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Hampton Bays School Board Looks At Moderate Increase In Spending

The solution is very simple. Vote NO on the school budgets and elect people to the board who actually know the value of a dollar and who understand the money they're spending isn't theirs to spend. Wake up folks. This is your fault. Mr Luce isn't trying to hide anything. He plainly states his plan is to raise taxes the maximum amount every year. Get off your lazy behinds on school budget voting day and vote NO!!!" Apr 7, 15 7:48 PM

Tim Bishop Named Distinguished Professor At St. Joseph's College

Agreed. But the right also believes in crazy rules and regulations. It's how they keep the playing field skewed. The trick is to find a candidate who believes in reasonable rules and regulations. The problem is that candidate can't get thru either parties primary and America burns while both parties pursue their dogma instead of doing what is best for the country. " Apr 7, 15 8:02 PM

Hmmm. That's interesting. Hit submit and it shows up 7 times???" Apr 7, 15 8:06 PM

UPDATE: One Transported To Stony Brook After Cave-In At Water Mill Construction Site

Something is missing from this story. Getting buried to your waist would only be a serious problem if it were concrete or you were upside down." Apr 7, 15 8:18 PM

If you're buried to your waist the trench has already collapsed. What could first responders do that the crew already on site couldn't? And what did the ANG do? Was there a sinkhole and they lowered a sling to get him out? Quicksand maybe? There's still something missing from this story." Apr 7, 15 8:44 PM

All of your points are valid and reinforce my one and only simple original point that there is something missing from this story." Apr 8, 15 9:21 AM

Westhampton Beach Robotics Team Hit Goal, Will Compete In World Championship

Congradulations Team! Well done!" Apr 10, 15 12:48 PM

Hampton Bays Ku Klux Klan Member Claims Town Police Harrassed Him

And a handbill not advertising for a fee service or chattel is a form of speech." Apr 10, 15 12:52 PM

Westhampton Beach Robotics Team Hit Goal, Will Compete In World Championship

Make that "Teams". And I hope the community will get behind Bridgehampton and fully fund there effort. A quick trip to their Go Fund Me account took less than 2 minutes." Apr 10, 15 1:19 PM

Bridgehampton Rookie Robotics Team Advances To National Competition In St. Louis

The team has a Go Fund Me account at www.gofundme.com/r8g8jh4. Very easy to make a donation. Took less than 2 min." Apr 10, 15 3:55 PM

Agreed. So let's help get the word out. I've been railing for years that local schools don't offer these kind of opportunities. Now that the opportunity has arisen let's support these kids and get them to the show!!!" Apr 10, 15 4:05 PM

Good question. I hope Me Melillo will keep this story updated." Apr 10, 15 6:40 PM

Westhampton Beach Robotics Team Hit Goal, Will Compete In World Championship

Perhaps if the story wasn't burried under a story about Westhampton Beach the response would be better. How about it 27East; Do a new story on the Bridgehampton teams' progress on fundraising." Apr 14, 15 8:53 PM

North Sea Family Sues Southampton Town For Negligence Following Crash

So the teenager was speeding and somehow thats the towns fault. Ambulance chasers; can't live with em, can't shoot em." Apr 15, 15 10:21 PM

UPDATE: Sunrise Highway Reopened Following Garbage Truck Fire

So was the truck on fire or the load?" Apr 17, 15 10:15 PM

Tupper Boat House Named Historic Landmark In North Sea

Sounds like another excuse to loot the community preservation fund. Another non productive monument to queen Anna that will consume tax dollars for eternity." Apr 19, 15 2:57 AM

Permeable Reactive Barriers Have Proven Results, But Not On Long Island

My thanks to Mr Campbell for getting a source not directly linked to the profits of the projects." Apr 19, 15 3:28 AM

