporations to keep people poor.

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Posted by Jake Allen on 09/10/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

Our prisons are overcrowded, and my guess is, understaffed. Who can know who will repeat their crime? Perhaps if we had fewer people incarcerated for crimes involving drugs that harm no one, we COULD afford to have sufficient staff to make better parole assessments.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 09/10/2014 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Rochester city schools still grappling with absenteeism

Woody Allen said that "90% of success is just showing up".

Part of going to school is learning the discipline of showing up on time. Teaching these kids not to go to school because they don't feel like it is a horrible way to start life, unless you don't plan on getting a job someday either.

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Posted by johnny on 09/10/2014 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Rochester city schools still grappling with absenteeism

Focusing on attendance so much is causing mission drift. The bigger issue is the quality of the schools themselves. Attendance is a misleading bullet. It is true that kids not in school are not going to learn but that assumes that simply getting them in the school building translates to learning. This is hardly the case for a fair number of kids who stay home unmotivated, afraid, angry, abused or otherwise disengaged. Making these kids come to school causes stress and anxiety for everyone who encounters them during the day and in the end, other kids learn less. The bottom line is the test scores so the superintendent should know that leaving these kids at home but improving the instruction and resources to those already attending will get better results.

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Posted by Gotta say It on 09/10/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

Don't forget; the West Webster shooter murdered his grandmother and only served 17 years in prison. Then he laid a trap for firefighters on Christmas Eve so he could murder them. Why he only got 17 years for murdering his grandmother is a good question and I haven't heard a satisfactory answer. You can get more for insider trading. I don't understand the logic of our justice system if someone can break the law and go to prison for a violent crime (a murder of a family member no less) then eat their vegetables, do their laundry, get a GED and get time knocked off their sentence because while they couldn't follow the law outside, they followed the rules inside, so they should be released early. If he had been put away for good, he wouldn't have been released and murdered two volunteer firefighters and wounded three others. You shouldn't be incapable of following society's rules OUTSIDE PRISON and get time knocked off your sentence for being good INSIDE PRISON. It makes no sense whatsoever. If you follow society's laws and mores you won't go to prison. If you go to prison, you should be there for the entirety of your sentence. The thug who murdered Officer Pierson was weeks out of jail and wanted on a parole violation. Enough is enough.

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Posted by sethc on 09/10/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “An island of ancient faith in the inner city

I've never heard of Fifteenth Tabernacle. Very intriguing.

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Posted by sethc on 09/10/2014 at 3:54 PM

Re: “CITY's 2014 Festival Preview Guide

Don't forget about the 18th Annual Rochester Children's Book Festival, held this November 15th. For more details, see

Posted by Christopher Mead on 09/10/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

Thanks for participating everyone. Comments on this blog are now closed.

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Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 09/10/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

Hey moderator - how about putting a lid on the rants here.

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Posted by Albert on 09/10/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

He chose to be a police officer knowing the dangers involved -- which is a reason to be particularly grateful to him, for his choice to serve the community in the important role of law enforcement, and also to be particularly saddened be his untimely death at the hands of someone who was working to make the community a worse place, not better place.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 09/10/2014 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

Wow, lots of un-sympathetic comments here. I suppose if the perp had been killed instead he'd probably get more sympathy than the officer. Would you people be saying "Gee, I didn't ask him to be a felon, he chose that for himself"? I doubt it.

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Posted by Bart on 09/10/2014 at 7:30 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

Maybe if channel 8, 10 and 13 did week-long coverage of the death of a 14 year old African American killed by a stray bullet in a drive-by shooting, society would begin to comprehend the importance of all lives. As it is now, society and media decide who gets celebrated and who is forgotten.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 09/10/2014 at 6:48 AM

Re: “Week Ahead: Calling hours, funeral service announced for Officer Pierson

My thoughts exactly! Although it is terrible that a police officer was killed, his life is NOT more valuable than anyone else's. He chose to be a police officer, just as soldiers chose to go to war. My father was a cop for almost 20 years. He says that every cop knows that every day may be their last. Every cop is trained to prevent that from happening. But if it happens, so be it. The fact that he was killed, doesn't mean that I should have to spend days crying my eyes out. I am empathic to his wife and children. I feel terrible for them. But I had an acquaintance killed in a car crash on Labor Day and the media doesn't remember her at all. She was a bright 20-year-old girl working three jobs. I didn't ask him to be a cop. I didn't ask soldiers to go to war. They should know each day may be their last. Enough of this boo-hoo-hoo nonsense.

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Posted by dan on 09/09/2014 at 10:06 PM

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