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Anti-illegal immigration protester reports car window smashed, sign stolen

Just think, whenever someone enters the Village of Southampton from 27 they are greeted by Mr. Wendell. It is like having the embodiment of hate and ignorance waving welcome to all who enter. They should not have broken his window and stolen his sign, but . . . HAH!" Apr 14, 09 7:26 PM

Southampton Tire soup kitchen can reopen

OrignialLocal, I am sure they would feed even you. By the way, I believe it is spelled "o-r-i-g-i-n-a-l"" Apr 15, 09 3:30 PM

Southampton Town must issue $16 million in bonds this year

“We’re all guilty of it." Who is "we"? The buck stops with you, Ms. Kabot" Apr 15, 09 4:38 PM

Surfers try to beat back village proposal to designate another resident-only beach

The coastline in America is supposed to belong to "ALL" Americans, not just a select few. If village residents can't find parking then they should walk or ride their bikes. I live just outside the village yet I am expected to pay $350 to enjoy the beach?! It is excessive, exclusionary, elitists and downright nonsense. We have a dying middle class out here. People who want to stay cannot afford to be here and now you want to close off another beach?! Just one more example of the haves trying to take from the have-nots. Disgusting. " Apr 15, 09 4:44 PM

Southampton Tire soup kitchen can reopen

Hey, Darwin - EVOLVE. " Apr 16, 09 4:36 PM

Southampton Starbucks to close on April 24

How about a half-way house for bigots like faceless and Ms. Jane Q? " Apr 16, 09 6:18 PM

Southampton Tire soup kitchen can reopen

pstevens, the hatred and nastiness stems from overwhelming ignorance. It is amazing how many people speak without having an idea what they're saying. These are people who have failed in their own lives or been treated poorly by others and so they look for an outlet. Time and time again throughout American and world history the outlet for these people has always been the immigrant - the "outsider". They will never be silenced because they are not interested in improving themselves or the world, they are only looking for scapegoats, someone to blame for their own misery.

Each year there are companies here that face closure because they cannot find workers. That's right, they cannot find workers. So they bring in workers with visas and still there are not enough WILLING workers to meet demand. And then the government stops the visas and the demand grows even more and there are even LESS WILLING workers to fill the positions that Americans won't take. Immigrants do not come here because they want to stand in line at a soup kitchen. Only a complete moron would think otherwise.

These racists -they hate that label, but that is exactly what they are - make a hero of a guy like Tom Wedell who, instead of going out and doing something to better the world or finding an actual job, prefers to stand on a corner and berate other human beings. They talk about 'our community' but guess what, Wedell and the other minimen do not live in Southampton - THEY are the true outisders. They come here because they can get more attention and to promote the agenda of right-wing nutjobs who use them like sandwich boards. Mr. Wedell does not yet realize he is nothing more than a puppet. But that is exactly what he is, a puppet - from what I understand, a PAID puppet. However, if, as he says, he is not being paid, then he needs to go out and take one of those jobs that the "illegals" are stealing from Americans.

These guys are a dying breed and, as another poster on these boards pointed out, they are becoming more and more irrelevant so all they can do is scream louder while the rest of world moves on." Apr 16, 09 8:05 PM

Faceless, congratulations on being able to use internet translation software, but it does not change the face that your anger is misguided and based in ignorance and racism. I love how you and the other bigots assume that every one of these guys are working without papers. Why don't you spend your time productively and focus your hate on the banks and wall street. They've done more to destroy your life than any immigrant ever could.

What Tom Wedell is doing has nothing to do with principles. He is being paid to harass human beings who have done him no harm. If he did not break his window himself, then it is Karma that someone else did. Además, es verdad. Usted es un racista. Lo ciento para la verdad." Apr 18, 09 4:16 PM

Anti-illegal immigration protester reports car window smashed, sign stolen

K-A-R-M-A All of you racists who can't stop blaming immigrants for your problems, why don't you do something productive. Go out and protest the bankers and wall street brokers who have done more to destroy this country than any immigrant ever could. " Apr 18, 09 4:20 PM

Faceless is a liar spreading falsehoods. He is a blatant racist siting racist statistics. Where is your anger at wall street and the banks? Give us a break, dude. " Apr 19, 09 3:36 PM

Southampton Tire soup kitchen can reopen

Faceless, you and Tom Wedell (and I have gone up to him personally and told him to his face exactly what I think) and your fellow minutemen racists are remnants of an old way of thinking. Those around you are becoming enlightened and liberated while you desperately attempt to cling to neocon ideologies that a vast majority of Americans have rejected. You are frightened and alone. But you must adapt or be left behind. Good luck." Apr 19, 09 3:45 PM

Faceless, glad to see you're not through responding to my comments as I had a point I forgot to make last time: Very soon now 12 million immigrants will be granted a path to citizenship, this reflects the wants of the nation as proved in a recent gallup poll which found that,

"Tthe majority of Americans, 59%, support the government allowing illegal immigrants to remain in this country and eventually become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements. Fifteen percent of Americans support allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the country to work for a limited period of time. About one in four Americans, 24%, say all illegal immigrants should be deported back to their home countries."