Charges Dismissed Against Hampton Bays Fisherman

Actually while Captain Reed cannot be denied safe harbor there is nothing in the doctrine requiring he be allowed to unload his illegal catch. The work around to the judge's ignorant ruling would be for the DEC to simply require the cargo remain on board till the weather clears and then the vessels can continue on to the appropriate port. And how did this end up in the local Mickey Mouse court anyway? If these were state charges why wasn't this in a real court with a real judge?" Apr 19, 15 7:13 PM

Thank you for the explanation." Apr 20, 15 7:59 AM

Zeldin Blasts Obama For Putting Politics Before Policy In Iran Nuclear Talks

OK, the PC police have confirmed hundred year old idioms about pots and kettles are no longer acceptable forms of speech." Apr 23, 15 4:46 PM

How about this instead:

"Zeldin Blasts Obama For Putting Politics Before Policy"

Thats like the donkey telling the dog he has big ears." Apr 23, 15 4:47 PM

That's cute!!! I like it!!! Lots a dots... Birdseed!!!" Apr 23, 15 6:55 PM

North Sea Family Sues Southampton Town For Negligence Following Crash

Actually it is my business. Every time some ambulance chaser sues the town or anyone else my taxes go up, my insurance goes up, so it very much is my business." Apr 24, 15 2:13 PM

New Season Brings Same Old Traffic Delays For Eastbound Commuters

I agree with Harbor but start farther West at Speonk. Use the rail lines East of there as a light rail system. Lots of room for parking in the area. Add ramps to Sunrise at Speonk Riverhead Rd which would also benefit the SCCC campus. Thomas's point is also valid but most tools and equipment could be left on job sites or moved with one vehicle instead of ten." Apr 25, 15 8:34 PM

And while we're at it we should put County Road 39 back the way it was with one lane each direction and push the traffic back onto Sunrise and off local roads." Apr 25, 15 8:39 PM

New Season Brings Same Old Traffic Delays For Eastbound Commuters

That will never work. It makes too much sense." Apr 27, 15 6:57 PM

Zeldin Blasts Obama For Putting Politics Before Policy In Iran Nuclear Talks

Well the best way to assess the Clinton Foundation would be to compare it to the actions of foundations of recent republican presidents. So if you look at the actions of the Regan Foundation... Oh wait, there isn't one. Well then the Bush Foundation...Oh, not one of those either. How about the GW Bush Foundation...nope. Then there's the Carter Foundation...Oh wait, he's a democrat. Hmm, seems like only democrat presidents try to make a positive difference in the world after they leave office." Apr 27, 15 7:13 PM

To the best of my knowledge the Reagan, Bush and GW Bush foundations have only raised money for those presidents librarys and their ongoing operation and programs while the Clinton and Carter Foundations have worked world wide to try and make a difference. OK so not everything has gone right but at least they tried. That's more than the right side of the isle has done. The real reason the right keeps trying to tear down the Clintons is that the right has absolutly nothing to offer in their place. The right is a complete vacuum of ideas that will hold up to scrutiny. Their solution to everything is more money for the rich. No matter what name they put on it, no matter how they wrap it; once you peel back the layers of obfuscation it's the same old garbage. Beat up the poor, more entitlements for the rich. Do I think Hilary's a great candidate for the left? No I don't but unfortunately she's the only candidate they have who is in a position to run. And the really sad part is that as bad a candidate as she may be, all polls show her trouncing any one running on the right and that tells you all you need to know about what the right has to offer. Once again the country burns while the politicians on both sides of the isle revel in their dogma." Apr 28, 15 12:31 PM

