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May 25, 2010 6:57 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Westhampton Beach man receives GOP nod for assembly; Thiele gets Democratic endorsement

May 25, 2010 6:57 PM

Richard Blumenthal, a school guidance counselor at Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School, got the nod on May 19. Meanwhile, Mr. Thiele, who switched his registration from the Republican Party to the Independence Party in October, received the Democratic endorsement last Thursday night.

“I’m glad to be cross-endorsed,” Mr. Thiele, 56, said Friday.

He is seeking his ninth term as an assemblyman and said he is hoping to secure support from the Working Families Party.

“The best way I can represent the area is to be an independent,” Mr. Thiele said.

Mr. Blumenthal was originally on the long list of Republicans hoping to challenge U.S. Representative Tim Bishop of Southampton, a Democrat who represents New York’s 1st Congressional District, but there were eight people vying for that endorsement.

“We’re excited so many people wanted to run for Congress. That’s obviously the sexy race,” said John Jay LaValle, the chairman of the Suffolk County Republican Committee. He said Mr. Blumenthal realized he might not get the congressional endorsement and opted to run for the assembly instead. “I think it’s a positive spin-off,” Mr. LaValle said.

Mr. Blumenthal, 57, said running in a primary would cost him a fortune and he is looking forward to the race for the New York State Assembly.

“I’m very excited,” he said.

Three candidates—George Demos, Chris Cox and Randy Altschuler—will compete in a primary to run on the Republican line for Congress, Mr. LaValle said. The primary will be held September 14.

Mr. Bishop, who was first elected in 2002, has the Democratic endorsement for his seat.

The general election is November 2.

HALLIE D. MARTIN

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Mr. Blumenthal is about as right wing as they come. He is much closer to the teaparty than the Republican party. How do I know this? I have read many of his postings on this site and II have visited his website. His views on many topics are nothing more than simplistic gop talking points, for instance: he says "I Have a Plan to Cut Property Taxes By Making Education Better!" But he does not bother to explain how he will pay for his tax cuts.

Like all far right candidates, he is running ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 21, 10 12:52 PM
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As usual, P1st, an entirely predictable pants-wetting Leftist screed.

But good to see ya back at the grind. Have to visit Blumenthal's website and see if he's as "extreme" as you portray him.

Even then I might have to support him as a man of principle over Thiele, a man of expediency.
By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on May 21, 10 1:26 PM
And, as expected from you, Frank, a puerile personal attack on another poster.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 21, 10 2:07 PM
Speaking of "pants-wetting", Frank is back! Does he comment on the article? No. Does he offer an intelligent rebuttal? No. Glad to know some things never change.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on May 21, 10 2:15 PM
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By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on May 21, 10 6:39 PM
I think what mr people is trying to say is that blumenthal stands a very good chance at victory. Running on obamas agenda has not been working out that well for anyone. Mr people feels helpless.
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on May 21, 10 1:39 PM
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By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on May 21, 10 1:41 PM
Four special elections held since Obama's election, all won by Democrats. But I forget, you don't allow facts to get in your way.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 21, 10 2:08 PM
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peoplefirst is right. Scott Brown won in Mass. So far he is voting liking a democrat
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 21, 10 3:00 PM
GOP wins house seat in obamas home district fact
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 23, 10 10:11 AM
2 democrats ran against one republican
I heard the split if you went by party was 60-40 democrat
since the republican had the highest total they got the seat
for at least November as there will be another election for the seat
the republican "victory" proves little - they will probably lose the seat in November
By diogenes (57), westhampton on May 23, 10 9:11 PM
dio I think you missed my point. You MAY be right about Hawaii you may not. I am simply responding to peoplefirsts so called facts. They are simply untrue. Scott Brown is a republican and a republican did win in Hawaii. Those are facts.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 24, 10 7:59 AM
No surprise that Mr. Thiele and Anna Throne-Holst have the same political endorsements and affiliations!
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on May 21, 10 2:45 PM
Thanks for all the interest! Actually, I do have a very specific plan for cutting property taxes through legislative changes that would reduce education costs, while helping kids with a better education. I spell it out in detail on VoteForTaxCut.com. I've worked in education for 27 years and I think it's a plan just about everyone can agree on.
By RichardBlumenthal (24), Westhampton Beach on May 21, 10 5:32 PM
Wow Richard, it is nice to see you are connected....how about Fred? He would never take the time to answer anyone here. He has been there too long and way above us cranks to respond in a blog (but you can bet he and his handlers are reading it).....too bad, I used to be a supporter until he joined the Sheldon Silver Dems.. Nothing can change in the assembly until he is removed, (hopefully in handcuffs).... something the trial lawyers hat fund him will never allow.
By nellie (451), sag harbor on May 21, 10 10:11 PM
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peoplefirst - He says we should deport all "illegals". How do you intend to do that, Mr. Blumenthal? What is your plan for deporting 20 million people? I suppose the government would fund this?

