I have been reading about the so-called “battle” over the Shinnecock Nation’s construction of two large billboards on Sunrise Highway. Today, I went to look at the south billboard, and I feel it is far from being the “eyesore” that has been described by those opposing it.
While it is the only billboard of its type in the area, it is set in an area surrounded by trees, and it is not higher than those trees. And it is on a highway, not in a residential community.
The Shinnecock Nation is quoted as citing “an unfortunate and unjust pattern of mistreatment and total disregard for the economic welfare and sovereignty of the Shinnecock Nation” [“Shinnecock Tribe Continues Billboard Work As Lawsuit With State Looms,” 27east.com, May 18]. I believe there is ample evidence of this. I suggest that we pay more attention to respecting our differences than caviling about opinions of what constitutes appropriate local attractions.
Ruth Dowling Bruun, M.D. Westhampton
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