razza - No I personally will not be donating money to the Clinton Foundation but then again I am not being forced to and neither are you. On the other hand your claim that 90% of the money goes into the pockets of the Clintons and their cronies just doesn't hold up to scrutiny. When a simple delivery of services charity like Heffier International takes my money, buys a cow and gives it to a person in another country it is easy to follow the money, deduct overhead and deduce what percentage of my money went directly to aid. The Clinton Foundation(CF) doesn't work that way. One initiative I am somewhat familiar with the CF partnered with other NFPs and FPs to build an enterprise park in Hati. So to do this they had to aquire land and get permissions from basically a country that is corrupt at every level. Then they had to build an infrastructure and then the park and then get buisnesses to come in and open there. So was there a lot of traveling going on? Yes. Was there a lot of back room brokering going on? I'm sure there was. Did the businesses that came there come to make a profit? Absolutly. But the people that work there now have jobs that they didn't have before and they can work their own way to a better life. So can you now directly track the dollar going into the CF to the hands of those people? No you can't because there was no direct hand out. Did some other people make money along the way? I certianly hope so because that will incentivize them to do it again. And hopefully again and again and again so that I don't have to keep giving money to Heffier so they can keep giving away cows. The right should be thrilled with this model for a foundation. It promotes capitalism at all levels. It's market based and gets people off handouts. The real reason the right is piling on this is because they hate the Clintons. They hate the Clintons for being successful. And they REALLY hate the Clintons because they have been successful while the right has ABSOLUTLY NOTHING to offer as an alternative. " Apr 29, 15 12:22 PM

Bernie Sanders is the Scott Walker of the Democrat party. He hasn't got a chance in hell of becoming president." Apr 29, 15 12:28 PM

razza - more truth:
1. Yes. 6.4% direct aid. We know that. The Clinton Foundation(CF) does not work like a typical direct aid charity. See Hati example from my post above.
2. Charity Navigator did not refuse to give the CF a rating. They dropped the CF saying they were unable to give it a rating based on the CF's model. Direct quote from CN's website: We had previously evaluated this organization, but have since determined that this charity's atypical business model can not be accurately captured in our current rating methodology. Our removal of The Clinton Foundation from our site is neither a condemnation nor an endorsement of this charity.
3. "Times went on to say she hid a 2.35 million from the head of the Russian GVT's Uranium company" Google was unable to verify this.
4. Yes, Bill got $500K per speech. Compare this to the $1million Regan got after leaving office atleast 12 years earlier. Based on the offered logic if Clinton is corrupt than Reagen must have been a despot.
5. Tony had a position as a board member for a short period of time with said company and has not been on their board in quite some time. Additionally as the Post article states the mining permit was granted before Tony became a member of the board. Did Bill & Hillary hand out taxpayer dollars or CF dollars? You seem to have switched which organization you are attacking. At no time was the mining company ever a Rodham owned company.
6. This story seems to come from an article in the NY Times. Yes it appears she did not abide by an agreement she made with the Obama administration.
7. Times did not claim any such thing. Takeover was approved by the state department as well as the Canadian government and other entities. Hillary's signiture is not on it.
8. No information here to check. What company, how much, how was this related to state department business?
9. They are refiling because an error was made when grants and donations were lumped together and reported as a single number. They should have been reported separately. The actual totals were reported correctly.
10. Yes they get paid a lot of money to speak as do many others. Your point is?
11. And this means what in relation to the bashing of the Clintons.

In the end all you have is partial truths and misdirections, and unsubstantiated allegations by right wing hacks. I would be far more impressed if you also expressed your disdain for those on the right doing pretty much the same thing. But then again this is not about the abusses of power of the well connected is it? It's simply about bashing the Clintons because unless the right can find a candidate that actually has something to offer, Hillary will likely be the next president of the United States and the right's heads are going to explode if another liberal democrat takes the presidency." Apr 29, 15 2:41 PM

Please identify said charity. Without that information this is just more sour grapes." Apr 29, 15 2:44 PM

