Category Archives: Columns

Poetic License

The poet’s job is to find a name for everything. -Jane Kenyon Laments From the chapbook, “Shards,” by Mary Louise Cox   Sometimes in the morning octaves of a flute path my gray-green woods moontoning   Buried sounds chase through me locking mourning into dream scales of silver remembered laments.   “In India the sound […]

Column: Prayers at City Council meetings?

The annual “return-to-the-Square-House” gathering on Wednesday, May 7, drew as large a crowd as I can remember and I have attended each year since the early 1960s. Mayor Sack presided with dignity and finesse. We former mayors were called on for brief remarks, starting with my predecessor, Ed Grainger. I began by saying I thought […]

Column: Mother’s Day has deep roots

After enjoying a very special three-generation Mother’s Day on Sunday, the whole concept and origin of the celebration piqued my interest and lead to fascinating discoveries. Throughout history, mothers have been honored as goddesses or through festivals of celebration, usually in the springtime, recognizing the rebirth of the land and the beginning of the most […]

Column: I do this for the same reasons you do

As a member of the City Council, I regularly get asked one of two questions. First, how do you like being on the City Council? Second, why the heck did you decide to do that? The answer to both questions is essentially the same. Being on the City Council is challenging. We have to consider […]

Column: The streets of Harrison are paved with…asphalt

Recently, my office has been contacted by N.Y. State Department of Transportation’s engineer-in-charge regarding the paving project for Purchase Street/Route 120. I would like to give you an update of the schedule so you can be aware of possible traffic alterations. The contractor is Morano Brothers and they will begin by prepping the area. They […]

Column: How not to handle a kidnapping

As I write this, 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, most ranging in age from 16 to 18, are in the custody of Boko Haram, a radical Islamist terrorist group, somewhere in the country’s jungles. To date, the most significant sign of the world’s outrage is a hashtag on Twitter. In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt was confronted with […]

Column: Thanks, mom

Of all the sports I played, of all the coaches I’ve ever had, the single best piece of sporting advice I ever got was from my mother. Just before I started my senior year of high school, a week into preseason two-a-days, I came to a decision; I was going to quit playing football. My […]

Column: Wheels of justice grinding slowly

Gerry Adams, 65 years old and head of Sinn Féin, was arrested last week in connection with the 1972 unsolved murder of a 37-year-old widow and mother of 10. Evidently, there is no statute of limitations for murder in that jurisdiction, no period of time, however long, after which one can no longer be prosecuted. […]

Column: Tax levy cap: A cap on education?

As I reflect on the years I have volunteered for the Rye City School District, the last few years in public education have changed dramatically. Local school districts are required to comply with so many more state mandates while the state pushes costs down to the local level, which affects the public financing of schools […]

Column: Making the village beautiful for spring

The continued spate of mild weather has thankfully reawakened the village after our long hibernation. Sidewalks are busy, bicycles are out, projects are starting and flowers are finally popping. Traditionally, this time of year is the busiest and prettiest in our village. Our outdoor farmer’s market opens this Saturday on Stone Place and Paxton Avenue […]