Do people who value privacy have nothing to contribute to a "serious discussion about contemporary topics"?
An idea or argument should stand or fall on its merits, not on the biography or personality or popularity of the speaker.
Thanks, all of you, for your comments about anonymous comments. We've been talking about that - and about requiring registration. Anonymity is pretty ingrained in part of the internet culture, as you know. But we have very deep concerns about it in a comments section that is intended to foster serious discussion about contemporary topics. We'll keep you posted - and we do appreciate your input. -- Mary Anna Towler, editor
Clearly, this isn't an abstract conversation since it costs real dollars to field a police force in any of our area municipalities. That said, I'd love some conversation about regionalizing our police and fire services here. In its present state it is fragmented and creates turf issues like this. Traveling on Empire Boulevard toward Ridge Road, you have a unified commercial area that spans two municipalities. If there's a need for service I doubt that anyone looks at the logo on the side of the police car or fire truck responding.
I also agree that City Newspaper does a disservice to its readership by posting anonymous comments.
Many New Yorkers are insulted by the proposal to reward convicts with a free college education. The simple solution is to require those who ‘graduate’ from prison with a college degree pay the state back for the cost of their education – just like they would have to pay back a student loan.
If it really only costs $5,000 a year for a degree from Convict College, it's a great deal: much cheaper than what law-biding college students pay. So don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, and don't expect a degree for free.
I agree with Martin Edic . Anyone commenting should identify themselves.
"I don't believe Johnny Anonymous when he says he's nearing retirement age. People in our age bracket attended real public schools, where we got a real education, and we know that without labor unions we would have absolutely nothing today."--David Nevin
Sorry, Mr Nevin. I didn't go to public schools, so I wasn't "taught" by union teachers. I've had my ups and downs and have been one of the rich greedy business owners you despise. I've worked in union and non-union businesses. Try being educated by real life experiences. You'll change your tune.
Questions concerning ISS (in school suspensions)
1) what happened to the PM schools? Back in the spring of 2013, the RTA highlighted that the PM school will be offered to violent offenders. Instead staff and students are suffering with these violent repeat offenders in the school. Resources are being used up to "do something with these kids" with dire results- hence the Douglass campus fiasco.
2) why were teachers removed from the ISS room? I thought the purpose was for ISS students to receive instruction . If they're not receiving instruction what is the purpose?
School needs to focus on education - not babysitting services. Let some other overfunded program deal with giving these kids what they need. The district is overburdening its schools with ridiculous expectations that they know is impossible for buildings to keep up with. Vargas: stop padding your cabinet and staff your buildings efficiently. Or are you too overwhelmed ( your words) to even do this. I put my money on van white- the only individual who has the guts to fix some of these problems.
My thoughts exactly with regard to Alex - that was a top notch performance. Very true that the majority were sadly not up to snuff last night.
I really don't think you should allow commenting by anonymous commenters.
I seem to remember an attempt by City Newspaper's employees to organize and they were fought and defeated by management. Am I correct about this? They certainly do not pay a living wage to writers and designers (all the employees I know have second jobs).
Poverty is hardly "man-made", but rather is the natural condition of humankind. We overcome that wretched condition only through industriousness and ingenuity (which qualities are usually inimical to labor unions). Economic growth and development are the only antidote for poverty.
New York State, unfortunately, already struggles with one of the most fiercely anti-growth environments in North America. Needless to say, increased unionization would only make our area's prospects that much more hopeless. The poor won't be better off (though the union bosses sure would be).
SB1062 says nothing about sexual orientation, or any other class or category. With respect to sexual orientation, it would only apply to the four cities in the state that have non-discrimination provisions based on sexual orientation (in the rest of the state, it would have no effect at all relative to sexual orientation).
This misleading post stands the truth on its head. Rather than allowing anybody to "impose their values on everyone else," SB1062 does precisely the opposite: In line with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Bill Clinton, this reasonable one-page law simply requires the state to avoid forcing someone to violate his conscience unless it is to further a "compelling governmental interest" and there is no less restrictive way to do so.
This country was founded on freedom of conscience, a bedrock human right. To be an American means to be able to form one's own convictions, to follow the dictates of one's own conscience, and to live out one's faith, entirely free of any coercion by king or state.
When wealthy people combine their resources its called a corporation. When working people combine their resources its called a labor union.
I don't believe Johnny Anonymous when he says he's nearing retirement age. People in our age bracket attended real public schools, where we got a real education, and we know that without labor unions we would have absolutely nothing today.
If not for labor unions we would still be working 7 days a week - half day off on Sundays. If not for labor unions we would not have a consumer-driven economy, because people who live hand-to-mouth can't afford cell phones, video games, vacations, and new cars.
The biggest problem we have with unions today is that there are not enough members.
Andrew Cuomo is robbing us in Rochester blind. Heard of the Buffalo Billion? (Welfare for Buffalo). At 5% of the NYS population, WE in Rochester are paying $50,000,000 to create jobs in Buffalo. Just do the math yourself. 50 million dollars are being stolen from Rochester. Think what that could do for our schools.
It's all a shell game folks. The government dishes out welfare to the masses and businesses pay the vast majority of it. Then to appease business, they are offered tax breaks for developments. Want to get rid of COMIDA and other corporate welfare. Me too, but don't blame the businesses, blame our government representatives that are playing this shell game promising everything to everyone. Get rid of ALL forms of welfare and let the free market decide what is built or not.
Unions are one of the biggest scams in this country, I am in a union myself, Haven't had a raise in years, but the union has raised my dues, so being in a union has actually LOWERED my take home pay. In the words of Richard Trumpka- "we don't give a dam about our membership. They give us money and that money gives us power."
If you want a raise, work harder and smarter. Capitalism works If you don't believe that show me a better and more fair system than capitalism.
Why am I still in a union? I'm nearing retirement age and don't care to switch jobs at this point, but with the skills I have developed over the years I could make more in a non union shop because they don't have to pay everyone the same wages whether they produce or not.
Add the number of news seats to be absorbed by a pool of already extremely competitive entertainment dollars and you have guaranteed financial issues.
A probable annual deficit SHOULD be a sticking point.
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