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Re: “Tracking Oliver Hill

I'm glad you agree on Mr Hill's hero status because it's supported by the evidence.

Don't miss the point of the article on your next comment. Chunp did solicit support from Russia. He was smart enough to leave his personal fingerprints off it. It won't matter anyway by December 2020..

Posted by y32cats on 04/15/2019 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Tracking Oliver Hill

Now I'm going for Native Richmonder's comment. Russians did interfere in our election and that interference was sought on one or more levels by Trump and people in his campaign. That is indisputable. It is also indisputable that Putin wished to alter the outcome of the election toward Trump. What is more debatable is whether Russian government interference actually had that outcome. In any case the sorts of things the Russians did could just as easily have been done by the Republican Party, and domestic websites such as Drudge and Breitbart have been publishing fake news for years.

It is clear that you did not read past the second parargraph of the article, so you missed that Oliver Hill is a national hero of the highest order. He worked to try to solve the problem of racism which allowed Russia and the Republican Party to screw with 2016 election.

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Posted by y32cats on 04/13/2019 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Tracking Oliver Hill

1Ronald -- the change that Hill advocated for was not simply to change things. It was to correct an untenable injustice. You may not be old enough to remember that blacks risked death every day in their daily routines during the Jim Crow days. They were shut out of most aspects of the wider society in the South.

For more on the life of Oliver Hill and one of his fellow heroic lawyers Spottswood Robinson, read Margaret Edds' outstanding book We Face the Dawn.

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Posted by y32cats on 04/10/2019 at 8:07 PM

Re: “OPINION: Misplaced Priorities

I wouldn't mind a school system consolidation.See Dave's comment. Good luck getting past that.

Short of that, students in poverty take more money to be educated, nearly twice as much per student. One of the best ways to cut this expense over time would be to raise the minimum wage. If the counties do a good job at $9500 per student, this means RPS probably needs $15000-16000 per student to do the job right. And an extended school year, as research shows that taking out summer break disproportionately benefits lower income students. I'll try to find where I got this, as I landed here on the way to Breitbart to do battle with them over the New Zealand mosque massacres (I might have to put a link to the story in one of their comment sections; they might not report it at all)

I don't mind a tax increase going to schools. Put schools first, after all. But I do mind if some of that increase goes to the Coliseum. The jury is still out on that one.

I am feeling you though on the utilities, Tom. Water in particular is among the most expensive in the country. It is being used to subsidize other parts of the budget, including the $3M PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes)

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Posted by y32cats on 03/15/2019 at 4:59 PM

Re: “OPINION: Misplaced Priorities

Tom Craig -- No. About 52% or so of Richmond's school age children go to public school vs. 75-80% in the counties. Some of this is due to a higher dropout rate in the city but most of it comes from parents who decide to stay in the city sending their kids to private school. This means the city school system gets a disproportionate number of kids from lower income homes with greater special ed needs. Greater special ed needs happen because private schools typically reject such kids. Out per student rate would be closer to the counties if we had 75% of our school age kids in public school. Our facilities would be closer to full capacity for one thing, so fixed costs would be spread over more kids. The 23-28% in private school are also disproportionately general ed so are less expensive to educate.

This might still not bring us down to county levels of per student spending. But it certainly does not mean that RPS should quit the public education business.

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Posted by y32cats on 03/14/2019 at 7:09 PM

Re: “Dreaming in Ruins

Realist -- stay on topic please. The rest of us have moved on.

As for Mr. Parks -- as long as a project fits well into the fabric of the neighborhood and the neighbors don't mind it being there, it's a success. It's impossible to make every building iconic. Before we picked a developer who has his own architectural team our cohousing group became a fan of Walter Parks. Perhaps one day he'll get to design a cohousing or coworking space. The outcome will be fascinating.

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Posted by y32cats on 03/02/2019 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Why We Need a Baseball Museum

Congrats on making a new persona simply to comment.

Suburbanite, you have made my point. A new publicly financed stadium is not viable here until basic public services are consistently provided. This is not the case right now.

That is not a goofy position. An insistence on new arenas is goofy and distracting.

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Posted by y32cats on 02/24/2019 at 10:25 AM

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