Editorial: A Time To Remember - 27 East


Editorial: A Time To Remember

Editorial Board on Jul 2, 2020
There is no sugar-coating it: The Class of 2020 got ripped off. There was no prom, no senior skip day, none of the anticipation and celebration of a traditional graduation... more

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A Birthday Celebration

On Saturday, October 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. at East Hampton American Legion Post 419, we will be having a 100th birthday party for my dad, whom we call affectionately the “Fish Commander.” My dad is a retired cement mason foreman and the oldest living member of Local 780. In the early 1960s, the union assigned him a job to do, some finished concrete work for the Long Island Lighting Company, in Bridgehampton. With some spare time, he took a casual ride through Bridgehampton and East Hampton and marveled at how much the area resembled where he grew up ... 2 Oct 2023 by Staff Writer

Seeing Is Believing

The Press published a Letter to the Editor online under the headline “For the Trades” [27east.com, September 28]. It took note of a campaign sign that candidate Cyndi McNamara had that said she supports the trades, but the letter observed that it is supervisor candidate Maria Moore, as the mayor of Westhampton Beach, who completed the largest infrastructure project in years. The trades were fully employed and paid with grant money; taxes were not raised on the residents. Cyndi, never at a loss for words, responded to that letter and wrote a Facebook post warning people: “Don’t Listen to What ... by Staff Writer

In Their Footsteps

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born,” the Roman philosopher and statesman Cicero said, “is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” We study history but often focus on events writ large — wars, world leaders, towering figures and events — but often remain far too ignorant of those who walked the same patch of earth before we were born, the men and women who made the more modest history of where we live. We are ... 27 Sep 2023 by Editorial Board

Shabby College

In 1997, my husband and I happily began our homeownership in Southampton. We were immediately pleased with how friendly everyone was. My new neighbors rang the bell to say “welcome.” Back then, Southampton was proudly a well-established college town. Then, suddenly, it was not. SUNY Southampton officials were cruelly and cavalierly unceremonious in closing the campus, and her students were given a very brief period to relocate. I was shocked and disappointed for the students — and for us, as a welcoming community. I was ashamed of how the students were just dumped out. I remain deeply ashamed of SUNY’s ... by Staff Writer

The Sniff Test

A candidate can only get the Working Families Party endorsement and appear on its ballot line if they agree with a Working Families Party platform. The Working Families party platform includes a commitment to defunding and abolishing police, raising the age of criminal culpability, cashless bail to diminish the incarceration of dangerous criminals, and prioritizing criminals over victim’s rights. I don’t know about you, but I find this very troubling. We only have to look at cities where these policies have been implemented to see the chaos and misery occurring as public safety is cast to the wind. Crime is ... by Staff Writer

Power for the People

I am writing in response to Jim Larocca’s letter to The Express [“Vigorous Review Needed,” Letters, September 21]. I am writing this as an individual who has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and now serves as a village trustee, but this does not necessarily reflect the views of other trustees. Mr. Larocca states that the Village Board rescinded legislation that gave the board broad power over waterfront development. What he fails to explain is that, with the passage of village code Section 300-14.4, we established a new site plan presubmission conference procedure. For a wide variety of significant ... by Staff Writer

Heads in the Sand

I was dismayed by John Porta’s letter to the editor [“Doomsday Narrative,” Letters, September 14]. I don’t particularly appreciate being misquoted. He needs to reread my letter before he writes another response. I would never call anyone a “quack”; that is not my words or style. As for the scientists in his letter, I said that 97 percent of their peers don’t agree with them. They may be correct, but that is above my pay grade (maybe that’s clearer). As for leaving the Paris Accords, that was a stupid move on Donald Trump’s part, and it undermined the world’s biggest ... by Staff Writer

Fly Neighborly

The surprising number of complaints filed recently by Wainscott residents against East Hampton Airport [“Complaints About Aircraft Noise From East Hampton Airport Continue To Flood In, Especially From a Few,” 27east.com, September 13] shines light on East Hampton’s dirty secret: many residents south and east of the airport have long lived free from aviation noise and pollution, while a disproportionate number of flights have been directed across Town Line, above East Hampton’s helpless neighbors. Aviation noise and pollution is unbearable and unhealthy wherever it is directed, but should not surprise Wainscott residents — the airport is in their backyard. Wainscott ... by Staff Writer

A Godsend

I was pleased to see that East End Hospice received the highest possible five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But, personally, I do not think that five stars are enough. To put it simply, there are no better people in the world than the folks at the East End Hospice. During my wife’s battle with cancer they were able to keep her comfortable at home until her passing. The hospice nurses and aides made the unbearable bearable for both my wife and me. No question that we had was left unanswered. No problem that we encountered ... 26 Sep 2023 by Staff Writer

Ship to Shore

Sag Harbor is a great American small town, so it’s no surprise that tourists flock to the village in the summer — or that American Cruise Lines, a Connecticut-based small ship travel provider, has identified it as a great stop for a “Yankee Seaports” cruise between Boston and New York, set to begin next year. The negative impact of cruise ships on so many port cities around the world might well give pause. But it’s important to keep the proposal in perspective: The ships contain about 100 passengers, and while there are a few summer dates included, most of the ... 19 Sep 2023 by Editorial Board