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Re: “VOTE NOW: Best of Rochester 2014 Primary Ballot

The Skycoasters have my enthusiastic support. I (almost) never miss them in the Roch. area. They are a band of diverse backgrounds (yes... they're old like us) But... as old as they are, they keep us smilin and remembering the "GOOD OLD DAYS)

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Posted by Kevin Hartleben on 08/27/2014 at 11:21 PM

Re: “"Calvary"

This is one of the best movies I've seen this year. Although reluctant to see it, I walked out thoroughly moved.

Posted by Ken Maher on 08/27/2014 at 8:30 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Oh wait, that's rain. It comes and goes. That is the nature of the editorial comment of this paper. Politics is a rough-and-tumble business. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. People want results. Albany has been full of excuses for decades. I don't like Cuomo's methods and I despise him personally. What most people will care about is four on-time budgets, universal pre-K, the right to marry your partner of the same-sex and a slowly (MUCH too slowly) strengthening economy. That is why people will re-elect Cuomo. Of course he hasn't laid out a vision for four more years. But neither has Astorino. All he's done is yipped at Cuomo's heels like the annoying little terrier he has. If the NY Republican Committee was serious about electing him, they would put more money in the race. They're too busy struggling to retain their tentative toehold in the state Senate courtesy of a corrupt back-room bargain by five so-called "Independent Democrats". Go Cuomo!

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Posted by sean on 08/27/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

Vote September 9th

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Posted by SeptemberSuprise on 08/27/2014 at 4:26 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

Or how about dodging home improvement permits so that his assessment wouldn't go up? The guy truly believes he's above the law. I hope the US Attorney puts him in handcuffs. Shame on NY Democrats if Cuomo wins the primary.

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Posted by J on 08/27/2014 at 4:19 PM

Re: “To protest corruption: Teachout for governor

"If Democrats don't lead the fight on issues like corruption, campaign finance reform, equitable taxation, wealth disparity, and aid to cities, who will?"

The answer to this question is Howie Hawkins and the Green Party.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 08/27/2014 at 3:39 PM

Re: “New waves

For anyone who would like an update on this article, Radio MuCCC (now known as WAYO 104.3 FM) recently launched an Indiegogo campaign and is taking donations at !

Additionally, WAYO is taking applications from anyone who would like to host a show. Aspiring DJs can apply online at .

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Posted by Arthur Bond on 08/26/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Looping back around

Science defines synergy as the creation of a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Rochester, or at least those in the overflowing crowd that attended the Walt Atkison/Bernie Heveron/Kinloch Nelson concert last evening at the relocated Tango Café were treated to an all too rare example of musical synergy. The three talented musicians, who hadn’t played together in over a decade, after Walt Atkison moved to North Carolina, recombined for an evening of old and new Atkison songs that left the audience craving more, even as the second hour-long plus set drew to a close.
Atkison leads with a Cheshire-smiling, raspy firecracker voice, in between fast-train harmonica wails, and guitar riffs punctuating his songs. Though he's a one-man band on his own, the space and wide-net he gives his band mates, Kinloch Nelson on guitar and Bernie Heveron on guitar and bass (both stand-up and folk) easily brings out the
best of each of them. And when the band is having that much fun, so is the audience. Paul Ruske sat in on hand drum and tambourine, adding a subtle rhythm. The elegant room and the perfect summer night air outside the open windows was filled with music from the first note.
"Before You Accuse Me" and "Microwave Blues" heated up the crowd, and transported enthusiastic fans back to the days when the three musicians had a large and devoted following in Rochester. The audience sang along with familiar and favorite lines, and the joyous hoots and shouts of the crowd punctuated the end of each song. When the band, working seamlessly, launched into Summertime, Atkison’s voice brought home the depth of the lyric and the end of the song came too soon.
The ever affable Atkison’s lighter side shone brightly on songs such as "Saturation," "I Don’t Think You Know You Know Me," "Cha Cha Cha," "Blue Tatoo," and "Craven You," a song title triggered by a cigarette brand in Troronto called Craven A.
Rochester was represented not only by the musicians but the songs as well. Cadillac Hotel was a stand out with unmistakable references to the city Atkison once, and Heveron and Nelson still, call home. The trio, sounded as though they had spent the last decade practicing for this concert, yet each taking solos throughout the evening also showed their personal musical chops. For some, it was a return to the days when the trio would fill the Elmwood Inn each week, for others it was what they now hope was the first in a long series of concerts by this group. Almost three hours after it started, the evening was over all too soon for the audience. As one fan put it, “I cannot think of a musical event that I ever enjoyed more than this.” That seemed to be the unanimous sentiment of all in attendance.

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lou faber & elaine heveron

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Posted by Lou & Elaine on 08/26/2014 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

Why is Urbanski still around? WHY?

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 08/26/2014 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Forums on public education kick off in September

It is promising to see that Writers and Books is committing its resources to a discussion of our region's most pressing problem. Following the announcement of "education historian" Ravitch as the first speaker (hardly one to shy away from often conflicting statements about "what is good or bad"), I am especially curious to hear who the other presenters will be reflecting "both sides of the issue." More importantly, our community has a history of struggling with the transition from discussion to action when it comes to improving our abysmal city school system.

