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Stand Down on Septic

Suffolk residents who took advantage of a septic-system replacement program deserved to be upset about having to pay income taxes on grants they received from the county.

Feb 20, 2020
Hungry Carp New Water Threat

A warm stretch in winter seems as good a time as any to think about fish, carp specifically. A news items came past our Twitter feed the other day about how the federal government has spent hundreds of millions on controlling the destructive fish — much of it to support efforts to keep carp out of the Great Lakes. Why does this matter here?

Feb 13, 2020
Welcome All Equally in Amagansett

At a recent Amagansett School Board meeting there was discussion of putting extra money into the budget in case new students enter the district after an affordable housing development there begins welcoming tenants. At the same meeting, the board also set a competitive rate for out-of-district parents who pay to send their kids to Amagansett.

Feb 13, 2020
Language Program’s Multiple Benefits

A new dual-language program for East Hampton students is an example of how schools can, and should, grow with the times. At John M. Marshall Elementary, a majority of kindergartners are thriving by having half their instruction in Spanish and half in English. The benefits are already obvious.

Feb 13, 2020
Justice Reform Burdens Can Be Remedied

Albany should have included a funding mechanism to ease the burden on local jurisdictions as they figure out how to cope with the increased paperwork. This is an issue that can be solved.

Feb 6, 2020
Volunteer, It's Good for You!

Volunteering is its own reward — and keeps you healthy and active, too. Finding new ways to connect people to projects would benefit everyone.

Feb 6, 2020
New York Lags on Native Graves Protection

A struggle in the Shinnecock Hills over the remains of native people points to the absence in New York State of effective protection of important cultural sites.

Jan 30, 2020
Senior Center Scale Matters

Why a proposed senior citizens center needs to be quite so large is a question that ought to be reconsidered.

Jan 30, 2020
Discretion Needed In Bail Reform

New York State lawmakers are likely to revisit a new bail reform law that went into effect on Jan. 1. The law eliminated bail money for most arrests and took away judges’ longstanding discretion on whether or not an individual should be held pending a formal court date or post a sum of cash designed to assure the alleged offender’s return to face charges. In some cases, defendants might be tempted to leave town, hoping to outrun the law; in others, police and critics of the law say, they might reoffend.

Jan 23, 2020
Plum Island: Rare Opportunity

It is almost inconceivable that the future of a grand jewel among protected lands on the entire East Coast remains in doubt, but though there is hope that Plum Island could someday be preserved, it is far from certain.

Jan 23, 2020
Potholes Lose Out

Pity the drivers who must daily wend the pitted hellscape that is the East Hampton-Sag Harbor Road, better known as New York State Route 114.

Jan 16, 2020
Flag Misstates History

East Hampton Village has a new official flag depicting a windmill, the ocean, and a passing seagull overhead. It is attractive and it also contains an error.

Jan 16, 2020