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Nailed It

Your editorial this week on school consolidation [“Time To Talk,” May 12] is one of the most thought-provoking I’ve seen in a long while. This is not least because I...

A Proven Leader

Memorial Day 2022 is fast approaching and, as is usually the custom, many politicians will give speeches and send press releases containing the phrase “Thank you for your service.” Acknowledging...

Thanks, Volunteers

It is that special time of year to send out a big thank you to the women and men of the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association for providing lifesaving care...

Benefit For Vets

We want to send our sincerest thank you to the Suffolk County Community College Board of Trustees, the college president, Dr. Edward Bonahue, and Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffery. These...

The Dark Ages

Fewer than 25 percent of Americans are Catholic. Some 29 percent of Americans self-identify as Evangelicals, including 22 percent of Catholics. That is, roughly, 35 percent of U.S. citizens identify...

A Party Of Lies

What do Fox host Tucker Carlson, New York Republican U.S. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Buffalo mass murderer Payton Gendron have in common? All three believe in the “Great Replacement Theory.”...

What’s The Cost?

How much waste that we can’t recycle will be left for us in the next 20-to-30-year period? What is the replacement plan/cost? How much will ratepayers be on the hook...

National Hardship

As our country is buffeted by the great difficulties being suffered by most Americans, our president seems oblivious to his significant contribution to our national hardship. I’m sure it is...

Long Past Due

Your editorial “Time to Talk” [May 12] gets it exactly right — it is a conversation long past due, concerning school consolidation. The need for multiple superintendents for all these...

Watching The Watchers

A friendly reminder that on November 8, 2021, Robert Rosenthal, the New York State Public Service Commission general counsel, admitted what the cost will be. The power purchase agreement will...

Vote ‘No’ Trend

Besides reading The Southampton Press and 27east.com regularly, I also check out all the local political Facebook pages and websites, to get a well-rounded feel for what is going on...

Amazing Day

On Sunday, May 1, East Hampton Village sponsored its first (and, hopefully, annual) Stop the Stigma MayDay 5K. The purpose of the race was to raise awareness (and money) to...

Dishonest Claims

Our household received U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin’s recent mailing touting his “accomplishments.” Mr. Zeldin, the first thing that you list involves infrastructure. How dare you pat yourself on the back...

Trojan Horse

I could only shake my head after reading Karl Grossman’s “True Public Power” column last week [Suffolk Closeup, Opinion, April 21]. He lauds the effort in Albany (where most bad...

Gaslighting Continues

Once again your editorial board gets it all wrong in regards to COVID. The “Ahead On Points” editorial [April 21] was ridiculous. Your claim is that “in Suffolk County, unvaccinated...

Long Way To Go

I read with interest the proposal of a tax to generate revenue via an affordable housing referendum [“Southampton Town Takes First Step Along Housing Fund Path,” 27east.com, April 19]. My...

Native Plant Month

Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) are co-sponsors of a bipartisan Senate resolution to designate April 2022 as National Native Plant Month. On March 22, the resolution...

Radical Reactionaries

Words have meaning. Words have clout. When misused, words can defeat truth. Take the word “conservative.” The dictionary describes this adjective as meaning someone who is “averse to change or...

Living Longer

Donald Trump-appointed Florida U.S. District Court Judge Kimberly Kimball Mizelle recently issued a nationwide injunction banning mask mandates for public modes of transportation. The Biden administration has appealed the judge’s...

Jimmy Carter Redux

A recent letter by Andrea Klausner [“History Repeating,” Letters, April 7] providing her version of history and the Democratic Party’s fiscal achievements was risible. I thought I was reading the...

They Are Liars

The Democrats and liberal media shoved the Russian collusion narrative down the throats of the American people prior to the 2016 and 2020 elections. Russia, they said, did things to...

Off The Grid

New York State is proposing a total ban on combustible fuels in all new construction starting in January 2023. This means that all new construction will need to be all...

Hybrid Meetings Needed

I am writing in response to the article “East Hampton To Return To In-Person Meetings But Keep Daytime Schedule” [27east.com, March 23]. I am very disappointed, to say the least,...

