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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

I use the buses and transit center daily. There continues to be a need for an organized citizen grass roots organization of bus riders who depend on the bus. These riders are most often those with the least power and live in the City. This would go along way to fill unmet needs including the needs of riders coming from city neighborhoods. As was true in this article those interviewed do not represent this group. I would also suggest that while there have been some incidents ,I do not think that because there is a large number of students there that indicates frequent incidents. It is also my understanding that the decision to use public transportation for students was made to save money That decision making was never shared with adult bus riders. The number of students does affect the crowding on the buses. Using the former school buses would help to secure students getting to their homes. I would hope however, that if that would be restored that the reason ie racism is not allowed to be the rationale. There are some other issues related to the Center--needs more attention to clearing snow, ice in the area from outside stops on Mortimer to front entrance, needs dollar money change machines, not all buses have stalls in the Center, the route changes which began in January have caused increases in fares , a lack of seating in some areas due to the fact that the Center had to be placed in a small narrow space, there was not enough space inside to accommodate seating in all the bus stall areas ( about 1/3) .

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Posted by Bonnie Cannan on 02/14/2015 at 8:59 AM

Re: “The future of film

Wow, I love getting to read an article on film! I too shot on film many years ago and switched to digital for the obvious reasons. After several years I got bored and decided to try film again. Since then I've set up a darkroom and now have more film cameras than I would ever have time to use. I truly love film, it's the best medium for creativity and getting the most satisfaction out of your work.

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Posted by Jeremy Porter on 02/13/2015 at 11:56 PM

Re: “Attack on White boomerangs

"White’s management of his personal finances is not out of bounds, and some people will draw connections between his personal and professional lives. But it’s a bit naive to think that other prominent business and community leaders in Rochester are completely free of financial and-or legal problems"

I'm gathering that you don't have a problem with this? Anyone with personal money problems shouldn't be involved with government in any form. Did you know that most businesses won't hire someone with a financial issue. Why are we hiring these people?

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Posted by johnny on 02/13/2015 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

Scors, that's the liberal way. They don't have real solutions. Their solutions always make the problems worse. And of course they always have the solution to the new problem too--raise taxes. Will the voters ever wake up?

Put a Republican in charge of the school district. Vote a Republican into the Mayors seat. Things WILL change for the better.

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Posted by johnny on 02/13/2015 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Attack on White boomerangs

It seems that some comments have been deleted. ????

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 02/13/2015 at 5:51 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

I think that Mayor Lovely Warren was being honest by not saying how much she begged NBR Commissioner Del Smith to stay. The real reasons for his departure will be forthcoming.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/13/2015 at 5:45 PM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

This is how the govt spends our money. Our money. Our money is being spent on a failed system . Our kids gain nothing. Then we look around and wonder who will fix this. Craziness abound.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 02/13/2015 at 5:33 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

Mr. Smith is returning to academia because he could not translate academic theories into practical realities.
Those who can, do; those who can't, teach.
That's why he is leaving.

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Posted by Istvan Bathory on 02/13/2015 at 3:23 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Del Smith to leave Warren administration

Del Smith was the highly touted bright star in Warren's new administration just a year ago, set to revolutionize neighborhood-based economic development. I was looking forward to seeing what initiatives he would spearhead. There is no way to sugarcoat this: it is a major blow to the Warren administration, especially just as the new Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives is gearing up. This is precisely his expertise. As soon as Rochester gets its streets clear of all this snow and picks up its garbage, maybe we should all take a look at this.

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Posted by Larry Champoux on 02/13/2015 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Finger-pointing won't solve youth fights

More people are waking up to the fact that much of the disintegration of neighborhoods, increased violence and decreased student success began when neighborhood schools were dismantled. Time to return to neighborhood schools. And, that is just a starter. Time to hold parents accountable for their childrens actions. Time to hold tenants equally accountable for their behavior instead of issuing "points" to property owners!!!! Time to put responsibility where it belongs.

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Posted by Gini Denninger on 02/12/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Transit center: Positive marks, and one big problem

why not go back to neighborhood schools, it will solve a lot of problems PERIOD!

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Posted by Gini Denninger on 02/12/2015 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Solar power push

Yes, Susan, I have been interested in solar for over 40 years. My house is semi south oriented and I have more windows on this side of the house. (Done with my own money). It can be 20 degrees outside and on a sunny day my heat doesn't come on. However, to FORCE the entire state to pay higher taxes to offer tax rebates to a select few is not right. To add insult to injury NYS is funding a $750,000,000 solar plant in Buffalo (remember the Solindra fiasco?). Now NYS is really in deep. So we subsidize the manufacturing and then subsidize the installation. When solar energy makes sense on it's own, I'm all for it, but come on, we have the worst poverty problem in the nation and this is where our taxes (highest in the nation also) go? Lower our taxes and not only will poverty go away, but we can then afford to purchase our own solar collectors.

