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Sag Harbor School District asks entire staff to consider pay freeze

Well, we have the Smith's, who have moved in from elewhere with a boatload of money in their pockets. Now, to have security, and the "American Dream", the Jones' must play catch up, and they need "fat raises", to live nominally, or even excessivel like their new, mostly part time neighbors, do. Most likely, whose lifestyle they covet.

Talk about trickle down economics..." Apr 4, 10 12:43 PM

Southampton Town looks to confer authority of peace officers on code officers

Problem everywhere seems to be a lack of regulation, and enforcement.

Everywhere from Main St. , to Wall St. ..." Apr 4, 10 12:46 PM

Health care reform bill gets mixed reviews on East End

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/26793903/the_big_takeover

Don't mind the profanity, 'cause it might allow you to vent a little anger.

The same principals apply to the health care market as well." Apr 5, 10 5:21 PM

Seven towns to sue MTA over payroll tax

I'll try to keep this simple.

Poor management on their part, does not necessarily constitute an emergency on OUR part.

The East End should not have to cover the cost of the MTA's gross fiduciary negligence. We also cannot be expected to cover the cost of their lack of due diligence.

It's unconstitutional, and how can we not get someone to take this pro bono from a moral standpoint?" Apr 5, 10 6:07 PM

Alliance and Empire reach agreement; both sides say they're pleased

Near as I can gather, Mr. Reid felt the documentary undermined the values, and opinions presented in his book. PBS asked him to do the doc, and then disagreed with him when they wanted their "fair and balanced view".
As someone educated in the Classics myself, though not to the extent of Mr. Reid, I can say that learning thousands of years of History, learning the daily life of those who came before us great and small, indeed grants you a broader perspective of the world, and society.
Mr. Reid is a student of the world, and has spent his life as a journalist living abroad, instead of residing in the same locale through the course of his life. He has not only visited, but spent years living everywhere from Japan, to the U.K.
You do not become a Kaiser Foundation Fellow because you have no clue what you are talking about, nor do you become a Post News Bureau Chief for the same reason either.
Mr. Reid has consistenlty exposed corruption, greed, and avarice in society. It is not the professions he takes issue with, it is their idea of self-entitlement, ego, and avarice which he takes issue with.
He simply, firmly believes that you should not die in debt, to finance another's excessive wealth.
Especially if you are ill, and vulnerable." Apr 5, 10 9:46 PM

Another small plane overshoots runway at Montauk Airport

Most firemen would know that was AFFF (aqueous film forming foam), but, it does look like a patch of ice, doesn't it?" Apr 5, 10 9:50 PM

County Road 39 to see minor widening project in the fall

The only problem I foresee is the bridge between Old Mill, and Mecox.

Even with the new reinforcements, it may not be wide enough for 4 lanes, but I may be wrong." Apr 5, 10 9:59 PM

Westhampton physicist secures $4.25 million grant to study superconductors

WOW. Superconductors at room temperature.

I wasn't sure I'd live to see the day when we might be able to run superconducting power transmission lines without the aid of a nitrogen cooling system!

Good luck to you, and I hope for your success!" Apr 5, 10 10:13 PM

Westhampton Beach reviews first draft of green energy regulations

Are you referring to a triumverate, or a horse drawn carriage?

Or, possibly a design group from Hollywood?" Apr 5, 10 10:19 PM

Southampton Town residents express opinions on leaf pick-up program

Says Walt is from Southampton, but, yeah, I'd like a little more clarification myself." Apr 5, 10 10:30 PM

Stony Brook University will announce drastic cuts to Stony Brook Southampton

It seems like they always have the money to pocket excessive salaries, but no money to invest in the future..." Apr 6, 10 10:29 PM

Another small plane overshoots runway at Montauk Airport

Maybe it's not luck, maybe it's a karmic warning regarding his excessive lifestyle.

The third time, he may not be so lucky.

Homes in Manhattan, AND East Hampton, eh?" Apr 6, 10 10:32 PM

Stony Brook University will announce drastic cuts to Stony Brook Southampton

I'll say it again, and again, and again:

It seems like they always have the money to pocket excessive salaries, but no money to invest in the future...

