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Re: “What’s Next?

All this hysteria about an old photo is absurd. J'accuse! Yes, it is a stupid and racially insensitive photograph. It shouldn't have happened. But let's get a grip: the photo is nearly 35 years old. America, and most everybody in the country, is a lot different now. This idea that anyone who did something stupid or insensitive in the distant past, when they were young should be hounded out of his/her job is crazy--the mob mentality at work.

The only pertinent question is what are Northam's views now--or what have they been recently. He's been in state politics for at least a decade. Has she demonstrated racist views or embraced discriminatory policies recently? If he has, then maybe he should resign. If not, there is no reason for him to resign. I read that he sacked or replaced two Air Quality Control Board members. What that has to do with his sensitivity to race, I do not know. Were the Board members black? The story doesn't say. And we learn that he supported a compressor station in a black neighborhood. I have no idea what all the facts are about the compressor station and its location, but I'm betting it's not really a racial issue. Maybe, but I doubt it. The whole thing has been completely blown out of proportion by Democrats who are happy to flail themselves on cultural issues of importance, even if there is little genuine evidence to justify the flailing.

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Posted by kazoo on 02/06/2019 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Down Home

If someone decided to sell six hotdogs in front of his or her house one day, Style would be there to cover it! Where would this little publication be without restaurant news and event previews?

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Posted by kazoo on 12/29/2018 at 4:33 PM

Re: “OPINION: Thanks to several major funding projects, 2019 will be one of the most important in Richmond’s history

Good grief, enough about the city's "crumbling schools." The constant hand-wringing has become tiresome. Here's the thing: Several new schools //have been built// in recent years--and three more are in the process of being built. That's a good thing; that's how you do it--incrementally, steadily. Let's stop pretending that the city can afford to build, say, 40 new schools in 10 years. It's very easy for new superintendent Kamras to waltz into Richmond--like Stoney--and start clamoring for hundreds of millions of dollars to quickly build scores of new schools and make up for 50 years of neglect. It's not feasible--but we must listen to this ENDLESS caterwauling about old schools. Teach the children, build new schools incrementally.

It would also be nice to stop all the complementary pleas for more general funds money for Richmond Public Schools. Enough: RPS spends //more money per pupil// than ANY school district in Virginia. Everybody knows that RPS has been badly managed and has wasted money for decades. RPS needs to spend its money more efficiently, starting with spending less money on administration and excessive salaries for administrators.

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Posted by kazoo on 12/28/2018 at 11:29 AM

Re: “BridgePark and Beyond: The bold plan to reconnect downtown, Manchester and the riverfront

Seems very grand and expensive--and would seem to involve a LOT of walking, and to what precisely? What would be the attractions, beside the river? Yes, people could see the river, but beyond that what would be the attraction? New York's High Line is in the heart of New York; you can walk a few blocks and hop off and there is much to see and do. That wouldn't be the case with this idea. The bridge is excessively large and in a perfect world should be repurposed (just as in a perfect world there would be no interstate highway running atop and halfway ruining Shockoe Bottom) but I'm not sure this is the answer. People like to promenade /along/ rivers, preferably close to shops and restaurants. This seems more akin to a mile of walking to reach a food truck. Is that overly skeptical?

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Posted by kazoo on 12/05/2018 at 7:28 PM

Re: “The Kids Are Still Waiting

Where comes this idea that the Richmond Public Schools need to be "fixed" immediately? You try to make incremental improvements, and certainly new schools have been built and are being built--incrementally, gradually. Richmond Public Schools have been mismanaged for decades, with some officials who are incompetent or corrupt, or both--and it's always been the most financially INEFFICIENT district in the state. RPS spends more per student than any district in the state--and has for years. And yet it is always asking for more money--money that will be wasted by incompetent administrators. This is a system that nearly ruined Binford--a middle sitting in the heart of the Fan District. It was nearly closed a year or two ago. It takes a special kind of incompetence to screw up a school that should be the best middle school in the city.

Yes, the system needs more new schools, but taxpayers are tired of hearing all this bleating about how RPS needs more money. Funding isn't the biggest problem with RPS. I read elsewhere that RPS wants to build three new "themed" high schools. I'm wondering what a themed high school is. It sounds like more hand-holding for kids--much like Binford now has an "art-integrated" curriculum. I like art, but I don't think an arts-oriented curriculum is the way to educate kids for the 21st century, in which expertise in STEM subjects will be vital. It strikes me as a way to make learning less demanding. And of course every new superintendent comes in asking for more money. With RPS it's always: "We're really not very good at what we do--but please give us more money." I respect the teachers; it's the RPS administration, and parents who do not get involved with with children's education, who are the problem.

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Posted by kazoo on 12/04/2018 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Mayor Stoney Receives Letter of Support for Renaming Boulevard From Former New York City Mayor

Ashe was an outstanding guy--but last I checked there is a monument to him on Monument Avenue plus a building named after him /on the Boulevard/. Stoney and others who support this idea have failed to acknowledge these facts or explain why we need /another/ Ashe memorial.

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Posted by kazoo on 11/30/2018 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Newcomer Abigail Spanberger Takes 7th District Seat from Dave Brat

A most welcome victory, IMO. Brat was an off-putting extremist--a supply-sider who, like most hard-right conservatives, is fine with doing favors for the wealthy and corporations but doesn't think the disadvantaged deserve any government help. Also an NRA supporter. Beyond that, he was a pedantic putz who wanted to lecture people on the economy because he formerly taught economics at Randolph Macon--acted like he was Alan Greenspan. The Dems flipped three congressional seats in Virginia, which was big--if you're a Democrat!

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Posted by kazoo on 11/09/2018 at 10:59 AM

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