NY State Assemblyman Joe Morelle. He will not seek re-election as chair of the MCDC.
Breaking News: Morelle Out as Chair of MCDC Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Rochester, NY - Whether pressure was exerted by Mayor Warren and Assemblyman Gantt, or whether Assemblyman Joe Morelle finally had enough, or some of both, the end result is the same: Joe Morelle will no longer be chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee (MCDC). A verbatim press release appears inside. Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot
Koch Brothers: Legitimately 'interested' campaign contributors, or representatives of the expanding American oligarchy?
Monday, April 21, 2014 With the Supreme Court opening up the money floodgates in American campaigns and technology continuing to change how we relate to one another, running for office is bound to change dramatically. What can we expect to see on the ground locally? Will it take a Super PAC to run for School Board?
A sea turtle, muching on some delicious plastic. Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.
The Death of the Oceans Thursday, April 10, 2014 Rochester, NY - Our planet's oceans are in worse shape now then at any other time in the past 300 million years. If you love the beach, if you enjoy eating fresh seafood not raised on a farm, then read on, and find out why it might not be too late to save our oceans. Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot
City vs. School District Wednesday, March 12, 2014 The city of Rochester has received several million dollars to renovate a number of its school buildings. With that much money on the line, it was obvious there would be some fighting. So, how do the heavyweights match up? In a battle of city versus school district, who has the upper hand?Read More ... Aaron E. Wicks - 2 opinions posted
Don't expect to see De Niro or Pesci in Henrietta anytime soon, or any other casino types either.
Henrietta Not Willing to Roll the Dice on Casino Monday, March 10, 2014 Rochester, NY - I attended the most recent Henrietta Town Board meeting, last Wednesday, March 5, 2014. By evidence of the jam packed hearing room, and the 85 or so opponents of a Native American casino in Henrietta, one would conclude the project is dead. Days later, even the town board, and, Henrietta Supervisor Jack Moore had come out against the project. So, is a casino dead-on-arrival in Henrietta? Hardly. Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot - 1 opinion posted
Photo: Democrat & Chronicle
An Ignored Anniversary? Wednesday, March 5, 2014 In less than five months, Rochester will observe a notable and unfortunate anniversary. Fifty years ago this July, Rochester experienced mass unrest unlike any seen previously in our community. As one might expect, it prompted much soul-searching and left the community shaken and forever changed. But is Rochester – once called “Smugtown USA” – about to allow this anniversary to pass without any significant community effort to account for our progress – or our inexcusable lack thereof?Read More ... Aaron E. Wicks
A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting than to be used in self-defense.
Want to Take a Bite Out of Crime in Rochester? Outlaw Handguns Monday, February 24, 2014 Rochester, NY - As this publication, and particularly, this journalist, has well documented, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren's new administration is off to a rocky start. How might Mayor Warren take the focus off her rookie mistakes, and redeem herself with City residents? By heeding the compelling--and alarming--statistics about firearm deaths in the Flower City, and propose a city-wide ban on the possession of handguns. Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot - 4 opinions posted
Watch the Latest Episode of the Smugtown Beacon Spotlight In the 2nd episode of our new TV show, the Smugtown Beacon Spotlight, we focus on the redevelopment of Downtown Rochester. Our guests are: Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, President, Rochester Downtown Development Corp.; and, Larry Glazer, CEO, Buckingham Properties. Our show airs on RCTV, Time Warner Cable channel 15 (only available in the City of Rochester). Read More ... Smugtown Beacon Producers
A Party Without a Narrative Thursday, February 27, 2014 A recent New York Times poll of Americans reveals a troubling sign for Democrats. Despite the fact that demographics favor them and despite the fact that voters are more likely to agree with their policies, voters are actually favoring the GOP in 2014. President Obama’s support has dwindled among independents, and even with John Boehner’s abysmal approval ratings, voters still give an edge to his party. Why is this?Read More ... Aaron E. Wicks - 1 opinion posted
Monday, April 7, 2014 With 2014 being the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s “unconditional war on poverty in America,” many have reflected on what has and has not been accomplished during that time. But more important than arguing over successes and failures (there have been both), is whether our community or our country is in a position to finally win this war. Despite plenty of cause for cynicism, there is good reason to believe that economic, demographic and political trends might converge on some constructive steps toward a more equitable society.
Toronto Argo's vs. Montreal Alouettes: Passing is everything in the CFL (photo: Montreal Gazette)
Why the Canadian Football League is More Entertaining than is the NFL Saturday, February 22, 2014 Rochester, NY - I love the New York Giants. My Dad was such a big fan--as was his Dad--I believe I really had no choice in the matter but to become a Giants fan. You see, it's probably in my DNA. But what pro football league do I like best? No contest: The Canadian Football League (CFL). I know it's treasonous to admit this, and perhaps I'll be deported to the next Hamilton Tiger Cats game, but if you love pro football, read on. Read More ... Christopher J. Wilmot