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Poor economy exacerbates persistent East End tension over immigration

littleplains-- was that last comment really needed? You are just as bad as the guy pulling the switchblade on the protester for disagreeing with his point of view." Apr 30, 09 3:10 PM

Little plains, I am a landscaper for a living, so don't assume that everyone on this blog wouldn't do these types of jobs.

I find it interesting how whenever illegal immigration is discussed, sooner or later someone uses the term "bigot" or "racist". Don't you think that it is at all possible that someone who isn't a racist can be against illegal immigration? Nothing against you, but sooner or later some liberal jackass was bound to tie the two together. This is a new form of Macartheism, Anyone who doesn't agree with you on this matter MUST be a racist." May 1, 09 2:06 PM

Just for the record, I have no problem with the legal status of any immigrants in this country. I think that they should be given amnesty, however, I feel that anybody working "off the books" should be dealt with heavy handedly. It is just not tolerable to me that I must pay a third of my income to the government, while others who do the same work as me, don't pay a dime. This is particularly disheartening when these same non-tax paying workers take from the system in the form of government programs (food stamps, medicaid, etc.) funded by my money. Does that make me a jerk for paying taxes and following the law?" May 1, 09 2:15 PM

Lillteplains, I wasn't trying to offend you by suggesting that you were liberal, but I was pointing out the liberal way of thinking that you demonstrated. Now, I agree, people say some pretty stupid things on this blog, things which can be considered downright ignorant. But the fact that a couple of inarticulate dummies are the loudest opposition to your views does not essentially make everyone on that side of the arguement a racist. You seem to want to discredit their entire opinion because of a few people with a much more radical view.

As for LIMOM, exactly what taxes do illegal immigrants pay. I wasn't talking about sales tax, or property tax, I was referring specifically to income tax. They do not pay income tax, unless they have social security numbers, or work visas. So that means if they pay income taxes they are either here legally, or they are committing identity fraud. There are no other situations where illegal immigrants pay income taxes." May 4, 09 2:07 PM

RealLocal, if you receive an ITIN number than you are not paid "off the books", correct? I was unaware of this. That's kind of funny, I work in an that is "heavily reliant" on illegals and I've never heard of this before. I wonder how many of them actually possess an ITIN." May 4, 09 2:49 PM

RealLocal, I was pointing to the fact that I work in an industry that utilizes day laborers more than any other. I have been in trucks with foremen as we pick up these workers. I have been there at the end of the day when the boss pays them. This scenario I have seen play out hundreds of times with dozens of different workers, for many different companies. Yet, I have never (until I read your post) heard of an ITIN card. Isn't that strange? Don't tell me that you honestly believe all of those laborers in front of 7-11in southampton have one of these numbers. I wish there was some way we could know for sure how many of them do and don't, but your fooling yourself if you think that the majority of them are paying into the system." May 5, 09 1:44 PM

Fred Thiele backs gay marriage bill

I am fine with gay marriage, and don't think that my say should influence whether or not two people should be able to marry.

Littleplains and Peoplefirst, you two should be ashamed of yourselves. You guys aren't even expressing your feelings on the issue, your just accusing people being bigots and racists. You guys sicken me. If you don't agree with a point of view, than you have the right to say so, but accusing anyone who opposes you of being prejudice is an offensive tactic that spits in the eye of the minorities you are claiming to defend." May 13, 09 2:10 PM

Same-sex marriage bill passes State Assembly

how long before littleplains calls someone a racist or bigot?" May 13, 09 3:59 PM

Southampton Village Board incumbents face familiar challenger; mayor unopposed

Doesn't anybody see something wrong with two elected officials having a massive personal investment wrapped up in real estate which falls under the jurisdiction of their legislation?" May 18, 09 2:33 PM

Riverhead man stabbed to death in front of Hampton Bays Diner

The owner of the diner has a lawsuit against the town police department, charging them with harassment due to the fact that they issued summons to the diner for violations, as well as some the its patrons (hispanic). The owners have tried to portray the local police as bigots and racists, so that they may gain financially.

The most likely scenario here is the the local police department has been avoiding any unneccessary presence at the diner, due to them having to walk on eggshells with the owner until this lawsuit is cleared up.

The bottom line-- if the owner wasn't such a greedy race card playing crook, than the police might have had a car stationed in the diner at that point in the night. But due to the owners public grandstanding against the police-- this was not an option for the police.

