No former student should be financially obligated to stay in the state It has been just about two years since I completed a college degree and was handed a diploma. Immediately afterward, I moved to eastern New York state for work. Several of my college friends and associates settled in Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo, New York […]Read More Free College Tuition Plan Imprisons Graduates in New York
Trump’s secretive way of governing should concern us all A year ago, I wrote a piece about the enormous lack of transparency in President Barack Obama’s administration. At the time, The Associated Press had recently released a report calling it the most secret administration out of any recent president. Three years prior to that, The Washington […]Read More Government Transparency May Very Well Be in Peril
Its very name originates from the Iroquois word for “lake of shining waters.” But it’s been difficult for Lake Ontario to live up to that name in recent years. In 2012, a study by the Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping Project classified it as the most threatened of the Great Lakes, due to invasive […]Read More Trump Budget Puts Lake Ontario, Area Waterways At Risk
Infamous dictator cannot be compared to modern people Now, there’s a headline I never thought I would write. Nor did I ever think I would get an email from my boss a few months ago about how editorial cartoons depicting Adolf Hitler or Nazi references “might be best avoided” in newspapers. But I really didn’t think the […]Read More Enough With All of the Hitler References
Referendum on pension forfeiture is essential to cleaning up state government Yes, there is an election this fall. Several local offices are up for grabs, including Syracuse mayor. But there will also be one incredibly crucial thing on the ballot — a state referendum that demands the special attention of all New Yorkers. We will […]Read More Albany Keeps Giving Us Reasons to Vote in November
One hundred years later, the world still depends on our leadership It was an interesting time for the United States. A swath of new immigrants were struggling to find a route to acceptance in the American dream. Technology and innovation were transforming daily life forever. The gap between the super wealthy and poor was growing […]Read More Lessons From World War I Echo Still
Shopping centers need to redefine themselves if they are to survive If there’s one thing we can always be assured of, it’s that we’ll always have to wait in a long line whenever we pay a visit to the DMV. But it’s hard to say we’d have to do the same at a place like […]Read More What’s ‘In Store’ For Malls?
Sweeping reforms, not mandatory voting, will boost turnout rates Did you vote in this past November’s election? If you didn’t, it would be a criminal act if one New York legislator had her way. State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, a Democrat from Manhattan, recently sponsored a bill that would slap New Yorkers with a $10 fine if […]Read More Voting Should Be Encouraged, but Not Required