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The Bug Jar's
I understand that the recent events at the Bug Jar were tragic and jarring to our beautiful city. I hope that the cause of this incident is sorted out and dealt with in a timely fashion. I also want to express deep sympathy to the families and friends of those victimized by such a needless act.
Rochester's music, art, culinary, and cultural diversity make it a magnet for those of us who live in and around the area and appreciate these things. A vast majority of performance groups, art collectives, etc., owe many of their accomplishments to the few venues in town that take chances on original and unique musical acts, art installations, etc. These venues are an integral part of the Rochester experience and provide an unparalleled outlet for creativity and entertainment here.
The importance of this outlet cannot by denied. It beckons many people to put down roots and remain in the area when there could be other options for career and family.
We have been embraced by a very open and non-discriminating environment and are proud to call Rochester our home for this reason. I urge city officials to consider the history and importance of the Bug Jar as it relates to a very large demographic in Rochester over the course of their investigation into the violent act that occurred recently. The venue is an integral part of our community and has been for a long time.
The Bug Jar offers the opportunity to experience music, art, and beauty every day that it opens its doors to the people of Rochester. We're a much better city having them stay open.
MICHAEL MUNN, ROCHESTER
Munn is a member of the local band Cavalcade.
The bus monitor
and human nature
We all need someone to blame.
Kids have been shockingly cruel since I can remember; they say deeply hurtful things to each other, they kill small animals for fun – we just haven't always had iPhones readily available to capture it. I don't blame "today's kids."
We say "shame on their parents." Yes, parenting is a strong factor in a child's behavior. But then again, many serial killers come from perfectly "normal," responsible, disciplined homes. And most great people I know came from messed up childhoods. Is it a new thing for humans to act out as youngsters, go against what is taught and expected of them, rebel against their parents' plans for them? Until I've met these parents and observed how they raise their children, I'm not going to pass harsh judgment on them as so many have.
"Blame society"? Good luck with that one. We all make up the same population – so, does that technically mean you blame yourself, too?
So who do we blame? Maybe the human species for being cruel by nature and doomed to repeat our mistakes for the duration of our existence. So then I guess you can blame Who or whatever it was that created us. But just as parents can't control their children's future, Who/whatever created us probably didn't intend on us being so self-destructive, either.
As proactive as we try to be, unexplainable acts of cruelty will continue to happen, and it's how we react to them that defines us as humans. After 9/11, American humans beat the shit out of innocent Muslim-Americans. An innocent bus monitor gets verbally assaulted by children. Meantime, their parents are showered by hundreds of comments about what terrible people they are and how their kids deserve to be murdered and raped.
The Greece kids are the owners of their actions and need to be punished appropriately. And the punishment needs to come from their parents; no use blaming the Greece school district or the police for not "doing something." Preferably the punishment should actually serve the bus monitor: a summer's worth of chores for her, a sincere apology (not an immediate reaction to all the media hype, but a hand-written reflection after they've had several weeks to think about the chaos they've caused), and maybe a nice gift, like a day at the spa while she's on her vacation of a lifetime.
And to those of us who respond emotionally and irrationally to cruelty, therefore perpetuating the very thing that we protest: I don't blame you, either. You're just a human.
WILLY O'RILEY, ROCHESTER
and the church
The Catholic bishops have declared June 21-July 4 as the "Fortnight for Freedom," supposedly to highlight the importance of religious freedom. In Brazil, a 9-year-old girl was raped by her stepfather, and both she and the doctors who performed her abortion were excommunicated. The church has not taken steps against the stepfather; the archbishop for the region was quoted as saying that although the stepfather had committed a heinous crime, the abortion was more serious.
Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent by the church to settle pedophilia lawsuits. Every week, hard-working Catholics put money in the collection basket that the church then uses to protect pedophile priests and launch campaigns to create false controversies that are political in nature.
Until women are given full equality in the Catholic Church, the male hierarchy will continue to cling to their power thru any means necessary. Shame on them. Pursuit of power in the name of Jesus is obscene.
PATRICIA MEGERLE, ROCHESTER
I was at the Pittsford Library trying to complete coursework from my graduate-school program when for the third time this month, the library alarm went off. While exiting the building, I grabbed the recent City News to read, in case I was going to be stuck outside for a long time.
I flipped to the movie reviews and started reading Dayna Papaleo's hilarious review of "That's My Boy" (June 20). I was literally laughing out loud. Of course, the picture next to it, with Adam Sandler and, more important, Andy Samberg's classical doofus face, made me envision all the things she was describing.
Dayna, thank you for the entertainment. It was what I needed after a truly horrible week and a half of reading and writing papers. You may wish to reconsider being a reviewer and consider moving to Hollywood and pitching your own screenplay. With your skill, we could have another "Bridesmaids."
LIZ SERLING, ROCHESTER
in city schools
Thank you for continuing to be a thorn in the side of our community by correctly insisting that it is our lack of meaningful commitment to the children of Rochester that perpetuates the cycle of under-educated urban youth and the continuation of a permanent and growing underclass (Urban Journal, June 13).
I especially appreciate your response to those who fail to recognize that concentrated poverty means something different today than it did when their forebearers arrived in America. And let's not forget that most of these folks did not arrive in shackles.
Denial of the roots of the problem or worse, blaming the parents and then just walking away, are what keeps me grinding my teeth at night. I want to believe that the people of the Greater Rochester area are better than this.
There are pockets of hope and initiatives that help a small percentage of those in need, but until suburban leadership has the courage to integrate, I fear nothing will change.
LINDA LOPATO, ROCHESTER
Mr. Moule apparently hasn't taken a good look at the American Electorate lately. ("Obama and Romney Shouldn't Trivialize the Presidential Campaign," News Blog.) If he had, he might have noticed that they aren't out in the streets demanding that the two candidates engage in serious debate. Nor are they complaining that they're being short-changed.
What they ARE doing, when they do anything at all, is responding favorably to the "small" style of campaigning epitomized by the use of useless (for this purpose) technologies such as Twitter, Farcebook, etc.
A candidate would be a fool to waste his/her time and money trying to hammer a lengthy or detailed message into the heads of those who live in a world bounded by such short-attention-span activities as texting and nattering on cell phones.
You want to blame somebody, Mr. Moule, then blame the "consumers," not the "suppliers." The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our candidates, but in ourselves!
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