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I'm writing in reference to the Aug. 23, 2013, Snap Poll article, "Most readers have no plans to move away." I did not take the poll, but as a Western New York native, I was intrigued by the numbers and all the positive and negative responses. I was surprised that the weather was such a small factor (5 percent). It seemed to me that the negative comments cited the same four or five talking points. I wonder if the respondents are thinking through their motivations or just repeating slogans.
As a pragmatist, looking at this in terms of what's best for me and my family, I'd rank the factors as:
1. Economic opportunity-I need to earn a living.
2. Access to quality schools, stores, restaurants and medical care.
3. Recreational opportunities.
4. Cultural activities (music, theater, universities, museums).
5. Attractive landscapes and surroundings.
6. Sunshine without oppressive heat.
From the readers who posted very negative comments included with the poll article, I'd be interested in knowing:
1. If New York State is truly a left-wing, socialist, over-governed nanny state, how does that affect your daily life?
2. How much do you pay in total annual taxes?
3. How much would you pay in total taxes if you lived in another state?
4. If moving would yield a savings, how would the extra money change your life?
5. What parts of your life in Rochester are positive?
6. What things in your day-to-day life in Rochester are negative?
7. How would these change if you moved to Florida?
Maybe I'm just naive, but I think life is pretty good anywhere in 21st-century USA, compared with any time or place in history.
Michael Benz, Minneapolis, Minn.
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