editorials

   An unfortunate inequality is built into New York State’s new 2-percent tax-levy cap, which is becoming clear as school districts struggle to keep within that limit while local governments appear to be facing somewhat less...

   According to informed sources, people are starting to go out to lunch more often. This is good news for the local economy, at least as one out-of-town restaurateur of our acquaintance sees it, particularly if lunch-goers happen to be...

   In a Minnesota courthouse on Dec. 15, a man with a handgun opened fire, wounding a county attorney and a bystander. Just over a week ago in Middletown, N.Y., a man walked into another courthouse and began blasting with a shotgun,...

   Confronted with the threat of losing valuable property, people have made all sorts of claims about why the sea is rising and taking away land. As impassioned as some of these views are and as plausible as some sound, they should never...

   Confusion increased at East Hampton Town Hall this week with the three-person Republican majority on the town board apparently ready to sell four of the seven condominium units the town owns on Pantigo Place to a lowball bidder. The...

   It is difficult to imagine anyone getting by on the New York State minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or about $17,000 a year for a full-time job. This is why opposition to increase it for the first time in years, and by less than a...

   Way out West, in Sonoma, Calif., a debate we have been keeping an eye on is continuing about making it difficult for “formula” retailers to move into the area. The Sonoma City Council has been kicking around a draft...

   In the thinking of the East Hampton Town Board, apparently, only the rich play tennis. This may be what justifies the board’s recent decision to seek a private company to operate the tennis courts in the town recreation area off...

   Now that East Hampton Town Highway Department Superintendent Stephen Lynch has settled in at his new post, it has become apparent that no further action will be taken on allegations that one of the department’s employees acted...