SU’s crackdown on the Kiss Cam was swift, but the wrong call
In the same month that national reports were released citing Syracuse as the city with the highest rate of poverty among people of color in all of the United States, the national media was talking all about us. But it wasn’t about poverty.
Political family comparisons add little to the conversation
As soon as a child is born, what is the first thing that the gathering relatives have to say?
What will it take for the U.S. to stay out of senseless wars?
Two women have now done something only men have done before: They completed the training to be Army Rangers. Congratulations to Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver for boldly going where no women have ever gone before, and breaking yet another glass ceiling.
Local political cartoonists would provide comic relief on Syracuse’s issues
Don’t you miss political cartoons? Ever since Joe Glisson hung up his pen here at the Syracuse New Times in December 2012 and Frank Cammuso departed The Post-Standard the following month, we’ve had no local cartoonists.
Remembering Jerry Berrigan’s non-traditional approach to teaching and community activism
In the sanctuary of the church where his photograph has hung for years beneath the image of his departed brother Phil and his ailing brother Dan, the two men that Jerry Berrigan’s daughter Carla described as her father’s “heart and soul,” Berrigan once again drew the people of St. Lucy’s on Gifford Street together on July 29 to sing, pray, laugh, weep and say goodbye to the 95-year-old teacher and activist. Berrigan died July 26 after a life spent challenging war and injustice with faith and good humor in equal parts.
Emergency management responders appear when disaster strikes, and some are stepping up their game
Dan Wears was in his first week on the job as head of emergency services for Syracuse University when two train cars overturned within walking distance of the Carrier Dome. One car was loaded with propane. The Dome was about to open its doors to tens of thousands of fans attending a football game against South Florida.
It used to be that tips were reserved for servers; now they are expected in even the smallest coffee and ice cream shops
The begging jars are everywhere. You can’t order a cup of coffee, an ice cream cone or a sandwich without seeing a tip jar, usually colorfully decorated, adorned with clever phrases all designed to cajole me to part with some change. “Alms for the pour,” seen at Freedom of Espresso in Armory Square, is my most recent favorite.
What is the “correct” response to have when a homeless person comes begging?
We’ve all been there. Sitting at the red light that won’t change, watching the guy with the sign, trying to figure out what to do about the homeless man begging for a few coins. He’s a veteran, says the sign. He hasn’t eaten in days, says the sign. He’s out of work, out of luck, out of options.
Toby Shelley will be running to hold office next fall against Joanie Mahoney.
Syracuse New Times editor-in-chief Larry Dietrich has one general rule about covering political contests. Larry's Law goes like this: “Nobody pays attention to politics until Labor Day.”
Return of the black middle class
After Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney received the endorsement of the Alliance Network, a city-based African-American advocacy group, she was grateful. But she also thought to herself, “They’re not asking enough.”