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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: News

Re: “Making climate a career

Powerful article about Rochester, NY local making climate a career. Should be an inspiration to all.

More on Climate Change in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/weather&cl…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 09/17/2014 at 8:42 AM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

The views would be pretty nice probably from the 3rd floor up.

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Posted by Adrian on 09/16/2014 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

This would be the view from the condo ( http://imgur.com/igDaPxc ) looks pretty nice to me.

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Posted by Kevin Allen on 09/16/2014 at 8:14 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

This parcel of land is not lakefront. To get to the beach, residents would need to traverse a parking lot and a treed picnic area. None of the condos would have good views of the lake. Lake lovers would also be dissatisfied that they couldn't hear the surf from their windows.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 09/16/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

Northernlake there's 210,565 taxpaying residents that live in the city of Rochester that can be considered owners of this property, 2,300 barely represents 1% of the total population against this project. But even if you take into account just the neighborhood of Charlottes population that survey indicates that 75% of the total residents are indifferent or perhaps even for this project.

As for this project I'm sure this project could be easily filled up, we have large scale waterfront proposals in Fairport, Brighton, Pittsford, Citygate, and even Canandaigua. I'm sure a lakefront property of the one of the largest lakes in the US is even more desirable than a view of the canal.

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Posted by Kevin Allen on 09/16/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

How can you say (Kevin Allen) that it is a few that are not happy, when " the petition that Charlotte Strong gathered with more than 2,300 names asking the city for a new port developer." We are not saying we don't want development, just not this project. Have you sat in on any of Greg Weykamps meetings and listen to him double talk?? He spoke of cutting down the trees in the park, even Councilperson Palumbo said at the last CCA meeting that I attended that can't be done He talks to talk sometimes it seems..And I think John Smith is pretty ridiculous thinking the people who have lived n Charlotte (many for generations!) should move out if they don't like it!

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Posted by northernlake on 09/15/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

Weykamp admits that the views aren't all that great. He wants to build only a few condos and see what happens.

Maybe he's starting to realize that this location isn't going to be right for luxury accommodations and amenities.

He should pull out.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 09/15/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

For Charlotte to succeed, they need to be competitive with their fellow city neighborhoods - namely, the attractive, vibrant ones like Park Avenue and the South Wedge, and not to mention our growing downtown. If Charlotte tries to emulate the car-centric, low-density suburban lifestyle, they will fail because people who want that lifestyle will NEVER move to the city. There are plenty of suburban neighborhoods on/near the water just like Charlotte is, so that's not a unique selling point either.

City neighborhoods have to appeal to city people. And a huge part of urban appeal is walkability, which requires a population dense enough to sustain retail, restaurants, and services in a concentrated area. And in an area with limited space, that means mid- to high-rise apartment/condo buildings. If you can't deal with that, then maybe a vibrant urban neighborhood just isn't for you.

And also, those vast parking lots belong to a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Henrietta. TAKE THEM OUT.

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Posted by Eileen on 09/13/2014 at 11:19 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

I have a feeling they'd consider anything over 1 story a "high rise". In other words, if any building is constructed, they don't want it for some odd ball reason.

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Posted by Jason Briggs on 09/13/2014 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

Why are they fighting this project? I would pay for a condo at Charlotte if I could get a nice lake view to wake up to every day.

I hate to say it but stubborn people that criticize the idea before it's even fairly presented are damaging the communities ability to revitalize it's self and be successful. This is the same attitude that brought Kodak into bankruptcy... don't let it bring Charlotte into mediocrity!

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Posted by Kevin Allen on 09/13/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Edgewater to present designs for port development

10 Stories barely qualifies as a High Rise... the residents in Charlotte live in a CITY, if they don't like it they, should probably move to the town of Hamlin or sodus point.

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Posted by John Smith on 09/12/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

CORRECTION #2: It turns out I was wrong about that last point as well. If everyone was as self-interested, myopic, and resentful as some of the above commenters would like us to be, we'd probably all burn in a ball of endless hellfire. Again - my bad.

