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Re: “An atheist in the Town of Greece

I would like to call out our good friends at the Greece town board. They claim to universally accept faiths, and indeed spent (how much?) money taking a claim to the supreme court to support their stance that prayer belongs at a governmental meeting. Their claim was that they allow "all faiths" to offer up a prayer and yet they ridicule faiths such as Paganism and Pastafarianism in the public media claiming they're not going to allow members of those faiths to provide opening prayers. Apparently they get to decide what are "serious" faiths. I am an ordained pastafarian minister, and yet they didn't even deign to give my application to offer up a prayer a reply. Another friend with pagan beliefs got a similar shrug off.

Freedom of religion does not mean free to be Christian or not religious. It means ALL religions are treated equally - whether YOU happen to believe in them or not. This is a lesson the Greece board still needs to learn. Their insistence at being inclusive of religion in the town of Greece, means they must be inclusive, not exclusive. ALL religions, regardless of their "seriousness" in their eyes.

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Posted by Lee Drake on 07/09/2014 at 11:29 AM

Re: “An atheist in the Town of Greece

Hurrah! for Dan Courtney offering an Atheist invocation at a Town of Greece monthly Town Board meeting, though it might be just as well if there were no invocations of any kind at any of our governmental meetings. I’m not a Justice Scalia, but from my readings of the US Constitution there’s a clear desire by our Founding Fathers to separate church and state.

If our mass interest in faith were any measure of our collective judicious processes, you’d think the moral imperative to solve Climate Change would rule, but it doesn’t--at least on any scale that will matter. The poor of our nation and the nations that didn’t cause Climate Change are going to get hit the first and the hardest by Climate Change and yet when we try to address this profound immorality, like in the previous 20+ Climate talks, we tend to fail.

Squabbling about who gets to say what before a governmental meeting is a tempest in a teapot. Rather we should focus on the decisions taking place at these governmental meetings and if faith has any merit at all it should shine through.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 07/09/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Disappointment in medical marijuana law

CBD = Can't Be Done (republican code)

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Posted by Immortal Illumined on 07/09/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Disappointment in medical marijuana law

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world....hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's rights...you don't deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL...

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

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Posted by Immortal Illumined on 07/09/2014 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Disappointment in medical marijuana law

The New York State Legislature has declared that marijuana is a medicine, defined the afflictions that it is to be prescribed for, who will grow it and dispense it, and the form in which will be administered. Our legislators will instruct medical doctors on how it is to be prescribed. I wonder when anyone in New York government earned degrees in medicine that makes them expert enough to write medical-related laws? I recall a TV commercial in which an actor says “I’m not a doctor but I play one on TV” That would seem to apply here. I didn’t hear anything about the NY legislators consulting with the American Medical Association or any other physician organizations on their opinion of “medical” marijuana. No pharmaceutical companies were consulted that I am aware of. It makes me wonder what else our legislators can define as “medicine” - magnets? mineral water? mushrooms? Tic Tacs?

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Posted by Bart on 07/09/2014 at 6:24 AM

Re: “Channeling Séance With Pastor Robin and Her Spirit Company

Please make sure to RSVP in advance! You can also prepay at www,plymouthspiritualistchurch.com using the "donate" button. In the comments section, just specify that it's for this event.

Posted by Nick Füß on 07/08/2014 at 6:59 PM

Re: “No turning back now on East deal

Although I am thrilled that a direction for East has been chosen, I do worry. Where will the kids go who don't measure up? These are the kids we need to find a place for.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 07/08/2014 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Downtown's patron saint

Very disappointing that Mr. Glazer subscribes to the fallacy that parking in suburban areas is "free." It's not free, it's just bundled into the cost of the development. If tenants or residents or employees of suburban development had to pay the $2,500-$3,500 land and construction costs PER SPACE for surface parking lots, the thinking on "free" parking might be very different.

It's very disheartening to hear Mr. Glazer say that without parking "you have almost nothing to give people." That's an extremely pessimistic view of the city, in my opinion. Without parking you still have the architecture, art, culture, streets, parks, history and community of the city, things that don't exist to the same degree in auto-oriented suburban areas with "free" parking.

Parking may be, as Mr. Glazer says, "a fact of life" here and now. But unless progressive developers seek to change that and help nudge the market in a different direction by offering mobility choices (unbundled parking costs, developer or employer paid transit passes, bicycle storage rooms and shower facilities, car sharing arrangements, etc.) this community will perpetuate the vicious cycle of more parking, leading to streets that people don't want to walk down, leading to more people driving and demanding parking at the front door. Downtown becomes nothing more than a handful of nicely rehabbed buildings appended to parking garages.

