It is very heartening to read that Sag Harbor Village is seriously contemplating a partial ban on gas-fired leaf blowers [“Village Considers a Leaf Blower Ban,” January 16]. In addition to their assault on the rights of residents for peace and quiet in their own homes, and the issue of noise pollution, leaf blowers are very damaging to our environment in numerous ways. According to the Sierra Club, gas leaf blowers disrupt the ecology of your property and all of its species by kicking up fungal spores, insect eggs, mold, animal excrement, fertilizer and heavy metals. This can have family ... 20 Jan 2020 by Staff Writer
I recently attended the amazing Drawdown Festival on Saturday, January 11, at SAC, and was gladdened to see hundreds of attendees — a surprising sight in January. It was a huge grassroots group of so many locals with interesting suggestions to save our planet in easily achieved actions. Thank you, Darr Reilly, for all that you do in this regard. It was a gathering place of all the like-minded people who are in action saving our planet, and the energy was palpable. I want to see more, and I hope our elected officials are aware of the support they would ... by Staff Writer
Dr. David Posnett’s informative letter about House of Representative bill HR3 [“Choosing Sides,” Letters, January 9] details key elements of Congress’s promise to establish a consumer- and patient-friendly drug price negotiation system. Dr. Posnett aptly captures the gist of the matter in several paragraphs. My prime takeaway: If the Veterans Administration can negotiate drug prices, why not the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services? High-quality and lower-cost drugs makes sense for all of us. As Dr. Posnett points out, Congressman Lee Zeldin repeats the canard that “these policies would siphon $1 trillion from biopharmaceutical innovators over the next 10 years.” ... by Staff Writer
As I walk Southampton Village, the empty storefronts seem to be a sign of downturns and lifelessness. The mayor suggested we should put “art” in the windows to give people another look. I am going to propose something more purposeful that can reflect the historic look and feel of the village, as well as to celebrate the people who lived and worked here. Instead of art, I would like to put blown-up historic photos in the empty store windows. There are photos of great houses no longer here, unfortunately, many photos from the Morris Studio, Shinnecock rituals and celebrations, as ... by Staff Writer
I love history. There’s much in the patterns of human behavior that are repeated by our species throughout the millennia. Books provide us with the opportunity to learn from the lives of others. For instance, had the Inca possessed writing and libraries, Atahualpa, king of the defunct and disappeared Inca Empire, might have known not to trust the Spanish when they invited him to a party, where they killed him. We have writing and libraries, yet our species continues to repeat our historical mistakes countless times. In contemporary times, we have Donald Trump, the current occupant of the White House, ... by Staff Writer
I was at the “Protect Burial Grounds” event in unity with the Shinnecock Nation last week [“Protests Continue As Town And Property Owner Discuss Partial Preservation Of Site Identified As A Burial Ground By Shinnecock Nation,” 27east.com, January 14]. It was not a “protest” — it was a “Protect.” It was one of the most moving, powerful, profound and sacred events I have ever been to. My sign read “Are Cemeteries Next?” I can’t claim credit for this thought. I took it from one of the Letters to the Editor in this publication a week or two back [“End This ... by Staff Writer
On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Community Outreach Program and Adopt-a-Family were able to deliver over 90 Thanksgiving baskets throughout the Greater Westhampton area to families and individuals who needed the help. On December 19, we were able to deliver 100 Christmas baskets with gifts to families, shut-ins, individuals down on their luck, and single parents with children barely making ends meet. This year, because of the generosity of our amazing community, we were able to provide a wonderful Christmas and much needed items to many children. Through coordination and cooperation of all the local churches and charitable organizations, the ... by Staff Writer
Our community took the opportunity to demonstrate what it cares about at the “Drawdown Festival: Films Forum Fun,” presented by Drawdown East End and the Southampton Arts Center on Saturday, January 11. Despite the lure of spending a sunny, warm winter Saturday in the out of doors, over 650 citizens were drawn to learn about “drawdown,” solutions for the reversal of global warming, with its cascading economic and health benefits. This is history. Everyone browsed some of the dozens of environmental exhibitors who informed us of what we can do now to make a difference. Over 400 people spent two ... by Staff Writer
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