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Re: “RCSD gets low grades from Distinguished Educator

This report makes official what many of us have known for a long time: that the RCSD is a rudderless ship, with greedy, incompetent administration and management. The district is basically a jobs and pension-padding program for politically- and otherwise connected individuals that has little or no interest in actual educational activities and outcomes. This sentence says it all: "The [school] Board has exerted pressure on staff hiring, retention, and promotion in areas where decision-making should remain under the purview of District administration."

From the report: "...another business community member said that if the District were a business, it should declare bankruptcy" and "one can only conclude that the District leaves supervision, school direction, and learning to chance."

Taxpayers are funding this district to the tune of nearly $1 billion per year, and this district is absolutely the bottom of the barrel: "RCSD had the lowest combined English language arts (ELA) and mathematics Performance Index in the state at the elementary and middle school levels (grades 3-8) in 2017."

If there is one positive outcome from this report, it is that it shreds the false narrative spread by the D&C and City Newspaper that the failure of the RCSD is the fault of people that do not even live in the district, yet lavishly fund this Democrat-run failure factory via a tax sharing arrangement that is grossly unfair to suburban residents that have no say in its operation.

Sorry, folks. The incompetence of the district is home grown and the district itself and city residents who vote on Board of Education members need to own this failure.

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Posted by Animule on 11/15/2018 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Climate report calls for 'unprecedented' action

It's not climate change that we really have to worry about. It's the actions that climate change alarmists want to force on the US to make people more poor, less free, all with the odds of making a measurable difference on climate change right around zero.

I can envision a day when these boneheads ban natural gas in a misguided effort to address a trumped up problem and we all freeze to death in the middle of a February cold snap here in Rochester. None of the activists and alarmists pushing these "solutions" have the faintest idea how a power grid works.

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Posted by Animule on 10/17/2018 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Wilt withdraws from Assembly race

Before the Congressional primary, few people had heard of Robin Wilt. But after seeing her stumble her way through two debates, failing to deliver a cogent response to even rudimentary questions, it is clear that she probably is not even qualified to serve on a local town board - much less state or federal office. You wonder if the voters in Brighton have buyer's remorse with her.

One thing about her that is crystal clear is that she must be seen as a victim. This sense of victimization is very much a part of her DNA and she had to spin her withdrawal from the race as victimization. That's all she really has to offer. The sooner she disappears from the local political scene, the better.

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Posted by Animule on 07/29/2018 at 9:25 AM

Re: “Wilt pivots to Assembly run

Robin Wilt is running for Assembly, a job that puts her in a position to make new laws. It seems disingenuous - to say the least - that her first major move is to violate an existing law on residency in declaring her candidacy to run for a position that she is not eligible to run for. This should automatically rule out her candidacy.

This is really a sad commentary on the state of political candidates today. And after seeing her in two Congressional debates, she may be the worst candidate in recent memory when judged on the ability to respond to a question in a debate setting. The only qualities she seems to have going for her are her gender and ethnicity, and sadly, this is all that matters to a large chunk of the local population. This sort of dynamic is what gave us Judge Leticia Astacio. This is what you get when your standards reach rock bottom.

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Posted by Animule on 07/12/2018 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Perspectives: Jean Carroll

Of the $9 million that the YWCA of Greater Rochester and Monroe County has invested in stocks and other investments, the organization has over a half-million dollars invested in a hedge fund, a type of investment characterized by high risks, high rollers, and high costs. Why does a non-profit organization that professes to be fighting poverty have anything invested in a hedge fund?…

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Posted by Animule on 06/02/2018 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Poverty is still a major problem, ACT Rochester reports

"The percentage of families headed by single parents 39 is higher than that of the nation, and, not surprisingly, it's higher still in the City of Rochester among people of color: 76 percent for African American families, 61 percent for Hispanic families, 33 percent for whites, 21 percent for Asians." Until you change this, nothing is ever going to change regarding the poverty level. If you want to fix poverty, attack the single parent percentage directly by discouraging single parenthood since it is an absolute disaster, economically, socially, and more. This should be the top priority for fighting poverty; everything else is window dressing.

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Posted by Animule on 04/22/2018 at 10:56 PM

Re: “Candidates file for Congressional races

Louise Slaughter had prior political experience before she ran for Congress. She was in the Monroe County Legislature in the mid-1970s and before that I believe she may have held political office in the town of Perinton or village of Fairport prior to that. Trying to convince people that Rachel Barnhart's experience in running for office is somehow the same as Louise Slaughter's experience is ridiculous.

What Rachel is trying to do is start at the top. She has zero experience managing people. She has zero experience holding a political office. And based on her earlier book, it is not clear that she can get along with people without having the proclivity to stab them in the back. If she wants to hold high political office, she needs to gain experience in a lower office first so she can prove she belongs there and voters can see what she actually does in political office.

City council would be a natural, but she sees this as beneath her because it is a part-time job and it doesn't pay well enough to suit her needs. Maybe she's afraid that serving there would expose her for what she really is which is a narcissistic opportunist ready to believe anything that Robert Scott Gaddy whispers into her ear. The only way she has a shot at Congress is if she can corner the anti-Morelle vote, and that is not going to happen as that vote will now be split three ways.

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Posted by Animule on 04/14/2018 at 1:43 PM

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