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Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

OK, folks, this is a serious issue well worth discussing. But this has turned into a thread of personal insults, so we're stopping the comments.

7 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by Christine Carrie Fien on 09/05/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Havana Cabana

Thanks for commenting everyone and I appreciate the feedback.

For Kwai and madarin, my review was based on 2 visits so I can't claim to have had everything on the menu and I know plenty of people do enjoy going there on a regular basis including a fair amount of my friends who live in the area.

Paden --> Point well taken. I tend to focus more on the food than the atmosphere and service because I think that is the better measure of a restaurant. My intent was to review Havana's dining experience more than their capabilities as a bar. On the other hand, I absolutely see your point and as I mentioned above I know a bunch of people that frequent Havana and enjoy the bar scene there. Perhaps that would have been a good addition to the review.

The Ginger Giant --> Thanks for the props!

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Posted by Chris Lindstrom on 09/05/2014 at 1:11 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

I do not "hate" the police. Clearly no one actually read my post. The first sentence is quote "IT IS AN OUTRAGE THAT A POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN KILLED." Police officers are human beings like anyone else. Many of them work very hard and dangerous jobs. But I didn't ask him to become a police officer. He had a weapon. There are many police officers in Rochester who walk around as if they are untouchable. Look at Ferguson. Mostly peaceful protests turned into a police riot. Police are to preserve order and keep peace, not create disorder, which is what they did in Ferguson. I have myself been hassled by the county sheriff's office. What was I doing? WALKING DOWN A PUBLIC SIDEWALK MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. Let me repeat that: I was WALKING DOWN A PUBLIC SIDEWALK MINDING MY OWN BUSINESS IN BROAD DAYLIGHT. I wasn't engaged in ANYTHING illegal, unlawful or even suspicious, unless walking down a public sidewalk is now illegal. I had two armed deputies (I was not) approach me, demand to see my I.D. (unconstitutional), demand to know where I was going (absolutely none of their business, since it was uh... HOME), ask me if I had any weapons on me (Of course they both had pistols, Tasers and pepper spray on them) then was illegally detained while they called H.Q. to run a background check on me for absolutely no reason (I've never committed any criminal act of any sort). They were rude and insolent. These are public servants. I hire the people by my votes (county executive, county sheriff, county legislature) who hire them. My taxes (and yours) pay their salaries. And you all above dare to have the insolence to question ME? You are all docile sheep ready to be led to slaughter. I would suggest you all read Davy V BlogSpot. And quit giving me crap because I have the cajones to question authority while you all repeat the propaganda of the government (and no, I'm actually a political moderate but I support the Constitution).

4 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by sean on 09/05/2014 at 12:05 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

"sean" wrote: “We must reclaim our streets from every criminal. Even if sometimes they wear blue.”
I don’t know where to begin with this post. An officer is killed doing his job in a crime-ridden hell hole and he’s at fault? Really? He is killed by a felon who has been coddled by the criminal justice system, allowed to plead down charges, released into our community before he should have ever been allowed out of jail and left completely unsupervised. And despite our much touted “strictest gun laws in America” he gets himself a handgun almost immediately after being released on parole. (Gee, I thought there was a background check and a waiting period to get a gun). Listen “sean”, its people like you with an attitude and an axe to grind who hate the police that are the problem; people who criticize the police and never appreciate the work that they do – including certain self-appointed "community leaders" for example. The next time you are in trouble, call them instead of the police department.

21 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Bart on 09/05/2014 at 6:42 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

Sean - be happy we live in America. Because if we truly lived in a police state (you allude to a Gestapo like environment) you would be dragged from your home and shot in the street for your comments, ignorant and inflammatory as they are.

Rest in peace Officer Daryl Pierson, thank you for your service sir.

25 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bravura Laughingwolf on 09/04/2014 at 11:06 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

I will vote for Ms. Teachout next Tuesday, so I endorse this endorsement. But it's amusing how Ms. Towler laments Teachout's lack of government experience - a legitimate concern - but had no such concerns in endorsing Ralph Nader in 2000, a man who never held a single elective or appointed office. Yet he was running for the top job - and ran on the preposterous lie that there were no differences between Bush and Gore. How did that work out?

