Why Rochester’s cabbage spill is no laughing matter 

Complaints about commuting are virtually universal in the elevators, water coolers, and break rooms of Rochester, New York. From snow in the winter to construction in the summer, Rochester’s roads deliver little in the way of satisfaction. And it’s no surprise that today’s cabbage spill on New York Interstate 490 was the core of jokes,…

Three ways to stand up against violence in Rochester

Last week’s shooting in southwest Rochester was both traumatic and tragic. However, the Democrat and Chronicle reports that the overall rate of violent crime, including shootings, decreased by approximately 23 percent between 2005 and 2014. As city officials continue their search for the perpetrators, the rest of the community must evaluate the purpose and progress of existing activity intended to curb crime and violence in Rochester. Beyond city-led programs, individual residents…

Violence shakes southwest Rochester 

As Rochester wakes up this morning, many will learn about a mass shooting in the city’s southwest quadrant. At the time of this post, three people are dead and four injured in what was allegedly a drive-by shooting near the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester following a basketball game. For years, Rochester didn’t have…

Photonics HQ confusion exposes lack of unified vision, leadership in Rochester region

An edited version of this blog also appeared via Democrat and Chronicle on Aug. 18, 2015 and in print on Aug. 22, 2015 p. 17A, “Consider the big picture.” Last night, the Albany bureau of the Democrat and Chronicle reported on public announcements from opposing sides of the debate on where to locate a proposed headquarters for AIM Photonics. This public and embarrassing display of disconnect…

8 for 8: Press on and the power of persistence 

The purpose of the “8 for 8” series is to share the wisdom I’ve received from past generations. It draws upon the conclusion of a study citing “advice” as the thing Millennials most want from their elders. In my experience, one of the most difficult transitions from the privilege and sanctuary of an undergraduate education…