All articles by Ed Griffin-Nolan

Begging the Questions

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’s Conservative Context

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.”

Blurred Lines

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.”

Redefining Patriotism for Fed Phone Snoopers

It is long past time to let this monstrous invasion of our privacy die.

If you have the time to visit the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, as more than a million people do every year, in the same exhibit with the famous bell you’ll find an enlarged copy of a Daguerrotype photo of a group of abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass. The early image captures Douglass while attending an anti-slavery convention in the year 1850.

Black and White and Dead All Over

Have black people discovered the secret of eternal life?

People always complain that the media doesn’t report on good news. Always so negative, is the common complaint. So you want to hear the good news? Black people don’t die any more in Syracuse and Onondaga County. At least not very often. I learned this from reading the obituary pages of The Post- Standard, our local thrice-weekly publication.

Moonlighting Becomes Them

Lay off the side work.

If you would be willing to take a job that paid $79,500 a year, involved no heavy lifting and meant you could work indoors most days (except for the occasional groundbreaking ceremony), please raise your hand. I see a lot of hands going up, and I haven’t even told you about the juicy perks such as the per diem that covers food and lodging, or the extra pay you get for serving on a committee (comfy chairs provided).

Say Yes: Still a Good Idea

What we need now is a recommitment to Say Yes

(Read Part 1 - CLICK HERE)

Say Maybe to Education

Sadly, our kids have gotten used to broken promises.

When you make a promise to a child, it’s got to be a sure thing.

Climate Changes Earth Day Perspective

What do we do to try to diminish our impact on global climate change?

Global warming should have a YouTube account. It should threaten beheadings, claim religious justification for its actions, and recruit a handful of our young ones to its cause. Then maybe we would start to fear it as much as we should.

Micere Mugo’s Tireless Pursuit

Professor Mugo has served on the faculty of the African American studies Department at SU

Can you imagine a Syracuse without Micere Githae Mugo? Can you imagine if a giant walked in our midst, so quietly that we did not know it?