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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

Re: “Human toll of school suspensions is devastating

And the racial angle is ridiculous. Seriously talk to teachers, and students. You are getting one view. This is not journalism. This is a PR stunt. School safety is at stake here. This is not the time to be playing politics and mimicking the nonsense that is playing around in this country.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 11/19/2014 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Human toll of school suspensions is devastating

"Tugging on a teacher" ? How about assaulting staff and students? City, did you drink the kool-ade?

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 11/19/2014 at 4:43 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

The spin on this subject is disgraceful. What are the setting up for us to believe? Any one that works for the RCSD knows that the suspensions are low. Since '08 superintendent Bizzard implemented a no suspension regime that has changed very little by 2014. In the D&C article the data released noted that the actual said RCSD suspension data was not completely valid. What? If that is the case what is the purpose of the data?!! Principals are targeted in a negative way if they have many suspensions in their building. No principal wants to be known as the suspension king so where is the data on high suspensions? The arrest?? I have seen kids bringing drugs and weapons to school and NOT being suspended. Journalist may want to talk to the staff that actually work IN the schools. School board members may want to visit the schools ( not just the elementary schools) to know what is going on before they make comments to the press and look foolish. Journalist may want to discuss counter arguements in their articles to give the public a 3 D view on what is really going on. Try asking this question: How much money does the district lose when a student is suspended?
This article and the faux concern for our students has disturbed me more than any subject about the RCSD. It is negligent and irresponsible. Safety is a huge concern . We have a few menacing students wrecking havoc in our schools because they can. They run the schools because they are untouchable. Students do not feel safe. What are we going to do about that? Why is there no discussion about attracting students to want to come to school? The minuscule vocational programs is like throwing a styrofoam life board to a person stranded in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean . The canned answer we get is- we will have to train the teachers and principals so that they can better serve their students needs. Really? They didn't train their teachers to roll out the new common core , do you think they will spend the money and time to adopt more training? Please! 2015 will mark the 20 year anniversary that RCSD faced a horrendous tragedy. The death of Stephanie Givens. We need to make sure we don't see anything like that ever again. Having a Wild West mentality and ignoring that big fat white with pink polka dot elephant in the room is something we cannot afford. Not now. Not ever.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 11/19/2014 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Stealing Susan B.?

Clarification: The person who had the abortion was Susan's sister-in-law. She commented in her diary about the situation. She was concerned about her sister-in-laws' health.

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Posted by Phyllis on 11/19/2014 at 4:03 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Legality of McFadden's appointment to RHA questioned

For those who are not happy w/the current mayor's appointees, have no fear. The mayor has shown no leadership to date, just going here and there to garner, "support from sister cities" rather than actually doing something in the hole that she was elected to. The new mayor that will be elected, I don't see warren being re-elected, I gar-aun-tee, will look @ that situation first hand and make it right.

Anyone remember when Duffy intervened and ousted DiBiase and Shaw? At that time, RHA was a cash cow and had many ties w/the city, i.e. employees, civil service and so on , so the Mayor @ that time wanted more control. Unfortunately, then Mayor Duffy had his sights elsewhere and left it alone.

mcfadden announced he wanted to make law that potential renters receiving sect, 8 could not be discriminated way of how their rent was paid. Spoiler alert! Tell many of these landlords that don't have choices, you'll see a mass exodus in the rental market. There is a reason landlords don't like to rent to those who are on sect. 8 ENTITLEMENT programs.

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Posted by badthingk on 11/19/2014 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Stealing Susan B.?

I believe this isn't politicizing. I believe this is informing. Information is educational and balancing. Informed opinion and knowing some of the core traits of Susan B Anthony expand public knowledge of who she was and what she advocated for in her time. Thank you for expanding the knowledge about Susan B Anthony, Deborah Hughes. Well and eloquently stated!

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Posted by MC Myers on 11/19/2014 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Stealing Susan B.?

Unfortunately both sides use Susan B. Anthony and others for their own purposes. These are historical people who lived, thought and acted in their time, not our's. Unless they discussed an issue which is contemporary to us today and made their views plain on that issue, we don't have the right to say "This person thought X", like whether Lincoln would oppose health insurance or Frederick Douglass would be a Republican today. One of the hardest things for human beings to say is "I don't know," because it admits our ignorance and our fear of not knowing and being judged for it. I don't know whether Susan B. Anthony would support or oppose abortion today. I don't know whether Susan B. Anthony was a lesbian or not. I don't know whether Lincoln would support the Affordable Care Act today. And neither does anyone else. Shame on you Ms. Hughes for politicizing Susan B. Anthony and shame on the Susan B. Anthony List for using Susan B. Anthony's name to raise money for your own causes. Be original, like Susan B. Anthony was, not a copy of someone she wasn't.

