Author Archives: John Carey

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 […]

Column: How we got our Rye golf course

As we note the 50th anniversary of Rye’s acquisition of its own golf course, it would be well to recall how it came about and who deserves the greatest credit for the acquisition. The course used to be privately owned and the time came when we on the City Council began to hear that the […]

Column: How we got our Rye golf course

As we note the 50th anniversary of Rye’s acquisition of its own golf course, it would be well to recall how it came about and who deserves the greatest credit for the acquisition. The course used to be privately owned and the time came when we on the City Council began to hear that the […]

Column: What to do about ISIS

The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations last week published a massive “Special Collection” entitled The ISIS Crisis. Editor Gideon Rose said in warning that, “We can’t promise that after reading it, you’ll know exactly what to do. But we can promise that you’ll have the information you need to think about the question intelligently.” […]

Column: Palestinians join the ICC

The New York Times on April 2 published on page A4 an article entitled “Palestinians Join International Criminal Court, and Tread Lightly at First.” The sub-title was, “No immediate request to look into cases that may implicate Israeli Officials.” The co-authors suggest that the Palestinian leadership is not immediately looking for prosecution of Israelis but […]

Column: Cockpits: locked or not, tragedy can strike

    We have seen in the Germanwings crash what terrible tragedy a locked cockpit door can cause at the hands of an insider/turncoat hijacker. And we saw in the enormous disaster where unlocked cockpit doors gave access to the controls of hijacked planes. In recent days we have been reminded that since American cockpit […]

Column: Zero-sum game with the $20 bill?

Gail Collins in her New York Times op-ed piece on March 21 urged removing Andrew Jackson’s face from our $20 bill in favor of a yet-to-determined American heroine. Fortunately, there is room for both the lady and the president. Bear with me, please, while I take you around Robin Hood’s barn before getting to the […]

Column: Use of force by Rye police

While we know that photos can be altered, Rye is very lucky that the battered face on page one of the March 13 Rye City Review is a white face and not a black or brown face. If it had been black or brown, the boy’s image would have been splashed across media far and […]