There are two main reasons why I dislike this anonymity:
Political: The growing anonymity and secrecy in American culture is dangerous for democracy, whether it is City’s online comments or large anonymous PACS funded by contributions from anonymous uber-wealthy conservatives or secret surveillance of American’s online habits. The overall impact of this secrecy is to increase a culture of fear, and of the need to remain anonymous. Our democracy is dependent on the power of individuals to stand openly before other individuals to say, “This is what I believe. What do you believe?” But now we see this anonymity creeping into the realm of government via Patty Malgieri’s alleged involvement in some creepy mailings. Is it wrong for her, but not wrong for us? What kind of America and government do we want?
Personal: Look, I approach this as an openly gay man, who in the very distant past decided to connect my name and my face to the most personal aspects of my soul and being, despite whatever hatred awaited me. And I have discovered, as have so many of my friends, that this disclosure is a life-affirming and spiritually positive decision with unanticipated rewards and recognitions. And that courageous collective action of so many in my community is transforming our society for the better. So why would I want to be anonymous now, when disclosure has done so much good for me and for my community?
Anonymous posters: I suggest you look inside and break out of your own closets, constructed of whatever fears you have assembled there and participate fully in our open American society that is so critical for us to protect.
My apologies for the mistake! The Arts Council has been in the Neighborhood of the Arts for more than 30 years, and at their current location for 13. Thank you for your comment, Ms. Dawson.
While I agree that the US's (and Europe's) response to the crisis has been ill conceived, your defense of the people of Crimea's right to self-determination seems a bit naive. How can their cries for self-determination be taken seriously when only a slim majority of their citizens are ethnic Russians and when this cry of freedom suddenly rang out when Crimea was full of Russian troops. I'm sure the Tatars and the Ukrainians who live there don't feel the same way.
City Newspaper is encouraging people to betray their friends and employers. This type of venting may make someone feel better, but it's not right.
There are lots of people out there pretending that they are NOT somebody. How do I have meaningful conversations with them?
Give me anonymity or give me death! The Democrat & Chronicle did away with anonymous comments and only allows them from those with Facebook accounts. The result was pretty much the end of all comments. Bob Lonsberry allows anonymous comments and has no problems.
Many people can’t use their own names because of possible repercussions with friends, family and at their workplace. Editors will need to monitor comments but it’s a small price to pay for stimulating and meaningful discussion.
My only suggestion would be to have some simple rules for pseudonyms: Don’t use real names of politicians, celebrities and the like. It detracts from the comments by implying the named person would support a position, or it attempts to damage someone’s good name.
It truly is up to the mayor Howard to make the decision. If she chooses to take over the district as mayor, that choice would be hers and give her the controlling interest. Should the mayor model Buffalo and the other, she would first make that decision and then provide the way to do it in Rochester. Why does Rochester, NY need a state takeover of their school district? They should opt for a City Mayoral takeover and establish a qualified sub section/agency in city government to run it.
It is time to end anonymous comments. It IS important where the comments come from. Ray Levato puts his name at the end. So does Mary Anna Towler and everyone else at City Newspaper.
If it is worth saying it IS worth signing.
Remember the article about the "anonymous" package sent to the D&C about Van White's problems. What irrelevant nonsense it all turned out to be.
City Newspaper should be taking the moral high ground here.
Why would they not merge with the successful Landmark Society? It makes no sense to have so many of these societies...
I personally would prefer not to create yet another account, as I already have 10 million...
Does ANYBODY bother to fact check these days? The Arts Council has been at Village Gate approx. 13 years - not 30! And where has the board been these years? How can any organization be allowed to run in the red at this one has done? Glossy magazine to increase membership? What ab out the old fashioned way of trying to keep active members from falling away? I haven't had a request for renewal in about a dozen years. The director should have been fired some time ago. The larger question: should the Arts Council be allowed to continue? Ort should its re-grant duties be fulfilled by a division of the Rochester Foundation and save all lthe money of office space?
A shame to see this happen. It was a quality effort.
Contrary to one of the comments, it is not the case that a business "cannot discriminate against any group for any reason". In reality, no statute and no court says any such thing.
This same comment further claims that the Establishment clause of the First Amendment means that a private individual or business "cannot use a religious argument to justify discrimination." This is exactly backwards, inasmuch as the First Amendment constrains the state, not individuals, and is the foundation for any argument FOR religious exemptions.
There will be more coming. The days of pointing fingers and tinkering are over.
This will give the mayor permission to get more directly involved and we will see charters going into these RCSD buildings. All of the adults can cry about it but it might be the best thing that could happen in terms of helping the students themselves.
I can't wait to see Don Mancuso and DDrive!!! I love them. There is so much talent in that band!
Your argument is specious.
This is not a religious argument, it is a civil rights argument. If a business does business with the public, it cannot discriminate against any group for any reason. Our courts have upheld this many times.
You argument is the same which was used against Irish Americans in the late 19th century, Italian Americans in the early 20th century, and against African Americans until the late 20th century (although many would argue that this discrimination continues in many forms).
You advocate discrimination against one group of citizens. Our laws now prohibit this.
