Sanity Fair

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.

End of Slavery Didn’t End Different Experiences for Whites, Blacks

Americans of different races still see the country they love so differently.

Sometimes when Le Moyne College history professor Doug Egerton is writing about the 19th century, he feels like his material could fit into today’s headlines.

By the Letter of the Law

State Sen. John DeFrancisco’s decision to take a payout is especially egregious, for a number of reasons.

A few years back, state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) took the common sense approach toward pensions: A pension is for retirees.

Changes Lie Ahead in 2015

It would be easy to call 2014 a difficult year.

My friend Walt Shepperd, when he used to share this space with the late Karen DeCrow in alternate issues of the New Times, lamented on the difficulty of keeping time in 14 day increments.

Local Cuban Immigrants Hope to Help Families Left Behind

Local Cuban Immigrants have plenty of passion to go around

A friend told me that the lobby of the Cooperative Federal Credit Union, where she works, is usually full of Cuban-born Syracusans on Fridays. So last week, just two days after President Barack Obama announced the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba and a series of measures designed to increase economic ties and travel between the two Cold War enemies, I thought that would be a good place to go to take the pulse of the community.