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Comment Archives: stories: News & Opinion

Re: “Feedback 11/12

" The Cuomo Win"

Let us not forget about Elliot Spitzer, Patterson and Pataki... because these three could not get a budget passed to save their lives let alone our lives in NYS. And, if it were not for Bob Duffy and Cuomo, Upstate would be in much, much worse shape in my opinion.

No one governor can be agreed with on more than 50% of the issues... as all of us can only be 50% right. However, at the very least ,the current governor has made a good case with two layers of Gov't right here in Monroe County. Mendon / HF, Pittsford / Village of Pittsford, Wheatland / Scottsville, and so on. Two layers of property taxes that cost much more for no real good reason except that it has been since I can remember ( 58 years ). And , perhaps the biggest mistake is Rochester / Monroe County... the same old Democrat - Republican control issue with "silos" being built as we speak.

WHEN ON EARTH WILL THIS AREA WAKE UP AND START THE PROCESS OF MAKING GOVT" SMALLER (LOWER TAXES AND LESS SEPARATION in EXPENSIVE REDUNDANT SERVICES ). AND, to stop SPENDING so much on the duplication OF THESE SERVICES THROUGH TOO MANY LAYERS of GOVT'.

When these changes; and, along with the demise of the most antiquated system of budget reporting and planning that I have ever seen; only then...will ( UPSTATE and Western NY ) NYS become the most respected state in the Union again. And, we will have more jobs as a result of less taxation.

CRaig R. Moffitt

Posted by crm135790 on 11/15/2014 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/12

I could not agree more with Chris Thompson that it tells much about our community when a chain grocery store is the place we choose impress guests. Affluenza. Want to really impress a guest with fresh food? Take them to the 109 year old Rochester Public Market. Buy them one of Juan's empanadas, get a fresh and inexpensive squash or bucket of local apples, maybe some bright fall foliage to decorate the table. Way better than any grocery store!

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Posted by Sarah Johnstone on 11/15/2014 at 12:40 PM

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

The money from the red light camera program isn't used for anything in particular. It should be going towards improvements at the most dangerous intersections: traffic studies, more signs, fresh painting of stop lines, etc. This isn't happening!

Redflex chooses the intersections and sets up the cameras in a way that makes the most money. The most dangerous intersections stay that way. Redflex doesn't care. Their focus is on making the most money.

In my opinion, this program is highly flawed. I hope there's still time to end it. Anyone who's willing to spend 4 or 5 hours going online and studying the matter would reach the same conclusion.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/14/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Grand jury re-indicts Robert Wiesner

Third time's the charm!

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Posted by Richard Edmunds on 11/14/2014 at 2:52 PM

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

Poor people DO own cars. Should THEY be punished because they can't remember who borrowed the car?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/14/2014 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/12

regarding ms towler's 11/12 editorial:

thank you for clearly explaining the democratic loss on election day. the continuing attitude that we (democratic party) know what is best for you, and if you don't agree with us you are stupid, if not worse, is just the elitist attitude that caused the rout. any chance that the public does, in fact, understand the issues and that they have rejected all those positions you mention? of course not.. it has to be low voter turnout, ignorance, and, of course, republican issue spending (even though they spent less than the dems). rationalization is so much easier than re-evaluation.

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Posted by z on 11/14/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Researchers rattle the tin cup

Maybe research universities could try accepting US students into its graduate science programs in a fairer ratio than one per ten foreign students.

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Posted by 83 on 11/14/2014 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Brooks budget reduces funding for day care subsidies

@andrew, so you're saying that people need to be able to see into the future to see if they'll be laid off, before they decide to have children? You should realize that people don't make the same amount of money their whole lives and that sometimes the amount of money they make goes down.

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Posted by Adrian Martin on 11/14/2014 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Contaminated houses coming down

I can't help but think about what's happening in the RCSD when I read this article.
We stand at a critical juncture in our Rochester Community. Laws that could safeguard our children from pesticide exposure are under siege. Record numbers of schools are going up on contaminated land, without protective guidelines against exposure of children to soil, water, and air toxins. Delay in action exposes more children to toxic chemicals in school, day care, and Head Start centers. We must act now, before still more children are unnecessarily harmed.

