Category Archives: Columns

Column: Oh captain, my captain!

I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from an acute case of Jeterian fatigue. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Red Sox fan, but I’ve admired and respected Derek Jeter since he came up to the big leagues. He’s been an all-time great, a truly dedicated competitor and, for 20 years, he’s […]

Column: July Fourth and sundry weddings

When my family first moved to Rye 58 years ago, there was no official Rye celebration of Independence Day. Before we got a city manager, the City Council may have felt it had enough to do already running the departments of local government without a full-time professional administrator. After all, there was always Playland or […]

The secret origin of Independence Day

After enjoying a very traditional Fourth of July replete with burgers, barbeque, fireworks, patriotic clothing and even a group Pledge of Allegiance, I realized I didn’t fully understand the genesis of the holiday, so I set about researching. We think of July 4, 1776, as the day that represents the Declaration of Independence from Great […]

Column: Playland, we had an agreement

Those of us who live in the vicinity of Playland have always had an unspoken agreement with our neighbor. We will put up with the noise, traffic and litter of the summer season and, in return, we enjoy the remaining seasons with the sleeping park. We know, come late spring, the weekend noise will begin. […]

Column: A Messi debate

I was as sad as anyone this month when the United States Men’s National Team’s chance at World Cup glory was dashed at the hands of the dastardly Belgians. It was a fun ride, but all good things must come to an end and this just didn’t happen to be America’s year, despite some promising […]

Column: Should we risk U.S. lives to save Iraqi lives?

Time’s June 30 cover puts it bluntly with the title, “The End of Iraq.” The Economist’s June 21 to 27 issue gave this post first World War background: “Working with France, Britain set up monarchies and protectorates, forging nations out of the tribes and sects that littered the Ottoman provinces.” The Economist’s prediction is that, […]

Column: The mayors among us

I am not the only mayor of Rye. There are many people who don’t hold the formal title, but who serve as unofficial leaders of our great city. I see them in my daily life in Rye, they are my neighbors, my kids’ coaches, the folks next to me at the breakfast counter. Through their […]

Column: Bring me that Verizon

I would like to bring your attention to the results of last week’s public hearing regarding Verizon FiOS service for Harrison residents. I am happy to report that, following the June 19 Town Council meeting council approved a resolution to enter into a cable franchise agreement with Verizon. Residents have been asking for an alternative […]