Sanity Fair

Black and White and Dead All Over

Have black people discovered the secret of eternal life?

People always complain that the media doesn’t report on good news. Always so negative, is the common complaint. So you want to hear the good news? Black people don’t die any more in Syracuse and Onondaga County. At least not very often. I learned this from reading the obituary pages of The Post- Standard, our local thrice-weekly publication.



Moonlighting Becomes Them

Lay off the side work.

If you would be willing to take a job that paid $79,500 a year, involved no heavy lifting and meant you could work indoors most days (except for the occasional groundbreaking ceremony), please raise your hand. I see a lot of hands going up, and I haven’t even told you about the juicy perks such as the per diem that covers food and lodging, or the extra pay you get for serving on a committee (comfy chairs provided).



Say Yes: Still a Good Idea

What we need now is a recommitment to Say Yes

(Read Part 1 - CLICK HERE)



Say Maybe to Education

Sadly, our kids have gotten used to broken promises.

When you make a promise to a child, it’s got to be a sure thing.



Climate Changes Earth Day Perspective

What do we do to try to diminish our impact on global climate change?

Global warming should have a YouTube account. It should threaten beheadings, claim religious justification for its actions, and recruit a handful of our young ones to its cause. Then maybe we would start to fear it as much as we should.



Micere Mugo’s Tireless Pursuit

Professor Mugo has served on the faculty of the African American studies Department at SU

Can you imagine a Syracuse without Micere Githae Mugo? Can you imagine if a giant walked in our midst, so quietly that we did not know it?



Katko on ISIS, Wiretaps and Railcars

Katko has just completed his first quarter representing New York’s 24th Congressional District

On that first sunny day of spring, April 2, Rep. John Katko had just completed his first quarter representing Syracuse and the surrounding areas in New York’s 24th Congressional District when I asked him about several issues that should be familiar to Syracuse New Times readers.



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.