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  • On a recent evening drive on Scuttlehole Road in Bridgehampton, we noticed a woman in an imported sedan drop what appeared to be a cigarette butt out of her car window.
  • In the sterile, dry gulch of corporate retail that has become the East Hampton Village business district, the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce’s ongoing push for a once-a-week farmers and makers market should be a priority, if for only one reason: It would provide a valuable outlet for local residents, whether in agriculture, handcrafts, or wellness products, to sell to their friends and neighbors while bettering their bottom lines.
  • Word was out. More than 100 boats rocked on the water east and north of Montauk Point on Saturday morning, most, as best we could tell, seeking the trophy-size striped bass that suddenly appeared here in the preceding days.
  • These are the times that try drivers’ souls. July on the South Fork brings far too many vehicles onto roads not configured to handle so much traffic, and ordinary, minor transgressions can end in white-knuckle rage — or at least unreasonable delays.
  • On the surface, the $1.3 million state environmental grant for the Springs School to install an up-to-date septic system appears to be an important step toward improving the quality of nearby Accabonac Harbor. The school has long struggled with an old-fashioned and partially failed wastewater system. Recently, it has had to do costly pumping as often as every 10 days during the school year. There is no argument against updating the wastewater system. What is not entirely clear is whether newer technology will work at a school-size scale and if it will lead demonstrably to a cleaner harbor.
  • Following a June 26 victory by Perry Gershon in the Democratic primary, the question in New York’s First Congressional District is how to find the right way forward. The issue crosses party lines: Representative Lee Zeldin, seeking a third term in the House, is an eager surrogate for President Trump, a fact that may turn off moderate Republican and Conservative Party voters. He has accepted the support of both Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, dangerous extremist ideologues from the far right.
  • The recent attack at The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., in which a man who had been nursing a grudge against the newspaper shot and killed two reporters, an editor, an editorial writer, and a young sales assistant, struck close to home in more ways than one. Several years ago, on a freezing winter’s night, somebody broke most of The Star’s front windows.
  • A fuss that, on the surface, has to do with the East Hampton Library’s request to hold its Authors Night fund-raiser and children’s fair on town-owned land in Amagansett has riled a certain subset of old line Democrats. But the ire may be payback directed at Town Supervisor Peter Van Scoyoc, who the objectors see as the main force behind the nomination of David Lys, a former registered Republican, to fill a town board seat and run for election as a Democrat in November.
  • It’s that time of the year again. With schools finally out and kids with summer energy to burn, the East Hampton Town Junior Lifeguard and Nipper Guard programs started up this week.
  • We were all thankful when we learned that a pedestrian who was struck by a car on Saturday morning just before 9 on Pantigo Road in East Hampton Village would be okay. However, the circumstances of the accident should serve as a reminder to both drivers and walkers about how fine the line is between safety and tragedy.