Editorial: Gold Stars and Dunce Caps - 27 East


Editorial: Gold Stars and Dunce Caps

Editorial Board on Jul 17, 2019
To members of the clergy in Sag Harbor Village who continue to be particularly active in social justice causes, working across denominations as a community to offer a network of... more

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Even Simpler

I have to admit I was flattered that Ken Dorph, the Mideast expert, responded to my Letter to the Editor [“Build Bridges,” Letters, November 30]. He literally spent three paragraphs qualifying that he is an expert, despite the fact that he’s really clearly a antisemite. Ken accuses me of being a racist because my position is that Hamas is a terrorist organization that slaughtered innocent civilians, yet he never addresses the issue. He additionally claims that Benjamin Netanyahu never wanted a two-state solution and conspired to have Hamas as a leading power vs. Yassar Arafat. I’d like to remind our ... by Staff Writer

Remember the Selfless

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Lights Out

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Permanent Damage?

Today’s headlines covering the anti-Israel, pro-Hamas demonstrations across the country in cities and on many a campus are eerily reminiscent of my youth in the late 1960s. Anti-Vietnam sentiment divided us who were being conscripted to prosecute a war we didn’t fully understand, and a generation of parents who trusted the government that brought them through World War II. As it turned out, both parties were naive, but the passion by us to not sacrifice ourselves in a dubious conflict that did not threaten our national security was justifiable. When I compare the motivation driving those demonstrations with this generation’s ... by Staff Writer

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Cleaner Energy

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Part of History

Clear-cutting has been a big topic here [“Sag Harbor Village Board Debates Tree Preservation Legislation; Residents Call for Tougher Rules,” 27east.com, November 15], and because we’re so much further from nature than our immediate ancestors, it might be helpful to remember how big a deal trees are to the character of a place. In Sag Harbor, we have: • Descendants of Japanese maples that came from Admiral Perry’s 1854 visit to Japan (241 Main Street). • Tupelo, which are also called black gum, which can live 650 years. • European beech, whose beech nuts were eaten by Stone Age people ... by Staff Writer

Build Bridges

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