Kathryn Quinn Thomas 
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Re: “Footing the free college bill

I'm glad the free college tuition issue is being discussed. My thoughts (at no cost to you):
*Free community college simply makes high school a six-year experience, rather than the current four years.
* Free public higher education will make private school education even more elitist than it is already.
*Free college tuition presumes everyone needs a traditional higher education experience.
*Folks value what they have to work for. Paying tuition often makes students think a bit harder about what they are studying and why.

College is very expensive and that needs to change. But the change needs to include more and better education in the trades and less focus on college for all (leaving those who can't do it out in the cold.) And prospective college students should be provided with more data on what their chosen major offers in terms of jobs after graduation. Entering a journalism program at a traditional technical college, for example, will not offer many decent employment opportunities, while leaving students with a butt load of debt they can't afford to pay.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 06/24/2016 at 9:39 AM

Re: “Midtown casino: 'It's not your city anymore'

Could we have a City story on the effects of the Seneca Buffalo casino? Or is it too soon?

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 06/01/2016 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Diverse schools? Survey shows the public may be ready

Eric, answer this question for me: How do you define diverse? If you meant to ask which district has the most kids with darker skin, then it's the City School District. Does that make it diverse ? Diverse means many different colors, sizes, financial situations, abilities, etc. That certainly does not apply to most, if not all of, of the school districts in the county.

If you are using diverse as a code word, which I think you are, then shame on you.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 05/29/2016 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Diverse schools? Survey shows the public may be ready

I hope this is true. It would be such a boon to the school district.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 05/27/2016 at 4:59 PM

Re: “Does Rochester really need Uber?

Actually Uber drivers make very little money compared to professional cab drivers. Meanwhile, the company's overlords make billions on their backs. Anyone who talks about bringing down the one percenters might want to think of this before using the app.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 05/11/2016 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Writers & Books names new executive director

Sorry "linkfence." I'm retired! If you take a look at most of our local, arts-based nonprofit organizations, you will note the large numbers of white faces. If you think it's racist to want to see someone with a different perspective in an organization whose mission is to serve the community, and which relies a great deal on public grant money and a tax free status, then so be it.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 05/06/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Writers & Books names new executive director

Rochester Musician: I suppose it's possible, but wouldn't it be great to have someone come in with a different kind of perspective? I could list all the ways the organization is missing some very powerful change, but you won't hear it anyway.

Maiast, lots of women have always worked at W&B and are paid almost nothing. We joke and call them nuns. Clearly, if the organization was all that open in the search, then someone could have been found to bring in a brand new perspective. Sheesh. The new guy was even locally grown. I mean, even a West Coast white guy could bring some change along with him.

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Posted by Kathryn Quinn Thomas on 05/04/2016 at 2:15 PM

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