Opinion

Parents can make a difference
Opinion

Parents can make a difference

Protecting the adolescent brain is “not a failure of youth but a failure of adult stewardship,” said Dr. Robert DuPont at the recent RyeACT Parent University. Substance abuse prevention is possible was his message, and the Rye student 2016 survey tells us prevention is needed. Dr. Jeanne Matich-Maroney from Iona […]

The importance of transparency
Opinion

The importance of transparency

In all the years that I have been working with elders, I always knew when it was important to influence members of our City Council on issues of importance to seniors by inviting them to their meetings. Without their attendance at council meetings, making a difference failed. However, when senior […]

A letter to Phil Oliva
Opinion

A letter to Phil Oliva

To the Editor, This is a letter penned to Phil Oliva, County Executive Rob Astorino’s chief of staff regarding some of his statements on social media as of late. Do his beliefs reflect those of Astorino’s administration, who have remained mute as Oliva becomes more vocal? Mr. Oliva, I write […]

A drawn-out loss
Opinion Sports

A drawn-out loss

As long as I follow sports, I don’t think I’ll ever suffer another loss quite as painful Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. The storyline was about as rich as it gets in sports: My Red Sox, trying to end an 85-year curse, jumping out to an early lead against […]

Public discourse, warts and all
Opinion

Public discourse, warts and all

One of the first projects I tackled as mayor was the selection of a new caterer for Whitby Castle. I pulled together a raft of stakeholders from the golf commission, the golf club community at large, and the City Council. One of my colleagues accurately observed that this was too […]