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Media Analysis:  CNN's Obsession with the Missing Malaysian Airliner.

The disappearance of the Malaysian airliner is indeed a tragedy, but does it compare to 21,000 people every day dying of starvation, worldwide?
Media Analysis: CNN's Obsession with the Missing Malaysian Airliner.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014  Rochester, NY -  Which media outlet is better at reporting news and policies that have a real impact on your every day life:  CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, or MSNBC?  Would it surprise you to learn that none of the above is probably the correct answer?  Read on... Read More ...
Christopher J. Wilmot

The Death of the Oceans

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

War on Poverty: Changing Battlefield?

President Johnson shakes hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King after signing into law landmark civil rights legislation.
War on Poverty: Changing Battlefield?

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. 

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Aaron E. Wicks - 2 opinions posted

Op-Ed Briefs:  Mayor (Not) Warren-ted in Brown Dismissal; When Will U.S.-NATO Show Russia Some Muscle? Phoenix Pit-Bull's Gotta Go

Mayor Warren: Failed to check by-laws to see if she could fire union leader Bob Brown from RCSD building repair committee (photo: D&C).
Op-Ed Briefs: Mayor (Not) Warren-ted in Brown Dismissal; When Will U.S.-NATO Show Russia Some Muscle? Phoenix Pit-Bull's Gotta Go
Monday, March 17, 2014  Rochester, NY -  Another major blunder by Mayor Lovely Warren, or an honest mistake?  Why does the U.S. and NATO stand by, while Russia rigs a fake referendum in the Crimea?  Is it really the victim's fault, or supervising parents or guardian's fault, when pit bulls maul and kill children? Read More ...
Christopher J. Wilmot - 3 opinions posted

Rochester News & Politics

City vs. School District

Photo: D&C
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

Henrietta Not Willing to Roll the Dice on Casino

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

An Ignored Anniversary?

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

Want to Take a Bite Out of Crime in Rochester?  Outlaw Handguns

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 ...
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N.Y State & National Politics

A Party Without a Narrative
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

Society and Culture

What Needs to GO, in America, and Greater Rochester

At least these French idiots weren't nominated for any Oscars last night.
What Needs to GO, in America, and Greater Rochester
Monday, March 3, 2014  Rochester, NY -  Warning:  This article may offend you!  Additional warning:  It may be mostly tongue-in-cheek.  Proceed if you dare! Read More ...
Christopher J. Wilmot - 1 opinion posted

Why the Canadian Football League is More Entertaining than is the NFL

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

What is the Purpose of Prison?
What is the Purpose of Prison?
Wednesday, February 19, 2014  A recent proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo to promote college degrees among New York’s incarcerated population drew immediate and harsh rebukes from the world of social media. While not an objective measure of public sentiment, it does suggest that there is a deep resistance to investing in people who are incarcerated. This begs the question: why do we lock people up – and why do Americans generally lock up so many more people than any other people on earth?  Read More ...
Aaron E. Wicks - 1 opinion posted

In Defense of Jerry Seinfeld and Non-PC Humor

Jerry Seinfeld: Recently on CNN, Seinfeld had the audacity to suggest that he has the right to invite on his web series any comic he finds funny (photo: Wikipedia).
In Defense of Jerry Seinfeld and Non-PC Humor
Saturday, February 15, 2014  Rochester, NY -  Should comedian Jerry Seinfeld be allowed to pick any comic he wants to appear on his web series, irrespective of race, ethnicity or gender?  I've already made up my mind:  You decide. Read More ...
Christopher J. Wilmot