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

How many more studies and plans do we need? It seems that no one has a clue what to do. No one is ready to role up their sleeves and just work on the basics. The taxpayers are getting tired of all the nonsense. How can a CO administrator say past plans have only sat on a shelf and gathered dust! Isn't it her job to see to implementation? Enough already. Disband the District and absorb it into adjoining Districts. That is the only hope now to stop this madness.

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Posted by Concerned taxpayer on 08/13/2014 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

Local Gannett employees do not know what the future will bring, but that is just because it is too early in the process for any firm decisions to have been made. The spinoff will have to occur first.

The Gannett exec that will run the media company made several comments about how the publishing company will be able to become more efficient, and eliminate redundancies. In a declining industry such as publishing, the spinoff of so many companies by so any owners means just one thing; profitability is declining and owners do not see it returning. Just look at what has happened to papers and magazines since 2008.

There will be fewer positions in the new Gannett in five years. How many fewer, it is hard to say, but further revenue declines will mean steeper cuts. And how about pay and benefits? Employees should ask themselves if they felt that the old Gannett paid salaries or better benefits than competitors. If the answer to either is yes, then they should expect hits here as well.

The internet is having huge impacts in retailing, music and film, and other industries, and there is no reason to expect that it will be different for publishing.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael on 08/13/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Making connections in Pittsford

This is pretty simple. Do what they did on East Ave in the city, make it 2 lanes, add room for bikes and a sidewalk. Right now it's a pretty narrow road for 2 lanes and zero room for walkers or bikers.

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Posted by culver on 08/13/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Gannett's future – and us

I share your concerns. I particularly agree with your assessment that "[i]nvestors don't buy stock in public newspaper companies to support good journalism; they buy it hoping it'll make money for them." The decades of favoring increased profits over maintaining quality product has, in my opinion, been a significant detriment to the US economy. Profit-based news organizations seem antithetical to a "free press."

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Posted by Greg on 08/13/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Wiesner case to head back to grand jury

I think there is a difference between "can" and "will" resubmit to the grand jury. The AGs office abused it's power with the perp walk. The most serious charge is dropped, the AG looks inept, and, in the context of the Moreland commission flap, reintroducing will look way too political! (which, it is)

I would bet that someone was trying to broker an ACD (adjournment contemplating dismissal) in this case. ..since it was so weak. Now the AG has to decide to focus on his reelection. I am not sure this will be reintroduced...besides, how do you draw an impartial jury?

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Posted by clint on 08/13/2014 at 5:34 AM

Re: “Film Review: "Lucy"

I highly recommend this movie to anyone that about we have reached an absurd result from assuming that every being is a contingent being.All empties!

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Posted by Wendy Ding on 08/13/2014 at 3:18 AM

Re: “The Empty Hearts

Frank, Little Steven loves to play the Rolling Stones in their garage band phase. From their second american LP titled 12x5 there is a kick butt song (my favorite) that I have only heard him play on his show. The title is "Empty Heart"......(is like an empty lie...).

That's where I believe the band's name came from.

Posted by deltastrat on 08/12/2014 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

Also, what drug did the 85 of 100 candidates fail their drug test on? I'm guessing the vast majority was marijuana. Are people now disqualified from working in New York State because they may have recently traveled to Colorado or Washington State and engaged in a legal substance there?

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Posted by Urban Explorer on 08/12/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

EDIT "Alligator tears" should be "crocodile tears." In my spluttering frustration over the mindset of Ms. Parker and people like her, I confused my metaphorical reptiles.

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Posted by Urban Explorer on 08/12/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

Parker's interview reveals much about both she and the business community that she represents. She tells us that business needs to "get the message out that it is concerned about, for example , improving education . " and goes on to say that there are a number of businesses who "have adopted schools." ....Great, free backpacks and stuffed animals so the business community can feel better about helping those poor city kids when she know as well as anyone that that problems cannot be solved unless we break up concentrated poverty through desegregation and fair housing efforts.

And then she tells us that business has "not explained we care about downtown and the 5th highest poverty rate."

Her word choices are telling. In using phrases like "getting the message out and not explained" we can surmise that we just don't understand how much she and her community really care because they have screwed up their message. However missing in her answer are powerful phrases that tell us that she wants to "support , solve, work with ,fund, and help break up "poverty and segregation. Nope, instead she advocates for tweaking the message and then roles out the same tired arguments that it is the fault of unions, principals, and people who won't work for as little as those in Texas and North Carolina.

Her free market thinking makes it ok to give tax incentives to already successful businesses "because we are facing competition" but not to pay people a living wage who a facing heating and grocery bills, paying for day care and just trying to get by. That is the real competition.

Every time I start to get a little hope for our city, people like Parker bring me back to the reality that we are truly divided in our thinking.