Connect The Dots

Last week, East Hampton Town forwarded a “news flash” to residents via email, wherein the state sought input regarding, among other things, the accessibility of internet and broadband use at...

Beyond Buildings

On Sunday, February 20, I was the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society hike leader at the town-owned Brooks-Park property in Springs. I’m also a member of the Brooks-Park Arts and...

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving always brings some of the fondest memories. The one guaranteed time a year the majority of the family would be together. The Lions would actually be on television, and...

Time For Change

Do you ever hear someone say, “If I could just go back in time and change one thing in the past …”? Surely, so many of us wonder: Could one...

Closing Is An Option

I was surprised to read in your recent editorial that you believe “closing the airport would be an extreme position,” given “the political interests” [“Balancing Act,” Editorial, April 1]? The...

Not A Solution

COVID-19 significantly reduced aviation noise last summer, but it’s unlikely that impacted communities will be so lucky this year. Pro-aviation groups are touting a voluntary “pilot’s pledge” with a handful...

Even Bigger Numbers

I would like to correct an error that was included in my Letter to the Editor published last week [“Climate Winners,” Letters, March 18]. I wrote that the percentage increase...

Climate Winners

The media newsroom has failed, or perhaps has been unwilling, to connect the dots between the urgent need to reduce the burning of fossil fuels and the egregious number of...

Disheartening Failure

In response to Michael Wright’s report on the East Hampton Town Board’s revocation of Peconic Historic Preservation’s license to operate the Brooks-Park property, an East Hampton Town Historic Landmark [“Town...

American Unity

Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the United States, it’s time for our leaders in Washington, D.C., to put aside partisan bickering and do something to help....

A Drop In The Bucket

Last June, Citizens for the Preservation of Wainscott proposed incorporation as a village to block the Beach Lane cable route. It also proposed broad limitations on development. Its bare-bones budget,...

It’s Called Freedom

To the woman who took the time to write to the board at Optimum [“Pull The Plug,” Letters, January 28]: Are you serious? I watched, on live TV, Chuck Schumer...

A Step Forward

I live in Wainscott and I have been hearing a similar argument made by those who oppose offshore wind and the cable landing at Beach Lane. First, they begin by...

Just Saying Thanks

To the Montauk police person who helped me get in my “locked out” house, in response to a phone call: Thank you so much! Priscilla Ciccariello Montauk

Cesspool Of Division

Americans, late in 2020, found our first, if likely our last, common rallying point since 2016. That wonderful place of agreement is priority vaccination of health care workers. In this,...

The Only Way?

I think it is truly wonderful that local pilots have stepped in to rescue 15 puppies from a South Carolina shelter [“Local Pilots Help ARF Rescue 15 Puppies From Death...

The Gift Of Reading

Forty-five years ago, Elizabeth Parker Anderson gave her house to the Town of East Hampton to be used as a library for the people of Springs. The town asked the...

True Values

My husband and I moved to Sag Harbor in May and were immediately shocked to find our daily lives disrupted by ear-shattering noise emanating from the air traffic associated with...

Speaking Volumes

It’s striking that in the various discussions and debates about and defenses of the phrase “white supremacy,” no mention is made of arguably one of America’s greatest novels, a staple...

Vote Him Out

On Monday, the League of Women Voters held a debate between our congressmen, Lee Zeldin, and the Democratic candidate, newcomer Dr. Nancy Goroff, who is a professor at Stony Brook...

A Matter Of Safety

The past two weekends in October have sounded like “normal” noisy summer weekends, with earsplitting aircraft traveling to and from KHTO, East Hampton Airport. But, amid a pandemic, it is...

Dangerous Situation

With thousands of formerly seasonal residents of the East End now staying through fall and, likely, winter, the onset of hunting season may bring unusual challenges, especially during the “shotgun”...

Not So Unusual

At the end of the article “Projects To Get CPF Cash” [East Hampton Press, October 8], Bud Dunbar is quoted as saying, in reference to a technique alleged to have...

