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This past Saturday I was privileged to attend a birthday party for a 60-year-old medical doctor. She and her three siblings legally immigrated to the US approximately 50 years ago from India with what they could carry in their luggage and very few other resources.
All of the children studied hard and became medical doctors. The husband of the birthday celebrant is also from India and is a doctor. He has a PhD in physics and has several patents.
Are they a typical immigrant family? Perhaps not, but their motivation, hard work, and success is typical. Foreigners make up two-thirds of our PhD candidates in math and science, and disproportionately account for tech startups. We are all immigrants, and we need to continue to welcome immigrants if we want to keep America great.
On a developer's plan to buy the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School campus and convert part of it into a destination hotel: I'm glad they are keeping most of the campus intact. I'm not thrilled with the new building at the corner, right next to the park. I would rather see that elsewhere, preferably off the property. Hopefully, the new building will incorporate design elements that reflect the main buildings and park attributes.
Neighbors want to see the plan for the new "commercial" building. That is a park-like setting, and a commercial building will not fit.
MARY ROSE STEVENSON MCBRIDE
Just read CITY's letter about impending changes to the way you'll provide news to your readers. Bummer! This bodes ill.
The traditional role of the media has been print media for detailed/in-depth reporting, TV and radio for "breaking news," and radio for access to news on-the-road.
While technology and social media have blurred these lines by giving print media the same ability to provide "breaking news" (and cable TV the ability to provide in-depth coverage, an ability they've badly squandered), when newspapers have started to downsize their traditional role and started expanding their social media footprint, they tend to emphasize "human interest" and "soft news" fluff instead of real news, all in an effort to attract more internet hits.
In addition, the easily ignored ads printed in newspapers wind up being replaced with totally obnoxious pop up ads on Facebook.
Bottom line is that a newspaper's bottom line is not the bottom line of their readers. So guess whose bottom line ends up on the bottom?
MICHAEL J. NIGHAN
On our feature story on meteorologist Scott Hetsko: Thank you for sharing this, Scott. We thank God for you, for your donor Shawn, and for your beautiful attitude. I'm a donor and because of you my husband is now a donor!
JEANNE WELTZER CERONE