Author Archives: John Carey

Column: A new leaf for Rye

Many years ago in Sweden, an experiment was begun that has proven helpful there and might ease some tensions in Rye. The Swedish crown created the official position of ombudsman. This was to be a means to mediate disputes between citizens and their government. An individual was appointed to the position, to conduct private talks […]

Column: Changing the guard at Whitby Castle

According to a story in euronews, Queen Elizabeth was annoyed when royal police officers supposedly helped themselves to nuts from bowls at Buckingham Palace. So, it takes more than a fancy uniform or title to keep people scrupulously honest when they see a chance for a bit of easy larceny. There needs to be something […]

Column: No atheists amidst the shrapnel

I read the other day about a town where the custom had been for the local council to start meetings with someone reciting the Lord’s Prayer, a central feature of Christianity. The town has been told by the courts not to do that anymore. The idea is that this practice amounts to government endorsement of […]

Column: The Mandela story

Do you know what Nelson Mandela’s original first name was? According to the website of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, www.nelsonmandela.org/content/page/timeline, he was born on July 18, 1918, and was given the first name Rolihlala. He received the name Nelson from a primary school teacher at the age of seven. At 16, he attended a boarding […]

Column: Adding strength to the City Council

At midnight on Dec. 31, the unexpired council terms of Joe Sack and Catherine Parker will be vacant since they will have moved on to higher offices, mayor and county legislator respectively. Until then, there will be no vacancies to fill. That is why Mayor French correctly said in his Dec. 2 column, “Please forward […]

Column: A chillling morning in Rye City Hall

It’s 8 a.m. on a cold Monday, Nov. 25. Five members of the City Council are on the dais, along with the city manager, corporation counsel and city clerk. The two absent council members will be gone in January. The published agenda announces that the sole business is to be “Authorization for the City Manager […]

Column: Easy does it, City Council

By the time these words see the light of day, the City Council will have held its Nov. 13 meeting, at which there is an agenda on hiring a new head of the police department. The city manager would be authorized to spend up to $40,000 to hire a private organization, the International City/County Management […]

Column: A look in the mirror

With some state and local issues put to rest, at least temporarily, by the Nov. 5 election, it is a good time to look at a foreign policy question of great importance. The question is, how can we fairly judge whether a particular national action or policy is effective and ethical? A prominent U.S. government […]

Column: A bit of non-partisan politics

This is the first time I have been able to raise my voice on a political matter since my second appointment to a New York State Court. After reaching the age of 70, I was required to retire as a full-time trial judge, but was glad to receive designation as a judicial hearing officer, or […]