Category Archives: A Rye Oldtimer

Column: Warmer weather at last

Now that the first robin has hopped across the lawn, where a sprout of green grass can at last be seen, and even while we await the overdue forsythia blossoms with their golden brilliance, we can rejoice it was no colder than it actually was since winter began in December. But also overdue is a […]

Column: Does Putin’s Russia threaten us?

According to a story in the Wall Street Journal of March 22-23 on page A4, Hillary Rodham Clinton has likened Putin in Ukraine to Hitler before World War II. That sounds like what was suggested in this column a week ago under the title “Is Crimea a new Sudetenland?” The comparison can only be carried […]

Column: Is Crimea a new Sudetenland?

If you were born before 1930, the word “Sudetenland” may still make you shudder. Let us hope those born after 2000 will not come to shudder at the word “Crimea” for similar reasons. Hitler’s foreign aggressions began with his sending the German army into the Rhineland, from which it was barred by treaty. Later came […]

Column: Environmental protection needed in Rye

Rye has allowed its small park at the corner of the Post Road and Central Avenue to be graveled-over for a parking lot. A story in this newspaper’s March 7 issue gives the impression that this is the doing of one person, the city manager. “Pickup said the city had mainly laid the gravel in […]

Column: Who wants another Crimean War?

All in the valley of death Rode the six hundred. Someone had blundered: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the jaws of death, Into the mouth of hell Rode the six hundred. So wrote Alfred Lord Tennyson in “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” […]

Column: Navy days long ago

Three score and 10 years ago, I suddenly became “an officer and a gentleman.” This was quite unexpected, since my classmates and I had nowhere near the number of credits in naval science normally required for a commission as a Navy ensign. One of us was even denied his commission because he was not yet […]

Column: Rest in peace, Phil McGovern

The City Council was gathered one evening long ago in the City Hall conference room. We had a difficult problem and, as mayor, I was expected to lead the way to a solution. Our city manager had abruptly resigned. This was a relief, because otherwise we would have been inclined to ease him out—no fun […]