Recent Stories: Letters to the Editor

October 22, 2014

Cut (Plastic) Loose
    East Hampton
    October 18, 2014

Dear David:
    Plastic is everywhere, especially on our beaches and our front yards or the road right in front of our houses.

October 15, 2014

Low-Income Projects
    October 11, 2014

To the Editor:
    As a 27-year resident of the wonderful village of Wainscott (on Route 114 approaching Sag Harbor) — a place where both my children attended the Wainscott School, and where I have been a willing taxpayer since 1987 — I am appalled that two low-income housing projects are being actively considered by the Town of East Hampton and the Village of Sag Harbor.

October 8, 2014

Bag the Bags
    October 6, 2014

Dear David,
    Please consider the following commentary on the downtown Montauk shoreline stabilization project. My assessment of the project is based on extensive experience in coastal zone management. More specifically, I was professionally employed in South Florida, where my role was to evaluate and facilitate shoreline protection projects. These included large-scale dune restoration and beach nourishment projects.

October 1, 2014

Spellbinding Theater
    September 26, 2014

    Off Broadway is right here on Main Street in East Hampton.
    No need to travel to the big city, when most Tuesday nights (check Star listings), the JDTLab at Guild Hall is providing some of the best theater you’ll see on or off Broadway.

September 24, 2014

Finest Kind
    East Hampton
    September 18, 2014

Dear David,
    Steve Marley, who taught my children in high school a long time ago, was very special. 
    He loved his subject matter, history, cared about his students, and was devoted to his town.
    In other words, he was yet another of East Hampton’s finest kind.


Lovely People

September 18, 2014

Dog Owner Entitlement
    East Hampton
    September 10, 2014
Dear David,
    It seems there are some dog owners who think the world owes their dogs all license to menace passers-by who are innocently trying to enjoy a tranquil evening walk along what they foolishly thought was a public beach.

September 10, 2014

Lifeguards Were Tops
    September 2, 2014

Dear Editor,
    Spent this whole summer on Atlantic Beach in Amagansett. I must say the young men and women who were the lifeguards at the beach were tops! Always on guard and ready when the call for duty was needed. I felt very secure swimming, knowing that they were watching.

September 3, 2014

Not Much Left
    September 1, 2014

Dear David,
    We read every day about war. War can be defined as an invasion by one group assaulting another group. Isn’t that what has been happening in East Hampton? A war upon the town? Are we not struggling to maintain who and what we are?

August 28, 2014

Unless You Can Park
    Wimbledon, London
    August 23, 2014

Dear Sir,
    During the past seven years it has been my pleasure and privilege (and that of my family) to be able to spend part of our summer with generous American friends in their delightful Amagansett hideaway. As their guests, we enjoy everything on offer here as if we were residents ourselves. It is therefore with some trepidation that I raise the following issue.

August 20, 2014

Artifact #1042
    East Hampton
    August 16, 2014

Dear David,
    As of Aug. 13 at 9:45 a.m., as it left the hangar at J.F.K., the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 419 are the proud owners of artifact #1042 of the World Trade Center. It’s a 1,000-pound, 14-foot-long, 17-inch-high steel beam that is twisted, so from outside-to-outside measurement it’s 18 inches wide.

August 13, 2014

To the Drivers
    East Hampton
    August 11, 2014

Dear David,
    As the anniversary of my car accident approaches I find myself hypersensitive to the drivers on our roads. Every time I look in the mirror I am reminded of the metal plate and four screws that are permanently in my neck from a giant yellow truck at the corner of Stephen Hand’s Path and Route 27. I could no longer stay quiet, so please understand the following:

August 6, 2014

For Jeff Bogetti

My friend doesn’t live across anymore
Won’t see him when I go out the door
Can’t believe he’s still not there
His presence still in the air
His family so brokenhearted
That Jeff, so young, has too soon departed
Yet his joyful, protective soul remains
Under which blissful peace still reigns


Dorothy King
    East Hampton
    July 28, 2014

July 30, 2014

Of Dorothy King
    Shutesbury, Mass.
    July 26, 2014

To the Editor:
    Carol and I will always have fond memories of Dorothy King, as she helped us so much with our research on Carol’s great-uncle and former village mayor, Jud Banister.