I have no problem with the model the Clinton Foundation uses for projects like the one descibed above in Haiti. As explained above it does not result in direct aid to individuals but does hopefully result in permanent jobs for many. Let me give you the scenario again: In a poor, rural part of the world there is a population of able bodied workers but no jobs, no infrastructure and no education. In a different part of the world there is a company that needs workers to assemble widgets but there are no workers available. In steps the Clinton Foundation. They partner with a for profit development company and aquaire land and build industrial space. To get the permits they need from the various levels of sometimes corrupt government they hire former goverment officials, do a lot of shmozing and give some somewhat shady characters some small amount of legitimacy. Now they need an infrastructure so again another partnership. The work to get another NGO to provide schools and at long last find that company wanting to assemble widgets and convince them that coming to this broken down part of the world is a chance worth taking. So now people can get these jobs making widgets and hopefully this will better their lives. Perhaps an industrious soul among the workers will save their money and decide to open a sandwich shop next to the widget factory using the now available electricity to provide cold drinks. This is how a local economy can be kickstarted. It's capitalism at it's best. But the scenario shows no money going to direct aid. Why? Because there are no handouts, only a hand up. So yes I support the model." Apr 29, 15 3:16 PM

As for all the alleged corruption, please show me some proof. Not a bunch of unsubstantiated allegations by a bunch of intelectually dishonest right wing talking heads. Show me something you can take into a court and get a conviction. The Clintons are the most investigated family in the country. The republicans have spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars investigating and trying to convict them of all kinds of bogus garbage without ever once succeeding. And now because they have been unable to convict them of anything in a real court the right just continually repeats lies and innuendo to try and convict them in the court of public opinion. Keep repeating the lies often enough and you will get a certain group of ignorant people to believe them. This is commonly known as the republican base." Apr 29, 15 5:02 PM

razza -
1. Yes you did site several credible sources but unfortunately you didn't actually check those sources to see what they actually said. Instead you quoted dishonest right wing talking points sites which put forward false information and attributed it to said credible sites. I refuted your "facts" in my post "more truth"" above.
2. Should some large group of people slander Jeb Bush in these posts I would hold them to the same level of accountability for their statements.
3. At no point did I say I would give money to the Clinton Foundation. In fact, 5 posts above I specificly said I would not be giving money to the CF.
4. I am sorry my widgets story made no sense to you. I thought it was a fairly good analogy for how some of the CF initatives work.
5. No one is requiring you, me or anyone else to donate to the CF.
6. Thank you for your recomendation. I have a few charities which I deal with. Heftier International and Doctors Without Borders are among my favorites. They are not changing the world but I think they make a difference.

As interesting as this has been, perhaps we could get away from the Clintons for awhile and you could post on something the right is actually offering that would be of a benefit for the country as a whole. Or maybe a post on which of the republican candidates you believe would be a good challanger for Hilary and why. I would enjoy that discussion and you might even find I am not the liberal you think I am." Apr 30, 15 9:22 PM

razza
1. We will have to agree to disagree on this.
2. Time will tell.
3. What I said was I have no problem with the model that creates the measured 6.4% direct contribution scenario.
4. I see the value of the model and you don't. Once again we will have to disagree on this.
5. Once again, show me the corruption.
6. Great!
7. The election process is basically a debate between the parties and candidates. In the end the electorate decides who won the debate so it is hardly a waste of time. I too find the two party system to be corrupt but I am sitting on the fence as to weither I would prefer a full open democracy or a return to the original electoral college. I would prefer ZERO entitlements and a flat tax. I think we differ here in that I would eliminate entitlements for the wealty and the corporations first and then work my way down instead of starting with and ending with the poor. I would love to see the size of the government reduced by ⅓ in the next 5 years. Reign in the Defense Dept and totally revamp Social Security. Unfortunately a candidate who would do any of the above could not make it thru the nominating process of either party so I am once again stuck with the task of selecting the person who I believe will do the least amount of damage. Since you don't want to pick names, I'll pick 2 from the right who, of those who appear to be running, I think might have a slim chance of beating Hilary. Marco Rubio may have a message that sells. Too early to tell. Jeb Bush. If he is the right's candidate it will just be about who does the electorate hate/distrust more.

" May 1, 15 11:01 AM

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