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Re: “Opinion: The School Modernization Referendum Deserves the Broadest Electoral Coalition

I thought old schools WERE being gradually replaced by new ones, as funding allows. Yes?
Haven't three or four new schools been built in the last five years or so? This sounds like an attempt to rush through more new construction at a pace faster than the city can handle--and if the construction is not to be paid for with new or higher taxes, where will the money come from? The schools are old and in poor shape, to be sure, and every effort must be made to build new ones--but the effort has to be measured and steady, not pell-mell to satisfy a sudden desire for improvement. It's unfortunate, but you can't fix 45 years of neglect overnight.

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Posted by kazoo on 11/04/2017 at 1:03 AM

Re: “Review: Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont

It is a good event but every effort should be made to move it to cooler time of the year. July and August are just too hot and humid in Richmond for any outdoor events. Hold it at a different time of the year and you'd probably get a larger crowd.

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Posted by kazoo on 08/22/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Mayor Stoney Announces a Commission on Monument Avenue Statues

I have been critical of the monuments--they are not a good look for a city in 2017. And this idea of adding context, or correcting the Civil War story, sounds good in theory--but how exactly is that supposed to be done? Is the city going to put another block of text up next to the Jefferson Davis text that begins: "Well, what you just read isn't really true. Here's the REAL story?" That's not going to work. This isn't a particularly promising way for Stoney to begin his administration, IMO--and his tone is pretty hostile. He ought to focus on streamlining the city government, improving performance and competence and efficiency, and/ then/ tackle issues like this a bit later.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/22/2017 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Mayor Stoney Announces a Commission on Monument Avenue Statues

Fix our sidewalks and streets first, mayor. And move the Ashe statue to Byrd Park, where it belongs.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/22/2017 at 3:34 PM

Re: “Opinion: American Men Need to Stop Dressing Like Overgrown Toddlers

Let's face it: Americans, especially men, are terrible dressers. They/we are lazy dressers. It's all about being casual 90 percent of the time--and American casual dress tends to be crappy looking--short/jeans and a t-shirt is the stable. You could put on a knit shirt in the summer when out in public, but most guys can't even screw up the energy to do that.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/20/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Mayor Releases Education Compact Resolution and a Readers' Guide

Richmond city officials, starting with the mayor, seriously need to disabuse themselves of this notion that the city can help alleviate poverty. They can't. It would be wonderfully beneficial to reduce poverty, doing so would certainly been a boon to school/student performance, but cities can do little but fiddle around the edges when it comes to poverty. Taxpayer money is wasted on programs that can do little more than find minimum wage jobs for a few people--and I believe there are other agencies that are already tasked with job assistance. Bringing big businesses to Richmond would certainly help--but we already have an economic development agency that works on that. The city should stop wasting money on anti-poverty initiatives unless they've uncovered ideas for solving a problem that has defied solution for 60 years--and they haven't. As for the "compact," it sounds like a plan to get the City Council and the School Board on the same page when it comes to education projects. What the city government needs, and what RPS needs, and the school board, is more competency and efficiency. There is far too much inefficiency, waste and incompetence throughout the system.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/20/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “$6.8 Million Monroe Park Renovations Continue Despite Controversy

Monroe Park is situated in the heart of the city and the heart of VCU. It's not good for the city and its people and its image to have homeless people squatting there for hours or days at a time. If the homeless need a place to sit during the day, an alternative, less visible space/area should be found. Food can be handed out there. The park should, and I assume will, remain a public park and not a quasi-private park. But I applaud the effort to clean it up and beautify it. We DO have a small group of activists who seem to oppose any and every effort to improve the city. When I first moved to New York City in the 1980s, Grand Central Station--public place--was full of homeless people who hung out in one section of the facility. Not a good thing for a grand transportation hub. Eventually, NYC completely renovated GCS and nudged the homeless to other, less visible locations. I pretty sure about 99 percent of New Yorkers supported the change. I'm not quite sure how "the public" is going to lose when Monroe Park becomes a nicer environment. The public will win. I suppose one could say that the homeless will "lose," if that's what you want to call having to squat in a different location.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/15/2017 at 3:13 PM

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