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Comedy Central Airs Parody About Proposed Eruv In Westhampton Beach

"the community was taken over"? That type of over the top paranoia is exactly the type of unfounded hysteria that makes this video so frighteningly accurate. " Mar 25, 11 7:13 PM

"the community was taken over"? That type of over the top paranoia is exactly the type of unfounded hysteria that makes this video so frighteningly accurate. " Mar 25, 11 7:13 PM

Sag Harbor School Spending Up 5%; Taxes To Climb 4%

"no one out there is getting that". What is "that"? As was already pointed out, this is NOT a 5.4 percent raise. By the way, if you think no one out there is getting "that" and "that" is an actual 5.4% raise, talk to wall street or bankers or oil company execs. They're getting a he'll of a lot more than "that"" Mar 31, 11 9:38 PM

Head Start May Face Federal Budget Cuts Next Year

Head Start is not a branch of the INS. Head Start's mandate is to give a leg up to under-privileged children and it has done so, with great success, since 1965. If you have a problem with immigration, call your Senator and fight for federal immigration reform as proposed by the democrats (and once whole-heartedly supported by folks like Lindsay Graham and John McCain!) And philathome is correct, a child born in this country is a legal citizen. Period." May 5, 11 7:07 PM

Former Supervisor Linda Kabot Files Suit Against Westhampton Beach

Get a life, Dan. Seriously." May 5, 11 7:24 PM

Southampton Town Board Appoints Wilson As Police Chief

I agree with peoplefirst, if you are going to call out others, reveal their identity when they are posting anonymously, then have the courage to do the same yourself. " May 6, 11 10:48 AM

Stella Maris School To Close At End Of Year

Mr. Z, I read the article and I see a set of numbers, the same as you saw, but I do not see any proof of your accusation that the cause of this school's problem was fiscal irresponsibility, which is your accusation.

I have friends whose children attend that school, who are you to say whether or not sending their children there is a "necessity"? And what does the Reverend not having a mortgage or property taxes or "normal" expenses have to do with anything? Sounds like you have an axe to grind that has little to do with the closing of this school and the affect it will have on the families whose children attend.

What you are doing is inventing "facts" based on what you believe to be true. It is opinion and conjecture, not fact." May 9, 11 6:01 PM

Who are you to dictate what any person considers a necessity? People of faith may have a different definition than you and Mr. Z. I am not a Catholic, but I certainly respect that some parents may feel differently than I do about education and faith. Additionally, I know of parents whose children were bullied so terribly in public school that they felt they had no choice but to send their kids to a private school and they made great sacrifices in order to do so." May 9, 11 6:32 PM

Mr. Z., if you're last posting was not a joke, then you are in need of some serious help. For all of those children not possessed of your superhuman abilities (and ego) bullying can cause serious damage and, as everyone in who pays attention knows, many children end up tragically taking their own lives.

Your postings are insulting to so many people in so many ways. " May 10, 11 8:15 AM

Head Start May Face Federal Budget Cuts Next Year

Many of the parents of the children in this program work as hard or harder than you. As someone who has worked since I was in junior high school, I am happy to have my tax dollars go to help those in need.

I don't expect you to understand it because you clearly don't care, but that is what makes America great, we help those less fortunate. And I can promise you this, if something tragic happened and you needed a leg up to feed and clothe your kids, the same opportunity would be available to you, whether you chose to accept it or not. " May 10, 11 3:40 PM

Court Bans Sale Of Tax-Free Cigarettes By Tribes

It is terrible to see the Native Americans lose a valuable source of revenue, but smoking costs this country billions of dollars a year in increased health care costs. The legislation may very well have been driven by Philip Morris, but, in the end, cigarettes are killers regardless of who sells and manufactures. " May 11, 11 11:02 AM