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Posted by Randy on 11/14/2014 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Republican wins aren't a mandate for more wars

Actually the Republicans wins mean they get to write whatever laws they want. Elections have consequences.

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Posted by andrew on 11/14/2014 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Brooks budget reduces funding for day care subsidies

Why does the county pay for daycare anyway? If your child needs daycare, pay for it. If you can't afford it, maybe you shouldn't have had the child to begin with? Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for some snotty brat to go to daycare. Either pay for it yourself or make other arrangements for your kid. Talk about a nanny state...

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Posted by andrew on 11/14/2014 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Brooks budget reduces funding for day care subsidies

17 positions eliminated and 14 were not regular attrition which saved 850,000 dollars and 600,000 dollars cut from day care. The percentage of the total budget would be to divide the 1 billion by the aforementioned numbers...seems minimal to me. But why did Maggie have the 14 positions in the first place if she can do without the positions now ? I would like to know what the 14 people, that just got the pink slips, we doing and what their pay scales where last year ? Budgets are never fun for anyone but we shall see what the vote is in a month or two...hmmmmmmmmmm 17 Republicans yes and 5 Democrats no. But wait...expected revenue sharing after the Seneca Nation pays its share for the existing casinos to the State of $5 million. But Maggie does not want the newest casino in Monroe County or Henrietta. Assini wants the casino in Gates which would bring a result of no Town Property taxes in Gates and less than $8.99 per $1000 assessed home value in Gates too. What is the deal ?

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/14/2014 at 7:17 AM

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

If you go over the crosswalk line a little or make a legal right on Red then no more ticket for running a red light...sounds fair to me. As well, use the revenue generated to hire more police to make the streets safer so that business and home owners come back to Rochester. Current population is 210,000 down from 310,000 and there are just over 2000 vacant properties up from 1000 in 1993. Do we have a problem Houston ? Yes we do... so keep the Red Light Cameras.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/14/2014 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Republican wins aren't a mandate for more wars

Tim, nice analysis. But what about EDUCATION? City News has so many wonderful stories on the problems of our failing schools in Rochester. Why can't Obama focus more on schools?

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Posted by Harry Pearle on 11/13/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Did Dems learn a lesson? And is it the right lesson?

"On inequality, labor, infrastructure, public health, and civil rights, liberals are more closely aligned with the interests of low and middle income Americans than Republicans are." Without picking apart each item here, this election would seem to indicate that any and all critical issues to the average citizen who cared to vote, were positions support by the Conservative and Republican right. Otherwise the Democrats would not have suffered such a TERRIBLE lost. You went on to say Climate Change should be an item high on a voter's concern list. Yet, if you Google "polls us citizen", climate change does not even show up on the first page. If you Google "polls us citizen climate change" every article I checked, and there are many, were written by climate change groups and they all believe at least 67% of all Americans think it is important. Maybe you personally should broaden a bit what you read. You go on to criticize those "Democrats" who abandoned the President and his policies. Just maybe they read articles by others than those who are part of the Progressive and Extreme Left, who at least somewhat tell the truth about the President and his policies, they are failing. The leader you love has failed over and over, in one issue after another. What is worst, most of those failings are linked to a scandal. Mary Ann, you go on the say that "Hope and Change" helped pass the Affordable Care Act. This happens to be the latest Presidential scandal. The architect of the Affordable Care Bill has been exposed via videos that he, closely working with the White House, specifically lied about "Keeping your Doctor, Keeping your Insurance", "Paying for insurance who used it by those who did not use it", "You will pay $2,500 less with the act" and "It is not a tax" SO THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL PASS IN CONGRESS. He even went on to say that HE WAS COUNTING ON THE STUPIDITY OF THE AVERAGE CITIZEN to pass the bill. Mary Ann you end with "What Obama and the Democrats do in the next two years is not irrelevant, though. They can do what they've done in the past two years. Or they can do unite around the progressive issues that got Obama elected in 2008, remind Americans of how closely their own goals align with those of traditional Democrats and seek common ground with moderate Republicans...." First of all what Democrats have done in the past two years is exactly what they have been doing since this President was elected in 2008. They have gained their support from the voters using phrases and promises they never keep. To even dare to call a "traditional Democrat" a progressive is terribly offensive. Traditional Democrats were for majority rule and care of the poor. The Progressive of today believes "they know best" what society needs and plan to create an America based on that philosophy. In other worlds, "the ideas of the few to control the world of the many". The biggest problem the Progressive Democrat has today is that they have run out of "HOT BUTTON" items to cause the "uninformed voter" to get excited about. Same sex marriage is being accepted. Climate change has been exposed as opinion and not science. Abortion and contraception is no longer an issue which can be construed as the most important issue for women. Women are not one issue voters. The word "racism" has been over used by the Democrats in describing the attitudes of Republicans and Conservatives and even the average citizen has seen through that lie. As I see it, with no hot buttons, the progressives may just loose a lot more elections and again maybe recede into the far distant pass, in the political eyes of this country. Other than that, please Mary Ann keep pushing your Progressive agenda, it gives me something to respond to ....

