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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/30/2014 10:17:11 AM
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Re: Compassion
That's OK, NewDream, skepticism is a healthy first layer of defense. :)

The whole school closures issue is complicated, and there's always a hint of political motivation behind government responses in all of these extreme weather situations. One thing I thought was a little weird was that de Blasio closed schools during the first storm, but I believe the second storm came with 6 additional inches of snow. So I'm not entirely clear on his rationale here; however, I would think that closing schools twice in just a few weeks, when that puts low-income families (his main base) in a really tough spot, would not make him look great.

NewDream
NewDream  
1/28/2014 5:16:16 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Compassion
I'm naturally suspicious where government is concerned, Nicole. Wondering if any funding is dependent on the number of days the schools are open, for one thing. I really don't know enough about it to have a good reason to be skeptical...

I remember preferring that the schools close, when I was a kie... but I was not dependent on them for meals.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/28/2014 5:09:38 PM
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Re: Compassion
Hey NewDream: I couldn't help but circle back with you on this, "I'm not convinced that schools stayed open in order to supply free meals to kids."

How come you're skeptical?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 9:59:35 AM
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Re: perception and political positioning
"I mean if I was a New Yorker I would beware any Mayor who wanted to get rid of horse and carriages from Central Park (am I right in that)."

You are right, indeed, that he's looking to ban the horse and carriage rides from Central Park. This became a primary issue, somehow, during the campaign season, so all of the candidates pretty much weighed in with their positions on this.

I have to say, I am hugely in favor of banning these from the park. As someone who passes by there regularly, it's incredibly depressing to see these sad horses all lined up on the city streets... not to mention, it smells really awful. New York is as vibrant and exciting a city as they come, and this small industry would not be missed. There's so much to see and do here that it seems insane to me that we needlessly keep horses on 5th Avenue.

My one question is whether or not there's really a need to replace the horses with something else... De Blasio is considering old timey mechanical cars. I mean, must we cling to this nostalgic aspect? I suppose if it would help people with the transition it's fine, it just seems kind of unnecessary to me.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 9:52:01 AM
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Re: Compassion
@stotheco: That wasn't really what happened, that was just the NY Post stirring things up. It's at it again, claiming that the mayor is going after the jay-walking elderly in the city...

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
1/27/2014 9:48:43 AM
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Re: Compassion
Thanks for a wonderful reply, DSM419, and for highlighting an important issue when it comes to school closures. I remember being a kid in public school in New York and having them almost never close when it snowed... and then growing up and going to a private high school, which closed at the sight of a few flurries. The point is, you're absolutely right, public schools do have an obligation to stay open as often as possible in order to provide meals to kids who need them, and to provide shelter to kids whose families can't afford to stay home or hire a baby sitter.

On the issue of free lunch, I'm pretty sure that around 75 percent of public school students in NYC qualify for free lunch (all students get free breakfast, I believe). In fact, that number also comprises the kids who qualify for reduced price lunch, but recently the city changed the rules so that those kids also eat for free. That's a LOT of students relying on a system to provide meals for them during the day, so if the city can manage to keep its schools open without truly putting people in danger, then it has a responsibility to do so.

And I couldn't agree more with your request for "more gratitude and less attitude" and using social media to spread positive, unifying messages. Beautiful thoughts, thank you very much for weighing in here.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
1/26/2014 8:06:06 PM
User Rank Burgher
Re: Compassion
Hurray! Hurray! I agree with you on promoting Unity, harmony and peace.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
1/25/2014 12:57:43 PM
User Rank Blogger
perception and political positioning
Its fascinating to see how the New York population have gotten hold of this seemingly irrelevant issue of snow plowing and are using it to vent their paranpoia over DeBalsio. However I am not sure about de Balsio myself, he seems to be a crowd pleaser with little integrity. I mean if I was a New Yorker I would beware any Mayor who wanted to get rid of horse and carriages from Central Park (am I right in that). I saw it on the TV recently that he had said that. If it is an us and them situation then that does little to promote harmony as you say Nicole. As an outsider looking in though the comments about the ploughing being deliberate seem bizzare, why would he alientate the influential money makers of New York in that way?

stotheco
stotheco  
1/24/2014 2:39:55 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Compassion
Like you said, there seems to be a shortage of compassion all around. It's a shame that people felt compelled to complain about it at all. And as for the mayor doling out punishments by scheduling some areas to be plowed last, that's just immature!

stotheco
stotheco  
1/24/2014 2:27:59 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Haven't I seen you somewhere before?
For a snowman, he sure doesn't look too... snowy... Lol.

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