Nuzzi Not Sure If He Will Accept GOP Nomination For Supervisor

I am with those opposed to Nuzzi. I am not a supporter of ATH, but the Kratoville appointment is enough of an issue to make Nuzzi a terrible candidate. As for his job performance, he is a part time member of a board paid handsomely just to show up. The Kratoville appointment IS his job performance." May 19, 11 11:34 AM

Why is Kratoville's adequate (which, by the way, is subjective) job performance an excuse for his illegal hiring by Nuzzi, Malone and Graboski? As I said below, I am not a supporter of ATH, but had she done the same thing I can only imagine the response from the right." May 19, 11 11:36 AM

Bishop: Oil Bill Is Common Sense But Has Little Hope

Don't give up, Mr. Bishop. A majority of Americans are on your side! " May 25, 11 12:36 PM

No more oil subsidies for anyone. We must move on from carbon-based fuels and start subsidizing alternative energy. But you do bring up a good question, from whom would you prefer to receive your oil, South America or the middle east?" May 25, 11 1:02 PM

Bishop Explains Vote Against Debt Ceiling Increase

Wow, I do not know Phil, but I can certainly say that for captn america and realityfirst to be making these types of allegations against someone on an anonymous news blog is beyond despicable. This is such disgustingly inappropriate behavior that these users should be banned from commenting." Jun 13, 11 8:26 PM

Phil, you are arguing with someone who is clearly mentally unstable. I cannot believe that the moderators have let his comments stand, but, if he really does know who you are, you should stop engaging him because there is something very frightening about what he's been posting." Jun 13, 11 9:44 PM

As a progressive democrat I could not be more thrilled at the news! " Jun 14, 11 9:49 AM

Phil, you seem to be suffering from Stockholm syndrome

Reality first, I found the same quote you've so adamantly attacked as untrue and I have found the substantiation you so desperately desire. “Normalization (of gayness) through desensitization. Very effective way to do this with a bunch of second graders, is take a picture of “The Lion King” for instance, and a teacher might say, “Do you know that the music for this movie was written by a gay man?” The message is: I’m better at what I do, because I’m gay.” — Senator Michele Bachmann, speaking at EdWatch National Education Conference, November 6, 2004.
" Jun 14, 11 9:19 PM

She said it, realityfirst. If you would like to see the rest of the speech I suggest you look it up - I gave you the date and the forum in which she made this insane statement of hatred and prejudice and a countless number of verifiable sources have credited this to her.

There is no "context" which would make these completely ludicrous statement acceptable. Rather than asking me to rationalize my "pre existing views" why don't you rationalize yours?

You are defending this woman because you agree with her or because you feel it is an offense to your political ideology? It does not matter to me. She said it and I find it abhorrent. " Jun 15, 11 9:02 AM

Mecox Yacht Club Proposal Up For Public Hearing at Town Hall On Tuesday

If the sailing club is completely non-exclusive and accessible to residents of all incomes, then it should be allowed. Too much of our waterfront has been kept from us." Jun 15, 11 9:05 AM

Bishop Explains Vote Against Debt Ceiling Increase

How disingenuous to try to portray our problems in this country as the result of both parties and then to use Nancy Pelosi's name as your example of the "elite's" growing income. With all of the multi-millionaires in congress it is certainly not by chance that you chose to use her as your poster child.

Ms. Pelosi was one of the most effective speakers in the history of the house and she has spent her career fighting for working people. The right has tried to demonize her because she is a powerful woman.

To say that "nothing anyone has done in the past really matters" is an attempt to excuse the excesses of eight years of republican destruction of our economy through deregulation, war, and tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, to distract from vital truths about how we got here.

You wonder how this conversation got from debt ceiling to teaparty, I was wondering the same thing so I went back and read the comments and I believe it started with a denial of the success of the auto bailout and grew from there. My father's family is from Detroit and many of my relatives still live there. One of my cousins is one of 1100 new workers who recently got a job at Chrysler.

