Unless you have been hibernating with the groundhogs, you recognize the photo that accompanies this column. However, for the few of you who have just stuck your heads out from the burrow, I shall explain: Last week, a woman in Scotland posted that picture on the internet. She had… Continue Reading
‘A COWARDLY ACT’ To the editor, My family and I are deeply saddened and offended by a flyer that was recently distributed via U.S. Mail to the residents of Lyndhurst by cowardly individuals who implied that I am one and the same as mass murderer, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian Adolph Hitler.… Continue Reading
In case you hadn’t noticed, pitchers and catchers have reported for the annual ritual of spring training. By April, the baseball season will have begun and every team can dream of winning the pennant and the World Series. But, as T.S. Eliot liked to say, “April is the… Continue Reading
This week’s column is more accurately a public service announcement. The other day, we read a press release from the Newark Bureau of the FBI regarding something that happened nine years ago. We were not familiar with the case, the crime did not occur in The Observer coverage area, nor… Continue Reading
Okay, Gov. Christie, Assemblyman Prieto and Sen. Sweeney, I call your collective bluffs. It’s time to put all your cards on the table. Look, it’s practically a done deal … a casino in Liberty State Park in Jersey City. And maybe another gaming hall in the Hackensack Meadowlands. After… Continue Reading
Last Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. I am embarrassed to admit that I had not realized that. But then, the local media didn’t exactly highlight the news. They were too busy providing weather reports on the blizzard that wasn’t. In any case, I eventually heard… Continue Reading
After listening to President Obama’s most recent State of the (Dis) Union speech last Tuesday night, I couldn’t help thinking, I’d sure like to be Scott Kelly. Just to remind you (since none of the TV commentators bothered to point this out), Kelly has been picked to become the… Continue Reading
A story in the Jan. 13 issue of The Observer about a fire at Plaque Art Creations in Harrison incorrectly reported what the factory made. It has manufactured plaster moldings.
Ready for another column on the Great War? (I warned you I was fanatical about it.) This won’t deal with battles and strategy, however. It’s about the simple things. Like words. World War I, I have discovered in my research, produced innumerable contributions to our vocabulary: words and phrases still… Continue Reading
In the aftermath of the massacre at the satiric French publication Charlie Hebdo and, subsequently, the attack at a kosher market, journalists from around the globe and Western government leaders have joined to condemn the actions by Islamic extremists. But the ugly events have also sparked a debate about whether… Continue Reading
In its editorial euology last Friday, my alma mater, the N.Y. Daily News, referred to Gov. Mario Cuomo as “the last lion of New York liberalism.” An excellent description. Those of you who know me, or think you do, might wonder then why his death left… Continue Reading
Having been exposed to all the hype over Sony Production Co.’s limited release of “The Interview,” I say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” I guess in what passes for mass entertainment today, it makes perfect sense for two TV people to partner with the CIA to blow up the leader… Continue Reading
NEW YEAR’S GREETINGS FROM THE FIRST COUPLE To the editor: On behalf of my wife Cathy and my entire family, I want to wish the residents of North Arlington a very happy and healthy New Year. I look forward to serving as your… Continue Reading
In December 1914, the troops of the Allies and the Central Powers have been in combat for several months and had begun to be bogged down (sometimes literally — living in mud) in the trench warfare that was to characterize World War I’s Western Front. Trench warfare was basically a… Continue Reading
A story published last week in The Observer misstated the school district where former Lyndhurst school administrator Nicholas Coffaro now serves as superintendent. It is North Haledon. The Observer regrets the error.