Author Archives: John Carey

Column: Rye over 50 years ago

Fifty-plus years ago there was no Rye City Hall, only a gas station on that side of the Village Green. Most city departments except police and fire were run out of the Square House. To say that our venerable 18th century treasure was under strain would be a huge understatement. The city council also met […]

Column: Pluto or Iran: which is harder to reach?

From the Wright brothers’ flight a few feet off the ground 112 years ago to a three-billion mile journey through space, and from a threatening nuclear standoff to a promised 15-year-long reprieve, which is the greater accomplishment? The Pluto fly-by required enormous physical power controlled by huge amounts of software. The Iran deal called for […]

Column: Hero’s kiss spurned, face slapped

The New York Times on July 3 told how our most illustrious French ally was received here in 1824 with “a frenzy that would put Beetlemania to shame.” Be that as it may, Lafayette did not fare so well on that same visit with a five-year-old Quaker girl from whom my late mother was descended. […]

Column: A Rye TV masterpiece

Back in the days when Rye TV was called Rye Community TV, or RCTV, there was one amateur-produced program that outshone all the others. It was called “What’s Your Rye Q,” and was organized and staged by Ted and Pat Levine. Pat Levine was an elected member of the Rye City Council and is credited […]

Column: A (round) trip to Dannemora

Quite a few years ago, I was appointed by the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in Brooklyn to represent a man incarcerated at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. We exchanged letters, and he demanded that I come there and visit him. A lawyer has extensive responsibilities toward her/his client, whatever the […]

Column: Can Kurds take on ISIS?

Kurds won legislative seats in Turkey’s June 7 elections. This could augur well for an ancient people with no country of their own. When King Richard of Britain, known as “the Lionhearted,” made ready to wrest Jerusalem from the Muslims, he was opposed by a leader named Saladin. While commander of the Syrian army and […]

Column: Is Rye ready for another Hurricane Sandy?

Now that June 1 has passed, we are officially into hurricane season. And we will be in it until late October. The question is: are we ready? I was not in Rye in September 1938, when the unnamed and unpredicted hurricane swept up the east coast, causing massive damage and destruction. One really old timer […]

Column: No death penalty, nor any other, said one jury

The decision by the Boston jury in favor of death for the Boston Marathon bomber brings back to me an altogether different decision in a homicide case I prosecuted in the 1950s. The applicable law allowed the jury to opt for death if a killing with malice aforethought was premediated and deliberate. There was evidence […]

Column: Back at college seven decades later

Later this month, my Yale class will be having a reunion. We are invited to describe to each other our present activities and what they mean to us. This is not to be just exchanging family photos but a search for significance in the present structures of our lives. For me, this is an occasion […]