Category Archives: Columns

Column: Cold weather, Soviet style

The late writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn made the world aware of punishment in a Soviet gulag when he issued “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch.” As I recall the story, Ivan is not sure why he was detained in the first place. But he is now doing a multi-year sentence in frigid Siberia. Despite […]

Column: A Super blunder

Like a lot of American sports fans, I’ve got some questions that need answering after last Sunday. Questions like “What marketing genius thought that Nationwide commercial was a good idea,” or “Was the Pepsi halftime show real, or just a scary fever dream?” But the biggest question of all is the most obvious; what the […]

Column: Show us those house numbers

I am happy to report that three new police officers have joined the Harrison Police Department. The officers were sworn in at a Jan. 30, 2015 ceremony in Town Hall. The new officers will complete their Police Academy training before receiving their assignments. I am completely confident that these new officers will carry out their […]

Column: The state’s agenda doesn’t help us

This past week Gov. Cuomo presented his proposed state budget for the fiscal year 2014-2015. To be on time, the state Legislature must pass a budget by March 31. Heavy on infrastructure repairs combined with an ambitious social agenda, the $14.16 billion proposed budget stays below the 2 percent tax cap only by exempting infrastructure […]

Column: What your tax dollars get you

As school board president, I frequently have the pleasure of meeting new residents in our community. I was recently introduced to someone who considers himself a rather new resident of Rye, having moved here within the last couple of years. He made two comments to me. The first was that he moved to Rye for […]

Column: Evil foreigners hack legitimate designers

Don’t be surprised if you find an exact duplicate of your present or future kitchen, replicated in such foreign places as North Korea, China or even New Jersey. Even where food is scarce and life is cheap, people still want a breathtaking kitchen and they will not be denied, even if it means using illicit […]

Column: PSI: Phoenix

I’ll come right out and say it; just because I think this latest Super Bowl controversy is dumb, it doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying the heck out of it. It’s rare that an on-field scandal makes its way off the sports pages. But even if you have avoided ESPN, sports talk radio and blogs for […]

Column: Curb the spread of flu in your home

During the cold season, the flu is undesirable. Help curb the spread of sickness in your home by targeting your most touched surfaces.  Door knobs and locks Every time you enter or exit your home or any individual room, chances are that you’re touching a door knob and/or turning a lock. Any surface that you’re […]

Column: Who controls city speech

Cities can speak with various voices. They can speak formally, through ordinances or resolutions. They can speak through actions, such as choosing to enforce or not enforce rules. They can speak by following one or another policy. Not very often does city speech figure explicitly in judicial decisions. But it happened last month in a […]