Recent Stories: Editorials

Editorial
April 28, 2016
Getting a snack or a little ice cream at one of East Hampton Town’s beaches on a summer’s day is one of the simple pleasures of living or visiting here. That is why (we guess) the town allows vendors to lease spots at most of the ocean beaches where lifeguards are stationed.

Getting a snack or a little ice cream at one of East Hampton Town’s beaches on a summer’s day is one of the simple pleasures of living or visiting here. That is why (we guess) the town allows vendors to lease spots at most of the ocean beaches where lifeguards are stationed. On paper, at least, it’s all for the good.

Editorial
April 28, 2016
You know the sound. It’s a lovely weekend afternoon and suddenly you hear the thudding of shotgun blasts. A small group is off in the distance target shooting.

You know the sound. It’s a lovely weekend afternoon and suddenly you hear the thudding of shotgun blasts. A small group is off in the distance target shooting. When you check the beach later, it is covered with spent casings and fragments of orange-and-black clay pigeons.

Editorial
April 21, 2016
Five work weeks remain before Memorial Day, which hardly seems enough time for East Hampton Town officials to do what would be needed to maintain the delicate balance between the demands of summer and the interests of residents. There is a lot to do, and, while it is evident that all of summer’s ills cannot be solved in a single year, there is reason to worry that Town Hall remains satisfied with what is to many observers an unacceptable status quo.

Five work weeks remain before Memorial Day, which hardly seems enough time for East Hampton Town officials to do what would be needed to maintain the delicate balance between the demands of summer and the interests of residents.

Editorial
April 21, 2016
Plum Island, a federal facility off the North Fork within eyesight of the South Fork and coastal Connecticut, could soon be sold to private interests unless a broad effort by officials at several government levels and environmental groups succeeds in having it set aside for preservation, most wisely as a national wildlife refuge.

Plum Island, a federal facility off the North Fork within eyesight of the South Fork and coastal Connecticut, could soon be sold to private interests unless a broad effort by officials at several government levels and environmental groups succeeds in having it set aside for preservation, most wisely as a nati

Editorial
April 14, 2016
It has been a long time since a New York presidential primary really mattered. And it has been a long time since a primary season has generated anywhere near this level of interest among East End residents. No matter where one might be on the political spectrum, the big-picture debates about the direction of the country have been significant.

It has been a long time since a New York presidential primary really mattered. And it has been a long time since a primary season has generated anywhere near this level of interest among East End residents. No matter where one might be on the political spectrum, the big-picture debates about the direction of the country have been significant. 

Editorial
April 14, 2016
The South Fork’s school districts are beginning to finalize proposed budgets for the coming year, and some boards appear willing to ask voters to authorize going above the so-called 2-percent tax cap. As tough as this might be for some residents, it reflects the fact that in most cases there are few places to make further cuts in spending after years of forced belt-tightening.

The South Fork’s school districts are beginning to finalize proposed budgets for the coming year, and some boards appear willing to ask voters to authorize going above the so-called 2-percent tax cap. As tough as this might be for some residents, it reflects the fact that in most cases there are few places to make further cuts in spending after years of forced belt-tightening.

Editorial
April 14, 2016
When East Hampton Village officials told the folks at c/o the Maidstone hotel that a late-night burlesque show had to be shut down for want of the proper permit, the reaction from those not directly involved were smirks of amusement and snickers about the authorities being prudes. There is more to be taken from the episode, however: Rules matter and sometimes it takes a village to enforce them. (Sorry, we know, we know, but we couldn’t resist.)

When East Hampton Village officials told the folks at c/o the Maidstone hotel that a late-night burlesque show had to be shut down for want of the proper permit, the reaction from those not directly involved were smirks of amusement and snickers about the authorities being prudes.

Editorial
April 7, 2016
All but lost amid the discussion of new setbacks and coverage rules for construction in Sag Harbor was a proposal to ban rooftop solar energy systems in nearly the entire village.

