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Re: “Immigration plan's winners and losers

During the depression. People came here llegaly. I repeat llegaly. An had a hard time. Being called not so nice names. And now people come here from god knows.where.and they demand citizenship. Do it llegaly end of story.

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Posted by Robert Snipes on 12/01/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Theater Review: "West Side Story" at Kodak Center

If this production is based on the last Broadway revival, then the Spanish translations were done by Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of "In the Heights."

Posted by Karen Pfeiffer Jones on 11/30/2014 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

The testimony was from 5 African American folks that were at the scene. Those five people did not know the officer's testimony... yet confirmed his account of the young man's actions. Case closed, guilty. Move on Ferguson and Sharpton to more lies to build your cause of racial division in Rochester and beyond.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/30/2014 at 3:15 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Most of the American public believes what officer Wilson said. His account was the truth. Any discrepancies were measured against his testimony. Does this seem right? My first problem is that the ferguson police dep't said that Wilson did not know aboout the corner store robbery. To me this is crucial. If officer Wilson knew about Brown possibly being a suspect (young aggressive robber on the loose ). Wilson would be justified (IMO) to be very guarded when confronting Brown. I could agree that he had possible reason to be ready to defend himself. The officer did NOT know about any robbery.
http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/local/2014/…

Why did he say in his interview( that is all it was) that he recognized Brown maybe a potential suspect of the then recent crime? No one questions this.

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Posted by Scorsese93 on 11/29/2014 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

NEWS JUST IN ON MSN

" FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The white police officer who killed Michael Brown has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the fatal confrontation with the black 18-year-old that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation.

Darren Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the shooting on Aug. 9. His resignation was announced Saturday by one of his attorneys, Neil Bruntrager. The resignation is effective immediately, Bruntrager said. He declined further immediate comment but said he would release more details Saturday night.

A grand jury spent more than three months reviewing evidence in the case before declining in November to issue any charges against Wilson. He told jurors that he feared for his life when Brown hit him and reached for his gun.

The news of Wilson's resignation didn't seem to appease a small group of protesters who stood outside of the Ferguson police department on Saturday night.

"I've been protesting out here since August," said Rick Campbell, who added that he didn't care that Wilson had resigned.

Several other protesters who were asked to comment shrugged their shoulders or expressed disinterest".

"We were not after Wilson's job," civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement to AP. "We were after Michael Brown's justice."


REPLY:

Yet...the behavior of one young man has taken his own life. As well, this young man's behavior has ruined the life of a policeman in the Ferguson Police Dept. as well as the officer's family. But the most tragic, this young man has ruined the lives of his own family too because he could not follow the law and a policeman's orders.

Everyone may have suffered from this terrible, tragic event. It will continue in the nation because people do not follow the law and the orders of a policeman. I don't know about Al Sharpton but I see no justice for anyone. Maybe there is still hope for young people to live law abiding, moral lives regardless of color or race. I will pray... that is all that is left for me to contribute to the matter.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/29/2014 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

It has been nearly a year since Lovely became mayor. In that year my impression of her has solidified. Every time she says or does something, this is what I think: junior high cheerleader who unexpectedly wins an election for student body president.

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Posted by Tom Janowski on 11/29/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

The Police Officer made the correct decision as bound by law and to protect his own life. A Video buying cigars ... bull crap. I am sure Ferguson Police will be getting body cameras soon so that this very tragic event will not happen again in the way it did happen.

My prayers to the Police Dept., ; the City : the people; and, the families of both parties directly involved. Case closed... now, let us find a way to make things peaceful through dialog in Ferguson and the entire Nation without looting, rioting, killing, and burning.

Craig R. Moffitt

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/29/2014 at 8:33 AM

Re: “T.C. Hooligans

Busy

Posted by Francesca on 11/28/2014 at 9:17 PM

Re: “What happened to HIV prevention?

So Sean Murphy thinks one reason the problem of rising HIV rates in men who have sex with men is because "disease prevention that requires a fifth-grade level of communication is going to be challenging." Seriously? Rising rates of HIV transmission can be halted by materials written at a second-grade level: "Men--stop putting your penis in another man's rectum!" Oh, and BTW--stop hooking up with dozens and hundreds of strangers for anonymous, promiscuous sex on Grindr, Scruff, Adam4Adam, ManHunt, Craigslist, et.al."