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Posted by Richard on 08/25/2014 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Many city teachers not up to par, says new report

The headline on this article is, in my view, a misreading of what the educational experts said. It says "many teachers are not up to par." What I heard is that in every school they studied there were two or three teachers who had students who were engaged while the other teachers had students who were not engaged. Teachers are isolated in their individual classrooms. Their suggestion was to take a long term view of teachers sharing and learning from each other. They criticized the way schools work not the quality of the teachers. Professional development programs and activities in the past are not very useful. Schools need to give time for teachers to work with and learn from each other. This will not change things overnight, but blaming teachers and closing schools based on test scores is counterproductive. Our schools will get better slowly as school administrators, teachers, parents, and students work together.

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Posted by James Bearden on 08/23/2014 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

Just a little more food for thought. They're digging their own grave:

Posted by timaltier on 08/22/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Groups push for and against lake levels plan

Trying to address Great Lake water levels highlights the need to address environmental imperatives and how to compensate ‘victims.’

As addressing Climate Change will force us (our governments) to make our life support system sustainable, we must find an economic way to make these regulations that will impact some folks unevenly (say, Great Lakes shoreline property owners) more palatable.

Trying to restore Great Lakes levels is only one of the measures that will have to be taken as we have to adapt to more extreme weather and climate that will always impact a special few. This doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice these special few each time we trying to make our life support system viable.

We as a society should find better ways than creative destruction (let the chips fall where they may) to humanely address sometimes drastic environmental regulations.

We don’t have to supplant our moral system with our economic system; we can address environmental concerns without creating victims who will naturally do anything to protect their own interests—who will form influential groups and we’ll have a shitstorm instead of a solution. Every time critical environmental regulations come up.

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Posted by Frank J. Regan on 08/22/2014 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Groups push for and against lake levels plan

This is so typical of our liberal government. We screwed it up over the last 50 years, so now we are going to "fix" it by screwing it up even more.

Please, please, please fix the schools, NYS must be the dumbest state in the country.

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Posted by johnny on 08/21/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

"And third, we need to get serious, at last, about addressing the roots of the problem that are at the heart of all this - in Ferguson, in Rochester, throughout the country."

I agree, but we have a black president, a black attorney general and people like Al Sharpton fanning the flames.

Meanwhile, Blacks, sometimes even black children are being slaughtered by other blacks almost daily all over this country. You would think that City News and other "news" papers would care and want to address this issue.

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Posted by johnny on 08/21/2014 at 8:46 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

We've seen enough on YouTube to conclude that police harassment targeting blacks is real. I'm sick of racking my brains in defense of incompetent and unfit law enforcement.

I'm not bothered by the rioting and looting. Don't criticize the media. Turn off CNN if it's not your thing. They'll get the message soon enough.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/20/2014 at 7:04 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Coalition to push for police reform

It would behoove our police to remember that when they serve, they serve the people. All of us. Not the ones who hop-to the second they bark orders or snark at us (I'm looking at you, officer who couldn't have been much older than drinking age). Wishful thinking, this civility thing?

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Posted by Caterina Maria on 08/20/2014 at 5:09 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Once again, a case is being tried in the media without any facts. This only adds fuel to the fire, and causes more problems. Alleged "witnesses" who claimed they could see flames coming out the barrel of the gun (only in the movies), that Brown was shot in the back (disproved by family's autopsy) that the cop stood over Brown and finished him off (also disproved by autopsy). Mr. Brown's companion claimed the cop car door struck them and bounced back into the cop who became so enraged he started dragging a 6'4" 290 lb. man into the police car through the window. Sounds contrived. Showing the convenience store video was "character assassination" but really shows why Mr. Brown might have reacted badly to the cops. The media and the rumor mill are creating a story and this conflict

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Posted by reality on 08/20/2014 at 2:25 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

I think an even bigger problem is the White , Black , Asian and Hispanic Politicians have all forgotten about the American People. What has the Black Cacuss actually done for the Black community? Just like the White, Asian and Hispanics Politions, NOTHING. The money they raise to help the American People ends up in there Pockets While the whole time they claim they are helping us. Government is to big to corrupt. What the Minority Populations dont see, understand and feel is that The money Hungry Politicians and Capitalists are doing, is merely creating a society of control that they use against all of us to benefit themselves and there buddies. The rich elites have done this since the begining of time. This is ultimitley the cause of every Violent outbursts in all of the societies on this Planet. ITS CALLED SLAVERY. As a White man educated and with a skilled trade my wife a nurse with a bachelors degree we are doing no better than when I was 16. I'm personaly devistated by the gross loss of income since the Manufacturing industry began its collapse in 2006. In my opinion the powers to be have been devaluing the people who make them rich for ever. What the public needs to do is wake up from there Ipads, video games and smart phones and realize we are being brain washed and are all victims to the rich elite. Remember the Revolutionary War and what that was about, the Civil War. Guess we havent learned from our Histories Yet. All races that fall uder the 1% are victim to this. We all need to banned together and take back our rights, freedoms and quality of life. This is not a race thing!!! Its a Power struggle as to whom the King is.

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Posted by Love for All on 08/20/2014 at 12:42 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] The Ferguson warning

Grand Jury today on the shooting. Maybe some day REAL answers about what happened will be available. It's a shame that all of the early information about this was from Youtube and twitter, as most of it was incorrect. Mr. brown was not shot in the back, the cop did not stand over him to finish him off, etc. If this nonsense had been addressed PROMPTLY most of the problems could have been avoided.

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Posted by Malcolm on 08/20/2014 at 12:25 PM

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