Category Archives: Columns

Column: ISIS: What’s in a name?

President Obama has been chided of late for not using a phrase like “Islamic extremists” to describe those who call themselves by the Arabic equivalent of “Islamic State.” He apparently does not want to lend credence to the notion that those extremists are, or behave in a fashion that can accurately be called “Islamic.” I […]

Column: Rethinking A-Rod

I never thought I’d say these words, but here it is; I’m an A-Rod defender. Before I go too far down this road, let me say right up front that I’m no fan of the Yankee third baseman. He’s a cheater and a liar, and worse than that—at least in my Red Sox-crazy mind—he’s a […]

Column: The KISS principle

Perhaps it’s my military background, but I must say that I am fond of acronyms.  Acronyms are abbreviated versions of a concept or an idea. Acronyms come to be because the people who invent them find them to be useful in their particular field. If an acronym is really useful, it can even cross over […]

Column: Another tragedy hits home

It is with great sorrow that I extend this expression of sympathy and compassion to my fellow community members and all who have been affected by the recent, tragic loss of Alissa and Deanna Hochman. The girls were cherished by their family, friends and teachers and by the Town/Village of Harrison. I encourage all those […]

Column: Some numbers on the sales tax front

Local sales tax collection is a reliable barometer of the health of the economy as a whole and local business districts in particular. The village just received its second sales tax payment of $233,000 for this fiscal year from New York State bringing our current total to $459,000 or just under 52 percent of our […]

Column: United Nations at the plate

The United Nations has been around a long time, 70 years in fact. Compared with the mere decade and a half that its League of Nations predecessor survived, seven decades is a very long time. And no one responsible is today talking about putting the U.N. out of its misery. Why is the U.N. still […]

Column: Caprice

Winter will soon be waking spring but hesitates to whisper of the season, knowing spring will lift her head, fling off his ermine robe, once again place blossoms at his feet and flee to place her hand in summer’s.   Mary Louise Cox, poet laureate of the Town and Village of Mamaroneck      

Column: Saturday night special

When I was eight years old, I was convinced of two things: first, that I was going to pitch in the major leagues, and second, that I was going to spend my offseasons touring the country as the first-ever professional athlete/stand-up-comedian. Neither one of these dreams may have come to pass, but I still love […]

Column: How we remember our presidents

When I was a boy, we celebrated President Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12, the actual date of his birth; and we celebrated President Washington’s birthday on Feb. 22, his actual date of birth. Of the two dates, the 22nd was the one more likely to be taken off from school or work. Nowadays, you hardly […]