Category Archives: A Rye Oldtimer

Column: Veterans to honor

As Veterans Day approaches, we can do well to honor those we admire. At the same time, it is also well to recall that most veterans are not well known as such, and are happy just to be alive and reasonably healthy, if they are that lucky. The American Legion magazine’s November issue includes data […]

Column: Stopping Ebola “dead in its tracks”

The World Health Organization, WHO, one of the U.N.’s specialized agencies, announced on Oct. 20 that, “Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission.” A sub-heading read, “How a highly contagious virus was stopped dead in its tracks.” I wonder when a similar announcement can be made about the United States. Accordingto the WHO, “This […]

Column: Where is Rye’s $40K?

This column on Nov. 22, 2013, was entitled, “State law not applied in Rye’s top cop search.” The law in question requires competitive bidding, which was not used by the City Council in hiring a recruiting or search firm to find a replacement for the retiring police commissioner. The term “top cop” is used here […]

Column: A ghastly summer for Iraqis

This column on June 27 commented that, “We may certainly ask why Iraqis kill each other so viciously over religious issues that go back a thousand years.” Little did I know then, how bad things were yet to become in Iraq. In the last few days, I have learned a great deal more, most of […]

Column: Who makes the rules on non-military drones?

The New York Times on Sept. 26 told how the Federal Aviation Administration had just given permission for the use of drones, but only to six filmmaking companies. Apparently no one else is allowed to fly unmanned airborne vehicles, known as UAVs. Meantime several states have issued their own rules on drone use, pointing the […]

Column: Rye needs an environment ombudsperson

I used to be involved professionally with the future of Howard Place. But that is no longer the case, so now I can speak freely about it without, as they say, pleading my case in the newspaper. If you are not familiar with this 12-foot-wide street, drive slowly along Grace Church Street with Midland Avenue […]

Column: Giving up cigarettes

    For me, it was easy; I went to sea at 19 on a small Navy ship in the middle of winter on the stormy North Atlantic. The ocean was never quiet. Its heaving and tossing kept us rolling and pitching, and kept my stomach in turmoil. The very thought of smoking a cigarette […]

Column: A Rye TV marvel

    Back in the days when Rye TV was called Rye Community TV, or RCTV, there was one amateur produced program that outshone all the others. It was called “What’sYour Rye Q,” and was produced by Ted and Pat Levine. Pat Levine was an elected member of the Rye City Council and is credited […]

Column: Ebola, Polio, FDR, WHO and untested meds

    The New York Times on Aug. 10 suggested the current rash of Ebola infections and deaths in West Africa, now having jumped east into Nigeria, started with one two-year-old boy in Guinea. Somewhat similarly, James Tobin, in his book “The Man He Became,” asserts in a photo caption that, “The polio virus probably […]

Column: Fine music for pre-teens

On Sunday, Aug. 3, my wife Pat and I had the great pleasure of visiting Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. At this idyllic setting in northern Westchester, Pat has served as a trustee for 35 years. Caramoor is the leading outdoor summer music location in the New York metropolitan area. The occasion on […]