Author Archives: John Carey

Column: Talking turkey with the City Council

Dear City Council members and Rye taxpayers: Here are a few bothersome issues that just won’t go away… 1) Who provided the “private funds” that paid for the slick fundraising ad that came in the mail on Nov. 21, featuring the mayor’s photo under that of Mayor Morehead, who donated the City Hall 50 years […]

Column: Rye teens and rugby

I was surprised to hear that there is a Rugby club being considered at Rye High School. My own experience with this sport began when I was 24 and had played enough football so that I could make an informed decision whether to take the risks involved in Rugby. The school authorities are no doubt […]

A musical feast

Last Sunday, a friend took Pat and me to hear the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. The four men playing stringed instruments and the woman on the flute were prodigious. They performed for two hours without turning a page of the sheet music laid out before them. And the music was frequently rapid […]

Column: Veterans to honor

As Veterans Day approaches, we can do well to honor those we admire. At the same time, it is also well to recall that most veterans are not well known as such, and are happy just to be alive and reasonably healthy, if they are that lucky. The American Legion magazine’s November issue includes data […]

Column: Stopping Ebola “dead in its tracks”

The World Health Organization, WHO, one of the U.N.’s specialized agencies, announced on Oct. 20 that, “Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission.” A sub-heading read, “How a highly contagious virus was stopped dead in its tracks.” I wonder when a similar announcement can be made about the United States. Accordingto the WHO, “This […]

Column: Where is Rye’s $40K?

This column on Nov. 22, 2013, was entitled, “State law not applied in Rye’s top cop search.” The law in question requires competitive bidding, which was not used by the City Council in hiring a recruiting or search firm to find a replacement for the retiring police commissioner. The term “top cop” is used here […]

Column: A ghastly summer for Iraqis

This column on June 27 commented that, “We may certainly ask why Iraqis kill each other so viciously over religious issues that go back a thousand years.” Little did I know then, how bad things were yet to become in Iraq. In the last few days, I have learned a great deal more, most of […]

Column: Who makes the rules on non-military drones?

The New York Times on Sept. 26 told how the Federal Aviation Administration had just given permission for the use of drones, but only to six filmmaking companies. Apparently no one else is allowed to fly unmanned airborne vehicles, known as UAVs. Meantime several states have issued their own rules on drone use, pointing the […]

Column: Rye needs an environment ombudsperson

I used to be involved professionally with the future of Howard Place. But that is no longer the case, so now I can speak freely about it without, as they say, pleading my case in the newspaper. If you are not familiar with this 12-foot-wide street, drive slowly along Grace Church Street with Midland Avenue […]