As I anticipated, if this mayoral race was going to become "racially tinged", it would NOT be because of Jim Shepard or Rachel Barnhart or the supporters of either one.
Luxembourg: I think the most likely outcome is that Warren will win because Sheppard and Barnhart will split the ant-Warren vote. As much as I like Barnhart, I think Sheppard would have a very good chance of beating Warren head-to-head, but with Rachel in the race, Warren will most likely beat them both.
My opinion: If the mayoral race becomes "racially tinged", it will not be because of Jim Sheppard or Rachel Barnhart or supporters of either one of them.
Howard, the others, I believe, are taking issue with your statement "Trump attracted as many Black votes as Obama attracted white ones". This is clearly false and deserves to be clarified, which they did. Obama clearly attracted FAR more white votes as Trump attracted black votes.
How about keeping the red light cameras but making the following changes to the program:
1. Use it to catch true red light runners only. Stop nabbing "technical fouls" like stopping with your wheels on the white line, or making a right on red with no traffic around but not coming to a total stop.
2. Institute a warning notice for the first offense unless the offense is extremely blatant (like going through the intersection 3-5 seconds after the light has turned red).
3. Have some alternative for poor people to make good on their violation -- community service or attending a traffic safety class are some alternatives I've heard suggested.
If the red light cameras had been used to focus on people who truly were running red lights (going through the intersection when the light had turned red before they even entered the intersection), I'd be all in favor of them. As pretty much anyone who has lived in other parts of the country know, Rochester-area drivers are way worse than most other regions for running red lights.
But to me it looked mainly like a money-grab (by the city, and by the company that ran the program) when drivers were most often cited for much more minor infractions, like coming stopping for the red light but with their wheels slightly over the white line, or someone making a right on red, with no traffic around, who came to an almost-but-not-quite-total stop.
Yes, property tax rates work just like, say, sales tax rates. As the price of something goes up, like a gallon of gas or a car, the amount of the tax also goes up. Housing prices do tend to go up with time, which means the assessed value rightly goes up as well. Nothing mysterious or obscene about it.
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