He makes less than they use to and his benefits are not nearly what they once were, but he is working and supporting his young family thanks to President Obama. Chrysler has paid back over 7 billion dollars in gov't debt and bounced back. To deny the bailout worked is to ignore the facts. Supporters of trickle down economics need to wake up and smell the income gap.

The American middle class is under attack. The Republicans want to double down on the very same policies that got us into this mess. Tax breaks do not create jobs. Cutting pensions of public workers does not create jobs. The middle class is the victim, not the culprit. " Jun 16, 11 9:15 AM

Yes, it is often hard to swallow the truth." Jun 16, 11 11:39 AM

Former Southampton Town Employee Files Complaint Claiming She Was Wrongfully Terminated

What an amazing bunch of comments. Why is everyone so quick to condemn this woman? Do you know her personally? Do you know the specific details of why her position was cut?

It may turn out that she was legitimately let go and she is just out of luck or, it may turn out that she was wrongly fired. It is not "p.c" to have an Affirmative Action Officer, especially in a town as segregated as ours and where many believe there has been a long history of job discrimination.

This attitude of "Your job has been deemed unnecessary,out you go!" How callous and unthinking. What if it were you? Absolutely sickening that people who live and work in this very same community as this woman would celebrate the loss of her job. Disgusting. " Jun 17, 11 2:38 PM

Your sarcastic response is cute, but why not try addressing the issue at hand instead. If you believe, like your fellow boy's club conservatives, that affirmative action is unnecessary and that there is no more hiring discrimination based on race or gender, then just say so. I applaud Phil for standing up for progressive views on a board overrun by right wing ideology.

Those of you on this board quoting MLK as an argument against affirmative action, you clearly have very little understanding of the man's message.

Good luck, Phil." Jun 19, 11 5:51 PM

She is not filing an affirmative action claim. She was an affirmative action officer who says she was wrongfully terminated for doing her job. Does no one on these boards bother to read the articles before making posting?" Jun 19, 11 5:56 PM

A passage from: "The Right Has a Dream
Martin Luther King as an Opponent of Affirmative Action" by Paul Rockwell

"The exploitation of King's name, the distortion of his teachings for political gain, is an ugly development. The term "affirmative action" did not come into currency until after King's death--but it was King himself, as chair of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who initiated the first successful national affirmative action campaign: "Operation Breadbasket."

In Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities, King staffers gathered data on the hiring patterns of corporations doing business in black communities, and called on companies to rectify disparities. "At present, SCLC has Operation Breadbasket functioning in some 12 cities, and the results have been remarkable," King wrote (quoted in Testament of Hope, James Washington, ed.), boasting of "800 new and upgraded jobs [and] several covenants with major industries."

King was well aware of the arguments used against affirmative action policies. As far back as 1964, he was writing in Why We Can't Wait: "Whenever the issue of compensatory treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted equality, they agree; but he should ask nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic."

King supported affirmative action-type programs because he never confused the dream with American reality. As he put it, "A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for the Negro" to compete on a just and equal basis (quoted in Let the Trumpet Sound, by Stephen Oates).

In a 1965 Playboy interview, King compared affirmative action-style policies to the GI Bill: "Within common law we have ample precedents for special compensatory programs.... And you will remember that America adopted a policy of special treatment for her millions of veterans after the war."The exploitation of King's name, the distortion of his teachings for political gain, is an ugly development. The term "affirmative action" did not come into currency until after King's death--but it was King himself, as chair of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who initiated the first successful national affirmative action campaign: "Operation Breadbasket."

In Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities, King staffers gathered data on the hiring patterns of corporations doing business in black communities, and called on companies to rectify disparities. "At present, SCLC has Operation Breadbasket functioning in some 12 cities, and the results have been remarkable," King wrote (quoted in Testament of Hope, James Washington, ed.), boasting of "800 new and upgraded jobs [and] several covenants with major industries."