" Apr 7, 10 1:02 PM

No matter who is in any office today, they have a huge mess to clean up thanks to Ayn Rand, Alan Greenspan, and Bill Clinton, to name the top three.

Ayn Rand was a Russian born author under communism, and the post Bolshevik revolution Soviet Union. Her most famous work is probably "Atlas Shrugged", and she believed in a "lassiez faire" take on economics. Her greatest disciple was Alan Greenspan, who ran the treasury for about twenty years. His view on NOT regulating the economy allowed for shady deals, and a dark, opaque, unregulated market all over Wall St.

There was one voice of dissent, and her name was Brooksley Born, former head of the CTFC, which potentially had control over the derivatives market. She warned that an economic implosion would be the result of an unregulated derivatives market back in the late nineties. She was silenced by Alan Greenspan, Larry Somers, Timothy Geithner, Gary Ginsler, and Alan Levitt (who later recanted his behavior).

It was a COMPLETELY unregulated derivatives market that drove up the cost of everything from a bottle of milk, to a house, to a barrel of oil. Wall St. bankers pocketed millions, billions, in some cases trillions, and America, as well as the world, has paid the price for this folly.

The last straw was when Bill Clinton signed the GLBA into law, which not only changed the definition of certain marketable securites, and repealed key aspects of the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933, but allowed for the creation of "Mega-Banks" like Citigroup.

A boatload of good checks and balances enacted after the Great Depression by Herbert Hoover, and some really good Congressmen were repealed, and Capitalism was permitted to run unregulated, unfettered, and rampant until the market's implosion in less than a decade after the GLBA (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) was signed into law.

Do your research, educate yourself, and sling less mud.

It WOULD behoove us all...

" Apr 7, 10 1:25 PM

Amagansett man survives second potentially fatal accident

Maybe it's Karma warning him about his excessive lifestyle.

A house in Manhattan, AND East Hampton?

The third time, he may not be so lucky..." Apr 7, 10 1:50 PM

Math program at heart of turmoil in Tuckahoe

It doesn't, and look at their recent decision regarding corporations having the same voice as you, or I.

Yep, we have SO far to go..." Apr 7, 10 1:54 PM

Stony Brook University will announce drastic cuts to Stony Brook Southampton

Is that why Alan Greenspan recanted his beliefs before Congress?

The lack of regulation is what led to what is probably the greatest degree of disparity in History.

Earning your way through life, I don't disagree with.

Lassiez faire, I wholly disagree with." Apr 7, 10 10:39 PM

We've got to hang out for a football game sometime.

I'll be going on 26 years as a fan this season." Apr 7, 10 10:40 PM

Abrupt and tearful end to Stony Brook Southampton dream

Peconic County NOW!" Apr 7, 10 11:52 PM

Stony Brook University will announce drastic cuts to Stony Brook Southampton

What's a word that means worse than pathetic?" Apr 7, 10 11:54 PM

So, you feel his intent was malicious, and had nothing to do with his "hands off" approach that the market would regulate itself?" Apr 8, 10 9:25 PM

Now that had me LMFAO!!!!" Apr 8, 10 9:28 PM

I think that it is felt that if we squandered less on "freeloaders", we'd have more money for other things.

It's more likely that it would be pocketed by the usual suspects anyway, so..." Apr 8, 10 9:30 PM

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

Can you say, "not just a river in Egypt"?" Apr 8, 10 9:33 PM

Oddone sentenced to 22 years in prison

This is the only good news I've heard in quite some time.

Except for the appeal.

Oh, and for those nice, wealthy people financing his defense, why don't you find someone deserving, like one saddled with medical debt, or a local in debt up to their eyeballs by your hand..." Apr 14, 10 8:23 PM

IRS says Southampton Town comptroller owes $650,000 in back taxes

The nitwits at the IRS tried to tell me I had $35k worth of securities a few years back, when I was buying and selling stock.

The only numbers they had were the purchases, no sales.

So, of course, I owed them a $***load of money for 35k worth of stock I didn't even own, just bought and sold at a wash.

And to think, it's our taxes that pay for a system that only collected HALF of the pertinent info it should have." Apr 14, 10 8:28 PM

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