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A call to protect the dead

Nice reporting and kudos to Ms. Catalano for her important work. As Elie Wiesel said:

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.
The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference.
The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference.
And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference." May 27, 09 1:12 PM

Woman killed in motorcycle accident on Napeague stretch

Here's how it could have been avoided:
a) Dude pull to the side of the road and takes his punishment for being a f-up
b) Girlfriend reaches around him and turns the key on his bike to the "off" position" May 25, 10 6:49 PM

Wainscott community members see disconnect in developer's vision for Plitt Ford property

When Bob Schaeffer says "Some of these issues are premature ... almost every issue here will be addressed over time" it makes you realize that there is no overall vision for Wainscott; with each property sale you have a different set of rules and aesthetic considerations. Why isn't there a comprehensive plan for this part of EH town? If there were a set of overall guidelines (not just laws and codes) and a real vision, then each project that comes before the planning board would have to conform to that vision. Instead, you end up with a Frankenstein monster of shops and gas stations that represents another eyesore on the way to the Village. This is an opportunity for town planners to decide if Wainscott wants to be like Amagansett or Hicksville." Jul 16, 10 9:43 AM

Answer to first question: small stores nearby won't like it because it represents competition. Should these stores have a say in who gets to compete? No. You rolls the dice, you takes your chances.
RE: Mr Saunders "well thought out plan," he doesn't have one. he has preliminary drawings and lots of "it will great, you'll see" comments. Don't trust anyone who invests in real estate who is saying it is for the public good unless he's willing to give it away (he is no Rockefeller). He wants to turn a profit and shop there during the few weeks he slums it out on the East End. End of story. That's his right. The community also has a right to hold his feet to the fire to make sure he builds something that will benefit as many people as possible. Let the games begin!" Jul 22, 10 2:59 PM

I am saddened to hear that a former neighbor supports this faulty AZ legislation/anti-immigration effort. Your gov hates your state and here's why:
-She says it's a dangerous place to live yet crime in border areas is DOWN significantly in past 5 years
-She says illegals take away jobs, yet illegal immigrants mostly hold farm jobs that NO ONE else will take. Lose those and the nation's supply of fresh produce will collapse overnight.
-She says the borders are broken yet the number of immigrants crossing border areas in AZ and TX are DOWN significantly, mostly due to the economic downturn and increased security.
The solution: come up with a humane, logical way to give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and you can start collecting their taxes. But that doesn't appeal to racists, bigots and Foxnews-idiots" Jul 22, 10 3:08 PM

Michael Lohan charged with harassing fiancee Kate Major at Water Mill home

And, this is important news because?" Jul 22, 10 3:39 PM

ZBA turns down East Hampton Library expansion

This isn't just about children: some of the proposed expansion is to store books. One aspect of this that has been overlooked is what will libraries look like in 5 years? 10 years? It won't be housing lots of books. With new technologies for accessing written materials libraries, including this one, will require less space not more. And, it will "house" a lot more knowledge via e-book readers like the Kindle and iPad. You can knock out a few rows of books and expand public areas for children or simply scale down the whole plan. Wake up people. Last month Amazon sold more e-books than hard cover books. The future is here." Jul 26, 10 10:58 AM

The thing that kills me is how this issue has become simplified to expand vs. don't expand. Why are there not more proposals that include a much smaller expansion? Because once you start the process it just gets bigger and bigger (check out the houses in Sagaponic). Why not include a steam room with electric towel warmers in the plan? Or a guest house decorated by "locals" Donna Karan and Calvin Klein for when guest lecturers come by? Hell, let's put in a pool. The kids love that!" Jul 27, 10 1:03 PM

Protest over Beach Hampton beach guards

Perhaps the guards should be wearing jack boots too. This is intimidation of people on public beaches, pure and simple. Evidently this "seven member board" has taken a cue from our "dear leaders" on the EH town board and has decided to enact its policies without the review of its constituents. And, how could they possibly enforce this? Do I have to carry an ID at all times? I can move to Arizona if I want to live in a police state.

