Jim Mayer 
Member since May 2, 2013

Recent Comments

Re: “Does Rochester really need Uber?

Earlier this year I had the misfortune to call a cab in Rochester. I had to call three different companies (and this was a day in advance). The cab I called came on time, but the driver spent the entire trip texting (I believe it was about the next fare to pick up). Texting and talking on the cell phone while driving is unsafe and illegal. It's also standard practice for Rochester cab drivers.

I've used Uber in several different cities. It works better and I've never seen an Uber driver text or use their cell phone while driving. I've also noticed that taxi service in areas with Uber seems to have improved substantially.

Rochester taxis are inconvenient, expensive, and unsafe. The line about drivers being well regulated professionals is bunk. I'm all for uniform regulations, but the arguments on the "no Uber" side just don't hold water.

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Posted by Jim Mayer on 05/15/2016 at 3:02 PM

Re: “A reluctant endorsement for Hillary Clinton

I'm going to be out of town on primary day and have already voted for Senator Sanders. That said, if, as seems likely, Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, I am going to be a big supporter. More than anything else, though, I want to beg people to not think about this primary in "us vs. them" terms: leave that to Fox News, they've been doing it for years.

As for abstaining or voting for Jill Stein in the general, if you're in a "safe" state then go for it, but if there is any chance that your vote will contribute to a Trump or Cruz presidency please think about the people who may be hurt. I remember the same arguments being made in 2000 and they brought us George W. Bush, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito, and those choices brought us Citizens United, voter ID laws, and and a corruption of our political processes that will, at best, take decades to reverse. A federal government in which today's Republican party effectively controls the executive, the legislative, and the judicial branches will have ramifications long past the next election cycle.

There is a real difference between the candidates of the two parties and, perhaps more importantly, there is a huge difference between the coalitions that support those parties. My choice this year was to vote my conscience in the primary and support Bernie Sanders. In the general election I will vote my conscience again,and support the Democratic nominee. It's not about "me" and it's not about "you": it's about casting a vote to protect and support our most vulnerable citizens, our environment, and our political institutions.

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Posted by Jim Mayer on 04/07/2016 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Carousel panel going to RMSC

Yes, it will be seen more. At a museum. In its ugly historical context. By people who are expecting to see it. Sounds like a good resolution to me.

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Posted by Jim Mayer on 02/24/2016 at 10:01 AM

Re: “Cameras will help 'stranded' cyclists

Great news! I've been at intersections where the light, literally, never changes for a person riding a bicycle. It gets old.

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Posted by Jim Mayer on 01/06/2016 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Cameras will help 'stranded' cyclists

This is great. I've been at intersections where the light, literally, never changes for a bicycl!. It gets old.

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Posted by Jim Mayer on 01/06/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Convenience in the city

I love the KaleTabouleh and the Farro salad.

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Posted by Jim Mayer on 09/10/2015 at 3:24 PM

Re: “On my mind (still): poverty and the city

Howard, I said "decades" because it's hard for me to wrap my mind around "centuries" and because so many of the issues we see today have their roots in the second Great Migration. In 1940 Rochester's black population was about 7,500, or 2.3% of nearly 325,000 people. My father was a teenager in the 1940s (not in Rochester), so that decade feels much more alive to me.

Posted by Jim Mayer on 05/26/2015 at 9:39 PM

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