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Proposed change to Southampton Village code would allow archers to shoot deer on their property

Why do you keep mention HH? My comments stand alone and I have neither embraced nor rejected his. I stand by my original statement that this is a stupid idea. A truly stupid idea. " Oct 12, 09 6:44 AM

Going the distance for dad

What a great way to honor your father. Best of luck with the run." Oct 13, 09 10:37 AM

Proposed change to Southampton Village code would allow archers to shoot deer on their property

I agree with your post. You must consider the attitude of the person holding the weapon as well as the lethality of the weapon itself." Oct 13, 09 2:26 PM

Your use of Stalin as an avatar says much about who you are and forces one to take a closer look at your postings. Stalin represents hate, prejudice, genocide, murder,evil. It is not an image that should be used lightly. I agree with peoplefirst, it is no less offensive than if you had chosen to use Hitler." Oct 17, 09 11:43 AM

Only in so far that it appeals to the worst in people. " Oct 17, 09 11:44 AM

Youth Services, Criminal Justice Program bear the brunt of Southampton Town Human Services budget cuts

Cost efficiencies should not be borne by those most in need." Oct 19, 09 2:49 PM

Southampton Town candidate debate attracts nearly 200 people

Speak for yourself. " Oct 22, 09 10:18 AM

Southampton Village continues to think about deer control

Allowing hunting in populated areas is insanity. " Oct 22, 09 1:05 PM

Sag Harbor School Board, teachers to resume negotiations

Perhaps instead of attacking those who actually contribute to our lives and the lives of our children people should redirect their anger to say Wall Street, or Banks, or Health Insurance Companies.

"Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing." ~John F. Kennedy
" Oct 22, 09 4:50 PM

Southampton to add after-school Spanish program

A language program is extremely important and will go far in helping kids to succeed. A second language, English or Spanish, is extremely important. " Oct 24, 09 11:40 AM

Empire and Alliance resume attacks as hospitals remain without contract

Cowee, Thanks for your personal story. I am also astonished that people believe the insurance industry should be "protected". There is really no reason to even have insurance companies. They add nothing to our care and only serve as a middleman that adds unnecessary cost. Profit-driven private insurance is solely responsible for the sate of our health care in the US. It is why we spend more and get less than all other industrialized democracies.

The people that call for protecting the insurance companies do so because they have fallen hook, line and sinker for a well run right wing campaign of lies and deception. Ask them what insurance companies contribute to health care in this country and they cannot answer or do not wish to face the answer which is "nothing."

Best of luck to your son for a successful surgery. " Oct 27, 09 8:59 PM

Razaa, I have read many of your postings on this issue and I have only one question for you: What value does private insurance add to our society?" Oct 27, 09 9:07 PM

Throne-Holst proposes 13-point plan to reduce town spending

Contact Ms. Throne-Holst or her office." Oct 27, 09 9:10 PM

Empire and Alliance resume attacks as hospitals remain without contract

My question is this: What value does private insurance add to our society? The clear answer is "none" - thy add no value. If you believe otherwise then tell us what value they add? " Oct 28, 09 9:06 AM

You are already paying the bill for the uninsured and under-insured. " Oct 28, 09 9:09 AM

What value does private insurance add to our society?" Oct 28, 09 10:16 AM

Longtime hopefuls finally earn wins as highway superintendent, Trustee

Congratulations and best of luck to Bill and Alex." Nov 4, 09 2:51 PM

Throne-Holst unseats Kabot as Southampton Town supervisor; Republicans maintain board majority

She lost. Time to move on." Nov 5, 09 9:27 AM

Yes, that money is "for the children". Children who will need to be well educated in order to compete in the global job market. When our children do well, America does well. And don't forget the the children we educate here may end up actually living and working here. These kids our are future doctors, nurses, firefighters, cops, teachers, Senators, presidents. Would you prefer to simply get rid of the schools? " Nov 5, 09 9:30 AM

Cheers, highhat!" Nov 5, 09 7:49 PM

Richard 'Digger' McMahon, owner of Barrister's, dies

condolences to his family and friends" Nov 6, 09 2:56 PM

Hampton Bays students rally for animal shelter

Good job, kids!" Nov 7, 09 1:50 PM

Bishop's burn pit legislation signed into law

Thank you Tim for looking out for out troops. " Nov 10, 09 9:33 AM

The Wilkinson team prepares to take office

It seems the press is a bit obsessed with wilkinson" Nov 10, 09 5:14 PM

Health care reform passes House with Bishop's blessing

Mr. Blumenthal, your insistence on misrepresenting the facts shows why your party has become a haven for teabaggers and wingnuts. A vast majority of Canadians would not trade their health care system for ours. A Harris-Decima poll found that 82 percent of Canadians believe their system outdoes America's. Same for the UK. In other words - they would rather wait in line than have to deal with a system like ours that spends 30% more than everyone else and yet ranks below 17th in the world (behind Cuba!) in the quality of health care provided.

And why is it that you neocons, instead of coming up with solutions of your own (beyond tax breaks and tort reform) always point to other countries to make your point? It is because you have no idea what you're talking about. Yes, you are good at parroting talking points, but where is your solution? The republican bill proposed last week would do nothing to cover more Americans or reduce costs and, in fact, unlike the Democratic bill that reduces the deficit, would actually increase the deficit.