If people are parking their cars illegally then tow them. If they are bicycling or walking on the beach that is their right, regardless of where they live. Hats off to Frisbie for standing up public access.." Aug 4, 10 10:50 AM

With deadline looming, radio station still short of funds

If, by some miracle, they can somehow save the station, first order of business: fire Wally Smith and get some new blood in there. Next: limit the tired jazz programming and instead offer more programming that is relevant to the community. And last, involve all of the East End Schools to provide programs similar to Youth Radio on NPR stations: http://www.youthradio.org/. These are low cost, high value programs that can be created in studios in local schools by students. By sponsoring new program creators you create more listeners." Aug 12, 10 4:28 PM

One of the problems with the plan for the station is that it is not "progressive" enough - and I mean that in the most positive dictionary definition sense of the word (i.e., making use of or interested in new ideas, findings, or opportunities). Stop emphasizing the "what was" or "what is" and look at the "what ifs." This station could be an incredibly important resource for the East End community if there was someone with a real progressive vision who could do a re-boot. Keeping the same old tired people at the helm is a BIG mistake and may spell doom for this community resource. God forbid if some right wing religious station from the South takes over. I may have to do what Kim Jung Il does with Chinese signals coming into his country and lock my radio from tuning into that frequency." Aug 13, 10 1:51 PM

Voters overwhelmingly support East Hampton Library expansion plans

I am a strong supporter of the library and use it often. However, I think it is important that this vote be put into context. The library, in my view stacked the deck in their favor by hosting the vote within their own building and during a weekend when they are having their biggest events. Events, I might add that are mostly attended by weekend or summer residents. I wonder, what would the outcome have been if a) the vote were held in a neutral place, b) after Labor Day and c) during the week? We'll never know but my guess is that they wouldn't have had such overwhelming support." Aug 15, 10 2:52 PM

PS: I think it is the press' (and the Press') responsibility to clarify some of the many biases surrounding this vote, including how the library identified a "voter." Did library officials have access to local voter registration rolls or just library member rolls? Were any people not employed or not supporters of the library expansion overseeing any aspects of the voting? Sorry, but this vote was a bit like having a local official hold an election in his/her house while their spouse handed out cookies. Would you vote against? Especially when the cookies are so damn good?" Aug 15, 10 3:05 PM

Tea Party Meet the Candidates Night

Tea Party candidate from NV against choice: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/29/sharron-angle-opposes-abo_n_629371.html

From the Daily News" Tea Party leader blasts Ground Zero mosque." http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/05/19/2010-05-19_tea_party_leader_mark_williams_says_muslims_worship_a_monkey_god_blasts_ground_z.html

Jim Tomes, a tea party candidate for Indiana state Senate, drew applause when he said, "we would like to see prayer back in school" and again when he said "we're going to have to ask God to forgive us.": http://www.courierpress.com/news/2010/apr/15/school-prayer/

Sarah Palin against Scty Gates recent attempt to cut defense budget: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/7/3/881408/-Defense-SpendingThe-Tea-Party:Sec.-Gates-v.-Sarah-Palin" Aug 15, 10 3:21 PM

RE: Rush Limbaugh being racist: Here is the top 10 plus some more. Do you people use Google?
http://newsone.com/nation/casey-gane-mccalla/top-10-racist-limbaugh-quotes/" Aug 15, 10 3:24 PM

Voters overwhelmingly support East Hampton Library expansion plans

Why do you assume that my post reflects "sour grapes?" I was merely asking for details re: the set up and structure of the vote. I am in favor of the library expansion, although not all the specific details put forward (e.g., I think it could have been scaled down). Clearly this vote was a political move on the part of the library to use in its court case and should be put within that context. I was merely questioning the validity of the numbers since it was clearly not a vote that followed strict procedures for fighting bias. My grapes are quite sweet (think a nice dry Zinfandel) thank you very much." Aug 16, 10 11:16 AM

East Hampton Library sues Zoning Board of Appeals

Setting aside the conspiracy theories for a moment, this is a basic zoning dispute based on a 7 yr old plan. What I don't get is that the library is not willing to revise its 7 yr old plan to conform to realities of today and the next 10 yrs. Yes, put in an elevator; yes expand the childrens area. But 7,000 sq feet? Is that really needed in an age when most or all books will be be digitized and accessed via hand held devices? In the next few yrs you'll be able to remove stacks of books and use the space for other purposes. Meanwhile, users of the library will have access to more - not less - information and resources. " Aug 27, 10 5:46 PM

Congressional candidate Cox joins anti-abortion activists in protest at Bishop's office