Far From Covert

The East Hampton Town Board, the East Hampton Town Trustees and the offshore wind farm developer, which I’m sure you have heard of, are very close to completing their negotiations...

Wind Boondoggle

As some rejoice at the new potential $29 million fee for landing an electric cable in East Hampton, few would seem to ask who is paying for this [“Wainscott Critics...

Grounded In Science

More than 200,000 Americans are dead from the coronavirus — a staggering number, with no end in sight — and, yet, for Donald Trump, this is little more than an...

A Fair Game

Be advised: President Trump did not give the order to tear gas crowds (besides, it was not tear gas) for a photo op in front of the burned church in...

A Bad Deal

All people of the East End should become knowledgeable about why the Deepwater Wind South Fork ocean wind farm will cause financial harm. I support the production of clean energy,...

American Values

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer, please support and protect the Internationals Affairs Budget. For those who don’t know, the International Affairs Budget is part of the U.S. budget...

An Old Rumor

When Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted the Social Security Act, he had the American citizens in mind. He did a great service for his constituents As soon as President Trump said...

Shameful Scoundrels

You’re probably gonna get a raft of criticism for poking your j’accuse finger into fat-cats’ eyes for sucking the aquifers dry [“Top Water Users Drive Up Costs For Everyone,” Residence,...

Wrong Spot

With all the real news in the world and our area, why was it necessary to take up half the front page of the August 20 issue of The East...

Money Well Spent

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, please support and protect the Internationals Affairs Budget. For those who don’t know, the International Affairs Budget is part of the...

One-Way Ticket

I watched with interest Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s very professional presentation for the proposed emergency annex in front of the East Hampton Town Planning Board this week. It was well...

Freedom Of Choice

If you ask parents, about half want their kids back in school, and half don’t. So why not ask parents how many kids are coming to school, find teachers to...

Summer? Bah!

I have never enjoyed summer the way most people I know do. I mean, what’s to enjoy? The heat. The humidity. The bugs. The itching. The sweating. Fat old men...

A Bad Idea

The proposed construction of Little League baseball fields on Stephen Hands Path in Wainscott to replace the Pantigo Place ballfields is a bad idea. The months of April, May and...

Great Fun

Enjoyed Steven Stolman’s story about naming houses [“What’s In A Name?” StyleHampton, Residence, July 9], something I think should always be done. And it must be great fun naming some...

A Sonata To Play

In 1964, my mother died at age 44 from ovarian cancer. The cancer initially overcame one ovary, which was removed. Two years later, the cancer overtook the other ovary and...

Gone To Great Lengths

Your article of July 5 [“‘Crowded But Positive’ Weekend On South Fork Marred By Flouting Of Coronavirus Precautions At Montauk Bars,” 27east.com] contained misleading, harmful information. We were assessed two...

A Huge Step

East Hampton Town’s response and subsequent filing of an injunction to stop the further drilling of a sand mine, to include a lake, in the middle of a long established...

Some New Ideas

Last Tuesday, the annual East Hampton school budget was overwhelmingly approved, and two incumbent School Board members each won another three-year term. Congratulations to John Ryan and Jackie Lowey for...

Juneteenth (An Acrostic)

(An acrostic.) Juneteenth makes hearts want Understandings to be shared. The date No longer hides, but shows Equal balance of the long warm day Taken from the early morning to...

Stronger Than Ever

Thank you for last week’s article on East End for Opportunity, and the assistance that it has provided to the Springs Food Pantry [“East Hampton Charity Turns Its Attention To...

More Than Just Words

We must do a better job protecting our essential workers. While most of us spent the last seven weeks sheltering in place, modern-day heroes left their families and the safety...

I Found Him

I’m responding to the fake news put out on the front page of last week’s East Hampton Press on finding Peter Beard’s body [“Body Of Peter Beard Found In Montauk,”...

At What Cost?

Can’t help but insert the words “at what cost?” about the saving of “Dirtbag Beach” [“No ‘Dirtbags’ On Montauk Beach This Year,” 27east.com, April 14]. Hooray for Montauk’s condos, summer...

