Recent Stories: Letters to the Editor

September 21, 2017
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Out-of-Balance Habitat

Montauk

September 15, 2017

Dear Editor,

I was appalled by the letter to last week’s Star by Dell Cullum accusing Marguerite Wolffsohn of “barbaric, compassionless, insulting rhetoric and a driving killing mentality” in relation to her remarks and position on deer management. 

Ms. Wolffsohn is a strong environmental proponent, a well-credentialed expert, a known animal-lover, and one of the loveliest people you could ever meet. Whatever the differences in opinion Mr. Cullum might have with Ms. Wolffsohn, attacking her, one of the best public servants we have in this town, is, if not libelous, close to it. 

September 14, 2017
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A Life Well Lived

East Hampton

September 8, 2017

To the Editor:

As one of our East Hampton Housing Authority board members said at our last meeting, there is a huge hole in East Hampton. Our longtime friend, committee and board member, volunteer, advocate, activist, and neighbor, Barbara Jordan, passed away on Sept. 6.

September 14, 2017
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Just Plane Fun Day

East Hampton

September 10, 2017

Dear David,

September 14, 2017
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I’m a Hamptons Driver

(To the tune of 

“I’m A Good Ole Rebel”)

Oh, I’m a Hamptons driver,
Now that’s just what I am,
For bucks and does and fawns,
I do not give a damn.
I’m glad I run ’em over,
I’m sad it’s one by one
I ain’t asked any thanks for all that I have done.
I hates the white-tailed deer and everything they do.
I hates the nature lovers who stopped the cullin’, too.
I hates environmentalists, they never do no good.
I hates the friggin’ deer, I fought ’em all I could.

 

September 7, 2017
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Beach Fire Ills

East Hampton

August 31, 2017

Hey, David: 

In your July 27 editorial “Beach Fire Ills,” you mention a few ways to curb the fires and debris short of banning fires. Well, unfortunately there is no way short of a ban. People are generally slobs and leave their charred wood and debris behind or bury it. Not good. 

I for one am not a beach fire fan — too many times looking at debris. I go to Indian Wells just about every weekend I can. The charcoal and burnt wood chips are unnecessary, and should not be the responsibility of the Parks Department to police. The garbage cans are enough.

August 31, 2017
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Care and Knowledge

Montauk

August 28, 2017

Dear Editor: 

Wow! The Montauk police, the Montauk firemen, and the E.M.T.s and their volunteers gathered to assist us in our emergency. The care and knowledge is formidable! 

We cannot thank them enough — attitude and empathy!

Hurrah! How lucky we are to have them.

MARVIN and CATHY HUNTER

Reached Our Goal

East Hampton

August 22, 2017

Dear Editor,

I want to say thank you to everyone who donated to the self-bailing dory on the GoFundMe page, especially John Tintle, who made an incredibly generous donation. 

August 24, 2017
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Speedy Response

Montauk

August 14, 2017

To the Editor,

Wow! The skill set shown by the speedy response to our emergency by the police and Montauk fire department and ambulance was amazing. 

You shouldn’t need it, but if you do, you will be rewarded with caring, adept Montaukers. Wow!

MARVIN and CATHY HUNTER

Icing on the Cake

August 24, 2017
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From the Clericus

East Hampton

August 16, 2017

Dear Editor,

In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, the Clericus of East Hampton grieves along with all Americans who condemn anti-Semitism, hate speech, violence, and senseless hatred. Many of us feel shaken as we confront not only the loss of an innocent victim, Heather Heyer, but also recognize that values that are antithetical to all of our faith traditions have been given voice within our beloved country. Hatred and bigotry have no place in our Hamptons community, and we aspire to ensure that the same holds true for all Americans. 

