All articles by Ed Griffin-Nolan

War on Teachers is Old School

Many teachers say it has never been this bad before.

For a long time, I have been quite certain that I would be an excellent teacher. For about 45 minutes. After that, I would be a felon.



Saints Be Praised

Which saint is doing the better job this year?

St. Patrick, whose feast day we celebrate this week with corned beef, parades and the occasional malted beverage, is the patron saint of Ireland, New York City, and the African nation of Nigeria. He is also claimed by Catholics to be the patron saint of engineers. So to all my Nigerian-Irish engineer friends, this is your day to rock. St. Patrick has your back.



County Goes From Asleep at the Switch To No One Behind the Wheel

Why are our local officials unwilling or unable to step up to prepare us?

Bob Conley, the assistant fire chief of Galena, Ill., told his troops to do the sensible thing when a tanker train carrying explosive crude oil went off the tracks and caught fire near his town last week. He told them to get the hell out of the way and wait for the fireball to burn itself out.



Hue and Cry Over a Colorful Dress

Like many matters debated online, this one grew heated in many corners.

It takes a lot for someone as fashion-challenged as I am to spend time thinking about a dress. I consider clothing first and foremost means to avoid going to jail. Like more than a few guys I know, my wardrobe is divided into two categories: the clean clothes and the stuff still sitting in the hamper.



Democracy for Sale

The Koch Brothers will spend close to a billion dollars to elect the Republican of their choice.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney has a campaign fund in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and is all but certain to cruise to a third term this fall without any serious opposition.



Syracusan Recalls Archbishop Romero’s Legacy

Kip Hargrave reflects on the legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Thirty-five years ago this week, a little-known cleric in a country few of us had heard of, sent a letter to the president of the United States. On Feb. 17, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero called on President Jimmy Carter to stop sending weapons to his country, arguing that to do so would only bring more repression to his long-suffering people.



It’s Not Cheap Gas — It’s Free Beer

Draft beer hauled home in a bottle from the gas station is a brilliant invention

What a great country.



An Uncomfortable Focus on Heads of State

Michelle Obama appeared outfitted in a coat over a pant suit but nothing covering her head.

Last week, when President Barack Obama stopped in Saudi Arabia to pay his respects to the deceased King Abdullah, wags the world over went wild after first lady Michelle Obama appeared at the official welcoming ceremony outfitted in a flowing coat over her blue pant suit but nothing covering her head.



Lawmakers in Albany Need David’s Law

(This may or may not be an exclusive)

A lawyer friend of mine says that whenever a law is named for someone, you can pretty much figure that it’s a bad law.



Anonymous Critics of Mark Muhammad are Wrong-Headed

Mark Muhammad is a respected member of this community and is in a good position to deal with the issue of race.

Thirty-five years ago, when Mark Muhammad was a student at Henninger High School, the president of the Syracuse City School Board was a Roman Catholic priest.