Tag Archives: The Post-Standard

A 67-year-old man in a wheelchair dies, then gets smeared by internet trolls

The recent passing of Syracuse icon Gertis McDowell is instructive for two very different¬†reasons. One, we can all learn from his upbeat attitude¬†and the happiness he spread to strangers even when he was in pain. Two, we can try to … Continue reading

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Dear trolls who write nasty, ignorant comments: Identify yourselves

The past three days brought out the best — and worst — of my community. Neighbors of mine, 12-year-old twins with muscular dystrophy, were initially denied entrance into a popular July 4th 10-mile run. After a media and social media … Continue reading

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Would you give ‘Hardcore Homeless’ James an apartment?

Like everyone else in Central New York, my homeless acquaintance James has been riding out a ridiculously long and bitter winter. He’s considered “hardcore homeless” because he refuses to go to a shelter, no matter how cold it gets. Every … Continue reading

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