Read this guys' comments in the Star: like a lot of Tea Party candidates he makes generalized statements about wanting "freedom" from government but when pressed he still wants federal $ coming to the area (e.g., he says "money from the federal government should be used for projects to drive the business community to make more investments.") Sorry, Chris. If you are a Tea party candidate you can't ask the feds for money or get special treatment (what you might call a "special interest"). Every politician wants to bring money $ to their constituents; you'll have to give that up if you want to be true to the cause. Or are you saying you only want money for your business owner friends and not the poor people who might "waste" it on things like food and shelter?" Aug 27, 10 6:07 PM

The abortion debate will never be settled. But if you agree with the Tea Party platform you also have to support:

-Less govmt in personal lives: that includes legal abortion and being able to marry whoever you want. Anything else would require judicial activism
-No gvmt subsidies: that means energy, farm subsidies, defense contractors, even medical research. I want the head of the Tea Party to tell everyone with a straight face that they want to stop funding cancer research, Alzheimer research, etc.
-Support the constitution as is: that means no over-turning or adding amendments. It's a perfect document. Don't change it.
-Also: overturn all laws that provide "special" rights: civil rights, American with Disabilities Act, etc.
These are all things that we can agree on, right Tea Party people?" Aug 30, 10 1:05 PM

While we are at it, let's get rid of FEMA, the NIH, Centers for Disease Control, and the FDA. Let the market take care of its citizens like God intended! That's why Jesus threw the money changers out of the Temple, to get the real businesses in! After all, the market did a spectacular job in Dickens' day." Aug 30, 10 1:12 PM

"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?" (I Corinthians 6:19).
Say I got drunk and slept with the guy from Accounting. Got me pregnant. Since my body is a temple (see above) then I have the right to protect it from the creepy guy in Accounting's DNA (c'mon I was feeling LONELY. And, he was being sweet until he asked me to pay for my own cab fare home). The Bible can't be wrong." Aug 30, 10 1:30 PM

Nope. The market should take care of the disabled. Why don't the gimps just buy a hovercraft for access to buildings and public monuments (which btw, should also be decommissioned and sold)." Aug 30, 10 1:32 PM

I don't mean to imply that Tea Party supporters are evangelicals, only that the majority of them are hypocrites. They are selective in their beliefs - which is human - but their leaders speak in absolutes. That is the danger." Aug 30, 10 2:01 PM

For those that think "we people" know nothing about the Tea Party or for those who just want to get educated: you might want to read this truly in-depth, non-partisan, detailed and insightful article about the subject published by a right-leaning, conservative magazine (Bill Kristol, one of the earliest supporters of Sarah Palin for VP is the editor): http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/two-faces-tea-party

Read up or shut up. Let me know if it's too long for you or the words they use are too big to understand." Aug 30, 10 5:23 PM

This is what I was talking about: you'd rather watch Beck than read a serious piece of journalism about what he stands for and his effect on politics. Enjoy the Goldline commercials." Aug 30, 10 5:37 PM

I embrace a good debate but if you have a position you should also have the facts. Saying that Obama is the most liberal president ever is simply ridiculous. Just look at each issue:
Defense: he is continuing policies laid out by that leftie Bush
Economy: Bush signed TARP; under Obama the $ is coming back to the Treasury, Republicans in states that didn't have Toyota or Honda factories supported the Detroit auto bail out
Health Care: the plan that ended up passing looks a lot like the one signed into law in Massachusetts and created by: Mitt Romney, a centrist turned conservative
Regulation: Obama did nothing to reign in the corrupt MMS which allowed oil co's to write their own regulations, which led to the gulf disaster. The MMS was staffed by Bush admin people
If Obama is a leftie, show me more than just the fact that all Dems are supported by unions and pro lifers. If you want to aim your hate, aim it at the stupidity and self interest of all of our elected officials" Aug 31, 10 2:40 PM

Radio station gets brief reprieve

According to recent articles in the Press, this can be resolved by having Wally and co. relinquish some control to board members willing to pony up the dough. Sometimes you have to kill something in order to save it. Now is the time." Aug 31, 10 10:02 PM

Congressional candidate Cox joins anti-abortion activists in protest at Bishop's office

I offer up a challenge to all posters:
-No name calling - e.g., teabaggers, obama hyphens, etc.
-Back up your positions/opinions with facts
-Read and/or listen to considered opinions and facts outside your own echo chamber (Fox News and MSNBC included)

I think what bothers those who do not identify themselves with the Tea Party/Beck/Palin crowd the most is not their positions but their reliance on slogans, name calling and misinformation (e.g., all the rhetoric re: the "Ground Zero Mosque" and its "radical" imam). The same goes for those on the left like Michael Moore, etc.

