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Re: “It's not East High's fault

How about we hold parents accountable for neglect..lack of support or interest in THEIR child's education. Parents that don't respond to calls..letters or attempted visits from school staff..parents who don't check their child homework much less bother to look in their bookbagd with weeks or months worth of work and notices..parents that care more about fashion and cool gear rather than the fact that their child cannot read or do math at grade level..parents that refuse to accept that they have raised disrespectful..spoiled..lazy children that they can hardly handle yet expect teachers to turn classrooms full of them into geniuses...and let's not speak of those that will never miss a chance to scream obscenities at their child's pop warner football game yet will not show their face at a meeting for their child..THAT IS THE ROOT OF THE wonder why other programs and districts work?? Its not then money or lack of...its thay when you hold parents and children accountable first..all others will follow.

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Posted by midge1824 on 03/27/2014 at 4:41 PM

Re: “It's not East High's fault

How about a metro district with integrated schools?
Works in Raleigh NC.

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Posted by rocparent on 03/27/2014 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Mayor Lovely Warren: Crisis Management A+; Leadership N/A.

Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/27/2014 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Restoring balance to Braddock Bay

Question: Buck Pond is quite different from Braddock Bay which has two strong-flowing creeks emptying into the bay - Salmon Ck. and Buttonwood Ck. The bay has a 'naturally-formed sand barrier' unlike the other ponds which are bounded by the ancient sand barrier now Edgemere Dr. How would putting rip-rap along the eastern mouth of the bay prevent erosion of the marsh edge [now cattails] - 'slowing down' of erosion? I can't see it happening. This mono-culture is directly caused by the water level ups-and-downs caused by natural events and the St. Lawrence Seaway hydro-manipulation. To get shoreland diversity you have to maintain less extreme water levels to get native plants to take hold thus increasing animal, amphibian and other species to increase including fish.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/27/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Clarification, she didn't "try" to lie about the speeding violations of her uncle, she did lie.

And I agree that it's a step forward how she has handled the situation with Mr. Redon's DWI arrest, although that case is far from settled at present.

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Posted by Rochester Musician on 03/27/2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Warren's handling of the Redon crisis shows progress

Rather than being disappointed, most of us are happy that she has finally done something right. Let's hope the trend continues. As regards Redon, we should want to see him handled by the legal system as we would be handled. No worse, but no preferential treatment either. The problem with the multiple traffic incidents involving Warren and her uncle is that he received preferential treatment. And of course, she tried to lie about it.

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Posted by Mike on 03/26/2014 at 10:28 PM

Re: “The high-risk stakes in Crimea and Ukraine

To his credit, President Obama today flatly and forcefully debunked Putin's pathetic attempts to equate his seizure of Crimea with the allied liberation of Iraq.

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Posted by b.d.g. on 03/26/2014 at 7:48 PM

Re: “It's not East High's fault

It is interesting that you note PreK is a potential positive and it will be if the program focuses on building the social, emotional and basic developmentally appropriate academic skills but the name of the game in the district now is Core Knowledge and NYEngage curriculum. Couple these two with the pressure of Common Core and we will likely see PreK students being taught using methods that would more closely resemble Catholic schools 50 years ago. Get it or get out. Nothing the district seems to do lately makes any sense so more resources may not mean a thing.

East as brick and mortar may not be the problem but the people in it as well as everyone who works for the district and the whole community are the problem. We all know how bad the schools are and yet no one is marching or banging on district doors. The people in East could have told their story but they are justifiably afraid of losing their jobs. Unfortunately fear driven complacency in the face of injustice is not acceptable. It is immoral and everyday the citizens of this community turn the page or look the other way we are condoning the injustice.

The district has the power and resources to make all of their schools better. They may not become the Harley School or compete with the best suburban schools but every Rochester City school could be dramatically better. There are well known organizational best practices that are found all around the world that we can implement but this is not done. Why not? Because innovation often requires autonomy and with this freedom comes confidence. School staff might wake up one day and ask themselves why they need a central office or union at all. This scares the hell out those currently in command.

There is no good reason at all that the district does not have a portfolio of alternative schools like Boston's Pilot schools. Leaders do not promote these because schools that have unique and more successful programs (SOTA, School of Inquiry, School Without Walls and others) also have engaged parents who are likely to hold teachers and administrators accountable. This is the other fear. Great schools often encourage and develop strong parents and nothing is more powerful than a few hundred angry parents.

