Starting Point is a note from our publisher
Jeff Kramer is at it again on page 9 with his own version of March Madness. In his tongue and cheek way he has assembled the most egregious accusations against the Syracuse Athletic Programs into a concise bracket of competitively seeded “Violations." Reading them all together it is easy to see why compiling this list took 8 years to assemble (from data and information voluntarily submitted by Syracuse University). Way to go NCAA, you demonstrated the ability to graduate from Detective Dick’s School of Criminology with honors, I hope you didn’t have to ask a professor for a review of any of the grades to improve your class standing.
Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day to everyone — except those responsible for the brawl at the parade on Saturday, March 14, near Armory Square.
If you anger people coming into downtown, they will stop coming into downtown
Kudos to the many restaurants participating in the Downtown Dining Weeks. Despite the fact that February was the most extreme weather month in history, the venues had such success that they extended their Dining Week specials for an extra week. Thumbs down to those public works supervisors who attempted a major snow removal operation on a Friday night during Dining Week. Employees towed cars away at the expense of those diners seeking to enjoy some of the best culinary options Syracuse has to offer, then try to justify their actions as good government service. Wake Up! If you anger people coming into downtown, they will stop coming into downtown, and then merchants will go away. Duh.
Are there opportunities to consolidate and collaborate for the benefit of our citizens?
Consensus, the commission on modernization of local government for Onondaga County, has completed its first phase of work and produced a baseline report showing all local government structures, costs and benefits. The goal is to use this to see if there are opportunities to consolidate and collaborate between governmental entities for the benefit of our citizens.
Our Editor in Chief is out sick for an indefinite period of time
This week’s cover story by Jim MacKillop and the arts feature by Carl Mellor show us, once again, the struggles many before us have waged in the pursuit of basic civil rights for all. A fitting end to our last issue of February to remind us about our history so we don’t endure the misfortune of repeating it.
The beatification process of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador
Once again, Syracuse New Times reporter Ed Griffin-Nolan is out in front of a major international story, this time about Pope Francis’ decision to start the beatification process of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador.
Empire Brewery launches new beer
I attended a press conference on Tuesday Feb. 10 where Empire Brewing Company owner, Dave Katleski, announced the launch of a new beer based on using Chinese black tea as an ingredient.
I’m glad to see the Connective Corridor back in the news.
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