And getting an elegant, meaningful reply
In any language, the exchange of gratitude is one of the simplest and most profound expressions that can pass between two people. You can save a marriage, avoid a war, repair a misunderstanding, or just make someone’s day a little brighter just be uttering those simple words.
Naming the Warehouse after SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor is premature
Two local universities are saying goodbye to their chief executive officers within a few weeks of one another this fall. Syracuse University’s chancellor, Nancy Cantor, is heading to New Jersey to take on the reins of Rutgers’ Newark campus. That was a planned departure, sooner than many had expected, but planned nonetheless. A stone’s throw away, a very different scenario has unfolded at Upstate Medical University. Quite abruptly, President Dr. David Smith resigned his position amid allegations that he improperly padded his pay. Smith is facing legal issues, has lost a chance to lead at Penn State University and appears to be headed out of town. We don’t have enough facts to judge him, but his exit from Upstate can hardly be construed as a happy ending.
U.S. Supreme Court weighs case from Rochester suburb
Supreme Court observers were startled on Monday, Nov. 11, when an amicus (friend of the court) brief was filed by God. Calling herself “an interested party” in the matter of Town of Greece vs. Galloway, God dropped off short, handwritten brief at the court chambers Monday and vanished into thin air before reporters could interview her.
It’s time to tame the fast and furious drivers on the West Street arterial
Paul Nojaim calls himself a grocer, but he has become the de facto historian and, with one deft turn of a phrase, the poet laureate of the Near West Side. So when the state Department of Transportation (DOT) came to Fowler High School last Thursday, Oct. 31, to talk about the future of Interstate 81, they were greeted by a delegation of West Siders determined to talk about the status of West Street--the winding arterial that Nojaim has christened “eight lanes of fury.”
Miner may take a page from Bloomberg’s book if she gets her wish to control city schools
Welcome to the second Stephanie Miner mayoral administration. Unless you see Kevin Bott or Ian Hunter suddenly surging to victory, Miner’s second and (presumably) final term begins now.
When the seas subsided, humanitarian instincts surged after Hurricane Sandy
Picture for a moment the waters of Onondaga Lake being lifted up, as if on an enormous freight elevator, and transported over all six lanes of Interstate 690, filling the old steel mills and all the homes and offices in Solvay between the lake’s shore and Milton Avenue.
Maffei votes with the Tea Party, then tries to explain it away
The English language has survived Yogi Berra, George W. Bush and Twitter. In Dan Maffei, the language of Shakespeare might have met its match.
With poverty on the rise in the Salt City, who will host the Samaritan Center?
In the bustling dining room of Laci’s Tapas Bar, just after the conclusion of an anticlimactic meeting on Sept. 23, Jim Miller stood and thought about his passion: feeding the hungry. Neighborhood activists were preparing to celebrate their victory, having run Miller and the Samaritan Center out of their neck of the woods, but Miller had already turned his thoughts to the next steps.
Everyone likes a party. But in politics, we like parties less and less.
Red, blue and green all in crisis
Perspectives on 9/11, from hope in Chile to fear at home
40 years ago in Santiago, Chile, a military coup overthrew an elected president, Salvador Allende, with plenty of help from the U.S. government. Prominent among the tens of thousands rounded up by the Chilean government in the days following the coup was a young singer-songwriter, Victor Jara, an energetic supporter of Allende’s socialist program. Jara was tortured, his fingers broken one by one, before he was machine gunned at the National Stadium in Santiago.