Category Archives: Columns

Column: How we got our Rye golf course

As we note the 50th anniversary of Rye’s acquisition of its own golf course, it would be well to recall how it came about and who deserves the greatest credit for the acquisition. The course used to be privately owned and the time came when we on the City Council began to hear that the […]

Column: The mayor’s inbox is full

Some folks are susceptible to sending email messages containing language which they would never have the gall to use to someone’s face. Some folks feel entitled to tee-off on elected officials as a matter of sport, the way callers often eviscerate the Mets or Yankees on talk radio.  And let’s face it, some folks out […]

Column: A frontrunner’s lament

Well sports fans, here we are; the NHL playoffs are upon us and the Rangers are the best team in the NHL, winner of the President’s Trophy and squaring off against a first-round foe in Pittsburgh that seems to be in disarray. Why then, as a fan of the Blueshirts, am I absolutely terrified? See, […]

Column: Harrison students can move to the beat

Congratulations to the Harrison High School students for their performances last weekend at the 2015 Heritage Festival in D.C. One hundred and eighty Harrison students competed nationally in music, dance and auxiliary teams and achieved the following awards: Marching Band, Gold, Percussion Ensemble, Gold, Dance Ensemble, Gold, Concert Band, Silver, Orchestra, Silver, Color Guard, Silver, […]

Column: The revised budget and impact of your vote

    For the last six weeks, the school board and administration have been hard at work vetting the superintendent’s recommended budget for the 2015-2016 school year as presented on Feb. 24 by Dr. Alvarez. At Tuesday night’s board meeting, that work came to fruition in a revised budget recommendation that reduces the proposed budget-to-budget […]

Column: What to do about ISIS

The New York-based Council on Foreign Relations last week published a massive “Special Collection” entitled The ISIS Crisis. Editor Gideon Rose said in warning that, “We can’t promise that after reading it, you’ll know exactly what to do. But we can promise that you’ll have the information you need to think about the question intelligently.” […]

Column: An Opening Day holiday

This past Monday was as just about as close as a sports fan can come to Nirvana. Wall-to-wall Opening Day baseball, an exciting NCAA championship basketball game and a thrilling overtime win for the surging New York Rangers. It doesn’t get much better than that. Heck, any one of these things, on its own, makes […]

Column: Does Rye fire need more volunteers?

Rye has a long history of volunteerism. Many people volunteer their time in some way: coaching sports, PTO, the library. The city benefits from this volunteering spirit. It is volunteers who fill the 15 boards and commissions that provide much needed support and expertise to the city manager and the City Council. I think it […]

Column: Palestinians join the ICC

The New York Times on April 2 published on page A4 an article entitled “Palestinians Join International Criminal Court, and Tread Lightly at First.” The sub-title was, “No immediate request to look into cases that may implicate Israeli Officials.” The co-authors suggest that the Palestinian leadership is not immediately looking for prosecution of Israelis but […]

Column: Women leading the way in Harrison

As I open this column, I hope everyone had a healthy and happy Easter and Passover and enjoyed time with family and friends. As I share these thoughts, the sun is shining and we are out of 30-degree temperature readings. I hope that the harsh weather is finally behind us. It’s been a challenging winter […]