July 23, 2014

Caught in a Rip Tide
    Shelter Island
    July 21, 2014

Dear Editor,
    I am a Shelter Island resident who had the pleasure of swimming at Indian Wells Beach last Thursday as the guest of an East Hampton friend. I grew up swimming in the ocean in Seabright, N.J., and consider myself a competent ocean swimmer, so, after checking with the lifeguards as to how long they were on duty, I plunged into the water.

July 16, 2014

Debt of Gratitude
    East Hampton
    July 14, 2014

Dear David,
    I would like to congratulate the Amagansett Fire Department on its 100th anniversary.
    I would also like to thank Chief Dwayne Denton and the anniversary committee for inviting me to participate in the parade and celebration on Saturday. It was an honor and a privilege to be involved in such an outstanding event.

July 9, 2014

Offensive Article
    Sag Harbor
    July 4, 2014

Dear Editor:
    The tone and point of view in Debra Scott’s front-page article “Portrait of a Neighborhood” are incredibly offensive. 
    An immediate apology to Bridgehampton residents of that neighborhood is needed, and perhaps some follow-up articles on the lack of affordable housing on the East End.

July 2, 2014

Wonders of Life
    June 29, 2014

Dear David,
    Forty-five years here and Springs still delights us as we get to learn more of the history of the area and continue to cherish the residents, settings, and uniqueness of this wondrous community.
    Friday night was a dinner with friends at home and great conversations about school districts, housing, and other politically charged topics. No fisticuffs, all in good fun.

June 25, 2014

A Garbage Disposal
    June 22, 2014

To the Editor,
    I am happy to learn of the efforts to combat pollution in Lake Montauk. The problems attendant upon the alarmingly growing and increasingly chemically dependent population that inhabits Montauk need to be addressed. But there is a less insidious and dangerous form of pollution that should also be recognized: Apparently Lake Montauk is considered a garbage disposal area for many thoughtless visitors.

June 18, 2014

Complete Anarchy?
    June 16, 2014

To the Editor,
    What is going on on our local roads? Has everyone lost it? Just this past Friday my husband and I were coming from Indian Wells Beach at 8:30 a.m. and we were cut off twice near the Mobil station in Amagansett.

June 11, 2014

Summer of Lyme
    June 3, 2014

To the Editor,
    This is basically a letter of thanks to Dr. Blake Kerr, who not only wrote an understandable article on the wickedness of Lyme disease, but whom I believe saved my life last summer.

June 4, 2014

Reading Pleasure
    East Northport
    May 31, 2014

Dear Editor:
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the many hours of reading pleasure I have gotten from your paper over the years.

May 28, 2014

Passing the Budget
    East Hampton
    May 23, 2014

Dear Editor:
    On behalf of the board of education and the district staff of the East Hampton Union Free School District, I would like to thank the community for its overwhelming support in passing the 2014-15 school budget.
    This approved budget will enable us to continue to provide a quality education for all of our children.

    Sincerely yours,

May 21, 2014

Shakespearian Challenge
    May 14, 2014

Dear Editor,
    I am a sixth grader and I recently participated in the Shakespearian Oratorical Challenge at Springs School. I would like to state that even though all the participants who performed soliloquies did very well, it was only the tip of the iceberg of what Shakespeare has written.

May 14, 2014

Bees Are Vital
    May 9, 2014

To the Editor,
    Thanks to Mary Woltz for her wonderful words about bees and dandelions. Everyone should hear what she has to say. Bees are vital to us for the services they provide of pollinating the flowers of plants we depend on for food, yet we damage their health and threaten their survival with our indiscriminate use of pesticides and herbicides to keep our lawns free of what we call weeds. Lawns don’t feed us. Bees do.