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Editorial: Curious Proposal

Editorial Board on May 8, 2019
Town of Southampton made the effort to reassess all its taxable properties 30 years ago to eliminate inequities caused by years of neglect and unfair assessing practices. The town protects... more

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No Credibility

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In response to the letters “Pig Is a Pig” by Ed Surgan and “Trojan Horse” by Thomas Jones on February 22: Gentlemen, it was refreshing to hear voices of sanity among the onslaught of propaganda. Thank you. Maria Benlian Hampton Bays by Staff Writer

Fact vs. Fiction

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The Socks Can Wait

I really have better things to do than to respond to reader Ed Surgan’s letters to these pages. But his latest missive [“Unequal Treatment,” Letters, February 15] is so full of inaccuracies that I cannot help myself. I will just have to sort my socks on another day. Writing about the treatment that President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have received regarding their mishandling of classified government documents, Mr. Surgan claims that President Trump has been unfairly prosecuted. This would be true if both men had committed the same misdeeds. However, their shortcomings are not in the least ... by Staff Writer