Category Archives: Columns

Column: Off to college? What’s the rush?

Six AP courses with a 4 or better? Check. Sixty hours of community service? Check. SAT, ACT, SAT II? Check, check, check. Varsity letters? Check. Summer internships? Check. Burned out teenager? Double check. It’s no wonder teenagers today get to college exhausted and unfocused, not knowing what they want to study or who they want […]

Column: A true American holiday

When you boil it all down, is there a single day of the year that is more quintessentially American than Super Bowl Sunday? Now, don’t get me wrong. I love the Super Bowl. But at its core, isn’t the biggest sporting Sunday of the year built upon some ideas for which many criticize our culture? […]

Poetic License 1-31-2014

Picnic in the Snow   The tree leans against winter like the urge of change against a mind bare of questions.   Beneath this tree we two brush snow from a rock.   We make a table there. We celebrate under branches of a winter dying tree.   Mary Louise Cox, poet laureate of the […]

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, […]

The cost of doing municipal business

As the trustees and I formulate a capital budget for the next fiscal year, it never ceases to amaze me how wide the cost differential is between specialized commercial grade equipment and what we purchase for personal use. As example, a basic car for use by the police department costs a “normal” $27,000. However, to […]

Brotherly love…of a sport

Unless you have twins, it’s unlikely you’ve experienced more than one child on the same sports team at the same time as there are usually strict requirements regarding age cutoffs. By the time most children reach high school age, many have dropped out of the numerous sports they played in childhood. The distant memories of […]

What happened to sports movies?

With last Thursday’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations, it’s official; Oscar season is upon us. But in looking over the movies of the last year—both those nominated and the ones that otherwise stood out as blockbuster-type events—there’s one particular genre of film that seems to have been out of season for quite some time […]

Column: Special interests especially active in 2013

In last week’s column, I spoke exclusively of our village’s legislation, accomplishments and outstanding issues as of year’s end. The subject prompted me to look more globally as to what was accomplished on the federal level, nationwide at the state level and in our state government. In the interest of full disclosure, I have always […]

Column: Pot holes don’t stand a chance now

As this year’s seasonal temperatures have been at a record low, I would like to bring your attention to a new piece of equipment purchased by the town. Recently, our municipality acquired an asphalt hot box that will improve and prolong our road repair system. In the past, our Department of Public Works used only […]

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 […]