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Kingsley-True: it’s not a done deal. Action needed immediately!

I have been incensed ever since a lopsided vote in the Common Council allowed the Kingsley-True House to be slated for demolition, despite the overwhelming public and professional support for preservation. How could this have happened?

This was all explained to us in March in this Post-Standard article. Remember? Six of the Common Councilors voted for historic designation while only three, Michael Heagerty, Patrick Hogan and Ryan McMahon, voted against it. But in our broken system, the resolution required 7 “yes” votes to pass. I have to ask, what was our dear Mike Heagerty thinking? He, of all people, as owner of Eastwood’s beloved Palace Theater, should understand the importance of historic buildings to their communities.

It is vitally important that the perception of an either-or situation be turned around. It is patently false that this city must choose between caring for sick kids and protecting its history. Albany didn’t have to make that choice. Philadelphia didn’t have to make that choice. What is it about Syracuse that leaves us vulnerable to three people who somehow ended up with this much power?

“…(T)he votes of city officials on the Landmark Preservation Board (9-0); the Syracuse Planning Commission (5-0); and the Syracuse Common Council (6-3), the votes of city officials were overwhelmingly in favor of historic designation (20-3).” (Post-Standard article) Continue reading Kingsley-True: it’s not a done deal. Action needed immediately!

Where food comes from

We’re avid readers of Anthony Bourdain’s books. Two of them have impacted our family somewhat dramatically. The first was Kitchen Confidential. Aside from being just a great read, it was also the third book our then-early-adolescent son read. He read it cover to cover, but it was at the third chapter that he came running to announce that he wanted to be a chef. Why? He pointed to the title of Chapter 3: “Food is Sex”. That did it. A couple culinary degrees under his belt, he’s now in charge of the mignardises in a restaurant in New York.

But the book that continues to inspire me is A Cook’s Tour, and specifically the chapter, “Where Food Comes From“. Read it, and you’ll understand why he says that where our food comes from is not always pretty. But it’s the larger concept behind that chapter that makes me think a lot and sometimes do strange things.

Strange thing #1: I make coffee in a 70-year-old vacuum coffee pot.

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Who will fill your prescription at Walgreens?

I watched a pretty shocking “20/20” segment this evening. It showed the results of an error made by a teenage “pharmacy assistant” in a Walgreens in Florida. A mother of three was given ten times the amount of medication she should have had which resulted in a stroke and and end to her chemotherapy. She died before she could testify.  According to the ABC article, “As big chain drug stores have rapidly expanded, thousands of pharmacy technicians have been hired…. In a majority of states all that is required is that the student be actively working for a GED or high school diploma.” You can watch the video here. And take a look at this article: U.S. Pharmacy Errors: Unreported Epidemic?

I’ll take my local businesses over the big chains any day. Too bad there are so few local pharmacies left! Local businesses know they have to earn your patronage every day. And that means having trained, experienced people handing you your new blow torch (True Value Hardware), your freshly repaired car (Fehlman Brothers) and even your cup of coffee (Cafe Kubal and Laci’s Cafe at the Palace). Think globally, shop locally. It’s good for the environment and, goodness knows, it’s probably good for you, too!