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Re: “Our quest to become a ‘City of the Arts’

Mark-I do respect your opinion, but famous quotes don't help come up with a solution of how and who should be paying for it. I'm tired of things being subsidized by the masses. If you feel so strongly about the Arts, instead of quotes, tell us what you would do to make it a viable business. Please don't misunderstand me, I too like the Arts as I mentioned before. I just think generating more revenue to cover expenses is the way to go.

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Posted by Mitch on 09/20/2017 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Our quest to become a ‘City of the Arts’

My wife and I enjoy going to GEVA and The Eastman Theatre to see the RPO a few times every year. But that doesn't mean I would agree that we should have a mandatory 1% come off the top for the arts with any building project in Rochester. Last week you states "Poverty, home ownership, unemployment, student achievement are all worse for people of color". Isn't addressing that financially more important than the arts? You also mention we need to "create more affordable housing for low-income artists". That tells me we have too many artists in this town. Simple supply and demand. Instead of constantly finding ways to spend other people's money, how about telling all these artists to treat it as a hobby until they make it big, and get a good job. I understand that people become artists for the love of it. But maybe they should think of the financial consequences of going down that path. Get a business degree instead. Then the supply of artists will go down, and those left will be able to flourish. You also mention that "The arts can't support themselves. We said for years that we're a City of the Arts". Who's we? And if the Arts can't support themselves, maybe they shouldn't be here. Just like the Fast Ferry which someone already mentioned. Why do people push for things where there isn't demand to support it? Why doesn't Wegmans build a store at the end of everyone's street? It would benefit so many people as each store would be far less crowded, and we could all walk to the store. Supply and demand......And please don't compare us to Boston where there are far more millionaires than there are in Rochester. Also salaries are 25-35% higher.

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Posted by Mitch on 09/18/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “How racist is Rochester?

Mary Anna....I can't believe you actually wrote that zoning laws, banking practices, criminal justice laws all have kept people of color impoverished. And then you state the problems have been perpetuated by those of us who are white. So are you saying banks deny loans solely on color? Or police only arrest blacks? Or blacks aren't allowed to vote? Why is it you constantly blame others for the stupidity, or lack of responsibility and pride of some of those who CHOSE to be poor. How rich were the majority of immigrants that came over here and made this country great through hard work and discipline? What entitlements were there for them? Take charge of your own destiny is the message you should be delivering! Not the woe is me and its everyone else's fault I'm poor. Are there any blacks, or latinos that live in Pittsford, Penfield, or Webster? How were all of them able to overcome? Stop inciting racial segregation! Why are so many Indians, Vietnamese, Chinese, so successful? Go to RIT or UofR and interview a few of the students there. It's how parents raised them. They were taught to work hard and that there dreams were totally in their control. Ask those students, if given a choice, would they spend money on $200 sneakers and tattoos....or on text books. Sometimes I think or entitlement system becomes a crutch for those too lazy to find a way out. Instead, why not have another child I can't afford. It's a way of admitting this is the only thing I can accomplish in life. How terrible it is to force a child to be born into poverty. Where is the shame by the mother! I hope in the future, you write an article that is more positive on how people of different races have become successful. Teach others through your paper and stop continuing to divide us!

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Posted by Mitch on 09/09/2017 at 9:23 AM

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

Hi Mark-Not sure what data you're looking for. If it's about the 11% of 19 year olds making less than MW as Miller claimed, either they are subsidized through tips, or their employer is breaking the law. I go back to the supply and demand argument. If people would strive to better themselves, there wouldn't be a supply of workers to fill the demand of the low paying jobs. If it's about the kiosks being placed, no data is needed. I've talked to store managers, as an investor, about the kiosks. I would encourage you to go talk to the wait staff if employees have been cut with the addition of these units. Yes, my survey was small, but companies don't spend thousands of dollars putting these systems in because they think it's cool. Always a profit motive, no workmen's comp for a machine, no benefits, no breaks or vacations.