Why doesn't anyone talk about this? Let's blame the police, let's blame the gangs, let's make them hire more security. How about "let's look at all of the reasons this happened" " May 27, 09 2:20 PM

My condolences go out to Mr. Butts' family and friends. This was a senseless tragedy that should've never occurred. Our prayers are with you." May 28, 09 2:35 PM

Kabot won't appeal to Board of Elections

Boy, that policy sure would've been nice for Ryan Mcreedy, the southampton teacher facing drug charges. I wonder where the quick to sensor editor's were on that one. What a bunch of political BS. I'm sure that this comment will be sensored as well, so I'll just post it twice every day." Sep 9, 09 12:46 PM

Where was that policy for anthony odone?" Sep 9, 09 12:59 PM

Or Guildi?" Sep 9, 09 12:59 PM

Waiting game continues for McGintee

I think that this article involves criminal charges, does it not? Why am I allowed to comment here, and not some other places? Political protectionism?" Sep 9, 09 1:18 PM

Supervisor Kabot will fight DWI charge, stay in race

To the editor- Exactly when did this policy of not allowing comments regarding criminal charges begin? You can't just implement a policy like that due to this particular case and then act as if it has been the policy all along. Where exactly was this protection for Guildi? Or Anthony Odone? Or Ryan Mcreedy? Or any one of about thirty other people of whom your paper wrote and allowed commenting about over the past year?
I have a strange feeling that the only reason that you are allowing commenting now is because a couple of us had called you out over the last few days, and you knew that what you were trying to do was dishonest." Sep 11, 09 7:51 AM

I don't think any of them deserved protection, for the record. But Linda Kabot doesn't either--she is a public figure and should expect criticism for all of her actions.

This is not about Odone, or Guildi, or Mcreedy, or even Kabot-- it is about this media outlet deciding what opinions we should or should not be allowed to hear. This paper let its bloggers beat up on anyone in the past, but NOW they are worried about the blogs? Thats basically like saying, "You can state any opinion you want, as long as we agree with that opinion"

Yeah--thats a fair way of doing things. " Sep 11, 09 8:12 AM

and P.S. it wasn't a "mistake" that comments couldn't be placed about this case, it was completely deliberate and intentional. Use your head Sam." Sep 11, 09 8:15 AM

First of all Publius, the southampton press is not "a quasi-public office." It is a privately owned company that needs not answer to the public. They can write any story, from any point of view that they wish, whether it is correct or not.

My point on the issue (which you are completely missing) is not that Linda Kabot needs or doesn't need protection from the media--it is simply to show that the press will go so far out on a limb to protect her that it hurts their journalistic credibility. (And then try to cloak it with claims that this has been their policy all along.)

As far as my prior statement that "she is a public figure and should expect criticism for all of her actions"-- I stand by this statement. She put herself in the public eye when she first ran for office. Many of the people to whom these blogs refer (odone, mcreedy, etc) never made that decision. So why should I feel sorry for someone badmouthing Kabot (who deliberately put herself out there) when many others didn't even have that choice?" Sep 11, 09 8:56 AM

Sam you are entirely right- this is not what this section is for. This section IS for "commenting on the CONTENT OF THE STORIES", but keep in mind, had a couple of us not called out the editor- you wouldn't be able to do that at all." Sep 11, 09 9:21 AM

I don't think that anyone said that either Ms. Kabot or Mr. Shaw was a monster. If I had recieved a DWI in some horrible accident, this newspaper would post a story about it, and people would be blogging here about it. I would not be treated with kid gloves any more than other offenders have in the past. That is the nature of the beast, and I'm fine with that. But don't believe that this would be the case for someone in whom the press has a vested interest. Please understand that as you read any articles in any paper." Sep 11, 09 9:38 AM

The issue, Publius, is not that the press has a hard time setting rules for commenting-- it's that they have a hard time circumnavigating those rules when they need to to protect an ally, because they can't make it look like this policy has always been enforced (or even in place). They have egg on their face and will have to live with it, whether they admit to it or not." Sep 11, 09 10:24 AM

jekgbs
you're absolutely right "the paper has the right to do whatever they want. Its their paper, its their website." Explain that to Sam who thinks that is it a "quasi-public office."
I have no problems with the paper doing whatever they want, as long as they don't try to convince the readers that they're trying to do what is best for them.