You are among the 24% which means that you, and those like you, are not representative of the majority of Americans - you are simply an extremely vocal minority.

Again, I understand that you and those like you are feeling left out, isolated, marginalized, but, instead of holding your breath, stomping your feet, and calling people names, you can always choose to adapt. Buena suerte." Apr 20, 09 11:55 AM

Southampton Tire soup kitchen can reopen

Darwin, I thought I had heard every nonsensical, baseless, ludicrous argument made on this issue, and then I read your post. " Apr 20, 09 3:15 PM

Faceless, let me give you some updated info. Gallup poll, 2009 as follows:

"Top Priorities for 2009: percent rating each a top priority 1. Economy 85% 2. jobs 82% 3. Terrorism 76% 4. social security 63% 5. education 61% 6. energy 60% 7. medicare 60% 8. healthcare 59% 9. deficit reduction 53% 10. health 52% insurance 50% 11. helping the poor 46% 12. crime 45% 13. moral decline 45% 14. military 44% 15. tax cuts 43% 16. environment 41% 17. immigration 41%"

Now, you can attempt to deny statistics and I understand your need to do that, but any way you slice it, immigration is very low on the list for a majority of Americans. And, by the way, a large number of that 41% who care about the issue share my opinion so the actual number of people who share your views is even less significant.

And, yes, faceless, the path to citizenship "might" involve going back to "their" country for a period of time, but then again, it might not. After all, our new president is much more liberal than the last. Even so, it does not change the fact that a majority of Americans want 12 million immigrants to become citizens.

Again, the vocal minority always makes the most noise, but as most three-year-old children have learned, holding your breath and stomping your feet doesn't make you right.

At any rate, you'll always have Tom Wedell." Apr 21, 09 8:30 AM

Anti-illegal immigration protester reports car window smashed, sign stolen

Faceless, Even though I know you'll no doubt jump up and down and scream and shout that the facts are all lies, let me give you some positive facts on immigration that are specific to Long Island from Adelphi University

After subtracting income and payroll taxes, savings, remittances, and property taxes, Long Island immigrants had an estimated $7.5 billion in buying power in 2006. Their total spending produced an economic impact of $10.6 billion.
• Immigrants in 2006 contributed an estimated $2.13 billion in taxes and other government revenues (directly and indirectly), while costing Nassau and Suffolk local governments (counties, towns/cities, villages, and school districts) about $1.06 billion for K-12 education ($772 million), health care ($244 million), and corrections ($44 million). This yields a net benefit to Long Island of about $1.07 billion, or $2,305 per immigrant resident.
• All immigrant groups are net contributors, although the extent varies significantly. Asian immigrants contributed a net benefit of $3,249 per head in 2006, non-Hispanic white immigrants contributed $4,059, Hispanic immigrants $842, and black immigrants $789.

Again, I fully expect you to scream, shout, and call me names, but I'm OK with that. The ugly face of racism and bigotry cannot be hidden away, but, thankfully, we have entered a new age of enlightened thinking and, in the end, the ignorant will have no choice but to adapt or disappear.

" Apr 21, 09 8:43 AM

Hundreds protest taxes in Riverhead

Eight years of massive government spending and tax breaks to the rich and now, with the biggest tax break in American history coming down the pike, they protest. Delusional. Seriously. " Apr 21, 09 6:38 PM

Knife wielded in clash between immigrant and protester

Wake Up, Perhaps you're living in China. If you are in the United States, then you are protected by this country's constitution regardless of your legal status. That is what makes America great. A dedication to human rights and liberties. What is always so amazing to me is that people like you are so proud to be Americans, yet you have absolutely zero concept of the founding principles of this country. " Apr 23, 09 8:32 PM

You people on this board are amazing. Seriously. You blame the immigrants for everything and simply refuse to listen to any factual data that shows you are dead wrong! We just bailed out the banks and they are planning to give away the same huge bonuses this year using YOUR TAX dollars that you are so damned concerned about while refusing to lend. Dig deep and find the courage to go after those who are truly responsible for your problems - CORPORATE AMERICA.

You know why everyone at the McDonals, Rite Aid and CVS speaks Spanish - BECAUSE NO ONE ELSE WANTS THE JOBS! Get it! Do you think these companies prefer to hire non-English speakers? NO! But they don' thave choice because greed has killed affordable housing. So you idiots should actually be THANKFUL that they are there to server you, and, since the stores would go out of business without them, perhaps it is YOU who should learn to speak Spanish!