Jeff Linn

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Posted by Jeff Linn on 08/11/2014 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

1. Is there a drug and alcohol test required for members of the RBA like the company that relocated to Texas? Drug testing for potential employees is not a good indicator of how well they will perform on the job but it's a great way to weed out people who need the jobs the most-poor people and people of color.
2. Why do free market principles apply except for when they don't? Competing against other states by awarding tax breaks to companys is great for cheap labor, high profits and and increasing folks in need of welfare services (see every red state) but not for growing a strong middle class and formidable national economy that is competetive in the world. Shouldn't tax payers help the middle class grow instead of lining the pockets of wealthy investors?
3. Why do business leaders ignore data and theircomplicitness in the demise of the city schools? Loss of living wage jobs with benefits combined with white flight, not wilfully poor educators is why the RCSD is in the shape it is. The biggest indicator of a child's success in school is his/her parent's income level-a stable job with good benefits and placement in an economically integrated school. Replace public schools with charters -break unions and continue de-facto segregation policies and the results will continue to be on par with Kodak's demise.
When our leaders devise solutions to problems that don't exist while ignoring the elephants in the room we all lose.
Linda Lopata

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Posted by llopata on 08/11/2014 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

"I haven't been that involved in the COMIDA process. The only serious criticism I have of COMIDA would be that giving dollars to companies that are moving from one location in Monroe County to another makes no sense to me. Helping a company, let's say, move from the city to Pittsford, that adds nothing."

Well maybe you damn well should have been involved Sandy, and taken Judy Seil to task for that racket she runs with the taxpayers money. Forget about helping a company move from the city to Pittsford, how about the ridiculousness (near criminality?) of using public money to help a retail store move from one side of Jefferson Road to the other? (Tops in Henrietta, beneficiary of COMIDA's largess). Criticism of COMIDA's crony-ist practices would have been much more effective coming from you than a ragtag bunch of activists and the only elected official I've ever seen that gave a damn: former Brighton Town Board member Ray Tierney.

Also, spare me the alligator tears about urban education. You and your ilk wring your hands about it, and tut tut over the lack of parental involvement, dysfunctional school board, and union power, all real issues, but you never support, or even suggest, one thing that would make a big difference: breaking up the city's concentrated poverty. No, of course not. That would be too uncomfortable for RBA's members ensconced in privilege in the P towns.

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Posted by Urban Explorer on 08/08/2014 at 4:21 PM

Re: “College Blog: Blogging as a steppingstone

Hi Clorinda, currently the college blog is not being updated. The blog was run by interns in early 2013, but has since not received much attention due to time and resources. But thank you for drawing our attention back to it. We're looking into how we could efficiently use this as a platform for our interns again.

Posted by Jake Clapp on 08/08/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “College Blog: Blogging as a steppingstone

Just like what I asked:

Posted by clorinda on 08/08/2014 at 1:43 AM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

First, congratulations to City for conducting an in depth interview with a woman that holds different opinions than the author and probably most writers at the papers too bad we cannot expect something similar from the D&C. I agree with most of what she said, so it is probably easy for me to say, but I think Rochester is losing a very classy lady to retirement. She has contributed quite a lot to the area. Best of luck Sandra.

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Posted by Michael on 08/07/2014 at 7:55 PM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

We in Rochester would be luck in Rochester-Monroe County to have Duffy back working for the area Mike... what is your plan to turn Rochester around ? Seems like you are not happy with Parker or Duffy ? What are your ideas instead of blame we need your ideas !!! What is your plan ? Let's pretend that you and I are going to compete for Parker's position; and we need to provide a business plan to the Board at the Alliance and that we have to work with politicians too.

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Posted by crm135790 on 08/07/2014 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

Mike...we will be very lucky to have Bob Duffy back if he is offered and applies for the position that Parker is leaving . WHAT IS YOUR PLAN TO TURN ROCHESTER AROUND ? I WOULD LOVE TO DEBATE YOU OVER THIS OPINION ARTICLE...

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 08/07/2014 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

Sandra Parker has extensive knowledge of business. She is extremely savvy and intelligent. It WILL be tough to find a qualified successor.

I know that Unshackle Upstate New York has engaged in forthright discussions about unsustainable rising pension costs.

Bob Duffy will be used as an insider if he gets this position. He should relax and enjoy his well-earned pensions.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/07/2014 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

Edit, typo & grammar
*don't instead of done
* of instead of off
My apologies.
- Kam

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 08/06/2014 at 11:49 PM

Re: “Sandra Parker: No apologies

Everyone is an educational expert now. I honestly done know where to start with this woman, whom I've never, ever heard off. Good article though, at least the writer asked questions with some depth- sans fluff.

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 08/06/2014 at 11:45 PM

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