And thirdly, because this is important, I realize how challenging these discussions are: In the last line of my post above I use the word "stymie." After it was too late to edit this post, I realized that some may think this refers to the beloved character Stymie from the Little Rascals/Our Gang series, and consider it be offensive. If anyone is indeed offended by that, I do heartily apologize and I share your frustration. Though after doing some online research, I have found that some critics consider the character of Stymie to be groundbreaking, as he appeared as an equal child among many. And the role was indeed groundbreaking for African-American professional actors. Geez, I am often stymied about how to break these terrible communications barriers that restrict our efforts to simply reach out to each other as human beings, in our pain and confusion so that we can do our best to help all of our children--the entire gang--to learn how to play well together.
These are not mutually exclusive statements:
1. Lovely Warren and Adam McFadden have faced an onslaught of clearly unfair, racist, and hateful commentary on online forums such as Facebook as well as in more traditional media. Some journalists like Rachel Barnhart (Lady Lonsberry) have promoted this, as in her Facebook page, which has become a rallying point for racist haters. This hatred and racism is damaging to our community. Complaints that are mostly allowable for white politicians (arrogance, cronyism, poor communications) are judged more harshly for Warren. These racists care little about the community and more about destroying Warren.
2. Warren has had an abysmal and divisive first year in office that has been made worse by her abrasive personal style. She has damaged our community and has alienated White and Latino allies in the community instead of finding ways to work with them to help our vulnerable families and children. Her arrogance and inexperience is made worse by her refusal to listen to contrary views. She often appears to be obviously less than honest with the citizens of Rochester. The African-American political leadership is stymied about how to proceed.
How many police officers and their supporters live in the neighborhoods where the march was going to be? Very few? None? Want to start to change the mindset? MOVE. If I worked at the Ford plant, guess what I'd be driving. Same thing.
" When then Henrietta Supervisor Mike Yudelson announced last year that he was switching from Republican to Democrat, it was a big deal. As the town's top elected leader and, before that, a longtime Town Board member, Yudelson was an important "get" for the Dems ".
I like Mike too and I believe him to have good intentions. Yet the HDC is not telling the entire story in Henrietta and about the HDC. 2015 will be an interesting election in local, Henrietta Govt' indeed. SO with that said...if the new Town Leader, Simone and the new Chairman do not choose to tell readers the entire story that is their choice. However , I thought that open, transparent Govt' would be part of the upcoming campaign ? Already the HDC is misleading folks by not telling the entire story.
Craig Robert Moffitt...you will see, in Henrietta, more of my name and my ideas for Henrietta, NY after Jan., 1st, 2015.
Historic villages have a architectural legacy to honor. Without a watchful eye by friends and residents all of that legacy will be replaced by box stores.
The proposal will be approved and get everything it wants but there be obstacles because the proposal calls for millions in additional resources and funding. Other schools and programs are going to be cut. Additionally, the unions may appear to like all of this but the charter school-like autonomy has to frighten them. I can’t see the Superintendent and his staff embracing it either. It is too expensive and self-contained. Regardless, this will move forward. The university has incredible political clout. The proposal partners include organizations whose leaders and Board of Directors are part of a web of influence that runs from City Hall all the way to Albany. They all know this will be a grant pot of gold.
Unfortunately, this essentially replaces one bureaucracy with another. It may be a new kitchen but there are still too many cooks. An essential question is why many of the proposed outcomes are so low. In some cases these must be raised, especially given the amount of money being spent. After four years, anticipated passing rates for grades 7 and 8 in ELA and math are around 20%. Really? Only one of five students will be passing after all of this? That has to be questioned. In the end expect Commissioner King to give the Board President White and the U of R a Christmas gift. He is leaving so the timing is perfect.
Discrimination and Harassment
46 years ago I got out of the Navy and grew a beard. I didn't know that I was “protesting” anything. I just want to grow a beard. I went from being a Navy Petty Officer to being a draft dodging“Hippie” that companies wouldn't hire because of a beard. Was it legal to turn me away because I wasn't clean shaven, I doubt it but it happened.
When I drove my car I could expect to get stopped for no obvious reason and treated as though I'd done something wrong. Did it bother me? Of course it did! Did I get mouthy? No, I knew it would go badly.
Discrimination and harassment is not new just the targeted people change. I was a 20s white Veteran with a beard that all of a sudden was an acceptable target. I learned to adjust to the BS and over time beards became acceptable so I was no longer a target but I didn't forget.
I can never tell a Black person that “I know how you feel” because I never will. I can only say “Don't let it own you”. D&H come from ignorance and fear. Conquer it with tenacity, education and strength. I still wear a beard!
Dick Anderson Nam Vet
Agreed. Also, the county took over the duties from a subcontractor after four key players in the LDC's were hit with criminal charges, as the article said. Had this been done when the LDC's were set up originally, they wouldn't have been able to be originally set up in the first place. Someone should analyze the legality of this setup.
This whole mess is complicated AND very expensive. So, the county overpaid by $140,000 and now wants the money back. It's a bit of a stretch to reframe this as a savings for taxpayers. The overpayment was a HECK of a lot more. If there is nothing to hide, then why not provide Carrie Andrews with ALL the details?
