Spiderman in Smugtown
Breakdancing remake to shoot in Rochester next?
Wednesday May 1, 2013 The debate in Rochester over the filming of scenes in Spiderman 2 represents another example of the Smugtown approach to things: one side cheers, the other side boos, but both ignore a deeper irony. In this case, the fact that one of the nation’s most asset-rich places for the arts has consistently misplayed its hand. Will we ever learn? Read More ...
Aaron E. Wicks
If it Comes Down to Experience, it's Richards by a Mile
Hizzoner, Rochester Mayor Tom Richards. An attorney and the former CEO of RG&E: Is Richards the most qualified Mayor Rochester has ever seen?
Monday, April 29, 2013 Rochester, NY - Much has been made in the local media, as well as this publication, about the race for Mayor of the City of Rochester. Rather than the logical focus on the candidates and their stands on the issues, there has already been too much of a hyper-focus on Democratic Party in-fighting. But let's get back to the fundamental question here: Is City Council President Ms. Lovely Warren really up to the challenge of unseating her apparently very qualified foe, incumbent Mayor Tom Richards? Read More ...
Christopher J. Wilmot - 2 opinions posted
Adam Urbanski and Thirty Years of Decline
Urbanski: 33 years of smiles
Wednesday April 17, 2013 Over the past 33 years, Rochester Teachers’ Association President Adam Urbanski has been the one variable that has remained unchanged in the failing formula of Rochester’s schools. To some, Urbanski is a hero, to others a villain. But to all he is a survivor. What does this say about the state of education in Rochester? What hope is there for the future? Read More ...
Aaron E. Wicks - 5 opinions posted
A Constitutionally Sound Education Part III
Adequate libraries are part of the 7 court-ordered minimum resource requirements for a sound basic education
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Rochester, NY - When you read Justice DeGrasse's 7 resources required for a sound basic education, they seem reasonable, but how does a school district with 85% of its students at risk - and under pressure to tighten its belt during a recession - meet these requirements? RCSD Board member Willa Powell reveals the conflict between austerity and constitutional obligation in Part III of her series. Read More ...
Green Party Candidate for Mayor Has an Eye on the Cold, Hard Cash
Monday, April 1, 2013 Rochester, NY - Today may be April Fools' Day, but this is no joke: The City of Rochester faces a $30 million annual budget deficit. Green Party Mayoral candidate Mr. Alex White thinks he has a solution. Read More ...