Some of Mr. Glazer's apparent views on downtown reminded me of a conversation I once had with a real estate broker who said "I get calls from clients all the time that want to be downtown. They just want cheap, convenient parking." Well, then, those clients don't really want to be downtown. They say they do, but they really have no clue about how real urban places truly function. I feel like that mentality is frustratingly pervasive in Rochester: people say they want downtown to succeed, but when it comes down to the details and the sacrifices they might have to make, like maybe taking the bus, or parking a few blocks away from their destination, or interacting with people who might not be the same class, race, or mental health status as you, people from this region just get lazy and find the McMansions of the P towns and the office parks of Victor too easy.

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Posted by Urban Explorer on 07/08/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Downtown rising?

How about a week of jazz and a week of country, a week of rock, a week of classical?

BTW Rochester used to have 5 Fortune 500 companies headquarters. Not sure, but I've heard that Constellation Brands is a F500 company

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Posted by johnny on 07/07/2014 at 4:59 PM

Re: ““True Blood” Season 7, Episode 3: “Fire in the Hole”

I don't disagree that Paquin and Moyer are done with this show. Their performances the first two episodes of this season certainly speak to that. But I thought there was more spark between the two of them in that tree scene than either one has exhibited with anyone else this season. Was it necessarily GOOD? No, but grading on a curve, it was an improvement for both of them.

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Posted by Eric Rezsnyak on 07/07/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: ““True Blood” Season 7, Episode 3: “Fire in the Hole”

I'm really surprised about your thoughts on the tree scene. I was not getting chemistry from power couple, Sookie and Bill AT ALL in this episode. We were talking during the viewing party about how the two actors are clearly over the show.

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Posted by Kara Austin on 07/07/2014 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Downtown rising?

To say that we make Rochester a music city is a GREAT IDEA but Rochester is already a music city ( training, education and new music testing ground). However, there are no Major Record Labels in Rochester and an over abundance of musical talent beyond belief. As well, there are not enough music venues of mid-size and larger to support making Rochester a Music City like Nashville, Los Angelos,or New York City ( only 5 hours south of Rochester). Great idea but if I had a lot of money, and based upon past experience, would not risk anything ( financial) but on medical, service, info tech., manufacturing, and green technology businesses. I believe the winter weather has a great impact upon a music city too... It's too darn cold and snowy to go out and play in mid-size clubs and expect people to drive to support the music played in any mid-size club. Which brings up the issue of mas transportation. With only 210,000 residents a good mass transit system is not sustainable without heavy, local taxpayer support . In the summer we are jammed with National Acts from around the Country. When winter sets in around the 1 st week of January it is all over and then clubs, musicians and promoters suffer the consequences.

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/05/2014 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Downtown rising?

I am very pleased with the hard work that has made the International Jazz Festival what it is today. Thank You to Mr. Nugent and all others. Now let's take some of the money that has been made and put it to use on what is important and needed in Inner Rochester.

Programs like Teen Empowerment that take kids off the streets and change their outlook and teach them to live moral lives. Programs like these stop the murder, violence and drug use at the early stage. As Ms. Towler says... the downtown area has plenty of investors such as " Glazer isn't the only one. Morgan Management, Mark IV, Gary Stern, John Billone, and others continue to invest in downtown and nearby neighborhoods".

Yet ,I cannot help to believe more of these developers and their money could help programs grow such as Teen Empowerment. The sooner we help teens that do not have " good" parents with guidance the sooner all streets will be safer for all areas of Rochester. Not just downtown...

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/04/2014 at 1:21 PM

Re: “Downtown rising?

Ms. Towler, every year you indeed do comment on how the Jazz Fest gives us a glimpse of what the city could be. There me a connection to this anecdote- over the last decade or so, many of my fellow musicians in Rochester have noted that the music scene has picked, we all work a lot more than we used to (fifteen or twenty years ago).

Maybe some Rochesterians have learned that live music is really fun and they want to support it more often than once a year? Maybe less suburban people are afraid of "the city" than they used to be? They went to the jazz fest and the boogie man got them, but in a good way?

I'm probably naive in saying this, but if the jazz fest gives us a glimpse of what we could be, why weep about our lack of Fortune 500 companies? We have one of the most musical cities in the country; is it possible that re-branding and investing in Rochester as a music city, rather than a tech and financial city, could be the path to take Rochester into fully realizing herself?

Another related note: The RCSD (with the help of the Rochester Education Foundation) has been investing heavily in the musical education of its students. If that trend continues, perhaps all of Rochester's residents will get a taste of how music can transform individuals and communities.

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Posted by Alan Murphy on 07/03/2014 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Downtown's patron saint

Patron Saint of downtown? Seriously? Could this interview be any more one sided?

When I saw the cover of City Newspaper I was stunned. I thought sure, this is going to be a puff piece. .

It is hard to get the true story out of corporations but I think it is time for developers to pay their own way rather than sucking up our diminishing resources.

