We can all agree that more people should vote. If for no other reason than that smaller turn outs tend to favor the fringe elements of the political parties.
As to the rest of Ms. Towler’s lecture...
Along with the right to vote comes the right to enroll in the party (or no party) of our choice. If this results in an overwhelming number of citizens being enrolled in the same party in a given area, so what? No one is shut out of the democratic process UNLESS their party-of-choice refuses to field a candidate. That there are no Republican or Conservative candidates for mayor or city council is the fault of each party’s leaders, NOT the process. The Greens haven’t a prayer of winning, but that hasn’t stopped them from running. That the Republicans and Conservatives consistently refuse to put forward candidates while consistently whining about the way the city is run speaks loudly about their lack of respect for their party members in Rochester, their lack of faith in the efficacy of their message, and speaks even louder about the fact that they’d rather complain then do anything to fix what they claim are the city’s problems.
And, at the risk of being called unpatriotic, the fact is that the oft-repeated statements about those who fought and died for OUR right to vote ignore the fact that most of those who died did so for THEIR right to vote. Namely the right of white males over 21. As to the rest of America’s potential voters, women did not gain the vote nationally until 1920. And blacks, despite the passage of the XVth. Amendment in 1870, realistically did not receive the permanent right to vote until the passage of the XXIVth. Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. And those between 18 and 21 did not receive the right to vote until 1971.
What is your point. The victory must still be earned. The status quo WILL be repudiated. The good ol boy network will be handed a bitter defeat and I LOVE it!!
More sour grapes from the Eastman House.
Having failed in their previous underhanded attempt to gain possession of this property they now try (unsuccessfully) to claim they THEY'RE the victim !
Clearly another cry into the night to try and urge maintenance of the status quo! Sad but so true.
In the end Tom Richards is just playing games with the voters and the people trying to revive his campaign. He endorsed Warren and yet will not stop the last minute efforts to get him elected. Any respect I had for Richards is now gone.
Richards is just adding to the confusion and offers another reason why people are turning away from voting.
This will probably be censored, as so much of the real conversation about the mayor's race:
A hint of sour grapes?
The proportion of Rochester voters has gone largely unchanged--the population is declining, so too then, are absolute votes. Warren won the primary by the largest margin IN HISTORY-- a history that you deem insignificant, apparently. I know for a fact that Warren's camp did a ton of voter reg work. How much do you think Richards did? ZERO, because it wasn't in their interest to register voters.
Where is your outrage about the TurnOUt's unethical campaign practices: their lack of disclosure, the misleading information, not to mention THEIR LACK OF CANDIDATE? And where was your outrage when Duffy defeated Norwood by less than 2,000 votes?
It should be noted that your outrage over voter turnout lines up perfectly with the messaging of the TurnOutForTom crew, Rochester's own Tea Party. CityNews has become their echo chamber, their very own FOX news.
I thought City was the paper for the voiceless, willing to take tough policy stands for the people. You've become a mouthpiece of the establishment.. PERIOD.
Thank god, this NIMBY garbage needs to stop. When a developer comes along with a GOOD development plan and gets this level of hassle from the community, how are we ever going to turn things around in Rochester?
Welcome neighbors! Stop by 6 atlas street some time
Christine – I agree. Why would anyone suspect City of stacking the deck by their coverage of the Morgan project merely because Ms. Towler has already stated her NIMBY opposition to their proposal? Or because City recently opted for repetitive use of a photo of the Eastman House’s Mr. Barnes despite having used neutral photos of the property in past reports? Or because the Eastman House’s land grab is given current and repeated coverage whereas the opposition from the property owner is relegated to the occasional past mention buried deep within an article?
“So let's repudiate those who are trying to obstruct the victory that Ms. Warren will rightfully claim on November 5.”
Is this the same Bill Johnson who a couple of weeks ago was encouraging Warren’s supporter to go to the polls next month because her election WASN’T a foregone conclusion given the advent of the Richards’ shadow campaign?
Though voting is important, I detect a hint of sour grapes in that people didn't come out to vote for the "right" candidate, ie. Tom Richards. But I agree with the sentiment of voting. However after that, we all need to be quiet. This is a representative democracy, not the Athenian Assembly. Our opinion is irrelevant until the next election.
As they say in the meat processing business, no matter how you package it, it's still baloney!
Teaches you perception is reality and the complex problem is when you don't understand the perceptions others have for you, your country or your cause. More often than not were too caught up in the culture shock and cannot comprehend that there are cultures out there that differ from our own and that ours is not the best, none is better or worse.
Thanks for your comments. I fixed the post so it includes the correct info for the proposed raise.
Ha! Who said Tom Richards' projects don't bring jobs downtown?
It was just not the issue of 18% over six years, the wording in the contract needs to be redefined . It's also about Wegmans taking work from us and giving it to outside vendors, taking delays away which means loss of money, there are times when you break down and your stuck for hours we would normally get paid road delay, or going to pickup a backhaul and having to wait hours on end for the load which we would normally get paid for. Lets not forget the middle man nothing in the contract for them! The Wegmans family wants to take money from us , would they like it if someone took money from them? The Pension is huge for a lot of member's who have put the time and money in and have 25-29 years in and get nothing! is that right?
18% is a six year raise and that is the only money some of these guys will see from their pension. There is no moving over to Wegmans Retirement it is starting over with Wegmans Retirement. The only ones talking strike are Wegmans themselves. None of the Union members have said strike. The rejection of any offer gives the Union that right so this was not a special vote to also strike.
Today’s lesson, boys and girls, is on Plastics, itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, bits of plastics. Where besides oceans can you find them? Great Lakes, that’s right! And who put them there? We did, that’s right. And, are they likely to make fish and our drinking water healthier? No, boys and girls, they will not.
The amount of entitlement demonstrated by the GEH is absolutely appalling and embarrassing. I went to the meeting they held on this last year - their biggest reason for opposing Morgan Management was because their "viewscape" is apparently in danger and they need more parking. Downtown is already 50-60% parking; the last thing this city needs is more goddamn parking lots. The GEH is angry because they had a chance to acquire this property but were "asleep at the wheel" (those were the exact words the director used.) So now because of their past carelessness they're acting like a bunch of entitled crybabies. Get over yourselves.
your election guide is a joke, yes return the same old same old. fill in our inner loop spend 20 million dollars on a beauty project?? spend 30 million dollars on condos in a public park??? the list goe s on and on with these city council members maybe the problem is they are all lawyers. they sell off rochester piece by piece to developers but you suppor this because they fund your paper!!!yes richards is behind all this with his buddy duffy!!!
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