You want to fix East? You want to make other schools better? Put an ad in the paper that challenges people in the community to take over schools but promise them there would be no ties to the unions and central office. They could pick and choose their support systems and the kinds of relations they have with other groups. The line would be from here to Buffalo. To fix the schools we need to remove all of the dirty cooks who currently control the kitchen.

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Posted by Gotta Say It on 03/26/2014 at 6:53 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

This Thomas Jefferson quote pretty much sums up how I feel about this issue: "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

Facebook doesn't allow anonymity. A trend (growing?) in online comment sections is for Facebook to verify a person's identity. The result that I've seen, is that the contents of the comments are so watered down, they are meaningless. And the name and photo of a person is pretty much useless since practically nobody knows who they are anyway. The reader gets to participate, but fear, via the Facebook connection stifles any real discourse.

I'm not on Facebook, but if it's causing people to be afraid to freely express themselves, then I don't understand how this is good for liberty.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/26/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

I seldom comment anonymously. I am retired and cannot be harmed by possible repercussions that way. I reconsider what I write before I post because I know I will attach my name to it, usually. I argued with MATowler about moderating the comments until I looked at unmoderated comments sections which permitted anonymous posting, ugh!

I post in many forums under the handle "xctraveler" but anyone interested can go to the profile section and learn my name. The options as I see it are to ban anonymous posting in which case many people will create pseudonym accounts or to moderate the postings. In either event only the publisher has freedom of speech and that is as it should be and as the constitution intended. Anyone can begin their own publication if they want unmuzzled freedom to rant on.

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Posted by Paul Goldberg on 03/26/2014 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

Commenting anonymously, or with a pseudonym, is an ancient tradition that will outlive City, and maybe even the internet. Anyone challenging gender, race, religious, or economic power status quos may do it at great personal cost. In a different time or place, they could have even been in danger of their lives for speaking truth to power. City and its comment readers will never know if a pseudonym is being used, so the paper won't be able to enforce the naming requirement. Graffiti is known to proliferate in proportion to the degree of repression present in a society. Increase in the amounts of anonymous commenting might be a related phenomenon. If a comment has some truth to it, it shouldn't matter how it is signed, and probably shouldn't be ignored.

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Posted by Louise Wu on 03/26/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5: Snatch Game!

Your blog was so well worded and I agree 100 percent with everything you said!!

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Posted by Mary on 03/26/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 6, Episode 2: Meet the REST of the Queens


Bianca: absolutely loved her from the moment she made the first joke about drag queens never being early. :P Love her.


Jolsyn: I do like her, and the black horse thing was just hilarious.

Milk: WOW!... on that entrance I died... and on the behind the scenes interviewsWOW! what a man, just gorgeous. I love the style, but considering how late I joined to this comments, now I fear she won't be able to show anything else. Still love her... still think he is the most handsome ever on the show... but fear for him.

Courtney: Is the fact that now Simon Sherry Wood is on the show related to Courtney... I mean, together on that super sexy hallowed costume: HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could have seen them up close to see that make up :P because he seems to be almost naked, oh this is heating up... so back to it. Love Courtney.

Darien Lake: so gorgeous.... loved the performance and I hope stays for long.

Magnolia: stink face, stinky attitude, hope nobody ever talks about her so she does not gain any fame at all.

Posted by Simon Guerrero on 03/26/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 1: Meet Your Queens (Well, Half of Them)

Hello, I just recently discovered this blog.
Greeting from the Netherlands.

I love your reviews and I look forward to read them after every episode.

If I may add my two cents:

1. Adore: I like her from the beginning, I think the runway was awful but the way she conducted herself was charming and thus saved. I look forward to seeing more of this character.

2. Dela for short (:P): to be honest I hated her the moment she walked in (that red bull/energizer bunny entrance was so annoying), fortunately this was a 2 seconds feeling. I liked her after. I think this is top 3 material.

3. Gia:

4. Lasagna: Although her fashion sense is absolutely nice, the death drops are so shangela, so I am not surprised by her. Personality: ....... next.

5. April: I absolutely loved her/him the minute she walked in. I think the runway was amazing and now as I write this weeks late, I wish she had moved forward in the competition. She did not deserve to go so soon.