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Posted by Bill Brown on 11/13/2014 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Brooks budget reduces funding for day care subsidies

In case you did not know...$8.99 is still too much money per assessed $1000 home value in Monroe County property taxes. If the budget eliminates 17 positions then why were the positions there in the first place Maggie ? Learn to do more with less...just like the climate you and your Republicans have created in the first place. Stop freakin' handing out COMIDA Tax breaks and figure out a different ways to make the MC business environment better to operate a business.

That is what I would like for Christmas Maggie...

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/13/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Slaughter tops Assini

Elections can sometimes be fun to watch, this one was a blast! Assini ran a 1950 s style campaign (that is a compliment, not a diss) which featured a candidate actually knocking on doors, talking about what he would do if elected, and listening to the voters. He had limited resources, but unlimited desire!

No negative ads, no negative mailers, no "snarky" debate lines. He brought two extremely different on air people together in their support of him (Wease and Lonsberry) and, we as voters got a real choice in style in this election.

Louise is legendary and has served this community well. This race is almost like watching someone turn a page...from style to roadmap for the future of elections here, it feels like one era passed and another has begun...at least, I hope so.

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Posted by weaselover on 11/13/2014 at 5:06 AM

Re: “Slaughter tops Assini

Well... what can I say except congratulations to Louise. I wanted a new person in our District but it was not to be. Keep up the pressure to make sure that Rochester-Monroe County has a better tax climate so we can get some good paying jobs before 2016.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/12/2014 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Did Dems learn a lesson? And is it the right lesson?

Many (not all) of the states Republicans won in the Senate last week were vulnerable seats for Democrats anyway. State politics are becoming closer aligned with how states vote in presidential elections, especially in off-year cycles. Each midterm election except for 1998 and 2002 in recent political history has thrown out the President's party. South Dakota and Alaska haven't voted for a Democrat for President since 1964. Montana hasn't since 1992. Louisiana and Arkansas last turned blue for Billy Clinton in 1996. As for Colorado, Mark Udall wasn't a particularly inspiring candidate; but he still held Garner under 50% of the vote. Another problem (which unfortunately didn't happen in NY) is the backlash to the so-called "war on women". It became more of a cliché slogan than a campaign strategy, in part b/c women can see when they are being pandered to. Telling women to vote for you b/c you support abortion rights is sexist. Women care about a helluva lot more than abortion (at least the women I know do). Minimum wage, child care subsidies, environment (anti-fracking and Keystone pipeline), health care, etc. But no no, by all means, women are singularly monolithic in their ideas and only care about the right to abortion. Right. Just like all men care about is the right to keep guns. That's one reason Wendy Abbott did so poorly in Texas. You can't repeat one idiotic slogan over and over. It doesn't work even for the Republicans. Also 2/3rds of eligible voters didn't vote.

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Posted by steve on 11/12/2014 at 2:08 PM

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

" These red light cameras are causing some people to stop abruptly when the light turns yellow ".

If you are approaching any intersection then the "rule of thumb" is to slow down, cover the brake and proceed with caution if you have the right of way... So, if someone is following a car too closely through an intersection, with a light changing from Red to Yellow, and the person hits you from behind, then the rule of traffic code automatically finds the person that hit the car ahead of him/her at fault for following a vehicle too closely or not being in control of his/ her vehicle. Stop at the Red if necessary... if yellow take you chances but proceed very slowly. If the light is already red then stop...simple.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/11/2014 at 5:51 PM

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