August 17, 2017
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Emotional Moment

Amagansett

August 8, 2017

Dear Mr. Rattray,

I saw something this past Sunday that will not easily be forgotten. It was the sight of the 82-year-old John Ryan Sr. jogging across the sand at the annual Junior Lifeguard tournament at Indian Wells Beach. He was hurrying to reach the finish line so he could high-five the diminutive last-place (by far) finisher in one of the team relay events. He just had to let her know her team’s effort was appreciated. It was an emotional moment for those of us lucky enough to be in close proximity. 

August 17, 2017
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The Actual Number

Springs

August 10, 2017

Dear Mr. Rattray

Last week I sent a letter to the editor on the issue of locating the East Hampton School District (and possibly Springs School District) school bus fleets on Springs-Fireplace Road. The letter was titled: Even More Questions about School Bus Depot Deal. 

In the letter, I mentioned that “there will be 83 buses located at the facility.” That number is wrong, and I apologize for the error. The actual number of school buses in the East Hampton fleet is 38. If the Springs School District chooses to locate its own fleet there, they will add approximately 16 buses, for a total of more than 50 buses, plus auxiliary vehicles. 

August 17, 2017
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Shown Her Commitment

New York, N.Y.

August 14, 2017

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for Kathee Burke-Gonzalez in the Demo­cratic Party primary on Sept. 12. As a member and former co-chair of the Wainscott Citizens Advisory Committee, I have had the pleasure and the privilege of working closely with Kathee on issues affecting our community.

During her first term on the town board, Kathee has accomplished much. She has helped restore civility, respect, and transparency to our town government, which has balanced every budget these past four years while reducing the town’s debt, increasing the surplus, and obtaining a credit upgrade. 

August 17, 2017
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Result in a ‘Patchwork’

East Hampton

August 11, 2017

Dear David,

Your editorial “Enthusiasm Outpaces the Science on Water Plan” (Aug. 10) is so correct, I wish I had written it myself. 

August 10, 2017
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Helicopter Pirates

Wainscott

August 3, 2017

Dear David:

Summer 2017: The stock market is at an all-time high and helicopter/seaplane companies are sinking to all-time lows.

The New Jersey carpetbaggers didn’t have enough money to buy a local election but did have enough to hire better lawyers than the town.

The result for thousands of taxpaying homeowners and their guests, not just in East Hampton but across Long Island, is a 24/7 assault on hard-earned quality of life and investment.

Sick and tired of this, many are now calling for the closure of East Hampton Airport. And while that might not be possible now, the day is approaching when it will be.

August 9, 2017
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Part of the Community

East Hampton

August 2, 2017

To the Editor:

A few weeks ago I met Susan McGraw Keber at the evening farmers market at the Calvary Baptist Church. I want to say thank you to the East Hampton Democratic Party members and Susan for inviting me to become a part of the community. 

My native language is Spanish, and I am very happy to help invite Latinos who are qualified, to register to vote. I am explaining why it is important to vote and that every vote counts. Latinos are a big and important community, and we are hard-working. I am grateful to find a voice in my hometown, and want to thank everyone who has shown a great human quality of kindness. 

BEATRIZ RIVAS

August 3, 2017
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Tradition Continued

Amagansett

July 29, 2017

Dear David,

On behalf of the East Hampton Veterans of Foreign Wars, Everit Albert Herter Post 550, let me add a footnote to The Star’s excellent article this past week (“V.F.W. Transfers Flag Duty; Chamber of Commerce and Y.M.C.A. to carry on”).

As you wrote, our post has been aging out. With great regret and a genuine level of sadness, we had to acknowledge that we no longer would be able to continue placing and removing American flags in the village on various occasions throughout the year as we had in the past. This was not an easy decision. It was painful. It was difficult.

July 27, 2017
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So Far, So Great

East Hampton

July 24, 2017

To the Editor,

A sincere thank-you to The Star and Jackie Pape for her excellent article and photos of our odd senior art group. “Never Too Late to Start Painting,” on the front page of the July 4 issue of The Star, is a splendid vindication of our progress for the past six months.

