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Bamboozled: Rushing to Confirm an Appointee and it is Not the Supreme Court

The late Syracuse Post-Standard Columnist Robert Haggart once stated, the Common Council is “Syracuse’s most deliberative body” according to Columnist Dick Case,“while tongue firmly planted in cheek”, in an 18-year-old missive about the legendary columnist.  Dick Case died in December 2019. And the Syracuse Common Council is still deliberating. The latest “deliberative” action attributed to More »






Lost Revenue ‘Defunds’ Syracuse: Police, Fire, D.P.W. and Parks as Senate Republicans Fail to Assist Localities


Police -$6,393,089  Fire -$4,728,486 DPW -$4,438,861 Those who are supportive of Syracuse Police and Fire Departments need only look to our representation in Washington DC. Their failure to come to a deal that supports state and local governments has placed states, counties, cities, and towns in grave danger of losing much needed services.  Those services More »


If You Can’t Enforce the Rules: Shut it Down


This is not shouting fire in a crowded building; this is about COVID-19 a serious pandemic that has taken 204 lives of our neighbors and friends. At first, I assumed it was an off-campus party and university officials can’t “monitor” their students 24/7 they’re young adults. However, when you can see tents and the fuzzy More »



How Syracuse Can Increase Our Census Participation: ‘Each One Reach One’

This was conceptualized to increase our city’s level of participation in the US Census. It was recently announced the effort scheduled to end in October had its deadline changed to September, a 30 day reduction in data collection time. That almost guarantees a massive under-count of populations in cities across the country, especially Syracuse. This More »


The Invisible Men & Women: Older African-Americans, Syracuse Residents Don’t Appear to Fit into Our Future

A generation of Syracuse Residents aren’t good enough to help resurrect our community  Observing the political landscape in Syracuse and Onondaga County, it’s safe to assume that there’s been a change in direction regarding who’s in charge of running our day-to-day government, based on most accounts our community’s latest attempt at embracing diversity has been More »