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Optimum Outrage

The lack of an efficient customer service response to the Optimum internet outage Monday night was remarkable in itself and for what it said about the overtaxed infrastructure on the East End in general.

Jul 25, 2019
Bicycling Requires Safe Places

From our vantage point overlooking Main Street, electric bicycles seem to have arrived, along with an increase in the number of traditional, pedal-powered bikes. We’ve seen a couple of electric scooters, too, which look like fun, but we are not sure that any of these belong on the sidewalk.

Jul 18, 2019
Gill Nets Threaten Troubled Fisheries

The humpback whale that became temporarily stuck in a commercial fishing net on Monday moved away before officials could determine if it may have remained tangled in a portion of the mesh and be at possible risk of greater harm, even death.

Jul 18, 2019
Important to Support Murder Responders

While the court cases develop, let’s not forget about the emergency personnel who responded to both scenes. The effects of tragedies like these ripple beyond the victims and their families.

Jul 10, 2019
The Citizenship Question

Vote suppression and voting roll purges have been a hallmark of the Trump era. The census fight needs to be understood in that context.  

Jul 10, 2019
Compromise and Freedom

In the midst of a growing struggle to free themselves from the most powerful nation on earth, the American colonial rebels recognized something about tyranny that reverberates in our time. It was not that there would be leaders who sought to concentrate power in themselves, but that there would always be people who sought the heavy hand of authoritarianism.

Jul 2, 2019
Cork It!

East Hampton Town police dispatchers were kept busy by a prodigious pace of calls last week; of these, a substantial portion were about noise as people kicked out the jams, celebrating summer and the beginning of Fourth of July week. The party really didn’t get going until last Thursday after about 8 p.m. From there it was thumping bass from Old House Landing Road to Montauk Downs.

Jul 2, 2019
Fish for the Fourth

Before you grab that beef burger or toss some packages of hot dogs and buns into your shopping cart, think about going local this Fourth of July. East End baymen and baywomen provide heavenly and healthy seafood year round. Rounding out your holiday eating with fresh seafood from nearby waters seems to us a fine way to celebrate.

Jul 2, 2019
Democrats Treated to Lively Primary

A day after an East Hampton Democratic primary, voters could be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss was about. Candidates from what might be considered the old-line part of the party won with ease. In what appeared to be a very strong turnout for a down-ballot primary, the East Hampton Reform Democrats’ trustee challengers were defeated. The strength of an activated Democratic base could also be seen in Andrew Strong’s win over East Hampton Town Justice Lisa R. Rana, a Republican who had sought cross-endorsement.

Jun 27, 2019
Wrong Way Roundabout

Town officials edged close last week to fully allowing Stephen Hand’s Path in East Hampton to be turned into a major transit route. The modest two-lane road already serves as a bypass for drivers eager to skirt East Hampton Village, and for many, it is a faster or more direct route to and from their homes or workplaces in Northwest or Springs. This has led to backups at Cedar Street and hot tempers from residents who have to cope with speeding drivers and long waits to get safely out of their driveways.

Jun 26, 2019
Primary for Trustees

Tuesday’s East Hampton Democratic primary comes at an important time for the town trustees, who have moved away from being mostly reactive, as they were in the past, to looking ahead and leaning in on a new role as environmental advocates. While the town board may have to cope with all kinds of problems, the trustees’ mandate as stewards of critical waterways and ancient lands gives them moral authority that goes well beyond the harbors, bays, and woodland roads. 

Jun 19, 2019
Town Justice, Too

Tuesday’s Democratic primary for East Hampton Town justice is a strange one, and a Republican incumbent might walk away the winner. 

Jun 19, 2019