Additionally, our Constitution, as you reference, clearly states the separation of church and state in the first Amendment. You cannot use a religious argument to justify discrimination.
Some of you might recall that I complimented City Newspaper reporter, Tim Macaluso for getting it right regarding the potential paper-tiger-subterfuge, which Board of Education Commissioner and president Van White is attempting to run on the community. See the COMMENTS portion of the article at following link:
I had also noted in my above referenced COMMENTS, that "at times, I have been among City Newspaper reporter Tim Macaluso's biggest critics." Well, this article represents a classic example of why I frequently criticize Mr. Macaluso's reporting. Sometimes it's difficult to determine if the guy is really paying attention to what's going on around him, or if he is just plain dauncey, or a shrewd and calculating operative who formulates his reports in a manner aimed at soliciting specific types of responses.
For example, why would any education reporter write: "It’s hard to imagine why Warren would leave lawmakers in other parts of the state to decide what’s best for Rochester’s students, or why lawmakers would take action of such magnitude on their own." This guy is kidding, right? I mean, first of all, even though I'm sure they would confer with her, ultimately it's not up to Mayor Warren whether or not "lawmakers in other parts of the state [specifically, in Albany] decide [that] what’s best for Rochester’s students" is for the State to take control. Anyone who has been paying attention knows that there have been ongoing discussions for many months, if not years, regarding the possibility of a State-takeover of public schools in both Rochester and Buffalo, and we know, with regard to governance --- "lawmakers [and policymakers] in other parts of the state [specifically in Albany, i.e., the New York State Board of Regents and New York State Legislature actually have the power to] decide what’s best for Rochester’s students." So, what is this guy talking about? Is his question simply a matter of being uninformed, dauncey, or shrewd and calculating? Does anyone know?
Eugenio Cotto is a good man and worthy of support. I'm honored to have worked with him on several community projects, including the El Camino Trail, and the 14621 Brownfield Opportunity Area.
Best wishes, Eugenio!
Jim Alesi turned out to be a RINO (Republican In Name Only) who went against his promise to oppose gay marriage and was turned out of office. Ted O'Brien is looking like a DINO (Democrat In Name Only) trying to distance himself from Cuomo as re-election time appeoaches.
O'Brien announced he's against Gov. Cuomo's plan to give free college degrees to prisoners, then votes against the so-called Dream Act to give college tuition to illegal immigrants! He stated in both cases that he was acting according to the wishes of his constituents who have expressed their opinions on the subjects. I wonder what they've done with the REAL Ted O'Brien, the one who voted for Cuomo's NY SAFE gun control act WITHOUT any debate or input. Oh, right... that was the Ted O'Brien who wasn't yet running for re-election. Now Mr. O'Brien has to give the appearance of listening to his constituents and hope they'll forget long enough to re-elect him so he can go back to Albany and ignore them until the next election.
Dear Mr. Levato,
Indeed you did "cover the news in this town for 40 years," and during my numerous encounters with you (as a reporter), especially as it relates to "the race issue," which Lovely Warren did not create, and has not perpetuated, I found that you always openly displayed the deepest , clearest form of cognitive dissonance. That is, you never really wanted to discuss issues of race. In my experience with you (as a reporter), anytime the issues arose, you avoided it like the plague, and always had some type of alternative explanation.
I paid very close attention to the 2013 Mayoral Election, and did not see a single indication of your perspective that Mayor Warren has an "apparent view of the city as black versus white." I think what you really mean is that you are disturbed by the fact that she would (from your perspective) dare raise race as a clear, deep-seated, pervasive, and potentially explosive, volatile, historic, and ongoing, socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural issue and problem (not only in Rochester and Monroe County), but throughout the thoroughly racist, white-supremacist, U.S. nation-state, which does matter, and must be dealt with.
I openly and publicly challenge you to point out a single statement by Mayor Warren, in which she has said that "a white [super-wealthy] mayor like Tom Richards could not fully understand the needs of poor black folks" --- even though this probably is an undeniable fact.
I also openly challenge you to point us to any "broadcast [in which Mayor Warren has said] that a black police officer is better at defusing tense situations involving African Americans." What you're alluding to is the fact that she has said, understanding the history, culture, and ethos of people whom you police, which the overwhelming majority of RPD Officers do not, does matter. This raises the important issue of the need for ongoing, appropriate, cultural "sensitivity" training, which is one issue that Mayor Warren emphasized during the campaign. By the way, yes, sometimes (not always, because actually there are some pretty messed-up cops of color) race really does matter when you need a cop." People of color must always remain acutely aware of the fact that one wrong move when confronted by many white cops, especially those who are not properly trained, and/or grounded in the histories, cultures, and ethos's of people of color --- can, easily cost your life. I'm not making this up Ray. Go take a long, objective (if that's possible for you) look at the history of policing within the thoroughly racist, U.S. nation-state, particularly within communities of color --- then report to us what you find.
The idea that "Warren waged class warfare" would be laughable --- if it was not so diluted.
You say that you "wish Warren well," but something way down in my gut tells me that you really don't.
Howard J. Eagle
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