Category Archives: A Rye Oldtimer

Column: Calmer days at Yale

The president of Yale College recently issued a call for calm and mutual respect in the face of hard feelings based largely on issues of race. When I arrived at Yale College in 1942, I was told the color line had already been broken. But I had no personal contact with a non-white undergraduate until […]

Column: Bush 41 up close

History must have just been made in the field of American biography. Jon Meacham’s “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush” is an 800-plus page-long, lavishly-illustrated volume on the life of an ex-president that has appeared while he is still able to comment on its contents. Not that he has done […]

Column: Debates in name only

As a teenager, I joined my school’s debate team. We had both intramural and interscholastic debates. The format was simple: each side, composed of one to three students, would argue for or against an announced proposition. You had to be prepared to argue either side of the issue. A favorite proposition when I was about […]

Column: More about Rye’s emergency preparedness

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, “If available, emergency services personnel are the best trained and equipped to handle emergencies…you should use them. However, following a catastrophic disaster, you and the community may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of the area affected, lost communications, unpassable […]

Column: We have been warned, time to act

Joaquin gave us fair warning—hurricane season is now upon us. It usually starts in September, and is a little late this year. But we are not yet out of danger just because cool weather seems to have arrived in place of the torrid summer. Suppose Joaquin had turned northwest instead of northeast. How many trees […]

Column: A pope for the masses

My family includes members of all three major American faiths, therefore we do not judge, lest we be judged. Our late son John Jr. was a Catholic. One of my favorite first cousins is a member of the Order of the Sacred Heart. Thus, we were able to rejoice wholeheartedly in the pope’s ministry here. […]

Column: My experiences in Guantanamo Bay

No news media that I am exposed to has mentioned any reference by Pope Francis to Guantanamo Bay. Yet I am sure I heard the English translator of his statement on arrival in Havana say that Guantanamo must be returned to Cuba. I was not able to follow what the Pope said in Spanish. “GTMO” […]