Vox Populi: The O'Shaughnessy Files

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EPILOGUE: MORE RIFFS, RANTS,
AND RAVES (SUMMER EDITION)

My third book, More Riffs, Rants, and Raves, like the two before it, was acclaimed far beyond its due. I hated the title, but I’ll use it now as a reprise for our annual “End of Summer” column. As the days dwindle down, here then are some meandering thoughts from my notebook:

Just asking: Is it possible George W. Bush may have been right all along? I mean, could he actually be a hell of a lot better president than his critics believe?

The rave reviews for Andrew M. Cuomo as attorney general surprised everyone. But not his father or mother. Or us.

In the fight between United Water and Louis Cappelli over paying for the French conglomerate’s infrastructure, we’re with Cappelli. His generosity and largesse are as apparent as his ubiquitous skyscrapers. The mega-developer has literally saved some of our cities through his care for our neighborhoods. United Water has failed as a corporate citizen ever since it gobbled up the old New Rochelle Water Company forty years ago from its wonderful owner, J. Lester Albertson.

United Water has no community outreach. It eschews conservation, consumer safety, and charity. It’s a stealth utility focused primarily on mailing bills, coaxing them slowly upward so the public doesn’t notice.

Ernie Davis leads the land-locked, beleaguered city of Mount Vernon with grace and dignity. The multicultural city lacks coastline on the Sound or the Hudson River, but Mayor Davis sings its praises with sincerity and style. (I like his successor too. Clinton Young is a sheer, pure, natural force.)

Everybody says Joe Biden would make a great secretary of state. What about president? But we’re for Rudy against all comers.

I loved Wellington Mara. And Nancy and I are crazy about his wife, Ann, and their daughter, Susan. But I hate pre-season football games in August. They remind me of the last gasp of summer. And

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