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Re: “A note from City's editors

Given what a complete mess the RCSD is I feel your paper has been very fair and consistent in your reporting, maybe too forgiving. If there was an error it should be cleared up but there was some substance to this story that should be flushed out. The D and C recently a story that the district made a 5 million dollar screw up regarding special education costs. Five million dollars! This was just one of many apparent large-scale blunders but the public rarely hears more about who was to blame. It ends up fading away and that is a shame for everyone especially the kids and their teachers.

Someone needs to hold leaders accountable.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 11/07/2014 at 3:27 PM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

Craig (crm135790),

I think it is safe to say that people like you and I are in the minority in this state (and all around the country, for that matter). My comment was focused towards the low information voters among us, but thanks for doing your part and thinking for yourself!

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Posted by ACSuperstar on 11/07/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Close race with Slaughter introduces Mark Assini to the nation

I believe Bob Duffy to be an honest person that really cares about Rochester / Monroe County. I also believe, by his personality, that he is sick and tired of politics. We shall see in January, 2015... but I stand by Duffy, Wade Norwood, Ms. Conklin, and Cheryl Dinalfo. Whom I do not stand by is the Monroe County Legislature and their lack of willingness to work with the City Of Rochester in most matters. I was hoping Lovley and Maggie could work together in the future...but it seems like the same old bologna every year. When will everyone at least consider that without a healthy city we are all in trouble...as well, without a healthy County Of Monroe we are in trouble. We should also start thinking about the too many levels of Govt' in the Towns and Villages to make the entire area affordable to all people in my opinion.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/07/2014 at 12:11 PM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

Dear Ac Superstar... I did vote for Howie Hawkins. And, I do not drink the kool-aid of any party. I vote for the candidates that have the best ideas... that are wise, during their campaign, to not promise anything; yet... do the proper things ,while in office, that fairly represent the majority but respect the minority.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/07/2014 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Close race with Slaughter introduces Mark Assini to the nation

When are you folks going to understand that both political parties are doing it wrong? Blindly following Slaughter (who is more than happy to toe the party line regardless of what her constituents actually want) is NOT good practice! You can try to make the argument that your favorite party is the lesser of two evils for whatever reasons are important to you, but when will you finally realize that there are OTHER options out there?

A third party or (even better) an independent who has no obligation to toe a party line is the GOOD to counteract the two evils that are popular today. There was a third candidate for congress in our district, Tim Dean, but no one bothered to research and vote for him because his name was not on the ballot.

Stop drinking the Republican/Democrat Kool-Aid and think for yourselves!! Vote for someone else for once!

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Posted by ACSuperstar on 11/07/2014 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Election results: Slaughter's squeaker, Cuomo wins, Funke unseats O'Brien

When are you folks going to understand that both political parties are doing it wrong? Blindly following Slaughter (who is more than happy to toe the party line regardless of what her constituents actually want) is NOT good practice! You can try to make the argument that your favorite party is the lesser of two evils for whatever reasons are important to you, but when will you finally realize that there are OTHER options out there?

A third party or (even better) an independent who has no obligation to toe a party line is the GOOD to counteract the two evils that are popular today. There was a third candidate for congress in our district, Tim Dean, but no one bothered to research and vote for him because his name was not on the ballot.

Stop drinking the Republican/Democrat Kool-Aid and think for yourselves!! Vote for someone else for once!

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Posted by ACSuperstar on 11/07/2014 at 10:30 AM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

When are you folks going to understand that both political parties are doing it wrong? Blindly following Slaughter (who is more than happy to toe the party line regardless of what her constituents actually want) is NOT good practice! You can try to make the argument that your favorite party is the lesser of two evils for whatever reasons are important to you, but when will you finally realize that there are OTHER options out there?

A third party or (even better) an independent who has no obligation to toe a party line is the GOOD to counteract the two evils that are popular today. There was a third candidate for congress in our district, Tim Dean, but no one bothered to research and vote for him because his name was not on the ballot.

Stop drinking the Republican/Democrat Kool-Aid and think for yourselves!! Vote for someone else for once!

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Posted by ACSuperstar on 11/07/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “A note from City's editors

I have to agree with Mochael on this, your statement "That is an inaccurate statement, and we apologize." is not supported by any evidence at all. The original story which seems to have been removed, by my memory reported the testimony of an official that stated very clearly that the principals were not required to participate in this evaluation, and yet they were given full credit; you now state that this was innacutate. Perhaps, but you now have to support that claim with some evidence, which you do not.

So was this testimony falsified? If it was not falsified then it would seem to be true and this retraction would seem to be the falsity. That in itself would seem to be a serious thing, deserving of some attention - and a detailed write up. Where is the investigation and reporting on this fact, if it is indeed a fact.

Back up what you are saying here fully, or it seems we have to assume the original story was in fact true, and your credibility is shredded.

Quite a position you seem to have put yourselves into, huh?

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/07/2014 at 8:46 AM

Re: “Good souls: Cemetery care often falls to volunteers

I am a trustee of a very rural cemetery at the south end of Livingston Cty. Although we hire out the mowing, the heavy maintenance is up to us.

