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  • I may have been the winner of a spelling bee when I was in second grade, but now that I am above a certain age my spelling prowess is diminishing. It’s hard to stomach the fact that I sometimes have to consult a dictionary these days before committing a word to prose. (I was about to say “to paper,” but thought better of it.)
  • The marches and rallies that have sprung up since Donald J. Trump was elected president have brought together disaffected Americans who in the past would have been called liberal thinkers and who for the most part have supported movements for marriage equality, women’s rights, gay rights, and L.G.B.T.Q. rights.
  • Call it an addiction, but I’ve been bereft this week without The New York Times. I have had a copy delivered to my door pretty much every day of my adult life, but suddenly it has ceased to appear.
  • I’ve been thinking about a topic very much in the news these days, which has not gained as much attention as it should — understandable, considering all the emergencies, especially emergencies involving children in recent weeks — and that is the Supreme Court decision on June 27 that public employees do not have to pay the costs of collective bargaining by unions that represent them if they have not chosen to be members.
  • Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or independent voter, it’s easy to simply assume that Representative Lee Zeldin, our congressman here in the First District, is a reliable, reasonable, traditional member of the mainstream Republican Party. However, given his decision to invite Sebastian Gorka to headline a re-election fund-raiser in Smithtown on June 28, that easy assessment needs to be tossed out the window. Our congressman has become extraordinarily buddy-buddy with radicals and extremists of the ultra-right, bigoted wing of his party.
  • For a long time (let’s be honest, for about half a century), I’ve spent a good part of the working week immersed in letters and obituaries — the two elements of a newspaper that reflect readers’ voices and readers’ lives. Letters and obituaries have been part of my newspapering life since I was a cub reporter.
  • The landscape here is lovelier than ever this spring . . . even as our nation wallows in the muck.
  • President Reagan was said to have called ketchup a vegetable. And Nixon was said to have put ketchup on his cottage cheese. (I tried it, and shouldn’t have.) Reagan loved mac and cheese and favored a particular method of its preparation. And his fondness for jellybeans was known to the world.
  • The plethora of free summer publications had not become stratospheric when the editorial we at The East Hampton Star decided something was missing — a guide to the restaurant scene.
  • With the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons and Guild Hall officially out of the garden tour game, the Parrish Art Museum now has the distinction of being the last garden tour standing on the South Fork. Its weekend of talks by landscape architects, a benefit cocktail party, and the tour itself will take place tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.

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