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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion: Urban Journal

Re: “Heroes and cowards in the climate-change war

"Heroes and cowards" is one of the most concise and effective articles I have read in a very long time that explains the environmental problems facing us.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 10/03/2014 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Heroes and cowards in the climate-change war

CO2 is not pollution. The public appears to realise this but the media is the last to wake up. It's the sun stupid. When the sun varies a tiny amount the earth varies a tiny amount. Since when is 1 or 2 degreeas and 10 centimetres of sea level rise a climate disaster?

19 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Art Esian on 10/01/2014 at 5:48 AM

Re: “'I Believe': Fringe and Rochester's future

This is what I tried to showcase - not only that people across the city believe but that we are working together to make it happen - with my show Rochester Stories. There is a lot of good out there and a lot of collective energy.

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Posted by Aprille Roelle Byam on 09/26/2014 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Our job after the tragedy of Pierson and the Glazers

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 Officer Pierson, 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 stolen 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 possible...to 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 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.

THAT IS MY PROMISE TO THE ENTIRE PIERSON FAMILY AND THE RPD...

CRAIG R. MOFFITT
81 FINNEGAN WAY
HENRIETTA,NY 14467
585 755 8821 CELL
CRAIGM590@HOTMAIL.COM

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Posted by crm135790 on 09/22/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “Toward what end? Obama's ISIS policy

I’m sure the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is also disappointed in Obama too. Granted it’s their own fault for awarding him the Nobel Prize seemingly for doing nothing more than getting out of bed one morning. How many other Peace Prize recipients have personally given the order to execute dozens of foreign nationals with drones, as well as several American citizens (oops). How many Peace Prize recipients stated “I’m really good at killing people” (reference http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/03/obama-drones-double-down_n_4208815.html). He continually mentions that he got Bin Laden, although I don’t think he actually pulled the trigger. It’s not that Bin Laden and some of those terrorists didn’t deserve what they got, but it’s a dangerous world and Obama supporters can’t have it both ways.

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Posted by Benton on 09/18/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Our job after the tragedy of Pierson and the Glazers

I worked in social work for many years and agree with you about releasing people with problems back into the same environment is not working. But if would be nice if you mentioned something about personal responsibility on behalf of the guy who murdered Daryl Pierson. It was not a crash. To excuse him completely on social isues is so politically correct that it is not helping the problem either.

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Posted by June Avignone on 09/13/2014 at 2:38 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

"Students by law in NYS are REQUIRED to attend school from ages 6-16. Education Law 3210 section 2b. :
"Absence from required attendance shall be permitted only for causes allowed by the general rules and practices of the public schools." If students don't have a legal excuse to be absent (family emergency, religious observation, court attendance, etc.), even if the parent gives permission, the absence is still illegal under NYS law. Since the children are under the care of their parents or guardians, the parents/guardians are responsible for any of their illegal actions and should be prosecuted for not observing educational law. No need for child endangerment, neglect or other trumped -up charges (though I do personally consider it a type of child abuse), use the existing law on the books and prosecute them. Believe me, attendance will go WAY up when parents start going to jail. "

Obviously the law is not enforced. WHY?

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Posted by johnny on 09/08/2014 at 8:41 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

Students by law in NYS are REQUIRED to attend school from ages 6-16. Education Law 3210 section 2b. :
"Absence from required attendance shall be permitted only for causes allowed by the general rules and practices of the public schools." If students don't have a legal excuse to be absent (family emergency, religious observation, court attendance, etc.), even if the parent gives permission, the absence is still illegal under NYS law. Since the children are under the care of their parents or guardians, the parents/guardians are responsible for any of their illegal actions and should be prosecuted for not observing educational law. No need for child endangerment, neglect or other trumped -up charges (though I do personally consider it a type of child abuse), use the existing law on the books and prosecute them. Believe me, attendance will go WAY up when parents start going to jail.

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Posted by dave on 09/08/2014 at 5:24 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

The parents are bad. First day attendance at RCSD schools was collectively 83.64%. That means over 16% of students were absent from school - on the first day. This is before any flu bugs and other illnesses work their way through the school population.

Why is not sending your child to school not considered to be a form of child abuse? And why are these parents not denied financial benefits if their children are not attending school? If you have a child that is "chronically absent" from school, SNAP benefits, rent assistance, the Earned Income Credit and other forms of social assistance should be cut. It's the only way to make the point that school matters. Begging kids to go to school does not work. This might.

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Posted by Animule on 09/08/2014 at 1:39 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

How can we improve the schools when the students don't even show up? And why should they? They know that the taxpayer will provide them with free housing, free heat and free food anyway for the rest of their life, as they teach the next generation how to do the same. The democrats don't have and don't want a solution. This is just a game they've played with other people's lives to gain political power. SHAMEFUL!

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Posted by johnny on 09/08/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

I want to commend Mary Anna Towler for her advice in her article in City
(September 3-9) to focus on a broad community effort, and especially to cease pointing fingers.
Being the daughter of an Elementary School headmaster, and the good fortune of being read to by him every night before bed, I can’t say enough for the power of books.
We have wonderful public libraries! The programs offered in our public libraries are usually free and certainly the books are.
The important part of literacy is to discover the joy of books through the pictures and stories that can be read aloud. One picture I have of my 2 year old daughter, is her very carefully constructed “book street” she made in her room for her favorite stuffed animal to inspect, making up stories as she looked at the pictures.