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Posted by Lyle Jeremy Rubin on 09/12/2014 at 7:00 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

This is perhaps one of the strangest and most unwarranted requests I may have ever heard by anyone in any profession, ever. If McDonalds/fa(s)t food employees want a wage-doubling pay increase, then this is absolutely absurd. The reason why these jobs pay so little has to do with the lack of skills required to perform the work: food comes frozen or bagged and prepped, all that is required is cutting open these bags and learning how to use a microwave properly. Many corporate, stream-lined places of business have preparation guides in multiple languages with pictures included, so that even the most illiterate employee may function in these highly organized environments. If in fact these disgruntled employees are arguing for a minimum wage increase across the board to $15, I am wondering if any of these individuals possess the capability of foresight (my personal guess is no). Raising the minimum wage by almost double would radically increase inflation. Your $4 gallon of milk would then cost around $8--and the protests would then continue.
If their argument is based on their family size and family support, this is also a heinous request. How many times has an employer asked you upon hire, "How many people are you supporting in your family? 5? Well, let's pay you twice as much as Johnny over there who's single." There are many, many ways to make money--finding a new, better-paying job in the same field, finding a second job, going back to school to increase your skill-set so that your next job(s) DO indeed pay a higher wage, selling things on the internet, or creating things at home and selling them independently at a store-front, garage sale, or market. There are also dozens of ways of penny-pinching and saving money, so that your dollar stretches further: using birth control responsibly for starters (less mouths to feed!), couponing, buying foods that are not prepared (all aspects of preparation cost you more money!), and spending less money on entertainment, to name just a very few.
Am I empathetic to the plight of the poor and needy? Of course. Poverty is an ugly, multi-headed monster that effects many, many people across the nation and is no simple subject. Officially, I "live below the poverty line" myself. I can manage to survive, however, by a number of important lifestyle guidelines that assist me in financial decision-making processes. I have ample amount of savings, can pay all of my bills on time, am accept and am content with what I have as opposed to wanting what I do not, and am not begging for a pay increase when I do so little to actually deserve it--and I make the same amount as these folks do. Fancy that.

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Posted by Lindsey on 09/12/2014 at 6:50 PM

Re: “Parole under scrutiny

Actor-director Tim Robbins is leading an effort to provide offender rehabilitation in prisons. Anger management is taught through arts programs.

AND, as a society, can we seriously afford to let our schools CUT such programs?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 09/12/2014 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

I agree with everything some of the previous commenters have said. If everyone thought like that a hundred years ago, we still wouldn't have the weekend. And everyone knows the weekend is nothing but an excuse to not work so that someone much better off than us can enjoy the overwhelming majority of the fruits of our labor. And what's not to like about working so that someone else can enjoy the overwhelming majority of the fruits of our labor! Hell, I'd work 8 or 9 days a week if God had given us 8 or 9 days in a week!

But it's more than that. If everyone listened to the previous commenters, we'd enjoy even LESS labor power in this country than we already do, and that would be awesome! Just think about it - more of the nation's wealth would accrue to those at the top, and as all social science demonstrates, this has proven time and again to be a wonderful thing for everyone! When it comes to pretty much every social indicator under the sun, from health outcomes to crime to social trust to happiness, we're all better off when those at the top are getting richer and richer while the rest of our incomes are stagnating. What's more, the economy grows even faster than it did before! Like I said, this is AWE-SOME.

CORRECTION: It turns out virtually everything in the above paragraph is wrong, with the exception that less labor power does indeed lead to increased inequality. Believe it or not, increased inequality tends to lead to worse health outcomes, higher crime rates, less social trust, and less happiness, not to mention a more unstable and violent society as a whole. It also leads to decreased growth. My bad.

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Posted by Lyle Jeremy Rubin on 09/12/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

Remember: (1) Most fast-food workers are adults who are major breadwinners for their families; (2) had the minimum wage fifty years ago merely kept up with inflation it would be over $15 today; (3) when these giant corporations don’t pay living wages the rest of us pay Medicaid and food stamps to help these families stay out of poverty; (4) a $15 living wage puts more money into the pockets of people who will spend it, thereby creating more jobs, not fewer; (5) McDonalds, Burger King, and the rest are hugely profitable, paying their CEOs over 1,000 times what they pay their front-line workers. It’s time America’s fast-food workers got a raise. - Robert Reich

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Posted by Joan Collins Lambert on 09/11/2014 at 8:35 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

Don't want to struggle to feed 2 children? Don't have that second kid if your prospects are working are Wendy's. 1 kid can be a mistake, don't tell me the second one is too.

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Posted by Culver on 09/11/2014 at 2:46 PM

Re: “Fast food fight for $15

How did you advance your career? I bet it wasn't through protesting.

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Posted by Joe Halloway on 09/11/2014 at 9:42 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

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