Why wouldn't the government fund the deportation? It is their responsibility to the citizens of this nation to do so in the interest of national security and the economy. I know you don't want to lose your landscaper, but really now... should we fund the endless entitlements which many illegals ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 21, 10 8:30 PM
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Please explain exactly how you would round up and deport 20 million people and then tell me how you would solve the economic collapse created by your rash stupidity.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 22, 10 6:45 PM
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Why not the gvt pays for everything else or should I say the taxpayers
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 23, 10 8:29 AM
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"peoplefirst"
You should look at you "rash stupity". Lets get rid of all these ILLEGALS that drain our country and commit crimes that you say they do not and maybe that will be a step in the right direction to fix our "economic collapse" as you say
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on May 23, 10 12:02 PM
First off I noticed you didn't defend the illegal hit and run artist from Guatemala, don't you have a slant to defend him?

AZ has a good start on how to "round them up" start by identifying them as illegal aliens so they can be turned over to the Feds for processing.
If I am required to show my "papers when in another country to prove my right to be there as well as my correct identity, I don't see why it should be any different here. I can’t imagine traveling aboard with false papers.

As ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 23, 10 2:06 PM
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This has what to do with the article?
By Rhoda D (12), Quogue on Jun 2, 10 9:09 PM
How many innocent citizens need to be injured/killed/raped/robbed before action is taken to make the situation right?
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 21, 10 8:32 PM
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The only people who injure, rape and kill are immigrants? Do you ever think before you write? Forget it, I know the answer. In case you ever have an uncontrollable urge to educate yourself, "During the 1990s, immigration reached record highs and crime rates fell more precipitously than at any time in U.S. history. And cities with the largest increases in immigration between 1990 and 2000 experienced the largest decreases in rates of homicide and robbery.

The findings by Tim Wadsworth, ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 22, 10 6:48 PM
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'peoplefirst"
Well maybe you should do some homework before you say someone else is wrong. The fact is 2000 AMERICANS are killed in this country evey years by ILLEGALS.Than you can look into the rap's. Maybe the next point you can check is that 3 presidents HOOVER,TRUMAN aND EISENHOWER deported EVERY ILLEGAL in this counrty to make jobs for AMERICANS.
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on May 22, 10 9:22 PM
"peoplefirst"
Another point is when the president of Mexico made his speach(that had to be written by the White house) he did nothing but put us down,After he was interviewed and when he was asked how people enter Mexico he said"they must fill out forms,we do a criminal check and they must not be a burden to our country" he than said "anyone can be asked for their papers at ANYTIME".When he was asked can someone hire a ILLEGAL the answer "NO".
Than he was asked what was ...more
By sjd (420), Westhampton Beach on May 22, 10 9:41 PM
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I didn't say the only people that commit those crimes are illegal aliens. Why you chose to try to put words in my mouth, I am not quite sure..... maybe because you can defend criminals without putting a spin on others comments.

