Category Archives: A Rye Oldtimer

Column: Port Chester’s massive project next door

Good-bye United Hospital, hello Southern Gateway mixed use district. This sweeping change is bound to cause mixed feelings for those of us who left part of our anatomy at United, and to cause concern for those who live in northeast Rye. The attached map shows what is planned just across the border, a “Southern Gateway […]

Column: Enjoying a gorgeous spring

While complaining about UN bashing, or Putin’s greedy grasp, or whatever else may be aggravating us, we must rejoice and give thanks for the remarkably beautiful weather we in the northeast have enjoyed during the Passover/Easter season. Such a relief after an unpleasant winter! Seldom have the daffodils or forsythias been more brilliant in their […]

COLUMN: Guest column: Ukraine, Russia and ourselves

The author of this week’s column, Patrick J. Flood, is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer with extensive experience in eastern Europe and with east-west relations and international human rights affairs. Following his Department of State career, he taught at universities in Hungary and Ukraine as well as in the U.S. Here are some of […]

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 […]