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Troll Whisperer on 09/04/2014 at 8:31 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

We certainly do not live in a police state. Sure, cops respond with extra manpower when one of their own is hurt or killed. They know the risks, but they're not about to take it without doing all they can to prevent it. When you shoot at a cop, you're willing to do anything or hurt anyone to get what you want. A bystander was hit too. Police are human and make mistakes and I believe they should be held to a higher standard than citizens, and I believe they are. If you have a problem with a police officer's actions you should take it up with the department.

20 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Steve Hane on 09/04/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

Um do you even know ANYTHING about the story!?!?! How was this officer going "above the law"? I think the a$%hole that took off from a traffic stop, who ran from police officers on foot, who shot at police, who is a convicted felon, who had a warrent out for his arrest for violating probation, who had a gun on his person(which is illegal if you're a convicted felon BTW) thinks he is " above the law"!!! He ran because he knew he was going to be arrested!!! Your comment is ignorant and disgusting!!!

35 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Sheena Garman on 09/04/2014 at 6:53 PM

Re: “'Fix' the schools? Maybe we're not up to the job

You would have to be a monster not to get a lift from School 23.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by rocparent on 09/04/2014 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

These people do realize that these local restaurants are franchises. They pay the corporation a fee to have the restaurant.
If you don't like the pay of the job why not quit and get a better job that pays more?

10 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Mark McIntee on 09/04/2014 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Local fast food workers strike for better wages

I am not sure what the relevance of your reference to the poverty level for a family of four is. Are we to believe that an employer is responsible to vary,an employee's pay according to their family size? Why not use the poverty level for an individual for comparison? That is about $11,700., which means employees even at the 10% percentile make more. Those receiving a pay raise undoubtably benefit from the higher income. But what about those that lose their jobs when the employer automates or creates more self service for the customer? For example, look at how many stores are moving to self checkout lines, which eliminates positions, just as tens of thousands of jobs were lost in the telecom industry when employment costs became higher than the investment costs to automate.

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Mike on 09/04/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Rochester police officer Daryl Pierson killed while on duty

It is an outrage that a police officer has been killed. It is an outrage any time ANYONE is killed. Sadly when dozens of RPD officers were racing to the hospital last night to be part of the "Thin Blue Line", swaths of the city of Rochester were unprotected. Murderers, rapists, robbers and drug dealers were free to ply their trade. There are 9 unsolved homicides from this year. Dozens and dozens of officers don't respond when other people are shot and killed. Hell, you're lucky half the time if police show up at all. But when one of their own, who CHOSE to be a police officer and was armed, is injured, all Hell breaks loose. Hell hath no fury like a police officer disobeyed. We live in a police state. I pray for the officer's family. But I also pray for our city, b/c too many police seem to have better things to do than their jobs, keeping us safe. No one should be above the law. But as Ferguson and Rochester have shown, police think they are above the law b/c they enforce the law. Hogwash. We must reclaim our streets from every criminal. Even if sometimes they wear blue.

6 likes, 80 dislikes
Posted by sean on 09/04/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Teacher report cards show performance discrepancies, but why?

Is this a serious post? Are we really aksing if better teacher training is the answer. Or maybe, duh, just hire better teachers like suburbs. whew, crisis solved!

How can anyone be surprised that the scores turned out this way? If test scores are used to measure performance, what other outcome can possibly be expected? Anyone rationale, intelligent person knows that city school district test scores are not driven by hoards of horrible teachers. There are good and bad teachers in both the city and suburban school districts. If we only consider the issue of teacher evaluations (and put aside the dismal perormance of the city schools), there is a very simple solution. Have teachers measured by thier boss (the school admin) based on the subjective criteria that the rest of us get judged on. Set objectives locally, get measured on them. This is how the rest of the world works w/o having mathmatical, standardized performance goals. If you think that is unfair, great!, join the rest of the world. As long as we rate teachers on unobtainable, non variable objectives, city teachers will always appear to have lesser performance.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by concerned citizen on 09/04/2014 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Havana Cabana


Praise, polish, praise. Not all reviews are nice- but you did a great job of pointing out what needs work and what they did well. Last I checked I read restaurant reviews to find out about the food first (the staff and ambiance come much later) and shouldn't overshadow the main focus- which is food!