As for Wadsworth whom you used to try to validate your opinion, what do you want to bet he was referring to LEGAL immigration as opposed to the ILLEGAL immigration which I was referring to. Even so to attribute the drop in crime to the influx of immigrants is preposterous. ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 23, 10 2:14 PM
Where did this "fact" come from?
By Rhoda D (12), Quogue on Jun 2, 10 9:05 PM
Are those you call "illegals" only from Mexico?

If truth be told we are all illegal. The colonists were given a very limited charter. Unless you are a native American, you are, technically "illegal"
By Rhoda D (12), Quogue on Jun 2, 10 9:08 PM
I don't let your facts get in the way and stop being so fresh young man.
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on May 22, 10 11:29 AM
" . . . stop being so fresh young man"?? I don't believe it! With respect, lady, if you can't stand the heat, get off the blog. This, by the way, is the same tuckahoetrip who responded to me under another piece with "Hahaha you be silly!" I don't think tuckahoetrip is someone the rest of us need take seriously.
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 22, 10 2:00 PM
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You don't let ANY facts get in the way. I've read your posts too! I am with Turkey Bridge.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on May 22, 10 6:44 PM
Entirely apart from policy considerations, ideological parsing, or party identification, Fred Thiele is going to win another term in the Assembly. It's understandable that the Republicans would be stung by Thiele's recent defection, but they do themselves and the voters a disservice by nominating an outlier like Richard Blumenthal to oppose him.

It's really sort of head-clearing to learn that the Republicans have managed to narrow their eight Congressional candidates down to three for ...more
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 22, 10 1:50 PM
Mr. Blumenthal, I am with the other poster on this. Your political views are extreme. No question. So, how about explaining some of the other far right commentary you've posted on his board: Let's start with your insistence that insurance reform which leaves control with private insurers is a "government takeover" Did you read the legislation or did Glenn Beck explain it to you?