All but lost amid the discussion of new setbacks and coverage rules for construction in Sag Harbor was a proposal to ban rooftop solar energy systems in nearly the entire village. At a time when climate change is dominating headlines and scientists think the polar ice caps are going to break up sooner rather than later, officials in Sag Harbor are heading in a stunningly wrong direction.

Editorial
April 7, 2016
The so-called Panama Papers scandal, which took down Iceland’s prime minister on Tuesday, may seem a long way from eastern Long Island. Because the ownership of many of the most valuable properties here remains secret, however, just who might be hiding next door, so to speak, is a good question.

The so-called Panama Papers scandal, which took down Iceland’s prime minister on Tuesday, may seem a long way from eastern Long Island. Because the ownership of many of the most valuable properties here remains secret, however, just who might be hiding next door, so to speak, is a good question.

Editorial
March 31, 2016
East Hampton Town has begun work on a set of so-called hamlet studies. Six in all, they are supposed to result in recommendations for the town’s commercial areas. The objective is to produce a document that will guide future land-use decisions and allow commerce to function while avoiding sprawl and other negative effects of growth.

East Hampton Town has begun work on a set of so-called hamlet studies. Six in all, they are supposed to result in recommendations for the town’s commercial areas. The objective is to produce a document that will guide future land-use decisions and allow commerce to function while avoiding sprawl and other negative effects of growth.

Editorial
March 31, 2016
The osprey were a couple of days late this week — or they were right on time. It depended on whom you asked and where, in turn, they were looking.

The osprey were a couple of days late this week — or they were right on time. It depended on whom you asked and where, in turn, they were looking.

Editorial
March 24, 2016
In the Northeast, to no small measure this will mean wind power — and when one thinks about wind power on a scale large enough to make a difference, that means offshore turbines.

Concerns about our rapidly warming planet are on the rise. Climate advocates argue that heading off the worst effects of global warming will require cutting fossil fuel emissions, and the key will be a shift to renewable sources of electricity.

Editorial
March 24, 2016
The South Fork has a housing crisis. Just ask almost any employer or a prospective employee who has considered moving to the region for a job. Places to live are all but unavailable. So far, attempts by local government to find solutions have failed to meet demand.

The South Fork has a housing crisis. Just ask almost any employer or a prospective employee who has considered moving to the region for a job. Places to live are all but unavailable. So far, attempts by local government to find solutions have failed to meet demand. 

Editorial
March 17, 2016
Attention to environmental concerns is growing here, with some positive results. We are enthusiastic about a $100,000 study of an electric “microgrid” in East Hampton Town, which could provide clean power and better electrical service during outages.

Attention to environmental concerns is growing here, with some positive results. We are enthusiastic about a $100,000 study of an electric “microgrid” in East Hampton Town, which could provide clean power and better electrical service during outages.

Editorial
March 17, 2016
Doing something about corruption and influence peddling in Albany appears high on the to-do list for lawmakers — except when it comes to their own bank accounts.

Doing something about corruption and influence peddling in Albany appears high on the to-do list for lawmakers — except when it comes to their own bank accounts. 

Editorial
March 10, 2016
These days we’ve come to expect a 24-hour news cycle. When there’s an accident on Route 27, when a major snowstorm is headed our way or a northeaster is bearing down on us, when we hear sirens or a fire whistle, we (journalists included) tend to want up-to-the-minute details. Should we reschedule that trip to Riverhead? Stay off the roads? Get our boat out of the water?

These days we’ve come to expect a 24-hour news cycle. When there’s an accident on Route 27, when a major snowstorm is headed our way or a northeaster is bearing down on us, when we hear sirens or a fire whistle, we (journalists included) tend to want up-to-the-minute details. Should we reschedule that trip to Riverhead? Stay off the roads? Get our boat out of the water? 

Editorial
March 10, 2016
Two major municipal condemnation initiatives, which are moving slowly ahead in Sag Harbor and on a long strip of beach on Napeague, warrant more public consideration.