King was well aware of the arguments used against affirmative action policies. As far back as 1964, he was writing in Why We Can't Wait: "Whenever the issue of compensatory treatment for the Negro is raised, some of our friends recoil in horror. The Negro should be granted equality, they agree; but he should ask nothing more. On the surface, this appears reasonable, but it is not realistic."

King supported affirmative action-type programs because he never confused the dream with American reality. As he put it, "A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for the Negro" to compete on a just and equal basis (quoted in Let the Trumpet Sound, by Stephen Oates).

In a 1965 Playboy interview, King compared affirmative action-style policies to the GI Bill: "Within common law we have ample precedents for special compensatory programs.... And you will remember that America adopted a policy of special treatment for her millions of veterans after the war."" Jun 20, 11 8:23 AM

The founding father's were slave owners who said blacks were 3/5 of a person, so to say that they believed we all come into this work with the same rights as everyone else is laughable. Do you realize that Civil Rights act did not exist until 1964? And that the Lilly Ledbetter fair pay act for women was just signed in 2009?

The framers were trying to limit the power of government and increase individual freedoms for white land owners. They were not infallible.

Do you think a black person born into inner city poverty has the same opportunities as middle class white man? I am not saying that there have been some who were able to rise above their race and status to achieve great things, but do you honestly believe that the playing field is completely equal?

And what about women? Is it equal for us as well?

Why are so many of you posting here so desperate to rationalize your prejudice? " Jun 20, 11 8:50 AM

Well said, cochise. Precise and accurate comparison." Jun 21, 11 3:03 PM

What a completely nonsensical response. The posts are about jobs for which folks are qualified but excluded due to race, gender, or physical challenges. Clearly, someone in a wheel chair is not qualified to climb trees and the law would not apply. Perhaps you were trying to be funny? If so, you still missed the mark, if not . . . " Jun 21, 11 3:06 PM

New York State Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

"ho mo"?! Captn, it needs to be said plainly and simply: you are an ignorant, hateful, bigoted pig who attempts to overwhelm every conversation with hate and stupidity. If this country is to survive and prosper it will only happen when folks like you and joehampton, et al are even further marginalized then you already are. You are a miserable wretch crying out for attention in a world that has no use for you. May your Gid forgive you." Jun 26, 11 1:31 PM

Grand Funk Railroad Will Chug Into Town

"can I get a witness?"" Jun 29, 11 4:43 PM

New York State Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

Perhaps "they" look at you that way because you are some sort of ____ (I will allow your post to speak for itself on the blank). By the way, how about instead of asking millions of people to adapt to your skewed vision of normalcy, they ask you to adapt to theirs. You see, for many people, gay and straight, what is normal is acceptance and decency and what is abnormal is small-minded, bigotry. " Jul 7, 11 9:53 AM

Twelve Drug Arrests In Hampton Bays Over Fourth of July Weekend

One more in a long line of puerile, nasty, ugly comments from bigfresh. " Jul 8, 11 10:04 AM

Foster, Quigley Spar at East Hampton Town Board Meeting

Exactly correct, highhat. Ms. Foster's point is entirely relevant. A cap is needed on rental prices because these accessory apartments drive up costs for year-round renters.

Ms Quigley's proposal does absolutely NOTHING to address affordable housing but, instead, sounds like nothing more than a gift to landlords.

The distinction between the two parties becomes increasingly clearer with every proposal. The Republicans have absolutely no interest in helping the middle class or (given her snide remark about liking "trees") the environment." Jul 9, 11 2:12 PM

Your right-wing, corporatist ideals make me fear for our country's future." Jul 11, 11 10:01 AM

Furthermore, joe hampton, why don't you try reading an article now and again. Ms. Quigley claims her plan is to increase AFFORDABLE housing, how about you attempt to explain how that works if you allow unfettered building of accessory apartments without a cap? Seriously, isn't it about time you attempt to support some of you laughable ideology?" Jul 11, 11 10:03 AM

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