Rochester's next police chief, expected to be named later this month, will walk into an extraordinarily tough job: fighting crime and improving police-community relations. At the same time.
We moan a lot in Rochester about how much our downtown has changed. And it has, obviously.
Want to read something that will break your heart? Sitting on my desk at work is a hefty group of reports collected over the years, including numerous ones produced by the Rochester school district.
Even if she hadn't won last week, Lovely Warren would deserve credit for focusing relentlessly on the existence of "two Rochesters" during her campaign for mayor. Dealing with poverty and its consequences in Rochester's inner city is the most important challenge this city faces.
When I was in seventh grade, math class in our public school opened the same way every Monday: with the teacher asking us to raise our hand if we had gone to Sunday school and church the day before. Good little girl that I was, I went to Sunday school and church every week.
Do you suppose Rochester voters will do their civic duty and show up at the polls on November 5? Participation in city elections has been low for years, but I was astonished at the dismal turnout in the September primary.
We've had just over a week of the new print version of the Democrat and Chronicle, with, as promised, more content than the old D&C.And I'm not loving it. Change is good.
"This isn't some damn game." That was John Boehner, digging in his heels last week as he insisted that Democrats negotiate over the Affordable Care Act.
You've read the stories: As hundreds of teenagers change RTS buses downtown after school, fights erupt, crowds gather, chaos ensues, and the police try to restore order. The fights don't happen every day.
Is there anything left to be said about guns and violence? Charles Blow got it right in the Times following the terror in the Washington Navy Yard last week.
He's still on the November ballot, on the Working Families and Independence lines, but Mayor Tom Richards ended his campaign for re-election on Tuesday, citing serious health issues of a family member. Presumably if he had won last week's Democratic primary, Richards would have continued to the general election, facing the Green Party's Alex White.
Let me think out loud again, if you will, about Syria. Russia's proposal to put Syria's chemical weapons under international control offers some hope.
Obama's address on Syria on Saturday wasn't what anybody expected. And it didn't take long for the predictable critics to launch the predictable criticisms.
Well, here we are, 50 years after the March on Washington, with commemorative gatherings, speeches, workshops, and media interviews with people who participated in that demonstration on the Mall that hot August day. We have made progress since then, certainly, just as the nation had made progress in the 100 years before the March.
Well, that gave everybody something to talk about, didn't it? State education officials released school-district scores on standardized tests last week, and the news was awful.
Last week was a tough week in Rochester, with the news about Valeant moving the B+L headquarters to New Jersey and laying off hundreds of employees here. And I keep thinking about Detroit's bankruptcy.