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?
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%
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?
How The Deficit Got This Big--NYT With President Obama and Republican leaders calling for cutting the budget by trillions over the next 10 years, it is worth asking how we got here — from healthy surpluses at the end of the Clinton era, and the promise of future surpluses, to nine straight years of deficits, … Continue reading Deficit Blues
(image: thanks to Matt Langer)
Green Hills Farms Market used space in its weekly circular to raise questions about the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency (SIDA) (as well as the NY State Healthy Food, Healthy Communities Fund) for approving tax breaks for the developer of the Valley Plaza in an attempt to bring the Tops Markets supermarket chain to the Southside … Continue reading Green Hills Protests Tax Breaks For Development Of New City Grocery Store
While Seneca Falls is hoping to increase tourism and generate more revenue by claiming to be the inspiration for movie director Frank Capra's fictional Bedford Falls in the movie "It's A Wonderful Life," the city of Syracuse is following the development model seen by the fictional George Bailey after being granted his wish of never … Continue reading Top 10 Perfectly Legal (Yet Morally Dubious) Ways To Raise Money For The City of Syracuse.