6. Kelly: she was robbed, despite how good vivacious lip synk was, for what vivacious did later on... is a travesty that Kelly had to go so soon. If she had stayed, I am sure she would have don a good job on episode 3 and thus moving forward in the competition. But I definitely did not see her in top 6 material.

7. Vivacious... glad she is gone. Should have been the first one.

Posted by Simon Guerrero on 03/26/2014 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Treatment for a traumatized world

In the 1970s I was living in a university town - Moscow, Idaho - and I was able to take a six-week certification 'class' for 'non-professionals' which addressed all human services [social work, mental health, food, housing, medical, daycare, etc.] available in the county. It was an eye-opener for a 20-something and gave me an edge-up which I have used all my life. Recently I watched an episode of Iyanla Fix-My-Life on OWN which came the closest I've seen to modeling compassionate response in the face of generational trauma: ~~ all of us can play a role in healing.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/26/2014 at 8:14 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5: Snatch Game!

I was also thinking that for versatility as in new look every runway, we should call Tyra, raja or the ultimate queen Sharon needles. They really were innovative on every episode.
Michelle visage is blind because she used to call Sharon on her lack of versatility but if we recap, Sharon has girly look on episode 2, kind of feminine not so spooky on episode 4, super glam looks worthy of Italian vogue on the bitch ball , so hello! Pay attention visage.

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Posted by Simon Guerrero on 03/26/2014 at 7:10 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5: Snatch Game!

I adore your reviews.¿ but not delano which means something sexual in Spanish :P

Absolutely agree :)

Dela: true star, true top 3 material. Love his character. I wish the shown does not set her up with a curve-ball: "can you do anything young?". I root for dela.

Bianca: true judge del rio, he is right on all critics towards lasagna. I love her interaction with Adore against the pathological need for attention and passive aggressiveness of lasagna. Bianca is also in my top three along with dela. About versatility?, yes maybe she has a very defined style, it could be his weakness for when the judges come for him, but I love it. For what I care he can do the same look because is great for me. :P

Adore: before even if her challenges and runway sucked, I was rooting because I just like his character :P but now that I saw that besides charm there is real talent, love him more. :P I adore adore. And just for confronting Lasagna on her bullshit, adore just won the race :P Might be young but is miles away from the stupidity club: Gia and lasagna.

Darienne: is just great :)

Courtney: Love him and her :P gorgeous man, gorgeous woman. Versatility?, that is a tricky thing to say because none of then can actually do it.. they are their own... in everything. Does she deliver?: absolutely, at least she did not repeat dresses as MILK repeated leggings/shoes/undies/waist band in the first entrance and third episode. (Bullfighter inspired look and Pinocchio look)

Joslyn is so charming, I like her and definitely is my miss congeniality. Is she the Dita Ritz of this season?.. sneaking all the way to top 5 without being really noticed?. The comments she makes.... hilarious!!!!.

Trinity: ........................ neutral just not top 6 please.

Milk: repeated leggings/shoes/undies/waist band in the first entrance and third episode. (Bullfighter inspired look and Pinocchio look)... so if you ask for Bianca and Courtney to show versatility: recap MILK's looks. I LOVE HIM as so handsome he is, and as drag queen as well... but recap please, that excuse of "I am just weird and different" is not gonna cut it.

Gia: finally gone as fast as a wink... I mean: A blink.

Lasagna: at this point... who?... dunno who is that anymore.

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Posted by Simon Guerrero on 03/26/2014 at 3:26 AM

Re: ““RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6, Episode 5: Snatch Game!

LaGanja, LaGanja... she truly is a bad batch of weed. Sashay, blow away.

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Posted by Jerome James O'Neill on 03/25/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Our anonymous comments

I'm sorry I responded to you the way I did. I thought your comment was very well written, the best. Believe me, I have my own mental health issues so I can empathize. I would actually like to continue this discussion with you in private, but I don't exactly know how to do it. Ask Ms. Towler for my email address, if you want. I'm on Twitter @earlrize_mike, but I'm not sure how much personal information I should be revealing.

Again, I'd really like to hear more from you on this, but in private.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/25/2014 at 7:40 PM
Posted by Jeremy Moule on 03/25/2014 at 4:10 PM

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