Financial aid legislation ended the wasted federal dollars spent to pay private banks as middlemen between ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 22, 10 8:44 PM
The benefit of mr blumenthal explaining ANYTHING to you are you I'll is pointless. You wouldn't vote for unless he switched parties anyway. Anything he says will fall on tone deaf ears
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 23, 10 8:27 AM
Why is it wrong to ask a politician to explain himself? He is running for office and I am quoting his postings from this website. I would not vote for him if he switched parties because I vote for a candidate based on principals, not party, and Mr. Blumenthal is simply wrong for Long Island
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 23, 10 11:40 AM
Please name the last republican you voted for
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 23, 10 8:30 PM
Fred's a good man and has spent time working with me on various issues. He always responds to my requests and provides good guidance. His experience and knowldge are very important now more than ever with whats going on with government .
By North Sea Citizen (516), North Sea on May 23, 10 7:05 AM
Fred picks and chooses his fights-- they are usually the ones that will give him good publicity. Even after his most recent car accident, although he was the driver that hit the other from the rear, he excused it by throwing in the "important" meetings he was coming from and going to. Gag me with a spoon! Have you ever seen the man drive--he ALWAYS is texting, talking on his cell and speeding. He is not the man he once was, but may be the lesser of two evils in the election.
By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on May 23, 10 8:51 AM
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Well said.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 23, 10 10:14 AM
Look you little whippersnapper, who mentioned parties? Anyone running on the current administration's agenda has lost. Oh, and Hawai-the shady attorney from chicago's alleged home state just sent a (r) to washington for first time in decades. The shady attorney carried hawaii by 70 pts. But you keep attacking me. I think its a hoot. Gotta go rinse my teeth.
By tuckahoetrip (46), Water Mill on May 23, 10 12:50 PM
I believe someone has already said this, but it bears repeating: Since Obama was elected president there have been four special elections and the democrats have been victorious in every single one. Oh, and as for the teabag favorite Scott Brown, he was the 60th vote for two major pieces of legislation including the financial reform package that just passed. Guess he knows where the smart money is.
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 23, 10 2:25 PM
That is a flat out lie. In fact the GOP just won a confessional seat in obamas home district in hawaii. Get your facts straight and please stop listening to peoplefirsts information on mediamatters.com
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 23, 10 8:26 PM
You are such an angry person.
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 24, 10 8:14 AM
at least im not a liar
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 24, 10 9:15 AM
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By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 23, 10 2:04 PM
that was a test because every time I hit submit my comment was not put through, I kept getting message that said "page not found"
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 23, 10 2:06 PM
I'd be interested to know what the candidates might do to solve the illegal question - shipping millions back when many have kids who are American citizens is not practical. Too often candidates say "It's Washington's problem", when in fact it has become everyone's and we need to deal with it on many levels. Because so many people hire illegals that become it's clear we need a guest worker program. Done right, we will never again have to talk about creating another "amnesty" program.
By goldenrod (505), southampton on May 23, 10 4:01 PM
Howabout all the wonderful businesses using illegals for labor take care of the kids? Problem solved!
By omghi (20), EH on May 23, 10 6:34 PM
Note to Editor, it would be nice to be able to edit after posting so we could make corrections when we realize something needs changing, ie: spelling, grammar, a word in the wrong place or a clarification. Thanks
By goldenrod (505), southampton on May 23, 10 4:07 PM
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"former GOP member Fred W. Thiele Jr." ... "Thiele, who switched his registration from the Republican Party" .... to me that says it all. I would rather vote for an ex-con than Thiele.
By BIGjimbo12 (201), East Quogue on May 23, 10 6:48 PM
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The cost of underground immigration in social services is just starting to be felt in our part of the country, but has decimated the border states for some time. People there are outraged and we enable the continued law-breaking by ignoring it here. Is it really wise for us to choose which laws we will enforce and which we won't? It should be known that we will not be complicit when people illegally enter the United States. In fact, such a porous border and complicit populace is a serious security ...more
By RichardBlumenthal (24), Westhampton Beach on May 23, 10 11:56 PM
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Mr. Blumenthal, why do you ignore proven statistics that say immigrant workers are a net positive for our economy. Do you realize how many hundreds of millions of dollars "illegals" who hope to become citizens contribute to social security - a program from which they will never benefit. Instead of dealing with WHY the immigrants come here, you want to deport 20 million people. Again I ask you, how would you pay for this and how would you help the economy to recover? Yeah, close the border. So ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 24, 10 8:21 AM
"The ILLEGAL immigrants are a net positive to our economy"??? Does that factor in all the free healthcare, education, and jobs they take away from legal tax payiing citizens. As for deporting them STOP giving them free entitlements and Fine employers heavily for hiring them. With no work and free stuff you wont need to deport them. They will leave.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 24, 10 9:23 AM
lablover: "proven statistics that say immigrant workers are a net positive for our economy"

Please provide citation.
By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on May 24, 10 9:45 AM
Even though you will surely find any number of lame reasons to delegitimize the source, here you go - http://www.newsweek.com/id/238028 In the future I suggest you do your own research.
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 24, 10 10:13 AM
In the future, if you are going to make such an assertion, it is incumbent upon you to provide the citation, Madam. That's how it works.

Now we have a source, and know that you didn't make it up out of wholecloth.
May 24, 10 11:58 AM appended by Frank Wheeler
O, and withstanding your assertion about "proven statistics," then are nothing of the sort. They are merely published in a popular magazine.
By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on May 24, 10 11:58 AM
Yea with illegal immigrants you get cheap labor at about 10 bucks an hour (if lucky). Taxpayers also get to pay for their health care, kids education, section 8 housing and subsidized rent, bilingual teachers and books, relief from high energy bills, food stamps and day care. some even qualify for medicare and tax credits
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 24, 10 12:13 PM
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It is not incumbent upon me to provide you with anything beyond my own opinions. Since you find it necessary to anoint yourself keeper of this board, I have gone back and looked at a number of your comments and I am NOT surprised to find that you have made any number of assertions that are NOT backed up by any source. Additionally, it seems that the vast majority of your time is spent attacking other posters instead of addressing the topic of the article.

