Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, popularly referred to as the ADA. The ADA is a companion to the landmark Civil Rights Acts passed in the 1960’s that outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex and national origin. The ADA prevents discrimination against people … Continue reading Celebrating The 25th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

Controlling Our City’s Destiny

Update 2-12-14 City of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announces her opposition to a OCIDA tax break for the Destiny USA hotel (and 18 year PILOT--and I'm sure the payments will go directly to defraying the costs of construction and access to the site--so absolutely no money will flow to the city or county in property … Continue reading Controlling Our City’s Destiny

What Is Cruel & Unusual? Billy Blake and Long-Term Solitary Confinement

In Syracuse and Onondaga County he will always be known as cop-killer Billy Blake. In 1987, while under arrest and being escorted into court in Dewitt, he grabbed a gun from an Onondaga County Deputy Sheriff and started firing. He killed one of the deputies and injured another. Blake was sentenced to 77 years to … Continue reading What Is Cruel & Unusual? Billy Blake and Long-Term Solitary Confinement

Asked and Answered–David Cay Johnston & The Stock Transfer Tax

Just this morning, I asked a question in a live on-line Q & A with David Cay Johnston. The session is being hosted by Syracuse.com, the Post Standard, "the-whatever-the-hell-you-call-the-local-newspaper" these days. Mr. Johnston was a reporter for the NY Times, where he covered tax issues. He is the author of an in-depth look at how … Continue reading Asked and Answered–David Cay Johnston & The Stock Transfer Tax

Right-Wing Radio Follies: The Rich Already Pay Their Fair Share Of Taxes?

In the past, I have written about how irritated I get when I listen to the parade of right-wing "experts" that are interviewed on WSYR Radio's morning show by host Joe Galuski. I hate the overall conservative slant of the station (owned by Clear Channel--which is owned by Bain Capital--Romney's vulture capital business) but I … Continue reading Right-Wing Radio Follies: The Rich Already Pay Their Fair Share Of Taxes?

Dey’s Building Project Downtown–Another Win For The 1%

As I read the Sean Kirst article in the Post-Standard today about the development of the old Dey's department store, I wondered if anyone remembers the history of this building . . . not the department store, but the more sordid recent history. Check the records. Over the years, the city has taken over $8 … Continue reading Dey’s Building Project Downtown–Another Win For The 1%

No candidates of color for school board? In segregated Syracuse? And you’re surprised?

Four white, east-side liberal candidates for School Board? Sounds OK to me. But then, I'm a white, east-side liberal! According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Syracuse's population is 30% African-American and 8% Latino. The school district's student population is 50% African-American and 13% Latino. Only one out of the seven Commissioners on the school board … Continue reading No candidates of color for school board? In segregated Syracuse? And you’re surprised?