EDUCATION: Malgieri and Urbanski
Your August 1 article re. new appointments to the Rochester school district administration once again demonstrates one of the major impediments to better education in Rochester (“Vargas Heats Things Up”).
Adam Urbanski does not consider Patty Malgieri “a friend of public education‚” based on his experience with her at the Center for Governmental Research. From my extensive volunteer experience at CGR during the period to which he refers, I found Patty to be passionate about what was or was not happening in Rochester public education. The Center’s fact-based conclusions and recommendations to the school district may not have fit Mr. Urbanski’s agenda, but they could have made that universe more mission driven and successful.
His is the missing friendship.
LINDA SHAPIRO WEINSTEIN, BRIGHTON
CRIME: The roots of our violence
I agree with the main point of “Accepting Violence” (Urban Journal): “Collectively, we have developed a culture of violence; we glorify it.” But rather (again) taking the easy route of finger-pointing at the NRA and certain politicians, where is the ”courage and leadership” to also go after our fabled institution‚ Hollywood?
Be it movies (such as Batman), TV shows‚ or violent video games (which this paper reviews), it would seem that Hollywood certainly has a great deal of culpability in pushing this “culture of violence” on the American population.
Oh, yes, I know the old argument: “Nobody forced you to buy that ticket or watch that show.” But could it be that the influence of the violent Hollywood culture leads some of these sick individuals – who have exercised their First Amendment rights by viewing the violent trash – to then exercise their Second Amendment rights and purchase their weapon of choice?
Naw, it’s just easier to continue to blame the Second Amendment‚ the NRA‚ and certain politicians. Hollywood, it seems, is off limits.
AL KEMPF, EAST ROCHESTER