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Gristmill: As the Gavel Bangs

The riot at the Capitol may have overshadowed the Georgia special election that elevated Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to the Senate, but it’s too bad it did, because that unlikely turn of events nudged the federal government closer to the ability to actually do something.

Jan 13, 2021
Point of View: The Sacred and Profane

As Trump’s thugs vandalized the Capitol, hacking their way through windows and doors, and flooding in, it occurred to me that we ought to watch “Lincoln” that night, that night of all nights.

Jan 13, 2021
Guestwords: Hope Is Back

A market-based strategy to mitigate climate change is embodied in a bill now before Congress called the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. The expiring Congress did not pass it, but it will be reintroduced in the new one, where it may have better prospects.

Jan 13, 2021
Trustees Have Leverage

With a vote on Wainscott village incorporation a possibility, the moment has come for the East Hampton Town Trustees to play hardball. 

Jan 7, 2021
Wisdom of the Founders

Before now, few American voters would have known that the sixth day of January following a presidential election year was important.

Jan 7, 2021
Towns Must Do More on Covid Care

Talk at a recent East Hampton Town Board meeting about the potential use of the former Child Development Center of the Hamptons building on Stephen Hand’s Path as a Covid-19 testing and vaccination site suggests that local officials are at last beginning to realize that they must do more.

Jan 7, 2021
The Mast-Head: Tangled Up in Yarn

There probably were better moments than this for me to take up knitting. Yet here I am.

Jan 7, 2021
The Shipwreck Rose: The Waiting Game

I’ve never understood why patience is a virtue. Patience makes life easier, sure (especially if you are a parent). But a virtue? Why?

Jan 7, 2021
Gristmill: Sunday Countdown

Cable-less, I broke down and signed on for a streaming service solely so I could watch the N.F.L. playoffs and Super Bowl, which, after all, has practically become an extension of the holidays for the average American. And just in time.

Jan 7, 2021
Guestwords: More Than Just Ice Cream

While poring over The Star, just as I was breathing a sigh of relief that the year was finally ending, I spied a piece of news that felt like the final slap in the face after a year of low blows: Scoop du Jour on Newtown Lane was closing for good.

Jan 7, 2021
Point of View: In One Word

Two strong guys took our two long, heavy couches to the dump the other day as part of a purging effort of Mary’s that I’ve warmed up to, though at times I fear I may be the next to go.

Jan 7, 2021
The Greatest Need

The annual charity Polar Bear Plunge at Main Beach will not be held this New Year’s Day, leaving East Hampton food pantries without the many thousands of dollars usually generated by participation fees.

Dec 30, 2020