Recent Stories: Letters to the Editor

April 11, 2018
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Gigantic Tank

New York City April 9, 2018

To the Editor:

The installation of a “glass-fused bolted steel type storage tank with a painted aluminum dome will stand no more than approximately 30 feet high and just under 90 feet in diameter and will hold approximately 900,000 gallons of drinking water” was the news we received on Wednesday, March 28, in a letter sent to our New York City address from the Suffolk County Water Authority. 

April 4, 2018
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Truly Amazing

East Hampton

March 26, 2018

Dear Editor,

March 28, 2018
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First Aid

East Hampton

March 26, 2018

Dear Editor,

We wish to thank David Baumrind and Kathy Appleby of the Springs Fire Department for teaching first aid and basic first responder topics to the Cub Scouts of Pack 426.  This past Sunday the scouts learned about calling 911, what to do if they find someone not breathing, and they practiced chest compressions. They also discussed choking and the Heimlich maneuver, major bleeding, stroke assessment, and other first-aid items. They finished with a tour of an ambulance. 

We greatly appreciate David and Kathy spending time with the Cub Scouts, teaching them these valuable skills.

Sincerely,

CHRIS BUCKHOUT

JOHN DUNNING

March 21, 2018
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Path to Peace

Amagansett 

March 19, 2018 

Dear David,

Friday night, I saw “Disturbing the Peace,” a documentary about the coming together of former Israeli and Palestinian combatants in a sustained campaign for a solution to the conflict between their peoples. To say it was moving does not adequately describe its poignancy. 

Kudos to our film festival, our anti-bias task force, and the East Hampton Library for bringing us this story, with its lesson of reconciliation so pertinent to the many other conflicts in our world, our nation, and even our town.

March 14, 2018
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Thanks to All

Montauk

March 12, 2018

To the Editor,

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our family and friends that stood by us as we said goodbye to our father, Frank Tuma Sr.

As usual the support from the Montauk community was present and strong. Numerous friends and visitors stopped by with food and drink that kept us fed and in good spirits as we mourned and reminisced about Dad’s life. A special thanks to Maureen and Kathy (Grand Marshal) Keller who took over and helped for a few days; we would have been lost without them.

March 7, 2018
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A Full Life

East Hampton

February 12, 2018

Dear Editor,

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Chris Russo. We knew he had been fighting some health issues in the last years, but he was such a vibrant personality that it did not keep him from living a full life. We remember his love of his bullmastiff companions and will always be grateful for the many trees he and his people planted along the roads during his tenure as town highway superintendent.

Our sympathy to Diane and all his family and friends.

PETE and HEATHER ANDERSON

Charlie Bergman

Amagansett

February 28, 2018

Dear David,

February 28, 2018
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Creating Hope

Amagansett

February 26, 2018 

Dear David, 

February 21, 2018
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Worthy of Emulating

East Hampton

February 19, 2018

Dear David,

February 14, 2018
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So Well Served

Oakland, Calif.

February 6, 2018

Dear Mr. Rattray,

I would like to thank the members of the East Hampton Village Police, and especially Detective Lt. Anthony Long, for the professionalism and kindness shown to me concerning the recent death of my mother, Harriet T. Peele. Also, I would like to thank the members of the Village Ambulance Association and the staff of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital for the compassion shown to Mrs. Peele in her final hours. It is reassuring to know that East Hampton remains so well served by those who dedicate themselves to public safety and caring for others.

 Sincerely,

 THOMAS PEELE 

Thank You All

Montauk

February 7, 2018
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So Long, Bill

Sebastian, Fla.

February 7, 2018

Dear David:

Sad to hear of Bill Fleming’s passing. I was not a close friend but Bill always made you feel you were close when you spoke with him. Bill and I were both unsuccessful political candidates, and I always kidded him about seeing his bumper sticker on the barricade at the south end of Manorville Road. It might still be there. So long, Bill.

Best regards,

WARD A. FREESE

 

Perfect Landscape

Springs

February 5, 2018

Dear Mr. Rattray,

January 31, 2018
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Consider Moving

East Hampton

January 29, 2018

To the Editor:

On Jan. 8, 2018, at 6 in the morning my wife had to call 911 because one of my lungs had collapsed and I was hardly able to breathe. The response was unbelievable. From the time she hung up the phone it was 3 to 5 minutes when the first police officer was next to me giving me oxygen. A second officer entered 2 minutes later to assist. Then the E.M.T.s arrived and got me ready to get to the hospital emergency room where the doctors were waiting for me. I estimate 35 to 45 minutes from my home to the hospital.

January 24, 2018
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For the Betterment

Springs

January 22, 2018

Dear David;

I would like to thank my fellow Democratic town council members for appointing me to the East Hampton Town Council and the opportunity to work with them for the betterment of the community of my hometown, East Hampton. 

I also would like to thank my wife, Rachel, and our four daughters for their love and support, which means everything in the world to me.

Lastly, I would like to thank the residents of East Hampton, current and past, who have helped shape and mold me to become a lover and now, protector, of the values and traditions that make East Hampton unique and diversified.

Let’s work hard to keep East Hampton East Hampton.

January 17, 2018
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Much Beloved

Wainscott

January 12, 2018 

Dear David,

The staff and board of directors of LTV are heartbroken by the sudden death of Bill Fleming — our friend and the host of LTV’s longest-running show.

Bill was an integral part of LTV. In 1986, he launched “The East End Show” on the then-fledgling public-access channel. In 2016, we celebrated its 30th anniversary. Bill’s large and generous personality was a natural for television. He interviewed hundreds of guests with engaging, funny, and astute talk on every subject imaginable — politics, baseball, the environment, black history, music, events, books, and the arts.   

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.