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Posted by sean on 11/19/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

Craig R. Moffitt ‏@MrHenrietta
Data: Suspensions a problem in city school district via @DandC ... make the suspension in school and make the students do homework all day.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/18/2014 at 7:24 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

Here we go again. Another study telling us something we have known for years. There are too many suspensions and in some cases certain students are unfairly targeted. So what? What is the end game for the small group of connected progressives who consistently come up with these reports and studies? Isn't it time they told the truth? Radical reform is needed. Why polish a rotten apple?
The study targets teachers and principals. This will lead to a board response followed by a formal policy mandating that every school have an ATS room and of course, everyone will need restorative justice training.
What we won't hear is that these programs cost money and the paid providers are often close to the people crying injustice in the first place. What a coincidence.
The do-gooders are not fooling anyone. If they wanted to really help, they would put more of their own resources into the schools (for free) and spend less time advocating for exterior initiatives that will no doubt come at a cost.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 11/18/2014 at 5:13 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

Michael is right, and I also picked up on that point about 5% of students accounting for the large majority of the suspensions. To me, then, it sounds like suspensions might be a good thing, to get the trouble-making 5% out of the classroom so that the non-troublemaking (for the most part) 95% of the students have a chance to receive an education. Not good for the 5%, I realize, and maybe there are better ways of dealing with them. But I consider it positive that it's such a small percentage that account for the very large majority of suspensions.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 11/18/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

This seems to be one of those rare occasions where the D&C provided more analysis on a topic than City. The study showed that 5% of the students accounted for 73% of the suspensions. That sounds like there is a small minority of students that are the problem, not an epidemic of suspensions. They undoubtably disrupt classes for others whenever they are around, and the schools would be better off if they could be expelled and sent elsewhere.

Likewise,very little info so provided on what one considers to be minor infractions. At one point, it is mentioned that non violent infractions are 88%. Is this the same 88%? Similarly, much is made of blacks being suspended at a rate higher than whites without mentioning that whites are 3x as likely to be suspended than Asians. Is this evidence that whites are discriminated against, or that whites break those rules more often? And how do the suspension rates compare to the infraction rates where caught? I do not believe that there was any evidence that the RCSD Treats students differently. The study referenced was done in Texas.

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Posted by Michael on 11/18/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Final Question Bridge discussion: "Black males and the legal system"

But why is it...that young black men are incarcerated 3 times more than any other race ...more so, why are the return to prison rates so high for young black men ?
Is it because of lack of education ? Or is it no job openings in Rochester Monroe County for anyone as well as young black men ? Is it lack of parental guidance during the early years of foundations to be built for young black men ?

I would like to know ? And, I also would like to know why Louise Slaughter, Mike Ciminelli, Maggie Brooks, Jeff Adair, Mayor Warren and more did not want to get involved that could have helped... would not meet with me this past summer to discuss adding two more Teen Empowerment centers on Central Ave. and Union Street North to try to intervene with young people of any color or race at the early stages ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/18/2014 at 9:44 AM

Re: “Grand jury re-indicts Robert Wiesner

Definitely had inside information from his wife. She's done it before with a former airport director who was exiled to an Ohio airport.

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Posted by John Mehof on 11/18/2014 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Grand jury re-indicts Robert Wiesner


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Posted by James Class on 11/18/2014 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Grand jury re-indicts Robert Wiesner

Let me be very clear on the aforementioned... your phone bill, RGE, and Monroe County Water Authority bill or any other thing that you choose to use as a service, that has to have revenue which keeps the service going to your home or your need for the water or the phone or whatever. We are all taxpayers in Monroe County but many do not have a Monroe County Water Authority Bill to pay cause they have a water well or another source of water... and then they pay the bill for that service. So all taxpayers do not pay for other people's water. The MCWA runs on water bill revenue from users that just happen to be taxpayers for other services.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/18/2014 at 8:07 AM

Re: “Grand jury re-indicts Robert Wiesner

"Water Authority Salaries are generated by water bills paid by users of H2O...not taxpayer money."

And the users of H2O are somehow not taxpayers?

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 11/17/2014 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

Once again...if a driver follows a vehicle too closely while driving too fast then at any intersection she / he will hit the car ahead and cause harm. That intersection is very bad in any case scenario because drivers are coming off from 490 west and driving too fast in any case. So just after Goodman, start to slow down a little to the Speed Limit which is 40 miles per hour...however when approaching Broadway and Alexander a safe driver would slow down even more and covering the brake while allowing even more room between his car and the car ahead. Everyone knows the intersection has a camera. What is the hurry anyways ? Slow the hell down and save a life !!!

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/17/2014 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Grand jury re-indicts Robert Wiesner

Water Authority Salaries are generated by water bills paid by users of H2O...not taxpayer money.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/17/2014 at 8:05 PM

Re: “Report says red-light cameras effective at reducing accidents, violations

Here's proof that red light cameras cause accidents: At Alexander and Broadway, there were 1,172 violations during the 1st 3 months after installation. From April 1, 2014 thru June 30, 2014, there were only 360 violations. However, rear end collisions went from 1 pre-camera to 11 post-camera.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/17/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Obama pushes for aggressive net neutrality policies

Fa$$$t lanes? where they who 'have' get and they who 'have-not' don't get; talk about antiquated!!! These current cell fi signals are so appalling, people have to repeat themselves 4 times to hear the range of consonants in a basic conversation, or ugh, try that on voice mail. Moving AHEAD means at long last a decent quality basic phone interaction. Improvement means digital quality should exceed that of analog, for EVERYONE. When such results are so, it WILL be mortifying; for the corporation$ and republican$ who thought they were going to make back on their "earned" investment, bleeding the public or restraining the band width, while people still can't hear each other. No wonder people text! That phone coherent communication between persons is so low a priority is unsatisfactory.

Note the responsive opinions above. Equal rights for quality service and speed for all is considered parti$an and old fa$hioned. Gotta love our old boy sy$tem.

'Bout time Mr Prez. Finally get some stuff done while you're still in office. Make those improvements the people need. Finally, stop dilly-dallying with the wing nut$ and get some people- and earth- care handled. Once you're gone, support for regular people is going to be a hard, hard sell.

Posted by Regular Person # 472,359 on 11/16/2014 at 11:21 AM

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