If you disagree with a position or person, that's cool but why make it a fight that requires smearing your opponent? This is exactly why this country is in trouble. Those who agree with me should check out the Coffee Party Movement (http://www.coffeepartyusa.com/) whose goal is COOPERATION not tearing down the other side. Until we have that we are toast." Sep 1, 10 1:02 PM

Radio station gets third reprieve, one month to come up with $600k

Question: even if they manage to raise the dough for purchase, where are they getting the $ to continue operations? Previous stories mention people working there for no pay. I think this should be mentioned in any future articles." Sep 4, 10 2:34 PM

Debbie Harry and Blondie to play at Performing Arts Center on Sunday

Wait a minute: did she say "Debbie Harry was the first artist to rap on a record?" In what alternative universe was that? Harry did not rap on a record until 1980's "Rapture." Meanwhile, rap had already been around for years (since at least the mid 70s with big selling singles by Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and Kurtis Blow). I love Blondie but that rap was not one of their high points. You might also mention that "The Tide is High" was originally recorded in 1967 by the reggae group the Paragons. Or did Blondie invent Reggae too?" Sep 4, 10 2:54 PM

Three Republican candidates will battle on Tuesday for right to challenge Bishop in November

What is the obsession with the healthcare bill? These guys should be asked:
-Do you want to remove the 'no pre-existing condition' provision? Please tell that to your cancer patient constituents - to their face.
-Do you not want healthcare to be portable from job to job? Tell that to the people you pretend to care about that have lost theirs.
-If making people buy healtchare is unconstitutional (as many Repub states leaders have claimed and are taking the fed gvmt to court over) then let's do away with auto insurance as a requirement. And medical licenses.
" Sep 8, 10 10:43 AM

Altschuler will face Bishop in November

New research shows that people who have strong beliefs re: a political position, when shown irrefutable evidence contrary to that belief, will INCREASE their insistence of that view rather than re-consider or question it. A challenge to their belief system is just too painful to consider. Anyone monitoring these posts can see some evidence of this. In the end, whether Repub or Dem, Tea Party or Progressive is elected, they will all be co-opted by the machine that is run by big $ or they will leave politics and try to find another way to move the world. Sadly, until someone comes up with a way to break this cycle, we are in for more of the same." Sep 15, 10 6:36 PM

Funny thing is, this effect was demonstrated among people with different political leanings who were hardly "radical." Initial results showed that right-leaning people were "harder" in their willingness to maintain a false belief and in their refusal to change but both sides tended to show some evidence of this behavior.
This should be no surprise to those who watch the political one-upmanship of our "leaders." Appealing to our fears and prejudices is nothing new (see Joe McCarthy, et al). There are just more outlets to do so and fewer accepted authorities to provide corrective facts. Like Glenn Beck, I too fear for the future of this country although perhaps in a different way then he can imagine or appreciate." Sep 15, 10 7:09 PM

Vampire Weekend, Bright Eyes Will Headline MTK Festival

It's amazing how many of the people posting here think of themselves as both music critics and marketing experts: no one knows the bands, no one will come b/c of the high price, etc. Why not leave it up to the promoters to figure that out? If you don't know the bands, don't come. No one is forcing you. And, if you think the headliner will only draw a handful of Brooklyn hipsters, read this press release from last year:

Billboard reports that Vampire Weekend's Best New Music album Contra has sold 124,000 copies in its first week, making it the highest selling album in the country. Contra debuts at number one on the Billboard 200 today, beating out the likes of Susan Boyle (number two), Lady Gaga (number four), Taylor Swift (number eight), and the Black Eyed Peas (number ten)

If they can beat Lada Gaga, they can get a few non-Brooklynites to show up." May 10, 11 10:33 AM

So why should you care if they mess this up and lose their shirts? That will only serve to make sure this is not a recurring event. And you'll get your chance at schadenfreude.
PS: I agree with you about the financial problems with live events, with many big names cancelling tours, etc. It will be interesting to see how this shakes out.
PPS: the proposed event is literally in my backyard and I'm not happy about it. But they have a right to do it." May 10, 11 12:26 PM

Glenn Beck Discusses Change During Visit To Hampton Synagogue

Really? This article is inappropriate for a single reason: no context. Where are the opinions of those who might take issue with an event of this type?" Aug 11, 11 11:56 AM

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