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Posted by ludovico on 11/28/2014 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

There is video of Michael Brown paying for the cigars. A customer (not the store) called in what appeared to be a robbery. Tobacco products are always kept behind the counter. Do we know all the details of what happened at the store?

The police officer made very bad choices from the beginning. Someone who so quickly gets into a self-defense situation is simply unfit to be a police officer. I see incompetence rather than racism. And Michael Brown was similarly incompetent.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/28/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “When lightning strikes

Bravo to all in Rochester for your hard work and artistic photographic talents shared with our community. Try to find the time to give the Regional and Local Bands some attention and take some more photos. As you know...there is a huge, depth of talent in the area. We are the ground breakers in new music but have few outlets to perform in and to get paid fairly to do it. Kind of like being a photographer in Rochester...

An old geezer from Mic and the Anglos ( Craig R. Moffitt 1981- 1987 )

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/27/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

I LIKE WHAT KAMAKAZZE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HOW TO FIX THE RCSD... I hope the board ( VAN WHITE ) and the Supt. read this...this is a way to make it work. Stick with this plan for 10 years with no deviations.


1. Break up the district. Make it competitive.

2. Make the folks at the top accountable in the same way as teachers are made to be accountable.

3. Explore and commit to alternative programs/schools. All city was a success. The district and the board didn't get any data to see how much of a success it was. I cannot understand how the RCSD who is at the bottom in the state - and no one thought to get data from this program?! Staff who worked there knew about the success.

4. Utilize BOCES.

5. Hire reading teachers who are familiar with helping older students learn how to read. If you have to cut the already over bloated staff at central office to do this...then do it. It should be against the law that a child gets to 9th grade and can't read. This one emotes such a passion in me I can barely contain it. My thinking is this: if we can't afford to supply our schools with resources that work in teaching all of our children literacy, we can't afford a school board, secretaries that make $75 k a year, a director in charge of RCSD discipline (seriously where are you), an AA studies program ( MIA as well), I can go on, and on. OUR KIDS MUST BOOST THEIR READING LEVELS TO SUCCEED AND GRADUATE ON TIME.

6. Higher ups really need to visit the schools more often. Not knowing what is going on is a luxury the RCSD cannot afford. I would love to see the Dep. superintendent work as a building substitute for a month, along with Vargas and other important leaders who make very serious decisions.

I'm sure I'll be kicking myself tomorrow because I forgot one or two. Enjoy your holiday!

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/27/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “City schools' suspensions challenged

1. Break up the district. Make it competitive.
2. Make the folks at the top accountable the same way the teachers are.
3. Explore and commit to alternative programs/schools. All city was a success. The district and the board didn't get any data to see how much of a success it was. I cannot understand how the RCSD who is at the bottom in the state- and no one thought to get data from this program?! Staff who worked there knew about the success.
4. Utilize boces.
5. Hire reading teachers who are familiar with helping older students learn how to read. If you have to cut the already over bloated staff at central office to do this do it. It should be against the law that a child gets to 9th grade and can't read. This one emotes such a passion in me I can barely contain it. My thinking is this: if we can't afford to supply our schools with resources that work in teaching all of our children literacy, we can't afford a school board, secretaries that make 75k a year, a director in charge of RCSDdiscipline(seriously where are you), an AA studies program ( MIA as well), I can go on. And on. OUR KIDS MUST BOOST THEIR READING LEVELS.
6. Higher ups really need to visit the schools more. Not knowing what is going on is a luxury the RCSD cannot afford. I would love to see the dep super work as a building sub for a month, along with Vargas and other important leaders who make very serious decisions.
I'm sure I'll be kicking myself tomorrow because I forgot one or two. Enjoy your holiday!

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Posted by kamakazee78 on 11/26/2014 at 11:53 PM

Re: “To our readers

Enabling Facebook comments is fine as long as using a regular City account remains an option too. Some people prefer to not have Facebook accounts for various reasons.

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Posted by Lincoln DeCoursey on 11/26/2014 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

To all concerned...the grand jury proceedings are now open to the public and on-line for your reading and study. No stone was left un-turned and it is what it is...isn't it ?