Another opportunity will be the family day November 9, from noon to five at the Memorial Art Gallery in conjunction with the exhibit “Golden Legacy”. It will open with an opening lecture, Sunday October 19, 2 PM by Diane Muldrow, Golden Books editorial director, “Everything I Need to Know in Life I learned from a Little Golden Book”. If you haven’t read Robert Fulghum’s “Everything I Needed to Learn, I learned in Kindergarten”, you might want to read it.

In terms of healthy habits, another advantage of books: when you read a book, hands are clean, and ideally it’s a time that you don’t snack, unlike eating food in front of a TV.

Finally, let’s remind young mothers we meet of the importance of reading aloud . Why not “book parties” as play dates, where each child brings a book to share (for grown-ups to read to them). The child can look forward to the power of being the one to read.

Books, unlike videos and TV, ask you to pay mindful attention to them, and so by sharing them, you demonstrate how to pay attention to the world and people around you.

-- Kitty Jospé

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Posted by kitty jospé on 09/06/2014 at 7:00 AM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

You would have to be a monster not to get a lift from School 23.

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Posted by rocparent on 09/04/2014 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

Just a little more food for thought. They're digging their own grave: http://jimromenesko.com/2014/08/08/here-are-the-new-jobs-being-offered-to-gannett-journalists/

Posted by timaltier on 08/22/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

"And third, we need to get serious, at last, about addressing the roots of the problem that are at the heart of all this - in Ferguson, in Rochester, throughout the country."

I agree, but we have a black president, a black attorney general and people like Al Sharpton fanning the flames.

Meanwhile, Blacks, sometimes even black children are being slaughtered by other blacks almost daily all over this country. You would think that City News and other "news" papers would care and want to address this issue.

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Posted by johnny on 08/21/2014 at 8:46 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

We've seen enough on YouTube to conclude that police harassment targeting blacks is real. I'm sick of racking my brains in defense of incompetent and unfit law enforcement.

I'm not bothered by the rioting and looting. Don't criticize the media. Turn off CNN if it's not your thing. They'll get the message soon enough.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/20/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Once again, a case is being tried in the media without any facts. This only adds fuel to the fire, and causes more problems. Alleged "witnesses" who claimed they could see flames coming out the barrel of the gun (only in the movies), that Brown was shot in the back (disproved by family's autopsy) that the cop stood over Brown and finished him off (also disproved by autopsy). Mr. Brown's companion claimed the cop car door struck them and bounced back into the cop who became so enraged he started dragging a 6'4" 290 lb. man into the police car through the window. Sounds contrived. Showing the convenience store video was "character assassination" but really shows why Mr. Brown might have reacted badly to the cops. The media and the rumor mill are creating a story and this conflict

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Posted by reality on 08/20/2014 at 2:25 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

I think an even bigger problem is the White , Black , Asian and Hispanic Politicians have all forgotten about the American People. What has the Black Cacuss actually done for the Black community? Just like the White, Asian and Hispanics Politions, NOTHING. The money they raise to help the American People ends up in there Pockets While the whole time they claim they are helping us. Government is to big to corrupt. What the Minority Populations dont see, understand and feel is that The money Hungry Politicians and Capitalists are doing, is merely creating a society of control that they use against all of us to benefit themselves and there buddies. The rich elites have done this since the begining of time. This is ultimitley the cause of every Violent outbursts in all of the societies on this Planet. ITS CALLED SLAVERY. As a White man educated and with a skilled trade my wife a nurse with a bachelors degree we are doing no better than when I was 16. I'm personaly devistated by the gross loss of income since the Manufacturing industry began its collapse in 2006. In my opinion the powers to be have been devaluing the people who make them rich for ever. What the public needs to do is wake up from there Ipads, video games and smart phones and realize we are being brain washed and are all victims to the rich elite. Remember the Revolutionary War and what that was about, the Civil War. Guess we havent learned from our Histories Yet. All races that fall uder the 1% are victim to this. We all need to banned together and take back our rights, freedoms and quality of life. This is not a race thing!!! Its a Power struggle as to whom the King is.

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Posted by Love for All on 08/20/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Grand Jury today on the shooting. Maybe some day REAL answers about what happened will be available. It's a shame that all of the early information about this was from Youtube and twitter, as most of it was incorrect. Mr. brown was not shot in the back, the cop did not stand over him to finish him off, etc. If this nonsense had been addressed PROMPTLY most of the problems could have been avoided.

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Posted by Malcolm on 08/20/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

@sanity--clearly, acting acceptably hasn't fixed anything. Keeping quiet is why the police force in Ferguson feel it's acceptable to shoot to kill for jaywalking. In this country, no one hears you unless you scream.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 08/20/2014 at 9:53 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

@sanity the looting and rioting is the only voice that a people who have felt. de-valued for too long, have. The media is focused on the riots, while the loss of life of a human being gets headlined on page 2. Any one with any sense of decency can't condone the riots. The bigger issue is that pot that was placed on that back burner now angrily boiling over. Racism. Generation Y and Z don't want to march and demonstrate - in order for white society to value them. We did that 60 years ago! It did not work. Read: it didn't work. A true, authentic conversation must be had because the younger generation who face an anemic economy, education being taken over by greedy corporate interest, a horrifically unjust justice system are desperately taking matters in their own tired hands.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 08/19/2014 at 7:57 PM

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