Long past time to deal with offensive nicknames, pro or otherwise
First, before we plunge into the raging discussion about what to call that Pro Football Team in Washington, let’s just admit that none of our hands are clean here – journalists included. Thousands of times in hundreds of stories over the decades, we have shown no shame, apology or hesitation dropping Native American-based nicknames into the flow of the story. And we’ll continue to do so in the days, months and years ahead.
I had every intention of writing my column this week about my experience of having gone through one of BOOville’s haunted houses this weekend. I even had a taker — my friend Stacy was going to go with me. And she too is not a big fan of these things. Still, off we drove Sunday night, ready to face our fears full on. Yet, while she was texting a friend on the way, laughing and distracted, I was driving, tensing up, getting more and more nervous as we neared our destination.
Baldwinsville resident Erin Scala just returned from a week, Sept. 6 through Sept. 13, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Below, the athlete chronicles her experience.
Stories at Cornell, B'ville highlight troubling issue
Cornell University, academic bastion, Ivy League stalwart, producer of so much talent in so many fields – the school has every right to feel proud about its place, both as an institution and as the source of so much pride within the Ithaca community. And while sports are important for the Big Red, it tries hard not to reflect the larger ugliness that surrounds big-time college athletics and has been profusely documented everywhere you look.
The “Save the Rain” program is a comprehensive stormwater management plan to reduce pollution to Onondaga Lake and its tributaries, like the Seneca River. The premise of the program is simple: If we reduce the amount of stormwater that enters the sanitary sewer system during wet weather events, we will optimize existing resources to treat wastewater while avoiding contamination of natural resources.
My Poppy loved limburger cheese. But, as the story goes, he was only allowed to indulge in it after my Nina and mom went to bed. He would then break out some rye bread, onions and mustard, spread on the cheese, and, as I can only imagine because there were never any witnesses, proceeded to savor each bite with a long, slow chew to prolong his night-time pleasure — all by his lonesome. I do know he kicked it back with a Genesee beer to complete the Old World tradition.
Next Friday on Sept. 13, the first keg will be tapped commencing Baldwinsville’s Sixth Annual Oktoberfest — and I plan to be there for the occasion. I remember the B’ville tradition going way back, and was probably even at the last one held in the early ‘90s before the fest took a long hiatus.
As a member of the County Legislature’s Ways & Means Committee, I received a detailed presentation from New York State’s Department of Taxation and Finance (DTF) on new legislation pertaining to the Basic STAR exemption.
How often does anyone want to wake up to their alarm at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning? I’m thinking not many, but when you have a fun morning planned it’s a bit easier to forego hitting the snooze button – at least a second time.
There is a new water level plan proposed for Lake Ontario that will threaten shoreline property, recreational activity, and damage public infrastructure.
Thoughts from a week covering the PGA Championship
Golf tournaments are simple, right? Tee off on Thursday, continue Friday, position yourself on Saturday and see who wins Sunday, isn’t that the general idea? Well, yes, and no. True, the structure doesn’t change much, but at every event, especially the big ones, there’s a full week of activity, and the recently completed PGA Championship that Jason Dufner won at Oak Hill in suburban Rochester was no exception.
“Pretty in Pink,” “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “St. Elmo’s Fire,” all graced the big screen throughout the 1980s — and I was there, front row center. Brat Pack members Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall were just three of the rising stars in conceivably every John Hughes movie ever made back then. In our eyes, they were our Sally Field’s, Robert Redford’s and Frankie Avalon’s of our generation.
Week-long coverage of PGA Championship can be found here
It’s been quite a major season. From Adam Scott shedding his Lytham demons in the rain at Augusta, to Justin Rose fulfilling his teenage promise 15 years later at Merion, to Phil Mickelson delivering a final-round masterpiece at Muirfield to snatch the one title he thought he’d never win, the show has always delivered.
In a search for answers regarding people’s feelings toward social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, I posted a question on the Messenger’s Facebook page last week: How does social media such as FB and Twitter play a personal role in your life? Is it positive/negative? What do you see as pros and cons of these social networking sites?
Local athletes making it big at college, pro level
Section III’s athletes are going after state championships this week, from boys lacrosse in Pittsford to baseball in Binghamton to girls lacrosse at Cortland to softball at Queensbury to track and field at Middletown to girls golf at Delhi. They do so amid a year where, everywhere you look, from the college to professional ranks, local athletes are seizing their moments in the spotlight and shining brightly.