Round Of Applause

While I appreciate and agree totally with your April 9 editorial regarding thanking and recognizing the people who have helped us through this crisis [“On The Front Lines”], I was...

Height Of Hypocrisy

In the March 26 edition of The East Hampton Press, I read with great interest the article titled “Restaurants Hope To Persevere” [“Week Two Of Restaurant Shutdowns Brings Reason For...

Time To Step Up

Successful emergence from the coronavirus crisis will require strong leadership. We are hurting in Suffolk County, in New York State and in the country at large. People around us are...

Earned Our Support

Perry Gershon’s letter last week [“Tell The Truth,” Letters, March 5] attempts to defend Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, an act which is not affordable and does not provide anything...

Like A Parody

The article about the fines levied on the owner of Petit Blue for having some stuffed animals and a welcome sign outside of her store sounded like something pulled straight...

Some Clear Flaws

In Carlos Sandoval’s touching story about his family’s experience with bail following his brother’s arrest [“Bail Reform: A True Story,” Vistas, Opinion, March 5], he argues in support of New...

Tell The Truth

Lee Zeldin tells a fanciful tale. He claims to support health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and efforts to lower prescription drug prices, but his actual votes say...

End The Madness

Karl Grossman’s latest column, “War In the Heavens” [Suffolk Closeup, February 27], examining the reckless creation of a so-called U.S Space Force, is spot on. This latest unilateral repudiation of...

A Bad Move

President Trump’s State of the Union Address was a home run with the bases loaded! Nancy Pelosi’s tearing up the text of President Trump’s speech reminded me of a spoiled...

Disrespectful Photo

The literature suggests that bluefin tuna are a threatened species. I have to assume The Press is unaware of this literature, or does not believe it or care, given the...

Look At The Map

I would like to respond to a recent letter to editor from Terry Carnes [“Don’t Chase Them Away,” Letters, February 13]. I live in Northville, which is over 20 miles...

Never Be Silent

Dear Vered [“Freedom Of Speech,” Letters, February 20]: While I agree with you that every American, under the First Amendment, has the right of free speech, and that the action...

Dolls And Love

Since I am away from Bridgehampton in my South Carolina home, I will miss the exhibition of Sam Johnson’s collection of black memorabilia, including the 15 dolls at the Rogers...

A Predictable Mess

It can’t be easy to be a moderate Democrat these days. Everywhere I look, Democratic government is under scrutiny for being out of touch with the majority values of this...

Doesn’t Apply Here

Landlords on the East End need to carefully follow the law enacted by the State Legislature in June 2019: the “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act.” Or they could face...

Freedom Of Speech

I am writing to tell my version of what happened on the night of February 12 [“Video: Art Dealer Arrested Following Disturbance At Sag Harbor Film Screening,” 27east.com, February 13],...

Thank You, Mr. Trump!

Many economists gauge our nation’s economic condition, going forward six months, by the rise and fall of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is the combined stock price of 30...

Doing Their Best

My wife, Gloria, and I recently joined Drawdown, a group formed to help the environment. Part of the goal of the organization is to help rid our atmosphere of carbon...

They’ll Still Come

In response to Terry Carnes’s letter [“Don’t Chase Them Away,” Letters, February 13]: Those opposed to airport noise are not “fewer than 100”; that may have been the number of...

Stay Out Of It

I can safely assume that Terry Carnes is a shill for the airport interests, at our omnipresent, dangerous, disruptive nuisance [“Don’t Chase Them Away,” Letters, February 13]. Numerically and geographically...

Deadly Policies

I find it incredible that Assemblyman Fred Thiele finds that “it is an over-broad and irrational response to a legitimate exercise of state sovereignty, driven solely by politics,” regarding the...

Progressive Fatuity

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared “political extortion,” declaring that he will not be bullied, and is now threatening to sue the Trump administration for freezing New Yorkers out of programs...