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Posted by Mitch on 08/14/2017 at 8:32 AM

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

Miller-How can you say historically , increases to minimum wages don't reduce employment? Our state is in the process of raising the minimum wage over the next few years. In the last 12 months, I've seen order kiosks being installed at Applebees, Panara's, Chili's, etc. Is it a coincidence that they are being put in now versus years ago when the technology was available? Businesses are cutting employees because they don't need to raise wage rates, or benefits, for a computer terminal. The line item of salary, general administrative expenses are increasing so, from a business point of view, replacing humans makes sense. Raising prices will decrease traffic flow as many people, like seniors are on a fixed budget that doesn't increase with CPI. You also mention 11% of those under 19 make less than minimum wage. I'll bet many of those work in restaurants where tips are based on their performance. If your goal is to raise all of them to a higher wage level, doesn't that reward mediocrity as the crappy waitress will make the same as someone providing good service? Many people, including me, will not leave any tip if you raise wage rates for this group because my total costs will increase proportionately. I'm a senior on a budget. So all you've done is, temporarily gave minimum wage earners a bonus, then either normalized their income due to less tips, or sent them to the unemployment line.

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Posted by Mitch on 08/13/2017 at 10:00 AM

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

Wow. Your logic amazes me Mary Anna. In the beginning of your article you mention how the concentration of poor is increasing in the city, and in female head of households. Later in the article you mention the flight of middle/upper income people out of the city. Doesn't that skew the data? The question should be WHY was there flight of this group. They sought opportunity? Saved to move out of the city and into the suburbs like my parents who raised us on Alphonse street? Not let's try and balance it out by increasing the wages on people who did a terrible job of controlling their career trajectory. Race has nothing to do with it. It's an insult to those African American's and Hispanics that worked hard to grab the brass ring in life. For example, I called on many very successful minority doctors, PA's, NP's, RN's. A handful of these were originally office workers making minimum wage that decided to go to nursing or med school. And some of the LPN's, or RN's were working FT and in night school. I'm just tired of hearing society needs to fix a problem that a non-motivated person created. Just like the writer Eric mentioned, live within your means and plan for your OWN success! I can recall a clinic in Wolcott, NY I was calling on where a patient, and her two kids, each had iPhones and plenty of tattoos between them, yet she checked in with her Medicaid card. At that time I had a flip phone. You mention "Inequality is built into our wages and hiring structures. We value some kinds of work, and some kinds of workers, far more than we value others." OF COURSE! I value a physician who is treating me when I'm sick, or cutting me open, versus a person asking me if I want fries with that. You mention that the healthcare and social assistance industry jobs offer no room for growth. True if you don't take the initiative to better yourself by getting a college education. There is night school, online certification, and employers willing to help you get an education through scholarships. Wegmans is a fantastic example of that!
The best way to increase wages, is to change the supply and demand curve. If more people strived to get a higher education, there would be less of a pool of HS grads for these low paying jobs. Corporations would need to pay more to attract candidates to these jobs then. I do feel for those less fortunate who live in a prison without walls. But that's what they choose to do. I have no sympathy for people who don't even try to better themselves like immigrants did years ago, who weren't educated, when they entered this land of opportunity!

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Posted by Mitch on 08/12/2017 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Lovely Warren’s right about red-light cameras

Mary Anna, Do you really believe what you write or do you just post opinions that you know you'll get poor feedback on? I swear you write these articles to just mess with our heads. Those camera's reduced accidents by 21%...period. The cameras have no idea who is rich or poor, they treat everyone fairly based on actions the driver takes. You instead want to divide people more, based on income. Wouldn't treating everyone the same make more sense to unify people? I would encourage anyone that gets in an accident at any of these intersections to sue the city because they have now created a safety issue by not policing these intersections with a tool that is PROVEN to reduce accidents. Your lawyer can reference the study that was done, and how the city decided to instead put people at greater risk. Using your thought process, should we empty the prisons of people who commit crimes but are below the poverty level? Should we let shoplifters go if a thief can prove they are poor or downtrodden? I agree with a previous post that stated violators can do community service, or take the 6 hour state approved safe driving course. That way, money isn't an issue. I wish your paper would promote responsibility, unity, and personal pride for following societal rules.

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Posted by Mitch on 12/17/2016 at 7:51 PM

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