Some states differ in procedure but all the state's prosecutor evidence was presented to 9 people : 3 black and 6 white based on the population of the county. As well, several black people testified against the deceased young man confirming all the evidence presented. These people of color and honor truthfully and under oath confirmed what really happened.

A young man stealing cigars and bullying and then intimidating a store clerk; walking away from the crime, down the street and are then confronted by the officer. The young man went to the police car and a struggle began for the officers gun. The gun discharged inside the patrol car once although, during the struggle multiple punches were thrown by the deceased connected to the face of the officer with his fists. The officer regained control of his weapon and pursued the deceased outside of his patrol car calling out to the young man to stop and get down on the ground with his gun drawn. The young man turned and charged back to the officer like an enraged rhinoceros and the officer responded within his right and duty as a sworn officer of the law; and ,shot the young man and killed him. Very tragic and tough on all of us...indeed both family's members.

Now it is the entire nation....

Again, when a police officer orders you, me, your mother, father or sister; no matter what race or color, do what the police officer says. Figure the rest out later...save your life and show respect for yourself and the law whether you like it or not.

With all that I have said... it really, deeply, bothers me that you folks that disagree keep trying to find that the "balance of justice is no longer fair "; that the " prosecutor should have announced the verdict early that day " ; that Sharpton and the rest are further dividing the Nation and Rochester, NY; that I heard a man on the radio today that said " I was a cracker and said that we should pray to God that us Black Folks don't kill or hurt you like you have done to me. I am 58 years old and am very fair and open to all people and am also fed up with the race disconnect. Keep burning down your own community but just don't come here to do it. Find a nice hobby or volunteer for something good in the community. Respect the police and they will respect you.

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Posted by crm135790 on 11/26/2014 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/26

Thank you, Mary Catherine Healy, for telling it exactly as it is. And these women call themselves feminists, while working to strip women of their rights, especially poor women. It's disgraceful.

Linda Stephens

Posted by Linda Stephens on 11/26/2014 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

Where are Rochester's rioters and looters. Today, the local GJ declined to indict the black man that stabbed and killed an unarmed black teen in Penfield recently. It seems that GJs are actually thinking, and take into account such things as self defense, even if the media does not.

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Posted by Luxembourg on 11/26/2014 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Everything we have on the Ferguson grand jury decision

It appeared to me that the prosecutor subverted the grand jury to get the no bill he wanted. Why place witnesses on the stands whose credibility was questionable and not in accordance with the physical evidence? Since when is a defendant allowed to testify at a grand jury, getting his story out without being challenged by an alternative scenario by the prosecution. The prosecutor's father was a cop who was murdered by a black suspect and this was the FIFTH case he's handled where a cop shooting a citizen under questionable circumstances was derailed by him before even allowing it to come to trial. His behavior was clearly biased and he should have been forced to recuse himself from this case and appointed a special prosecutor. Officer Wilson may very well be not guilty, but the way this whole thing was handled by the DA leaves many of Brown's supporters feeling they didn't get a fair and open inquiry into all the facts surrounding this case

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Posted by geodow on 11/26/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Theater Review: "West Side Story" at Kodak Center

You didn't mention the lighting. It was SO frustrating to so frequently not be able to see the actors or their faces, especially when compounded with the sound issues. I agree with your comments about the orchestra. The sets were uninspired. All in all, I felt that the talented people on stage were let down by the production side of things, as was the audience. Even the ushering was weird - did no one meet with the ushers to explain the numbering system?. And one usher opted to disrupt the opening number by bringing a couple down to the very front, only to return up the aisle with them (noisily) because they were on the wrong side. I was very excited to return to the Kodak Center to see a show as I often went there when Greece Athena did their shows there. The Athena production staff did not seem to have these same issues with the venue. For the price RAPA is now charging for tickets, one expects more...

Posted by Dee on 11/26/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “When lightning strikes

And don't forget Steve Czubara -- this Rochester-based music photographer holds a special place for Peter Gabriel fans: http://www.steveczubara.com/#!music-3

Posted by Katherine Stathis on 11/26/2014 at 10:44 AM

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