A Closer Look

Thank you for organizing an important Press Sessions forum on the Town of East Hampton Airport [“Press Sessions Discussion Explores The Future Of The East Hampton Airport,” 27east.com, February 6]....

Time For Action

Many thanks for covering the Drawdown East End Festival and informing readers of its efforts to implement solutions to address climate change [“Drawdown East End: ‘Ragtag Group’ Targets Climate Change,”...

The Real Enemy

I write to you today as a private citizen, not representing any of the organizations with which I work professionally or personally. The Press Sessions event held last week at...

We Need Action

We live in a world of constrained resources and excessive consumption; unfortunately, too many people seem to be unaware of this crisis or simply do not care, including our local...

Just A Nuisance

The airport debacle has been going on for years, with the affected residents at the bottom of the list. The hand-wringing of the self-interest proponents is obvious — nary a...

Making Changes

There is a presidential primary on April 28. The primaries for the other November elections will be on June 23. You can vote in the primaries that match the political...

Just One Side

Stephen Kotz’s article on Congressman Lee Zeldin was distinctly one-sided [“Zeldin Joins GOP Colleagues In Seeking To Overturn Roe v. Wade,” 27east.com, January 10]. Several pro-abortion individuals and groups were...

Dangerous Arsenal

A January 12, 2020, article in the Los Angeles Times summarized why a federal court continued the longline fishing ban off the California coast. Like many other decisions regarding longline...

The Real Reasons

Last week’s full-page editorial assault on President Trump and on Congressman Lee Zeldin for supporting him [“An Uncivil War,” Editorial, December 9] bemoans the state of our political discourse, then...

Not That Voice

It’s not surprising that Phil Keith believes the Republicans need more people like John McCain [“Bananas All Around,” Mostly Right, January 9]. Like McCain, Mr. Keith can always be counted...

Choosing Sides

Donald Trump has repeatedly proposed to allow Medicare to “negotiate like crazy” on prescription drugs. Now, he is backtracking. Was this all showmanship? He probably realizes that skyrocketing drug prices...

Conflict Of Interest

The commercial fishing industry has recklessly created fisheries depletion and fisheries bycatch, and is a leading contributor to shoreline and ocean pollution. The industry seemingly has no respect for the...

Greatest Threats

The December 4 edition of The Press prominently reported on a 1907 local barbaric killing of a female right whale [“Plan Brews To Return Right Whale Skeleton To Amagansett,” 27east.com,...

Giving Thanks

On behalf of the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, a very special thank you to all who participated in and attended the annual Santa Parade and all of the festivities...

Do Fish Feel?

It’s Not Noise

I am a local merchant on the East End and have been since 1985. I resist commenting on political issues, because my customers are a diverse group. Saying A can...

Too Late For Us

Regarding your article about the meeting you graciously hosted at Rowdy Hall in East Hampton, “Press Sessions: Revitalizing East Hampton Village” [“Press Sessions: Revitalizing East Hampton Village Involves Music, Sewers,...

It’s Already Here

Imagine there being an industry in the area that indiscriminately traps and kills animals that are in the way of them getting their products, that pollutes the ocean and shores...

Is It A Crime?

What has it come to when we can’t greet customers about to enter our doors with a stuffed animal with a small sign with “Welcome!” on it [“Stuffed Animals Fetch...

A Road Bully

Because I love, enjoy and respect Mother Nature so much, I spend at least two hours a day bicycling along Gerard Drive in Springs. Because of its bucolic surroundings and...

A Holiday Dinner Foul Play

End The Tragedy

I fully recognize and appreciate the history and traditions of commercial and recreational fishing on the East End. Generations of fishermen, their families and community members are connected to the...

Wonderful News

How wonderful to read the excellent and informative article by Michael Wright on the return of the alewife run [“Once Nearly Stanched, Ligonee Brook Sees A Run Of Young Alewives,”...

Weigh The Benefits

I generally look to The Press for environmental reporting. A reduction in toxic spraying is always good news [“Reduced Spraying Applauded,” October 31]. Congratulations to the East Hampton Town Trustees...

