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Re: “Rally urges fair scheduling for workers

The new regulations "will have a significant impact on low-wage workers." This is the absolute truth. Restaurants will rush to replace employees with kiosks, robots, and other technologies that eliminate the negative ramifications of a proposed law that kills the ability of a restaurant to bring in extra help on anything less than 14 days notice. Anyone wondering why Western New York has become a jobs desert should look at proposed laws like this. The stupidity of people pushing laws like this that will result in more unemployment is just astounding.

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Posted by Animule on 12/12/2017 at 7:35 AM

Re: “School 41 to close and a new school to open in its place

The concept closing a non-performing school and opening a "new" school on the same premises (presumably with many of the same "educators") is the rough equivalent of what some ill-performing hotels have done to avoid negative reviews on websites like TripAdvisor. I was told by a cab driver in Chicago not too long ago that hotels sometimes escape the legacy of poor consumer reviews by closing and then reopening under a new name which is a technique for burying the old, negative reviews. It appears that the RCSD is also trying to adopt this deceptive practice. Just another way this garbage barge of a school district can escape any accountability.

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Posted by Animule on 12/08/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Monroe Dems get a taste of victory

I listened to the same interview that Rachel Barnhart did. What I heard was a guy who was a cop talking. A guy with decades of experience and training for a job that you can die from if you make one wrong move, or one wrong assumption. We're lucky to have a guy like this in office, especially given unqualified candidates that have run in the past for sheriff, like Emily Good. Maybe if Rachel is upset with Baxter she should run against him. She seems to have a wealth of experience in law enforcement. Not.

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Posted by Animule on 11/16/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “How racist is Rochester?

"Hard Facts" provides zero new information; it is simply a re-statement of "facts" from prior studies. The news value from this "report" is zero. Plus, statistics on family structure and marriage are completely absent from "Hard Facts" which really should be renamed "Selective Facts." If these statistics were included, it would be painfully obvious that family structure, not race, is highly correlated to poverty.

Ed Doherty has made a nice six-figure plus career peddling this nonsense for years. Maybe somebody should ask him why - despite the supposed best efforts of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and numerous other non-profits in a city that has way, way more of these organizations than it "needs" that poverty in Rochester has gotten worse instead of better over the years. Maybe people like Ed Doherty are the problem, not the solution.

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Posted by Animule on 09/05/2017 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Developers lay out Skyview on the Ridge plans

The only real solution to the Medley Center debacle is to implode most of the structure. The Rochester area is incredibly over-built for retail (as is the US as a whole - in orders of magnitude versus the rest of the world) and developing 50k of 900k of empty space barely makes a dent. There simply does not exist any remotely viable, economically feasible use for this much empty space in the Rochester area. Imploding much of the excess space would prevent more tax dollars from being wasted on this white elephant.

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Posted by Animule on 09/01/2017 at 8:22 AM

Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

"Raising wages isn't the only thing we need to do to decrease the high poverty level of the city..." The "we" here also refers to City Newspaper, an employer that routinely recruits unpaid interns to do work that should be paid. Maybe City Newspaper needs to take its own medicine before it dispenses its medical advice to the masses.

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Posted by Animule on 08/10/2017 at 8:00 AM

Re: “New train station, old problems

This article says the train station cost $15 million; the D&C article on the station says it cost $29.5 million (with $15 million of that in federal funds). If the D&C article is correct, the City Newspaper article is incorrect, and needs to be corrected. Pretty big difference between the two numbers and if the D&C number is correct, it is insane to spend this money on a station that gets less than one-tenth the traffic the airport gets. What a grotesque waste of tax dollars. Link to D&C article:…

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Posted by Animule on 06/30/2017 at 4:51 PM

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