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Posted by johnny on 02/12/2015 at 8:17 AM

Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

Unfortunately for the publisher of this newspaper and like thinking people, "we" cannot solve the poverty problem as we know it. It is up to those that are in poverty to solve the problem themselves by first getting an education and then get a job, what ever that is and work hard and smart and most of all show up. "We" have "helped" too much, as sad and mean spirited as it sounds. Repeal the minimum wage laws is maybe one way we can help. Stop with the liberal "it's not your fault" lies. I don't for one minute believe that those on the left even want to solve the problem. It sure makes for great politics. If their "solutions" worked we would not have poverty anymore. As Milton Friedman said, capitalism is the only thing that works.

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Posted by johnny on 02/11/2015 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Solar power push

Hopefully someone has already come up with this but until they have a way to melt the snow off the panels so you can capture the winter sun - hard to believe that even as I type this there IS sun shining! - I would hesitate to install the panels. My neighbor had a system installed and is underwhelmed at best - that needs to be addressed....if it already has been - awesome as I would get the solar in a heartbeat

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Posted by Kwai Chang on 02/11/2015 at 11:48 AM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

Pearson also owns and operates the DATA system used by most districts including the RCSD to input APPR scores, etc, etc. We are all pawns in their game.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 02/11/2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

In NYS, Pearson designs/sells the tests that are used to evaluate students and teachers, and makes sure that they are designed so that the majority of students fail. Pearson designs/sells the remedial materials and progress monitoring materials that districts are required to implement to "fix" the failure. Pearson designs/sells online resources that worried parents/teachers/districts use to help. It is a "fixed" system alright, and Pearson is the only winner. Follow the money, for money is "the root of all evil". None of this has anything to do with improving education or benefiting kids.

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Posted by retiremenow on 02/11/2015 at 6:45 AM

Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

So you're going to ask somebody in poverty how to get out of poverty sean? What do you know about the people who live in those "million dollar homes", or what the family history of Morelle or Mayor Warren is. For all you know they could have had a history of poverty within their own family and they pulled themselves out of it. I grew up myself in a dirt poor family and I'm far from living in poverty myself now. But I bet I know a thing or two about how to get out of poverty due to pulling myself up by my bootstraps.

I'd rather hear from business leaders and those who have the power to actually implement change then to go to the poorest neighborhoods and ask them "how" they can get out of poverty. The obvious answer they would give is " and jobs". But do they have the power to create those jobs or know where to even start? Obviously not if the vast majority still live in poverty. We elect officials for a reason. And that's because we do NOT live in a true Democracy. It's a REPUBLIC. We elect officials to represent us. How about we actually let them try to and represent us instead of criticizing at every turn and asking that every Tom, Dick and Harry have a say in every single decision made.

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Posted by jasonw12 on 02/11/2015 at 12:06 AM

Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

Is it possible that Rochester's poverty cannot be tackled? The multiple factors which maintain poverty can be found in every American metro area. Furthermore, poverty is almost always concentrated - have you heard of the metro area where poverty is spread evenly? It doesn't exist. These other metros have "tackled" the problem (largely one of statistics) in one of two ways:

1. "Younger" regions redraw city boundaries to include inner ring suburbs. Not surprisingly, poverty statistics drop significantly. In Rochester's case, including Greece, Irondequoit, Brighton, and Henrietta would drop the poverty rate under 20%.

2. "Older" regions have done a better job of attracting young professionals to their urban centers, thereby bringing up income averages and making their statistics look better.

Given that #1 is unlikely, I would say that maintaining a heavy focus on #2 would be the best use of tax dollars and quite possibly "solve" the poverty issue in the most expedient fashion.

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Posted by AVS on 02/11/2015 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Profits or passing grades?

This is what happens when education is no longer classroom based as it was when I started teaching in 1964.

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Posted by Donald B. Bartalo on 02/10/2015 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Coalition: State should consider poverty when awarding money for child care

The community agenda for Rochester Community Coalition was released asking for 4 million dollars in child care subsidies. They are trying to not only raise money for child care, but change the way it is granted. They plan on doing so by lending this money to child poverty organizations since that is the root of the problem. By spending more on high quality child care they state it will reduce overall welfare and jail fees in the future. To break the cycle of child poverty there needs to be more spending on child care facilities. I completely agree with the Rochester Community Coalition; better funding on child care equals less funding in the future. These children need to be given a chance.

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Posted by Ann Day on 02/10/2015 at 8:03 PM

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