Recent Stories: Letters to the Editor

January 10, 2018
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Celebrate Dr. King

East Hampton

January 3, 2018

To the Editor,

On behalf of the Calvary Baptist Church, I would like to thank you for your part in our 2017 journey. Your service has made a difference in our community.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” Martin Luther King Jr.

Calvary Baptist Church will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King’s struggle for equality in justice for all humanity. Come join us as the youth of Calvary Baptist Church celebrate Dr. King Jr.

The program will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Spinner Lane, East Hampton.

January 3, 2018
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Christian Community

Springs

January 1, 2018

Dear Mr. Rattray,

We were saddened to read Merrily Sanfino’s letter last week regarding the Springs Community Presbyterian Church and our friend and neighbor Bill Henderson. 

December 27, 2017
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Holiday Meals

East Hampton

December 21, 2017

Dear Mr. Rattray:

On Dec. 10 the Springs Fire Department made available holiday dinners for delivery to clients of East Hampton Meals on Wheels, their family members, and caregivers who were unable to attend the dinner at the firehouse. This service filled a tremendous need in our community, because the clients who received these holiday meals are homebound and unable to cook special holiday meals for themselves or their families.

We heartily thank all the members of the Springs Fire Department, who gave so generously of their time and energy to make this holiday season so pleasurable for those most fragile individuals among us.

December 20, 2017
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Welcomed the Children

East Hampton

December 18, 2017

Dear David:

Last week the 80 students who attend the prekindergarten program at the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, who are from the East Hampton, Wainscott, and Sagaponack School Districts, had an exciting experience visiting Guild Hall for a screening of “The Polar Express.”

December 13, 2017
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Amazing Experience

East Hampton

December 6, 2017

Dear Editor:

For the past 10 years I have often sent others to the First Presbyterian Church Community Thanksgiving dinner. However, this year I had a rare opportunity to volunteer and participate in this annual event. It was an amazing experience. Getting all those take-out meals done by 12 noon and then serving a complete turkey dinner to all those who chose to sit down and eat together at beautifully decorated tables. The food was delicious and the menu left nothing out including a choice of apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie, much to my delight because the latter is my all-time favorite! 

December 6, 2017
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The Cell Tower

Springs

December 3, 2017

Dear Mr. Rattray,

On Nov. 7, the Springs School had a smoke condition at around 8:15 in the morning. Some students and staff were already in the building. Other children were arriving by bus or with their parents. The smoke condition necessitated the evacuation of personnel and children already in the school. Many children spent hours on school buses while others went to the Springs School pre-planned disaster recovery sites until it was safe for them all to return to the school.

December 6, 2017
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Declaration of War

East Hampton

December 4, 2017

To the Editor,

The Republican tax plan is nothing short of a declaration of war on the lower and middle classes, especially those in blue states. Republicans have decided they can say one thing (their tax plan simplifies taxes and provides relief for the middle class), do another thing entirely (it’s really tax relief for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations), and chalk up any criticism to fake news and liberal bias.

November 29, 2017
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All Come Together

Springs

November 20, 2017

Dear Editor,

November 29, 2017
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At War With Himself

Wainscott

November 23, 2017

Dear David,

As I reflect on the things I am thankful for on this Thanksgiving morning, like many other members of our community, I am saddened by the state of our politics. And especially disappointed with the latest news that our elected representative in Congress, Lee Zeldin, has agreed to be feted at a fund-raiser sponsored by the far right’s leading propagandist Steve Bannon.

November 22, 2017
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Event of the Year

Amagansett

November 17, 2017

Dear David:

The most exciting art event of the year on the East End is the Amagansett School’s exhibit of its parade of sculptures gracing Main Street. 

The charm, creativity, and ingenuity that all the pieces share give the viewer a hint of the artists’ enthusiasm, hard work, and love of their project.

The Halloween festivities then culminate with the sweetest parade of goblins and superheroes ever.

They all patiently waited for their cotton candy, and to a child each one said, “Thank you.” And, when it was over, no debris was left anywhere.

I applaud and am humbled by these students.

November 16, 2017
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Helped Me to Shore

East Hampton

November 12, 2017

Dear Editor:

This Sunday was opening day for scalloping in trustee waters. The weather conditions, while cool, could not have been better with no wind, clean, clear water, and enough scallops for us picker-uppers. For that, we must thank the good Lord.

I personally have to thank those persons who helped me to shore after my dumb move of falling and getting my waders full of water. They also made sure my catch got there as well. Thank you very much.

