Recent Stories: Letters to the Editor

November 16, 2017
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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,

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