New York State United Teachers - the state teacher's union - has been shelling out millions of dollars every year to lobby lawmakers. In fact, it's news when NYSUT is NOT the biggest spending lobbyist as City Newspaper itself covered in October when the "No More Casinos Coalition" actually edged out NYSUT. To hear Teachout complaining about a bunch of hedge fund managers playing the same game that NYSUT has mastered is pathetic. If these hedge funders want to spend big money to influence lawmakers, join the crowd. Maybe they can hire a few ex-NYSUT veterans to show them how it is done.
Awesome article Tim. Our children have not benefitted from NCLB or RTTT. Who was the money really for?
YESSSS! Follow the money and expose the problem. I had to see one of my past students on the news recently for committing a serious crime. Now I'm obsessed with the what ifs. He struggled in school, but was so talented. Did we prepare him for the world? Did we give him the opportunities to celebrate his unique talents? He will have to pay for his actions. With that said, who did this race to the top money benefit? We should've use that money to enroll more of our students in Boces- or other programs that fit our students so that they could do something with their lives. We need to support Teachout in doing this. We cannot afford not to.
Why not just require an exterior inspection? If a tenant doesn't want an inspector to enter, then that's his or her right. As an alternative, the tenant should be allowed to use a smartphone to take and email photos. Carla Palumbo, needs to understand that tenants are better served when they freely participate in the process and when their rights aren't being stripped away from them.
The inspections occur every six years. So, fortunately city dwellers don't have to get their rights trampled on very often.
I am confused. Which of Johnson's stories does Towler find credible (see attached link)? This guy lied every time he opened his mouth. The claims of racism ring hollow as well. The left simply does not like the outcome of the grand jury proceeding. Now that a GJ in NYc has also cleared a cop in a killing, perhaps the rioters will move on to the new story. They are welcome too take Warren with them.
I live in a very nice apartment that is well maintained, for the most part, by my landlord. We recently had a city inspector come through and he found a few code violations with smoke detectors (not in the proper locations), lack of carbon monoxide detectors (which I didn't know was required), and a broken porch step (which I had been nagging my landlord for months to fix). I'm happy the inspector caught the violations and that my landlord quickly addressed them.
As for the argument as to why renters are subject to inspections when homeowners are not, it's simple. As a homeowner, you are responsible for the maintenance of your property. If you want to let it fall into disrepair and squalor, that's your business and you are the one who will suffer the financial consequences. As a renter, my landlord is responsible for the maintenance of the property. If the landlord lets the property fall into disrepair, it is the tenant who suffers, often with little support to get the landlord to take action. I see inspections as protection for the tenant. Waivers are a bad idea.
The Department of Education is disconnected and overwhelmed like everyone associated with education seems to be. They know very little about what local charter schools look like from day to day. When was the last time anyone from Albany dropped in and did a surprise inspection? The charters here break certain obligations and promises all the time. Some more than others. All one has to do is look at the enrollment numbers to see how haphazard oversight is. Local charters are required to stay at a certain enrollment number but some often go over this number to get additional revenue. Additionally, they are all required to enroll a certain number of special education and ELL students but almost none do.
Everyone needs to remember that SED (The State Education Department) and the "Regents" are the same people that oversee the Rochester City School District and they have allowed its failures to continue for thirty years. Accountability in education fails across the board.
charlotte project has hazardous materials and the city officals are sweeping it under the rug.. we are having a meeting at the robach center thursday dec 4 at 7pm .. about the materials found and why no local developer will touch it.. who is gettng paid off here.. wait till these condos sink.
D&C announcements such as this are always shortly followed by a substantial subscription rate hike. What'll it be this time? 10%? 20%? 30%?
As an NP who cares for hundreds of HIV + and negative gay and bisexual men, I would say that the biggest reason that the HIV epidemic is not under better control in the US is that the health care system has dealt with prevention as a behavioral issue and change is very difficult to apply to something like sexual behaviors. Those strategies will work for disciplined people who do not have sex under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Now there is finally a medical way for people to prevent acquiring HIV, by taking one pill a day (which still requires some disciplined behavior) but the number of health care providers telling their patients about it is miniscule. "Chemical prevention" works for measles, mumps, polio, hepatitis, HPV....even pregnancy. We in health care should treat HIV prevention as we do many other conditions.
If people are so dissatisfied with the police of this community then get out and off your butts to vote for new, city council members and a new mayor as well as a new district attorney in 2015. Why was it that in 2014 voters of Caucasian decent outnumbered all other races : Black, Cuban, Dominican at the polls ? Ferguson is 67% black but more whites voted than any other race. If....after all that has happened in Ferguson and beyond black voters do not come out to the polls and outnumber voters 2 or 3 to one then this will tell me that rioting, burning, looting are more important than voting.
If folks want change then do it at the polls in a legal manner and present your case to the new Mayor and City Council that appoint the Chief of Police. In Rochester, by the way, the Police Chief is appointed by City Council and the Police force works for the Mayor. There is a union that intercedes on behalf of Rank and File Patrolmen.
Get it right at least once Ferguson...go vote and make the changes happen if things are so bad; develop neighbor hood organizations; elect judges that will apply proper sentencing; help the police and develop relationships that are constructive so you businesses succeed and so that your neighborhoods are safe. Nothing is perfect but this would be a good start. Make sure that African American Police Officers are hired and rise to the ranks of policy control. But then again...who wants to be murdered for a salary or $45,000 a year.
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