There is nothing in this piece about all the money that Buckingham Properties taken from the city, county and NYS. There is nothing about the purchase of valuable real estate from the city for pennies on the dollar, if that. Nothing about the failed job development that caused Buckingham Properties to have tax incentives taken away by NY State. Most companies don't hire new employees when they move they just shift them around from place to place and get tax breaks.

Fair and balanced article? I think not.

The city and all the taxpayers are paying for a lot of these projects in the city.

Below is an excerpt from the article in The Rochester Business Journal with the link to the article included below.

The board's thumbs-down came May 4, upholding regulatory changes included in then-Gov. David Paterson's 2009-10 state budget. The decision was backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of the Empire State Development Corp.

"The Cuomo administration has been clear that it views the Empire Zone program as a waste of taxpayer dollars, and we moved aggressively to eliminate the program," Adams said in a statement. "Therefore, I am pleased with the decisions by the Empire Zone Designation Board not to overturn the original decertifications by the commissioner."

Adams, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State Inc. from 2006 through 2010, was recruited by Cuomo to lead the ESDC in January 2011, replacing Pittsford resident Dennis Mullen.

"Applications were reviewed in a thorough and open process, and now a final decision has been reached by the board to affirm the decertification of businesses that were not in compliance with the requirements of the Empire Zone program," Adams said.

The three Buckingham Properties sites were among those decertified three years ago by the ESDC.

"We've been fighting it since 2009," said Laurence Glazer, Buckingham Properties CEO, of the ruling. "They were in place. They were halfway through, or two-thirds of the way through, the whole program."

Tax breaks for the 33 entities were quashed after they were decertified by the ESDC for failing to meet newly imposed requirements for job creation and capital investment.

All Empire Zone participants were reviewed by the ESDC in 2009 to determine whether workers and/or real estate were transferred to a business with similar ownership and whether investments met program standards.

Manufacturers were required to generate $10 in wages, benefits and capital investments for every $1 in tax credits to be accepted into the program, the 2009-10 budget stated. Non-manufacturers in Empire Zones were required to show a projected ratio of $20-to-$1.

http://www.rbj.net/print_article.asp?aID=191551

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Posted by Dorothy Paige on 07/03/2014 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Feedback 7/2

Good for Feedback writer Lori Marra! She asks the correct questions regarding the overlay of a special downtown tax zone...the same questions Ann MacQuay and the residents of Grove Place asked back in the early 1990's when this proposal last came bubbling up from RDDC. Sorry but Red Shirts, et. al, are NOT a magic pill solution. Nor is a special tax overlay without very specific information. And once in, these never go away no matter how abused.

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Posted by Shirley Dawson on 07/03/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Downtown's patron saint

An optimist among nay sayers, what a breath of fresh air. Thank you for refreshing the minds of Greater Rochester of the incredible central cities in America. Rochester's potential can be seen 60 miles to the west.
Your understanding of risk, (which our region is often adverse to), remains an important component of change. Downtown has left the starting gate of a new future lets hope the crowds cheer and join in the race. I certainly will!

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Posted by Stephen Karl on 07/03/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “CSI: invasive species

According to some sources, the Erie Canal (or in its earliest incarnation, the canal, or Clinton’s ditch) issued the sea lamprey to the Great Lakes. There might be more invasives that made their way to the Great Lakes via the canal, but I don’t think the canal is just “taking on a new, undesirable role as a pathway for the spread of aquatic invasive species.”

Note: “It is not clear whether it is native to Lake Ontario, where it was first noticed in the 1830s, or whether it was introduced through the Erie Canal which opened in 1825.[” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_lamprey

More on Invasive Species in our area: http://rochesterenvironment.com/invasive_s…

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 07/03/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Second Saturday Open Studios

Our theme for July's Second Saturday on 7/12 is, "How do you do that?" There will be artist demos throughout the building. Bring the family, connect with artists as they work and purchase directly from the makers.

Posted by Stefani Tadio on 07/02/2014 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Bob Duffy's mythology doesn't always stand up to scrutiny

I will stand with Bob Duffy until someone even begins to do the things that he prevented risking his life and starting with an armed robbery on Lyell Ave.; countless wins over the spread of Narcotics in Rochester while Captain of Narcotics Squad; the undercover sting of two prominent policeman at very high levels in the Police Dept. in the late 80's and early 90's; Deputy Chief and then Chief of Police.

As well, a difficult win for the Mayoral Seat against all odds; pulling the plug on the Fast Ferry ; reorganization of a fragmented police dept. to save money; zero tolerance when an officer was shot and almost killed; and then BEING ASKED to be a running mate of Andrew Cuomo; touring the entire state on a regular basis to help improve the entire NEW YORK STATE ECONOMY...did LT. Gov. Patterson put forth such an effort while LT. Gov. ( no he did not but could have ). I say " you don't know what you've got til its gone ". Show or tell me about another person with such distinguished service. Ryan, Johnson, Mayor Warren... not even close. But we shall see soon.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 07/02/2014 at 8:33 PM

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