Posted by Jonathan Gates on 11/07/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “New teachers face a hostile environment

"lack of tenure (which is only the right to due process)"

Excuse me, due process is a right that all citizens enjoy, codified in the constitution in the form of the fifth and fourteenth amendments;

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides:

[N]or shall any person . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . . .

Section One of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides:

[N]or shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law . . . .

Tenure is not due process, it it a special compensation that means the position that is covered is permanent (barring extreme cases of course) and has *nothing* to do with due process.

Why should any one group of people in any form, have a special protection afforded them on the security of their position? They should not!

One of the tenents of our system of government that was considered fundamental and revolutionary at the tinme of its writing, is that of equality of the law. That is, the law is blind, indeed the icon of the legal profession is Lady Liberty and she is wearing a blindfold for this very reason; all men are equal under the law. Or at least they are supposed to be.

Tenure has nothing whatsoever to do with due process; we all have the right inherent natural right to due process.

Tenure is a benefit bestowed on this privliged class, this is a thing that we in the private sector do not have and for that matter would be irresponsible and destructive.

In the private sector you are judged by your abilities and your accomplishments. If you fail, if you are unable to perform the duties of your position, you are eventually removed from that position and replaced with someone who is.

This is as it should be! This system promotes excellence and individual accountability. These things are good for the economy, as people who are incompetent and quickly removed - that is they are recognized for thier failure. On the other hand those who are competent and excell are also rewarded, with greater responsibility and compensation. This is the free market in a microcosm.

Tenure is just another statist manipulation of the mechanisms of the free market, which as we know when the government gets involved in a thing, that thing quickly is quickly degraded in effeciency, waste and graft.

Be Aware! To top off all of this discussion we have to remember that the job of these teachers and administrators is to mentor and guide our children, one of the most important jobs in all of our society. This is a great responsibility and deserves excellence in all levels. Tenure promotes incompetence and failure, why would we as society accept such a proposition? It makes no sense whatsoever.

Due process indeed. The writer of this seems to not understand the basic and inviolable rules of the free market, the constitution and simple human nature.

I have a strong feeling that this writer is perhaps a teacher, or an administrator, or at the very least a union representative as these are the people who advocate most strongly for tenure. Hey, if I could get my job - paycheck and pension guaranteed, regardless of my performance or ability, I might be a strong advocate of tenure as well. That is, of course if I was able to ignore my stong belief in equality of the law and the needs of our society to embrace the free market and excellence in human potential, which I could never do.

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/07/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “New teachers face a hostile environment

I think you need to read it again. A close reading. The article didn't say that college kids are going into teaching because of tenure and unions. It DID say that union busting and lack of tenure (which is only the right to due process) are some of the factors causing dissatisfaction for teachers. Teaching is an art, not only teaching the content ateas but being able to do so to 30 or more kids who learn differently than each other, dealing with the physical, developmental and emotional state of each child, as well as the lack of respect and constantly having to do more with less. The problem is even greater than the article describes. 50% of new teachers quit after their first year because they can't do a superhuman job the reformers want. It's not a career for the faint hearted. We do much more than just spout information. Spend an entire day with a teacher and see how hard they work.

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Posted by KA3KCJ on 11/07/2014 at 12:00 AM

Re: “A note from City's editors

Your retraction is entirely inadequate. How did this statement get included? Was it a mistaken interpretation of a document or a deliberate lie on the writer's part? You owe your readers a full airing.

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Posted by Mochael on 11/06/2014 at 10:09 PM

Re: “New teachers face a hostile environment

I can't think of when I have read more nonsense in an article. Do you really thnk that college students hope to go into education in order to become Union members and get tenure? Are you joking? I think they like children and hope to be able to make a difference in some lives for the better. The status quo, which includes unions, prevents them from making improvements. Charter schools are not a panacea, but they do offer the opportunity for many to actually help. And they reward success, not mediocrity.

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Posted by Michael on 11/06/2014 at 10:05 PM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

Sorry Mike...but I wholly and respectfully disagree...just go out there and ask 25 people randomly about age and Louise Slaughter if you dare. But thank you for your opinion. And, in my opinion, it is not an insult to anyone except you and Katie. I know for a fact that Assini was thinking the same thing about age and Louise, as well as 93,000 other voters in the District, but was skilled enough not to make an issue out of age as it would have brought him less votes. That is the difference... the truth can sometimes hurt especially if a person is 85 years old. I will, in 27 years, be 85 years old if I make it to that age. And, I surely would not be holding another person back from trying his / her hand in Congress just because I have served the district for 15 terms ( 20 years ) Time to retire gracefully Louise...as painful as it may be. It is time Louise to be with one's Great Grand Children. However, she may win this election yet...but she is no friend of mine by not helping me with a problem in her district that her and her chief of staff are more than aware of in Rochester. Same goes for Lovely too... time to retire.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/06/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Privacy, other questions surround body cameras

"The problem is that we live in Gun Nation. With no time to think, sometimes people get shot. It's very simple: less guns=less people getting shot. "

On this is not valid, and facts and history tell us all we need to know.