Our three female students are residents from Windmill Village, one on Accabonac Highway. The one male student resides at St. Michael’s senior housing complex in Amagansett. All are under the keen eyes of Bob Hettinger, the instructor, another senior resident at Windmill One.

The challenge is to surpass expectations for involvement and improvement. So far, so great.

July 20, 2017
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The Go-To Person

Amagansett

July 11, 2017

Dear Editor:

It’s so wonderful when, dealing with medical support people, you meet someone who not only actually cares about everything that’s happening to you, but can and does make all the problems just disappear. And it’s all done with the biggest smile on the East End.

I’m talking about Linda at Meeting House Medical Group in Amagansett. In the Hamptons, when someone is talking about medical people, Linda’s name invariably comes up as the go-to person.

I would like to thank Meeting House Medical for having such an efficient and knowledgeable person on their staff.

DAN SATINSKY 

July 13, 2017
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All These Years

East Hampton

July 10, 2017

To the Editor,

Mama Lee Rose and Jim Lawler would like to thank our fellow band musicians and guests who performed at the sold-out show at Guild Hall on July 5, as well as Andrea Grover, Josh Gladstone, and the incredible staff of Guild Hall.

Above all, we would like to thank our fans packing the place. You have supported us all these years.

July 13, 2017
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With Wildlife

East Hampton

July 10, 2017

Dear Editor,

The village is again conspiring to kill more innocent, beautiful deer. In 2015-2016, they worked with the East Hampton Village Preservation Society, using White Buffalo’s inhumane deer sterilizing program, which killed many. Guess for what? To protect hydrangeas. 

July 12, 2017
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Dig Up the Runway

East Hampton

July 5, 2017

To the Editor:

Hey David, hope all is well. I spent the entire Fourth of July weekend outdoors. Sunday at the ocean and Tuesday at Three Mile Harbor. The ocean was great and the paddleboarding on Three Mile Harbor spectacular. 

In the middle of all this beauty, I had an epiphany. Local government is slowly killing us. The health and beauty of our land should not be for sale at any price. While at both locations, I was unnerved by the helicopter and jet noise. I couldn’t believe the size of some of the planes. 

July 6, 2017
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Radio Club

Montauk

July 3, 2017

To the Editor;

The Bonac Amateur Radio Club participated in the American Radio Relay League’s annual field day on June 24 to 25. Joining over 40,000 other ham radio operators around North America, BARC members set up their equipment at the GATR site in Montauk to test ham radios capabilities, using temporary transmitting stations. 

June 29, 2017
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Saved My Life

East Hampton

June 19, 2017

Dear David, 

A few weeks ago, I had a G.I. bleed at work and needed the services of the Montauk Ambulance Squad. To be succinct, they were fantastic! 

First to arrive on the scene was East Hampton Town Police Officer Tom Strong. Immediately and reassuringly, he took charge of the situation and his professionalism helped me, as I was very “shocky,” as my blood pressure was dropping fast and making my ability to maintain my consciousness very difficult. 

June 29, 2017
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Federal Oppression

East Hampton

June 25, 2017

Dear David, 

The new normal, meaning no curfews at East Hampton Airport and presently no way to govern this publicly owned asset, has descended on the aircraft-noise-affected community in force. Air traffic has never been more intrusive and disturbing as it has been these last few weekends, with aircraft flying at will and at low altitudes. I was awakened this morning at 5:45 by a noisy helicopter, leaving town. It’s just too much.

June 29, 2017
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Turbine Parade

East Hampton

June 26, 2017

Dear David,

With the East Hampton Town Board’s unanimous 2014 mandate, our town was the first New York State municipality to set a goal for 100 percent of the town’s community-wide electricity needs to be satisfied by renewable energy sources. In January 2017, LIPA trustees approved the Deepwater offshore wind farm, 30 miles over the Montauk horizon, adding to the town’s renewable energy portfolio enough clean power annually for 50,000 East Hampton homes.