Category Archives: Columns

Column: How not to handle a kidnapping

As I write this, 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, most ranging in age from 16 to 18, are in the custody of Boko Haram, a radical Islamist terrorist group, somewhere in the country’s jungles. To date, the most significant sign of the world’s outrage is a hashtag on Twitter. In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt was confronted with […]

Column: Thanks, mom

Of all the sports I played, of all the coaches I’ve ever had, the single best piece of sporting advice I ever got was from my mother. Just before I started my senior year of high school, a week into preseason two-a-days, I came to a decision; I was going to quit playing football. My […]

Column: Wheels of justice grinding slowly

Gerry Adams, 65 years old and head of Sinn Féin, was arrested last week in connection with the 1972 unsolved murder of a 37-year-old widow and mother of 10. Evidently, there is no statute of limitations for murder in that jurisdiction, no period of time, however long, after which one can no longer be prosecuted. […]

Column: Tax levy cap: A cap on education?

As I reflect on the years I have volunteered for the Rye City School District, the last few years in public education have changed dramatically. Local school districts are required to comply with so many more state mandates while the state pushes costs down to the local level, which affects the public financing of schools […]

Column: Making the village beautiful for spring

The continued spate of mild weather has thankfully reawakened the village after our long hibernation. Sidewalks are busy, bicycles are out, projects are starting and flowers are finally popping. Traditionally, this time of year is the busiest and prettiest in our village. Our outdoor farmer’s market opens this Saturday on Stone Place and Paxton Avenue […]

Column: Walk this way…through history, part I

Melville understood. He penned the phrase, “Meditation and water are wedded forever,” in his epic novel “Moby Dick.” Along the usually gentle Bronx River, we can add history and pleasure to being forever wedded to water. From the Native Americans who cultivated its fertile banks and fished its plentiful waters to today’s bicycle Sundays, the […]

Column: We’ve mastered this plan

Since coming into office, it has always been my mission to streamline municipal spending while maintaining services. I believe the Town Council has acted responsibly in developing strategies and cost saving measures that will benefit our entire community. Over the past several years, Harrison’s corporate tax base has diminished due to the departure of many […]

Column: I did it! Wait, did I do it?

By the time you read this, I will have a novella on the market. I’m ecstatic about that. I think. I’ve wanted to write fiction since I was in the first grade. I didn’t realize I wanted to be serious about writing fiction until about 12th grade. I don’t know how or why but, once […]

Column: Shanghai surprises

Every time I visit China, I’m reminded of what a country of contrasts it is. As America is different from state to state, Chinese cities are each unique and can feel like different countries except for a few common threads like massive amounts of people and air pollution. On a recent visit in March, I […]

Column: Cheering in real life

At its core, professional sports have always been a communal experience for spectators. For generations, the act of going to the ballpark and cheering on the home team with thousands of like-minded rooters was an integral part of sports fandom. Sharing the joy of victory–or the agony of defeat, if you’re a Cubs fan–with fellow […]