More guns=less crime, and this has been documented and we all know it to be true intrinsically; Chicago, about as gun unfriendly as you can be, This city is a literal war zone, filled with crime.

Please take the time to have a look at this excellent book, the author is a journalist who set out to write a book about the exact subject you speak of, it's the title of the book. But his research led him to the exact opposite conclusion and he went on to document how and where more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens works to reduce the crime rate; always.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/More_Guns,_Less_Crime

Look at the facts, assess then honestly and come to your own conclusions, but do not do so in a reactionary manner!

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/06/2014 at 8:29 PM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

--Attention; I have posted this earlier and it seems to be getting deleted by you. What is the problem with this post, other than it is speaking poorly to the Democrat party and its policies. What is wrong with that? I wasn't aware that this forum was a 'Democrat Only' group. Are you so afraid of criticism and people with alternate viewpoints, that your only recourse is to delete the information? There are no personal attacks in this message, this is not spam or something that contains offensive language, that is unless you find the truth offensive.

-- Oh and this is post #2 after you censored me. Coward is it then? Man up dude.

Look I am open to debate on any issue, I am willing to be fact checked and engage with honest and intelligent people. But deleting posts that you do not like seems rather unfair now doesn't it? That is not honest, in fact it's rather cowardly. Come on, if you truly believe in your ideaology then go ahead and step up and respond to my points with your own argument.

The fact that my post gets deleted only buttresses my point that you have no argument at all, and this forum, and this online news outlet is in truth nothing but state run propoganda!

Go on, prove me wrong. Leave this up and act like honest men, or delete the post and then prove yourself to be nothing but

"Having Louise Slaughter as our representative is one of the many things that make me proud of Rochester. I am so grateful that she is willing to continue serving us during this difficult time."

What exactly is so difficult? If it wasn't for the government taxing business out of profitability, government regulation cleaning up the ones that remain, detestable laws being written and passed that violate the constitution, border secutity being non existent and our enemies bieng emboldened by our leadrs feckess disregard for our safety, everything would be fine.

All of these things brought to you by your Democrat party and their enalers, the RINOS in power.

And your champion is Slaughter? What has she ever done but enrich herself and her peers on the backs of those who work and produce in this economy? Oh and I note you produce no evidence or even an argument, all you have to present is "I like her". Well based on what? Do you have the ability to think critically or are you just marching in lock step with all the rest of the Democrat sheeple? Think for yourselves!

You are enslaved by your ignorance if you find anything of value in the Democrat party, the party of the KKK being the paramilitary arm of the Democrats. How the civil rights acts of the 60s were advocated by Republicans for years and thwarted by Democrats. And George Wallace and Bull Connor being Democrats, while Martin Luther King was a fervent Republican....I wonder how things might shake out if it were widely known how much of what kids are taught in schools was total crap....

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Posted by A constitutional originalist on 11/06/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “WEDNESDAY EVENING UPDATE: Slaughter holding on to slight lead

I've listened to Mark Assini. He's got some political skills, but as far as I'm concerned, Louise Slaughter can keep representing me. Suggesting that Slaughter is too old is an insult to both candidates. Assini did well based on his attributes. Age has nothing to do with it.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/06/2014 at 4:02 PM

Re: “RCSD's big gamble: longer days

How can we as parents sit by like its the teachers problem that our kids are not learning. some of this problem is ours; however in todays society we have to work more than one job along with most being single parents who's watching at home
to make sure that they are doing homework and studying for the test coming up
I appeal to you all don't give up on these kids future their education is the most important to them in the future our technology change everyday jobs are changing
requirements all the time since the seventies left we now have more automated
systems, more paperless bills, paperless applications for jobs making it longer and harder to find jobs due to the time response online applications so they need to be highly educated for many reasons this meaning survival of real life.

Posted by Project Dream on 11/06/2014 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Young adults love cities? Will Rochester benefit?

The South Wedge and East End are doing pretty well in that regard. The Wedge is the fastest growing neighborhood in New York north of N.Y.C. Monroe Ave. bars are hopping on a Friday night. It is not as if Rochester isn't trying to sell itself to Y.P.s Groups like the Rochester Improvement Society are springing up all the time. There does need to be a more concerted effort to create livable and walkable urban villages with more amenities than 7-Eleven , which is pretty much what Park has now (though Abundance Co-Op is very popular with my friends and isn't terribly far away, but still not convenient).

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Posted by sean on 11/06/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Young adults love cities? Will Rochester benefit?

We need to stop selling Rochester as a place that's relatively free of traffic jams and rush hour traffic compared to the larger cities. Young urbanites don't want to drive. They may not even want to own a car. They probably have astronomical student loan debt, so even with higher than average incomes, they are not rich.

Rochester needs more young professionals. We need them to move here, and to stay a while.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/06/2014 at 1:24 PM

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