Sanity Fair

Joe Biden’s Dream

Could there be an ulterior motive involved in Joe Biden’s decision to not run for president?

When he announced in October that he was not going to run for president, Vice President Joe Biden laid out the platform that he wants his party to run on in his absence: stop runaway campaign spending, guarantee child care and four years of college to everyone, avoid unnecessary foreign entanglements.

McNabb Fumbles Teachable Moment

Donovan McNabb’s recent negligence raises concern for the former SU quarterback

You can’t really say anything bad about Donovan McNabb in this town without catching grief. But last month when the former Syracuse University quarterback, humanitarian, NFL standout and all-around good guy visited Syracuse, he had a chance to make a difference. And he blew it big time.

Just Shoot Me

With mass shootings becoming common place, how safe is the U.S.?

When my wife and I tell people that our daughter is serving as a health care educator with the Peace Corps in Botswana, most times we get two questions. 1. Where is Botswana? 2. Is it safe?

SU Pays Lip Service with Kiss Cam Kibosh

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.

Splitting Heirs in Political Dynasties

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?

Playing With Fire

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 Funnies Needed to Needle Local Pols

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.

Jerry Berrigan: A Life in Activism

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.

Planning for a Crude Awakening

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.

Tipping Point

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.