Two major municipal condemnation initiatives, which are moving slowly ahead in Sag Harbor and on a long strip of beach on Napeague, warrant more public consideration.

Editorial
March 3, 2016
The East Hampton Town Trustees have faced the tensions of going it alone instead of cooperating with a number of other government agencies for a long time. The idea, still in currency among some members and residents, has been that since the trustees were given authority by royal decree in the 17th century, no entity can take it away.

The East Hampton Town Trustees have faced the tensions of going it alone instead of cooperating with a number of other government agencies for a long time. The idea, still in currency among some members and residents, has been that since the trustees were given authority by royal decree in the 17th century, no entity can take it away.

Editorial
March 3, 2016
Those in pressing need may still have a bit of a wait before that ceremonial first flush, but a public restroom for the Amagansett hamlet center appears to be nearing reality. Forget about helicopter noise — if the members of the East Hampton Town Board actually pull this off, they will go down in history.

Those in pressing need may still have a bit of a wait before that ceremonial first flush, but a public restroom for the Amagansett hamlet center appears to be nearing reality. Forget about helicopter noise — if the members of the East Hampton Town Board actually pull this off, they will go down in history. 

Editorial
March 3, 2016
Okay, so this winter has not been nearly as bad as the one that preceded it, but it nevertheless has been bleak, at times freezing cold, and, except for a bit of snow, lacking in seasonal diversions. How thankful we are, though, for the half-off sales. Retail, it seems, can give us something to do when there is little left other than binge-watching Netflix.

Okay, so this winter has not been nearly as bad as the one that preceded it, but it nevertheless has been bleak, at times freezing cold, and, except for a bit of snow, lacking in seasonal diversions. How thankful we are, though, for the half-off sales. Retail, it seems, can give us something to do when there is little left other than binge-watching Netflix. 

Editorial
February 25, 2016
East Hampton High School has a drug problem. We know this because the administration has scheduled forums at which the use of the life-saving anti-opiate known as Narcan will be explained and kits made available for parents to take home. What we do not know is how big the problem is. School officials have not been forthcoming, saying only that there has been an “uptick” in drug-related incidents. Much more needs to be said.

East Hampton High School has a drug problem. We know this because the administration has scheduled forums at which the use of the life-saving anti-opiate known as Narcan will be explained and kits made available for parents to take home. What we do not know is how big the problem is.

Editorial
February 25, 2016
The year 2100 might seem a long way off, but for East Hampton Town and much of the rest of the world’s coastal communities, it is a date that should be of genuine concern. According to a new study released on Monday, oceans could rise by as much as four feet by the end of the century.

The year 2100 might seem a long way off, but for East Hampton Town and much of the rest of the world’s coastal communities, it is a date that should be of genuine concern. According to a new study released on Monday, oceans could rise by as much as four feet by the end of the century.

Editorial
February 18, 2016
A recently unveiled plan for a car wash on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton should not be considered in a vacuum. But that is, unfortunately, the sense we get from some members of the town planning board, who appeared favorably inclined toward the proposal presented to them on Feb. 3. They are, perhaps, to be forgiven because this part of town has become a place for businesses not welcome elsewhere. Whether that kind of use should be perpetuated there is an good question.

A recently unveiled plan for a car wash on Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton should not be considered in a vacuum. But that is, unfortunately, the sense we get from some members of the town planning board, who appeared favorably inclined toward the proposal presented to them on Feb. 3.

Editorial
February 18, 2016
There are plenty of reasons why the old notion of the East End breaking away to form its own Peconic County is next-to impossible, but a new issue — how to regulate taxis and ride-sharing services — points to the necessity of some regional cooperation.

There are plenty of reasons why the old notion of the East End breaking away to form its own Peconic County is next-to impossible, but a new issue — how to regulate taxis and ride-sharing services — points to the necessity of some regional cooperation.