Keep up the great stuff...

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Posted by The Ginger Giant on 09/04/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Havana Cabana

Yikes! That was an unnecessarily harsh review. You overly focused on the food and only mentioned the environment and people in a single sentence at the end of the review. I go to Havana often and it is a great place; one of my more favorite places in the East/Alexander area. I agree the food isn't great (it is pretty good, though) but bars in the East/Alexander area aren't only known for food. The environment the bar creates is a huge factor. This aspect was almost entirely ignored.

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Posted by Paden on 09/04/2014 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Pinning down prostate cancer

I'd like to add my endorsement for Patrick Fisher and his work with UsToo. Because of talks we heard at UsToo meetings, my husband changed doctors and is now in remission from (an aggressive) prostate cancer recurrence. We had previously been led to believe there was no other option for him beyond hormone therapy. If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, UsToo may be able to help you as well. Minimally, you will network with others in positions similar to yours and you will have the opportunity to learn about all the latest techniques/approaches in dealing with prostate cancer, including nutritional ones.
Nan Schaller, Rochester

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Posted by Nan Schaller on 09/04/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Pinning down prostate cancer

Your report ‘Pinning Down Prostate Cancer’ could have been written by big Pharma, the AMA, the HMOs, and/or the American Cancer Society. All stand to benefit from spooking the American public into ever deeper health paranoia. The reason for my suspicion is that nowhere in the article is it mentioned that most western deceases, including cancer, diabetes, heart, and lung decease, are preventable and reversible without the use of ‘modern medicine’. It is our western diet that is killing us.
‘The China Study’, published in January 2005, examined the supposed relationship between the consumption of animal products (including dairy) and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancers of the breast, prostate and bowel. The authors conclude that “people who eat a whole-food, plant-based/vegan diet—avoiding all animal products, including beef, pork, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese and milk, and reducing their intake of processed foods and refined carbohydrates—will escape, reduce or reverse the development of numerous diseases”.
The authors argue that "most, but not all, of the confusion about nutrition is created in legal, fully disclosed ways and is disseminated by unsuspecting, well-intentioned people, whether they are researchers, politicians or journalists," and that there are powerful industries that stand to lose a lot if Americans shift to a plant-based diet. They write that those industries "do everything in their power to protect their profits and their shareholders."
So what the public needs from journalists is information on how to prevent western deceases, and who stands to profit from withholding this information from us. No amount of handwringing can take the place of accurate reporting of the full story based on well-vetted research.
John Jongen, Fairport

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Posted by John Jongen on 09/04/2014 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Havana Cabana

my thoughts exactly too.....OUCH!!!

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Posted by madarin on 09/03/2014 at 12:57 PM

Re: “Seeking a cleaner Rochester

I would love to see an initiative with a lot of marketing to make Rochester one of the cleanest cities in America. The weeds and garbage on the side of the highways is atrocious. It comes from poor maintenance, non clean up from accidents, and just litter blowing onto the roads.

I was walking on South Ave recently, in front of the Al Sigl center, and I watched a poorly educated employee take her Starbucks cup and just throw it on the lawn, when she had just walked past a garbage can 50 yards away. I picked it up, yelled "your welcome!" and threw it in the garbage. I guess if you dont respect yourself, then you dont respect the property and environment of others?

Why dont we have more of the those that are incarcerated, or living off public funds picking up the sides of the roads? I used to see the buses of those in jail often picking up the garbage, but I never see them anymore...

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Posted by MrRochester on 09/03/2014 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Havana Cabana

OUCH!!! Won't be going here and I was dead set on trying it....oh well.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Kwai Chang on 09/03/2014 at 11:25 AM

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