Author Archives: John Carey

Column: Bush 41 up close

History must have just been made in the field of American biography. Jon Meacham’s “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” is an 800-plus page-long, lavishly-illustrated volume on the life of an ex-president that has appeared while he is still able to comment on its contents. Not that he has done […]

Column: Debates in name only

As a teenager, I joined my school’s debate team. We had both intramural and interscholastic debates. The format was simple: each side, composed of one to three students, would argue for or against an announced proposition. You had to be prepared to argue either side of the issue. A favorite proposition when I was about […]

Column: More about Rye’s emergency preparedness

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, “If available, emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies…you should use them. However, following a catastrophic disaster, you and the community may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, unpassable […]

Column: We have been warned, time to act

Joaquin gave us fair warning—hurricane season is now upon us. It usually starts in September, and is a little late this year. But we are not yet out of danger just because cool weather seems to have arrived in place of the torrid summer. Suppose Joaquin had turned northwest instead of northeast. How many trees […]

Column: A pope for the masses

My family includes members of all three major American faiths, therefore we do not judge, lest we be judged. Our late son John Jr. was a Catholic. One of my favorite first cousins is a member of the Order of the Sacred Heart. Thus, we were able to rejoice wholeheartedly in the pope’s ministry here. […]

Column: My experiences in Guantanamo Bay

No news media that I am exposed to has mentioned any reference by Pope Francis to Guantanamo Bay. Yet I am sure I heard the English translator of his statement on arrival in Havana say that Guantanamo must be returned to Cuba. I was not able to follow what the Pope said in Spanish. “GTMO” […]

Column: Changing meanings, changing tastes

What is now called “cool” used to be “hot.” A “square” deal used to be a fair deal, but now it is not chic to be “square.” And as the changing of word usage goes, so does the changing of architectural styles. Here in Rye, we have the historic Square House. The original reason for […]

Column: Summerfest: a uniquely Rye celebration

Here in Rye, we celebrate as a community the secular occasions of July Fourth, Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. On Thanksgiving and religious holidays, we each observe according to our own traditions and beliefs. But there is one day observed just in our community and open to all, and that is Summerfest. Germans can have […]