All articles by Ed Griffin-Nolan

Trumped Up Benghazi Conspiracy Haunts U.S. Politically

(Sanity Fair) “No intelligence failure surrounding the Benghazi attacks”

You remember that moment. The first time you hold your baby in your arms. You pick up the little darling, gaze into his or her eyes, and say, “Someday you can help provide close air support for the Yazidis fleeing ISIS on Mount Sinjar.”



Are Our Teachers Safe?

Will a new code of conduct help?

Safety in the Schools Teachers and parents have been talking with writer Ed Griffin-Nolan about the state of Syracuse’s schools. One question: Even if the number of violent incidents is stable, are they getting worse?



County Plans Training for Volatile Oil Shipments

Ed Griffin-Nolan covers Onondaga County’s Emergency Management Office plan of a full-scale exercise with local firefighters early next year simulating a derailment of a freight train carrying volatile crude oil.

Onondaga County’s Emergency Management Office will plan a full-scale exercise with local firefighters early next year simulating a derailment of a freight train carrying volatile crude oil.



Dollar Store Makes a Buck on Growing Poverty

Business is booming at Family Dollar and keeps on selling in the toughest of places in the toughest of times.

It’s been tough going for those trying to get food stores to operate in the city of Syracuse.



Hamas and the Hole Truth

Could the tunnel through Syracuse bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians?

Tunnel? Did somebody say tunnel?



Problems of a Neglected Region Cross U.S. Borders

Every once in a while, our cluelessness about our neighbors to the south erupts into full-scale engaged lunacy.

“The people of the United States will do anything for Latin America, except read about it.”



Syracuse’s Iron Woman

Lectie Altman strives to be a world-class triathlete.

One if by land, Two if by sea… Three if by bike.



Finding an Appreciation of World Cup is the GOOOOOOOOOAL

Senior writer Ed Griffin-Nolan compares two very different sports in this week’s Sanity Fair.

It was crowded at Kitty Hoynes Irish pub on the afternoon that the U.S. was playing Germany in Brazil. In case you didn’t hear, there is a tournament going on in Brazil for people who call soccer by its real name, fútbol, and which is keeping people away from their places of employment and driving them to drink in the middle of the work day. People like me, except most of them seem to understand the game a lot better than I do. I must confess that even after a few weeks of watching random games, I’m still not feeling the love.



Born to Run (or Born This Way)

Jack and Nolan Willis were born with a rare genetic disorder. They have been part of a team competing in athletic events to raise money and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the as-yet incurable malady that limits their movement such that they need wheelchairs to get around.

It was a great day for democracy in Cazenovia on the Fourth of July. I had the chance to run around Cazenovia Lake with the Willis twins, two 12-year-old boys who were told earlier in the week that they couldn’t be part of the race.



Flip That Calendar

In summertime, it’s easy to see why fracking is such a bad idea. When it’s 20 degrees, fracking opponents will have to explain where in the world we will be getting the fuel we need to keep warm.

There is nothing like the sound of an overnight summertime rain tapping on the roof. After a beautiful sun-drenched weekend, you can lie in bed and listen to the raindrops pounding on the shingles and running off the sides of the house, recharging the gardens and refilling the water table and (assuming you remembered to close all the car windows) feel that all is right with the world. When all of this takes place while we’re lying in bed, we don’t lose out on a minute of enjoying our all-too-brief but spectacular summer.