As I said before, it is no surprise ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 24, 10 1:15 PM
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Are you kidding, Wheeler?
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on May 24, 10 3:23 PM
right. If you had read most of my posts you would have seen that many of them contain hard facts (normally Government data). Not some editorial in Newsweek. Thats like me quoting an article from the weekly standard. As for me attacking people its only people like you.
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 24, 10 3:24 PM
Razza, my posting was in response to Mr. Wheeler, but as you see fit to join the conversation, I will say it again - if you had bothered to read the article you would see that there are at least two studies that are referenced. Of course, one was conducted by Harvard so I am confident that you will dismiss it as "intellectual hooey"
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 24, 10 3:52 PM
As a state Assemblyman, please fight to stop the spending in Albany. Fight for a constitutional amendment that we have an adopted budget on April 1. Fight for the end of the Cadillac Medicaid plan we provide. A Chevrolet plan is just what we need. Fight for an increase in Charter Schools... our public education system is a trough for endless spending...Fight to reduce sales tax, property tax, and fuel tax... Commit to cutting spending across the board...

As far as your concerns for the ...more
By grimag (38), southampton on May 24, 10 9:43 AM
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Our education system is clearly failing if a grown man cannot determine the difference between an ellipsis and a comma, period, semi-colon, or colon.
By katewatson (7), Southampton on May 24, 10 11:58 AM
Well, if we are being that critical of sentence structure on here Ms...., consider your use or the comma before "or", it equals fail on your part!:)
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 24, 10 1:43 PM
" we will not change our culture, attitudes or beliefs... they assimilate into the melting pot" What world our you living in? This is a multicultural society we live in. I can guarantee that my culture, attitude and beliefs in no way resemble yours.
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on May 24, 10 3:25 PM
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Why is it that those on the fringe right always feel that they can dictate culture, attitudes and beliefs or that they are representative of society as a whole? And why the phone number? This is not a single's site.
By setyoufree (69), Sag Harbor on May 24, 10 3:28 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_comma

The "Oxford Comma" is highly acceptable in academic writing; I figured it would be okay for a comment on 27East. My point was that his awful writing makes it hard to understand his nonsensical blather. Looking past the awful writing, the content doesn't do much better.
By katewatson (7), Southampton on May 24, 10 4:55 PM
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Thank you, I stand corrected. I glad I called you on it and learned something in the process.
I don't agree with everything he wrote, but a good bit of makes sense. What do you see as being the problem with securing our boarders? When I say sealing them, I mean allowing crossings to take place solely at checkpoints with proper documentation.
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 24, 10 9:22 PM
The problem with what he is saying is that it borders very closely on xenophobia and cultural purism. I find it hard to argue against dual language programs- learning new languages from a young age is an invaluable skill (and one that future employers will appreciate). Additionally, while I do think that the borders need to be better patrolled and regulated, I am a firm believer that people will bypass law enforcement if they are set on breaking the law. While border patrols and tightened security ...more
By katewatson (7), Southampton on May 24, 10 11:33 PM
I think everyone can agree the the are many cultures and even languages spoken in America. I agree children should have the opportunity to learn a second or even third language from an early age. The problem arises when we cater to a group who has disregarded our laws by offering government forms, special classes in schools to enable them to function without learning the language. We have people from all over the world living here speaking so many different native languages, yet they all learned ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 25, 10 3:25 PM
Mr. Blumenthal, some evidence that your claims regarding new home tax credits are completely false, the AP is reporting

"Home sales surpassed expectations for April as government incentives provided a temporary boost to the housing market.

The National Association of Realtors says sales of previously owned homes rose 7.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.77 million. That was the best showing in five months and better than the 5.63 million units economists had expected.

The ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 24, 10 10:20 AM
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Another prediction: Whether it's Demos, Cox or Altschuler running against him, Tim Bishop will win another term in the House. (This should bring a few responses.)
By Turkey Bridge (1906), Quiogue on May 24, 10 11:12 AM
I guess we are luck you are not Nostradamus
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 24, 10 12:14 PM
Despite the focus of these comments being about immigration, which is mostly a Federal issue, the centerpiece of my campaign is about property taxes and how we can cut them by making adjustments to NYS education law, part 100 in particular. For those of you who are interested, I've described in detail how this is possible. Please visit votefortaxcut.com/proptax.html and I think you'll find that what I plan should have done a long time ago. When I show them the real numbers involved, most people ...more
By RichardBlumenthal (24), Westhampton Beach on May 24, 10 4:34 PM
Mr. Blumenthal, I have read your link - your ideas are outdated and out of touch. The idea is to challenge kids, to prepare them for the future, not turn our high schools into vocational dumps in an age of technology.

And why do you refer to special needs children as "disabled"? Not just once, but over and over again. If a child has a learning disability he or she is not "disabled", they have a learning disability. They have special needs. They are not just lazy or incapable of learning. ...more
By lablover (104), Southampton on May 24, 10 8:11 PM
What you just said, is the problem with this country. In sports it equals "every child is a winner" this is a debilitating philosophy. Face it not everyone is not going to be able to do or learn everything that is taught. People have differing aptitudes and strengths. If making wallets or birdhouses are their strengths, so be it. Maybe if we didn't try to turn "special needs children in to neurosurgeons, we could get some affordable birdhouses built here, instead of importing them from China with ...more
By ICE (1214), Southhampton on May 24, 10 9:44 PM
I have a feeling that their is nothing mr blumenthal could say to make you vote for him. Have you ever voted for a republican??
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 24, 10 9:44 PM
I don't need to read Newsweek to know how illegal immigration has affected our town. There was a time when illegal immigration, in much smaller numbers than presently exist, was an essential part of our local economy. The numbers have grown large and fast in our community to the point that they are indeed taking jobs from locals. Their increased numbers are causing our schools to burst at their seams, and taking now very limited resources and programs from our children so that we can provide ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on May 24, 10 8:26 PM
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LOL is newsweek magazine still in circulation
By razza5350 (1906), East Hampton on May 24, 10 9:41 PM
Surprisingly it's still in circulation. It's funny that Lablover relies on Newsweek as her source for "proven statistics" and reliable information (probably right behind Keith Olberman and Rachel Maddow), they're all about as reliable sources as Beck and Limbaugh! Really, you can search the internet for any viewpoint you want and you will find it. There are conflicting studies on every topic under the sun, all by reliable sources:, all available online. I will rely on my own experience and ...more
By teachourkids (36), southampton on May 24, 10 10:08 PM
Indeed! Lablover read something somewhere, agrees with it, and it instantly moves into the realm of a fact or "proven statistics."

She is very confident in both her beliefs and in whatever "source" she finds agreeing with her particular point of view.

All of which is perfectly natural -- but it's far from either "fact" or "proven."
By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on May 25, 10 1:36 PM
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Without getting into the issues, I first want to thank Mr. Blumenthal for entering in the race. No one knows more than me that Fred Thiele is a very formidible candidate. However, everyone running for office deserves a worthy opponent. Competitive elections are the best "vetting" processes for the public to find out who our elected officials are. I think when candidates are cross endorsed across the board, the voters are cheated. I think that the incredible voter discontent this year makes ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on May 27, 10 10:18 PM
Oh! Another thing Mr. Blumenthal. I do not know what your experience in elective politics may be. There are a lot of "pundits" out there who think they know what it is like to run for office. They watch the political talk shows and they pontificate on political message boards including this one. I think there is no greater lesson in real politics than there is when you actually run for office or involved in a real campaign in a meaningful way. You are about to learn the kind of things they ...more
By Integrity Party Guy (26), Riverhead on May 27, 10 10:23 PM
lablover, razza poses a great question-- have you ever voted for a republican? It seems that you are merely trying to goat Mr Blumenthal into an arguement in an attempt to trip him up (not because the answers will change your opinion of him, or your vote) By the way, if someone has a "disability" I believe that they are considered to be "disabled," thus the similarity in those two words.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on May 28, 10 3:42 AM