Devastating Effect

There is a substantial volume of worldwide literature pertaining to fisheries’ bycatch. I have read a lot of this literature but never fully realized the disconnect with respect to it...

Three Little Letters

Your recent article about what to call our little piece of earth — Springs or The Springs [“Town Edits Old Road Signs,” October 23] — credits Chris Harmon as the...

Help Them First

To writers sending letters regarding U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin calling for a federal review of the new New York State driver’s license law: Note, it is illegal immigrants — yes,...

Continuing The Work

Continuing The Work I am running for reelection as an East Hampton Town Trustee in the November 5 general election. As a Trustee, I have served on multiple committees: Aquaculture,...

Frivolous Lawsuit

Frivolous Lawsuit To Congressman Lee Zeldin: Thank you very much for the email updates. I am very happy to see that you’re working hard to support issues that are important...

Common Ground

Common GroundI read with interest Michael Wright’s article about Danish wind farm developer Ørsted’s partnering with a group of Montauk fishermen to secure local dock space for their offshore wind...

That’s The Real News

This represents just another example of your pathetic coverage of increasingly dangerous air traffic above the homes of East End residents. How is it that you can document insignificant attempts...

A Chance To Lead

Affirming his plea for action, rallies by young people all over the world should have inspired any grownup with a heart to work enthusiastically for needed changes. But can we...

A Hidden Face

That’s the problem. On the surface, a violent relationship can look just like any other relationship. The abuser is erratic, often apologetic and loving; the victim is ashamed and wants...

Where Were You?

Well, I have one question for you, Park Avenue Perry: Where were you? When Congressman Zeldin was spending four years on active duty, where were you? When Congressman Zeldin was...

Keep Us Safe

What I found disingenuous about Mr. Gershon’s letter is his feigned concern for veterans and their families, and his outrage at President Trump’s attempts to secure our borders. Border security...

Residents Be Damned

That question — “What could be the possible harm in doing this the right way?” — refers reasonably to following the usual process of planning, zoning and environmental review that...

Symptoms And Cures

I think it is worth looking at the symptoms of climate change here on the East End. And, perhaps, we can decide what we can and should do. Warmer weather...

Is The DEC For Sale?

The Department of Environmental Conservation’s mission: “To conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment, and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order...

Utter Betrayal

Trump, operating with his usual disdain for his constitutionally defined role, and unable to force a Democratic House of Representatives to fund his wall, poached nearly half of this year’s...

Just Ignore Him

Mr. Motz’s failed attempt instead exhibits the meanness and intolerance of today’s left. This intolerance is one of the reasons I left the Democrat Party after the attempted political assassination...

We Need It Now

It is hard to believe that there isn’t enough sun here to replace the carbon-spewing fossil fuels that we now know will soon destroy our environment, unless radically curtailed. But...

No Service In Springs

For years, a friend and I have been walking around Gerard Point with our dogs in the early evening, most months of the year. On July 2, we started out...

Strong Support

As a member of the inaugural group of oyster farmers four years ago, under the direction of John Dunne, who is project director, I strongly support the East Hampton Town...

Invest In Roads

In June, I read in this publication that there was a suggestion by East Hampton Town planners to the Town Board to create a traffic circle at the intersection of...

A Liars’ Debate

A Liars’ DebateSo, our president has lied to us more than 10,000 times and uses the expression “fake news.” Let’s see: He must have beaten Obama on the lie situation,...

Remarkable Men

It is with great sadness that the world learned of the death of Jean Vanier on May 7. Vanier, a Canadian who lived in France for most of his adult...

Had Enough

I am a resident on Springs-Fireplace Road, since February 1990, and have watched with increasing sadness the steady decline of the area along Springs-Fireplace Road from North Main Street to...

More Working Families Will Help, Not Hurt, Wainscott

I was glad to see Michael Wright’s coverage of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee meeting and Wainscott School Board President David Eagan’s continued—in my view—misguided campaign against any new affordable...

Be Proactive

For eight years, no new senior center has been built. Third site, and promises made again. In two years will you hear the same come election time? Same old song-and-dance....

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