Archive for October, 2008

Silvio the Plumber

Friday, October 31st, 2008
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Family’s Path to the Right: Silvio the Plumber

Long before Joe the Plumber was on the political scene, there was Silvio the Plumber, and were he alive he would be voting for Obama. (And if half of the ACORN voter registration fraud stories are true, he very well may be!)

Silvio the Plumber is the first character a reader meets in the 1996 Pulitzer Prize finalist non-fiction The Inheritance: How Three Families and the American Political Majority Moved from Left to Right by New York Times columnist Samuel G. Freedman.  (Simon & Schuster).     (more…)

“Senator Obama, are you mad at me?”

Sunday, October 26th, 2008
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Saturday Night Live has become a fixture in the 2008 Presidential race — profiting so much from the popularity of their political skits, that they have “politics only” prime time specials.  One of SNL’s most memorable satires was a parody of a CNN debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.  In that skit a character playing Telemundo correspondent Jorge Ramos is worried that he may have offended Senator Obama and uses a debate question to query, “Senator Obama, are you mad at me?”  (more…)

NY Times stereotypes Greenwich (2005)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
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Below is a letter I submitted to the editor of the New York Times, but which they decided not to publish.

Stacey Stowe’s article “A Name Change to Protect the Innocent” (New York Times, October 21, 2005) begins by referring to residents of a certain street in the Cos Cob section of Greenwich, Connecticut as “people of the L. L. Bean-wearing, exercise-the-dog sort” and later refers to Greenwich as “a town where Lacoste shirts and country club memberships are a virtual birthright.”  Using such phrases to describe Greenwich must be in the New York Times style guide.     (more…)

Movie, “The Passion of the Christ” helps give focus to Christian faith (2004)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
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I’ve seen the passion scores of times — not the movie (I’ve only seen that twice), but the passion that my faith believes is relived whenever one person makes a completely selfless, significant sacrifice for another — especially for a person he does not “owe” or perhaps even know. For example, the World War II priest Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to take the place of a condemned Jewish father in a Nazi concentration camp; this is what the Catholic Church points to as the type of passion we may be called to render.    (more…)

Thank God I Am Not a Cop, and Thank God For Those Who Are! (2003)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
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I was “killed” twice this fall – once by a “FATS” machine and once by a classmate. I am fortunate enough to live to discuss it because the “killings” occurred during my training as a member of the first graduating class of the Greenwich Citizens Police Academy.

The brainchild of Chief James Walters, the 39 hours of class were organized by the experienced Greenwich police instructor, Sgt. Jeff Moran, and taught by expert members of Greenwich’s Finest. And while I was fortunate enough to take the classes, all of us in Greenwich are fortunate to be served by one of the most dedicated, professional and highly trained and educated police forces in the area.    (more…)

What it means to be a true “Greenwich Person.” (2002)

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
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What it means to be a true “Greenwich Person.”

The essay in Greenwich Time, (Sunday, February 10, 2002) “Becoming a Greenwich Person and Proud of It” should cause all Greenwich residents to reflect on what it means to be a “Greenwich Person.”

The “typical” Greenwich person depicted in the essay is what I like to think of as the “nouveau Greenwich person” and while that person may have many redeeming qualities, as pointed out at the end of the essay, the nouveau Greenwich person also brings with him many qualities that are an anathema to the Town. (more…)

Uncivil Civics

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
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Today we welcome our newest Our Greenwich columnist, Frank Trotta. Trotta, the father of three, has lived in Cos Cob since 1992, and has worked in Greenwich since 1985 — a relative “newcomer” to Town, but a “Townie” at heart. He has been involved on the local, state and national levels in Republican politics and conservative causes since his teens.

Driving to work, contemplating what I should write for my first blog, I noticed dueling signs on Valley Road. Traveling west, on the left (appropriately) was a house with an Obama sign and directly across the street a house with a McCain-Palin sign. I thought I could write about neighbors disagreeing without being disagreeable – much like my next-door neighbor and I with our own juxtaposed McCain-Palin and Obama signs. (more…)