Author Archives: John Carey

Column: Is Crimea a new Sudetenland?

If you were born before 1930, the word “Sudetenland” may still make you shudder. Let us hope those born after 2000 will not come to shudder at the word “Crimea” for similar reasons. Hitler’s foreign aggressions began with his sending the German army into the Rhineland, from which it was barred by treaty. Later came […]

Column: Environmental protection needed in Rye

Rye has allowed its small park at the corner of the Post Road and Central Avenue to be graveled-over for a parking lot. A story in this newspaper’s March 7 issue gives the impression that this is the doing of one person, the city manager. “Pickup said the city had mainly laid the gravel in […]

Column: Who wants another Crimean War?

All in the valley of death Rode the six hundred. Someone had blundered: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the jaws of death, Into the mouth of hell Rode the six hundred. So wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson in “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” […]

Column: Rest in peace, Phil McGovern

The City Council was gathered one evening long ago in the City Hall conference room. We had a difficult problem and, as mayor, I was expected to lead the way to a solution. Our city manager had abruptly resigned. This was a relief, because otherwise we would have been inclined to ease him out—no fun […]

Column: More reasons for a Rye ombudsperson

This column, on Jan. 3, recommended the Rye City Council consider appointing an ombudsperson. She or he would be an impartial resident to whom other residents could turn when frustrated by official Rye action or inaction. The ombudsperson would confer privately with the relevant officials and see if the problem could be worked out amicably. […]

Some mid-winter reading

My wife, Patricia, and I like to read aloud to each other late in the evening before turning out the lights for the night. Recently, we have included three books we think Rye City Review readers might consider: an autobiography, a history and a mystery. The autobiography is “Snows of Yesteryear” by James S. Sutterlin, […]

Column: What we taxpayers are getting for $40,000

Last November, the City Council decided to hire, for $40,000, an outfit called ICMA—where our city manager is said to have some connection—to help us find a new top cop after Commissioner William Connors leaves. ICMA got the contract without the kind of competitive bidding that I believe the law requires. I pointed this out […]

Column: Would you like to be on TV?

Imagine how deprived of local news we would be if our only printed news source was large-circulation newspapers. If the only places we could read about events in Rye were the New York City or countywide papers; we would not know much about local events. There simply isn’t enough space in a newspaper that tries […]