Those of you who attack immigrants do so out of a deep-seeded cowardice. Yes, you are cowards who try to make yourselves feel better by picking on those with less power while the courageous fight the fat cats. You make heroes of Tom Wedell and Ricky King who do nothing more than abuse helpless workers trying to make a living. They are nothing more than loud-mouthed, ignorant bullies beaten down by life and afraid to face reality. They are cowards. Ignorant coward and those of you that follow them are even worse. You dolts preface everything with, "I'm not racist..." but guess what, only a racist would even bother saying that in the first place! Get a clue, people. Stop watching fox news and lou dobbs and read a book or a newspaper." Apr 26, 09 12:32 PM

Squeaky, You call blaming the immigrants for everything an honest debate? " Apr 27, 09 9:52 AM

Faceless, you seem to have an odd obsession with sheep. Perhaps you should seek help. " Apr 28, 09 10:43 AM

Poor economy exacerbates persistent East End tension over immigration

Carol, Your comment about swine flu is evidence of just how much ignorance is out there. You and others cannot wait to find something else to blame on immigrants. For your information evidence seem to suggest that a group of New York high school students brought swine flu to America from their trip to Guatamela for spring break! " Apr 29, 09 2:16 PM

Squeaky, Again, ignorance rules the day.

People do no t have' to wear masks traveling from Mexico. You just invented that out of the blue. In fact, America's own CDC said masks really make no difference.

So you want to blame swine flu on "illegals" because they snuck the flu into the country? Come on. You claim to be interested in a constructive dialogue but you really have no clue what that actually means.

If you really think immigrants are responsible for disease, high taxes and putting your husband out of business then I suggest your time would be better spent writing letters to the federal government." Apr 29, 09 3:10 PM

Squeaky, You accuse me of calling names and then call me an "ass"? LOL! Your friend may have been given a mask but they were not REQUIRED to wear the mask. Additionally, no one was wearing masks when the disease was initially carried over in a plane. And yes, Squeaky, I know you are blaming "illegals" but that does not make your statement any less ridiculous nor does it invalidate my suggestion that you write your local congressman." Apr 29, 09 3:52 PM

Ms. Jane, If immigrants are taking work from Americans then why is it that each and every year local businesses must beg for enough visas for their seasonal workers, without whom they would go out of business. Ask any contractor if there are enough laborers around to fill their needs. They'll tell you there are not - legal or otherwise and it has nothing to do with pay. The anti-immigrant hawkers complain that Walmart, K-Mart and RiteAide have too many Hispanic workers. Guess what, those companies hire workers WITH papers. They are not "illegals", they are filling positions for which there are no white Americans. What about companies that outsource to India and China? That is completely legal as well, but you prefer to focus on people who came here because there was a demand for them. " Apr 29, 09 5:55 PM

Carol, All I can do is quote another poster here. As littleplains said,

"Please explain how "illegal" immigrants are somehow the ones who carry all the diseases - as opposed to the "legal" immigrants. It's remarkable that flu viruses can tell the difference."

Even the right wing talking heads on TV, aka Joe Scarborough, say that trying to make a connection between illegal immigrants and swine flu is completely ludicrous.

Faceless, once again you manage to twist the facts to suit your argument. In case you have not noticed, Ellis Island is now a musem. In order to get a visa you are required to get a medical exam, but the results are valid for ONE YEAR from the date of examination. If you get the flu two weeks before flying - guess what - no one will know.

You make one vaild point: It is the contractors who hire the "illegals" so why don't you go and protest them? Or march on Washington DC? No, you and your ilk prefer to attack people who are only looking for work to feed their families. As I said before, it is always easier to attack the weak but it takes real courage to fight the powers that be.

" Apr 30, 09 8:29 AM

Darwin, Guess what, "they" are not listening to you. We had an election. Elections have consequences. The biggest consequence is that neo-con bigots like yourself have been even more marginalized then you were before. You represent a dying breed of small-minded zealots whose time has come to an end. The country has changed. The face of the population has changed. Time for you to evolve or succumb to extinction." May 4, 09 5:52 PM

Student art will be screened from Harbor voters

Disgusting. Imagine how those kids must feel. " May 4, 09 5:53 PM

Fred Thiele backs gay marriage bill

Mr. Thiele, Congratulations on recognizing that the world is changing and old bigotries are losing support by the minute. Whom a person marries is their own business and it is about time the government gets out of the way. " May 5, 09 4:43 PM

Poor economy exacerbates persistent East End tension over immigration

Faceless, take a breath. Relax. Evolve." May 5, 09 4:46 PM

Fred Thiele backs gay marriage bill

A read through these comment boards and you would think this is a deep south newspaper. I am constantly amazed by the bigotry and hatreds expressed here. " May 6, 09 8:19 AM

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