November 16, 2017
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Recommended

Wainscott

November 13, 2017

Dear David, 

I would like to comment on recent letters to the editor in The Star in reference to the airport that contain mostly unfounded, inaccurate, and misleading statements.

The East Hampton Aviation Association has never advocated expansion of the airport or ever denied that there are serious concerns resulting from airport operations. 

East Hampton Aviation Association has never promoted extending runways and in fact supported the proposal to shorten the secondary runway to a length 500 feet shorter than its current length of 2,500 feet.

November 9, 2017
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Find Another Way

East Hampton

November 6, 2017

To the Editor,

What could be more festive and ceremonial an expression of human delight than balloons? We use them to celebrate and decorate our family occasions, and to advertise our wares and creative talents, our new stores, and longevity. They come in every color and form. What parent hasn’t delighted at the look in a child’s eyes when they’re released into the air? (My wife assures me we never allowed that and her memory is keener than mine.) 

November 2, 2017
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Positive Force

East Hampton

October 24, 2017

Dear Star Editor, 

The children of East Hampton need your help. For 17 years, Project Most, the East Hampton after-school program, has served our community at the John M. Marshall and Springs Schools, serving over 6,000 children and their families. Project Most has been reliant on New York State Advantage After School Funding for 43 percent of its budget, and unfortunately this money is slowly being eliminated due to administrative and policy changes on the state level. This amounts to an approximate budget reduction of $400,000 ($250,000 by June 2018 and $150,000 by August 2019). We need this community to step forward and help Project Most meet this challenge. 

October 26, 2017
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A Great Event

East Hampton

October 23, 2017

Dear David:

 The Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center was so pleased to be a part of Saturday’s East Hampton Village Fall Festival, organized by the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce. What a great event!

 From the start of the day till the end, Herrick Park was filled with community members enjoying the beautiful fall weather, meeting and chatting with neighbors, listening to the excellent music, eating, and perusing the vendors’ booths.

October 19, 2017
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Huge Success

Montauk

October 16, 2017

To the Editor,

On behalf of everyone at the Montauk Library, I’d like to thank Sheila Rogers, Blanca Bishop, the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation, Southampton Hospital, and Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church for making the library’s free health fair on Friday a huge success. The representatives and agencies provided essential services, ranging from cholesterol screening, blood pressure screening, and flu shots to information about mammography appointments, Medicare, nutrition, reiki, and more. 

Over 220 Montauk community members attended this event and expressed their gratitude to the volunteers for their generosity, time, and commitment to healthy living. 

October 11, 2017
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With Gratitude

Springs

October 9, 2017

Dear David,

This year the Springs Food Pantry celebrates 25 years of uninterrupted operation. At this time we want to thank our wonderful local farmers who have once again joined us in our mission to feed the hungry. We received a bounty of produce from Share the Harvest, Amber Waves, Quail Hill, Balsam, and Three Sons Farms. They contributed fresh produce throughout the summer and will continue to do so until Thanksgiving. Their generosity and compassion expand our offerings and fill us with gratitude.

October 5, 2017
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Tradition Going Strong

East Hampton

September 28, 2017

Dear David,

I would like to congratulate my granddaughter, Hailey LaGarenne, 7, who dug up a whopper of a clam last week and entered it in her very first Biggest Clam Contest. And yes, she was out there in the weather, which some days was quite lovely, though some mornings were chilly, in that bay at Napeague Harbor, like a trooper. 

September 28, 2017
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Moving Away

East Hampton

September 24, 2017

To the Editor, 

September 28, 2017
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Deer in Context

Lazy Point

September 22, 2017

To the Editor:

Dell Cullum’s inscrutably titled letter “No Comedy” (Sept. 7) is much less about the issue of deer management than it is a completely unsupported character assassination of Marguerite Wolffsohn. Without quoting anything she said in a meeting that he did not attend (he watched a video; okay), he repeatedly refers to her as hateful and worse and tells her to go back to “wherever” she comes from. This is abusive. 

September 21, 2017
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Here to Help

East Hampton

Sepember 15, 2017

To the Editor,

I was disheartened to hear of the unfortunate and tragic deaths of Hallie Ulrich and Michael Goericke due to an opiate overdose. I commend the Ulrich family for hoping to provide greater resources for addiction education to families who are affected.

As the director of admissions at the Dunes in East Hampton, we are on the front line daily, offering help and guidance to those and the families of loved ones caught in the powerful grip of addiction. 

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,