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  • East Hampton Town Highway Superintendent Steve Lynch has quietly been doing a very good job since taking on the job in 2012. But one thing he should be more aggressive about is the cordoning off of public roadsides by private property owners.
  • And there you have it: Scarcely half a year since the downtown Montauk sandbag seawall was installed by the Army Corps of Engineers, a minor late-summer storm called Hermine underscored the recklessness of the effort.
  • Election Day might seem a way off, but the deadline to register to vote is just about a month away, on Oct. 14. Perhaps the easiest way to get the registration process started is by phone. The New York State Board of Elections has a hotline, 800-FOR-VOTE, which takes requests for applications that are sent by mail.
  • Aviation business owners, along with a number of pilots, have long insisted that the true agenda of anti-noise activists was to shut down East Hampton Airport. Less-excitable observers have acknowledged the danger of not responding to community concerns.
  • If the striped bass population is in decline and what anglers, commercial harvesters, and regulators should do about it is a question worth asking as the fish head into their fall runs.
  • The practice when making community preservation fund deals is that the towns do not pay more than their commissioned appraisal indicates the property is worth. This might be sound procedure, but it also appears to hamstring officials in making purchases.
  • If there were one thing we wished regarding traffic on the South Fork it would be that state highway planners had spent the past week here just driving around. If they did, we are pretty darn sure things would be different quickly.
  • Stories have proliferated this summer about odd encounters between a few surfing instructors and the public at Montauk’s Ditch Plain. There was a report of a fight involving a flip-flop slap to someone’s face. We have heard about teachers who suggest, sometimes aggressively, that regular surfers move away from their students.
  • Only an insider could get terribly excited about recent East Hampton Town Trustee tension with regard to their so-called harbor management committee. Few town residents — some trustees among them — really know anything about the group or what it does. In fact, as far as we know, the committee has scarcely met since about the beginning of 2011.
  • There was alarm among environmental activists when the Long Island Power Authority failed to take a widely anticipated vote in July on a wind farm that, had it gone forward, would have been the largest in the United States. Perplexingly, LIPA explained that the delay was at the request of state officials, who, LIPA said, wanted to align the proposal with forthcoming offshore wind and clean energy plans. To some observers, this sounded more than a little suspicious, even for an industry that has been plagued by regulatory stalling and controversy.