Should you run? No thanks." Nov 11, 09 4:10 PM

Razza, Yankees posting is completely relevant to the discussion whereas your suggestion that he move to Japan is clear evidence that you would rather blow hot air than to have an intelligent debate about the facts.

" Nov 11, 09 4:13 PM

Medical malpractice makes up only 2 percent of U.S. health spending, Iin states where they have passed tort reform legislation it has done little to nothing to reduce costs.

Please explain how Tim Bishop's support of health reform takes away from "the producers"? The largest group of producers in the country are small businesses and it is small businesses that cannot afford to health care costs. A majority of small business owners support reform and the public option. I know that one of the Republican lies - or "talking points" - is that the bill will tax small businesses. This is false. In fact, small businesses are one of the groups that stand to benefit most from participating in an exchange.
" Nov 11, 09 7:18 PM

Media matters - an non-partisan media watchdog -states that the Galena group is "funded by the pharmaceutical and medical industries" http://mediamatters.org/research/200905120040

Who will you cite as your next source, Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh? " Nov 12, 09 11:42 AM

You don't listen to propaganda yet you cite as evidence an insurance industry funded source? The answer to your question is FALSE and I am more than happy to rebut your assertions using credible sources: Jonathan Gruber, a respected health economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who asserts that -

"A vast majority of the nation’s small employers — those who have 25 or fewer workers in the Senate health bill or annual payrolls of $500,000 or less in the House version — would likely be exempted from the mandate. Small businesses that currently offer coverage often pay significantly more per worker than larger employers do for the same coverage. Under all of the current bills, the smallest employers would gain quick access to new insurance exchanges — where plans would compete for their business with rates comparable to those enjoyed by large employers.

And many small businesses with low-wage workers would be eligible for substantial tax credits to subsidize their coverage."

Additionally, just today the Business Round Table, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with more than $5 trillion in annual revenues and more than 12 million employees, Reuplicans AND Democrats, shows that -

"health care costs will sky rocket to nearly $29,000.00 per employee in the next decade without effective reform." A 116% percent increase in ten years.

If you are willing and able to accept the truth about reform, then you will embrace it instead of trying to pass it off as "socialism". " Nov 12, 09 12:36 PM

Doublestandard, I have already rebutted your false assertions based upon statistics from an insurance and pharmaceutical industry funded source. See below." Nov 12, 09 1:15 PM

Today it has been revealed that Goldman Sachs is advising private insurers that no reform whatsoever would be best for their future profits. If you support this system designed to increase profits at any cost, including human life, then you are part of the problem. If you think that Goldman Sachs is looking out for your interests and you are not an insurance company CEO, then you are delusional.

I believe single payer is the only solution. I believe we should take the profit out of health care. I do not believe the current legislation goes nearly far enough, but I will support it because we must act to insure the uninsured.

What is amazing to me is that those who call insurance reform "welfare" have absolutely no problem with their tax dollars going to "corporate welfare". Anti-reformists are being screwed by corporate America, but their right wing ideology will not allow them to admit it.

If you think that Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin are the future of America, the best I can say to you is that mediocrity sees nothing higher than itself.

" Nov 13, 09 10:50 AM

This may shock you, but I do not come here trying to earn your respect, razaa. " Nov 13, 09 12:59 PM

Trespassing charges dropped against East Quogue woman arrested near ANG base; wrongful arrest lawsuits filed

Mr. Wheeler, you talk about hysterics and personal attacks and then you act hysterically and attack by saying someone's arguments have no basis in reason and that she is a "pants-wetter"? The hypocrisy of those on the right is so extreme that you are blinded by it." Nov 21, 09 3:42 PM

Supreme Court lifts injunction on use of Aldrich Park

Congrats to all of those who fought so hard for what is, in effect, a free speech issue. " Nov 24, 09 10:56 AM

Anyone is free to use that park, legal or "illegal". The same goes with any public park. To prohibit anyone to assemble in a park is a violation of their constitutional rights. If you are in this country, you are protected by the constitution no matter your legal status. If you have a problem with current immigration law, write congress - it is a federal issue and not within the jurisdiction of local government.

Yes, this is a land use issue and the judge has ruled that because it is a park, people can assemble there and freely negotiate for work. The ruling does not designate that area as a hiring site, it has upheld the land's use as a park where anyone can gather. " Nov 24, 09 2:04 PM

Our constitution protects your rights regardless of your legal status." Nov 24, 09 3:04 PM

I am sorry, but you are incorrect. The constitution only references citizenship in regards to voting. In fact, undocumented residents have successfully sued for violations of civil rights guaranteed by the constitution and these cases have been upheld by superior courts.

To accuse these people of urinating and defecating in public is an abhorrent attempt to dehumanize them instead of dealing with the core issues which are, as I have stated, federal issues not local.

I will not argue common decency and the basic tenets of humanity with you which is why I refer to the law and facts: As far back as 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that:

"The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution is not confined to the protection of citizens. It says: ’Nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.’

These provisions are universal in their application to all persons within the territorial jurisdiction, without regard to any differences of race, of color, or nationality; and the equal protection of the laws is a pledge of the protection of equal laws."

You may not like that or wish to change the constitution, but this is factually correct.
" Nov 24, 09 7:05 PM

Well said." Nov 25, 09 11:47 AM

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