Thats just dishonest." Sep 11, 09 11:08 AM

i'm sorry that quote was from sam, not jekgbs. Sam you have contradicted yourself." Sep 11, 09 11:16 AM

lol. wow, I was completely making a joke about the MORON thing. I didn't really think they'd censor it, that's hilarious. Sam, I wouldn't want anybody on this blog to be censored, I would hope that you feel the same." Sep 11, 09 11:42 AM

Schneiderman, Guldi face off on Tuesday

Mr. Shaw, you forgot your disclaimer on this blog--don't worry I'll help you out.

"Please refrain from making inappropriate comments, including comments that focus on details of the criminal case, which is still pending."

There you go. Now your policy is balanced." Sep 11, 09 12:14 PM

Supervisor Kabot will fight DWI charge, stay in race

Exactly who decides which cases can be commented on, and which ones are kept out of harms way?" Sep 11, 09 12:30 PM

I completely agree, Mr. Bossetta, 100 percent. My cause for alarm is the process by which it was decided that posts wouldn't be, and then later would be, allowed. Are all of the stories regarding criminal charges subject to the same standards? Or are there factors present in this particular case that made it more difficult to decide?" Sep 11, 09 1:04 PM

I ask because the press hasn't done an about face on this issue ever before. Or not at least that I recall." Sep 11, 09 1:10 PM

Again, Mr. Bossetta, I agree 100 percent.

Wouldn't It be nice for those who used to pay your salary to let us all in on their decision making in this situation? That's a rhetorical question-- I'm not expecting an answer." Sep 11, 09 1:29 PM

Now what, does one suppose, was wrong with my last post? Why was it taken down in a matter of minutes? I wonder if anybody even had the chance to read it. That's okay, I'll post it again-- for it had no foul language, no personal attacks, and the subject was something that people have been commenting on. So here it is again. (I'll save this one, so that if it gets taken down again I can re-post it a little faster next time.)

Mr. Shaw,
With all due respect you are offering NO transparency. While you are acknowledging that you were "too cautious in originally not allowing comments on this story" I think you should let your readers know exactly what factors in this case led to your hesitation on the matter. What were the factors that existed in this case but did not exist in all of the other cases previously refferred to? Just allow me one valid reason and I'll let the matter go.

This post has already been removed twice" Sep 11, 09 3:29 PM

President addresses nation and Congress as health care debate continues on East End

Please people. Can we stop quoting polls from obscure sources. For every poll and study under the sun, there are three polls or studies that claim to prove the complete opposite. I laugh at you guys citing these useless sources and acting as if they are the final say in the subject.

Secondly, yearrounder, have you been to Southampton Hospital lately? I was there about six months ago (visiting a family member) and as I walked through the waiting room for the ER I remember thinking to myself that I was the only one there who spoke english. And the waiting room was packed, standing room only. What world do you live in?" Sep 14, 09 10:30 PM

Surfer did u just call ME a liar?" Sep 15, 09 4:08 PM

Southampton Hospital opens new wellness institute this week

That donation could've paid for health insurance for a number of poor east end residents. Instead its making the rich ones more comfortable by turning their hospital into a day spa. What a horribly unneccessary expense. Don't worry, those without insurance will just be paid for by a raise in income taxes for the rest of us." Sep 15, 09 5:59 PM

Arrest tape could be used in Kabot DWI case

Kudos to the Press for filing two Freedom of Information Act requests, in an attempt to get a copy of the video. I wonder if, when the video is obtained, it will be available for your readers to view on this website? That would get you guys some record hits." Sep 15, 09 8:44 PM

Southampton Hospital opens new wellness institute this week

I can make an arguement, MaryB, for the need of alternative medicine in this country. In alot of cases it is a neccessity. And I don't mean to take anything away from the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Davis. They are wonderful people for offering their assistance to help realize a better medical experience on the east end. I do feel, however, that the money could have been better spent--such as to help alot more people who are in alot worse financial shape than the patrons that will frequent this wellness center. Just my opinion.

P.S. - You're not kidding, I definitely DO need a massage." Sep 15, 09 11:42 PM

Well, surfer, apparently your life IS my problem. My taxes pay for expenditures for you and every other citizen in our community, as do we all. My taxes have paid for any number of rennovations and/or equipment that the hospital has needed. And yes, my taxes have gone to medicare and medicaid which IS the government's alternative to health insurance. Again, just my opinion, but if our tax money is so desperately needed to pay for these things, than wouldn't a large donation like this be better put to use to not only further the hospitals efficiency, but also ease the financial burden on the rest of us?" Sep 16, 09 3:58 PM

Arrest tape could be used in Kabot DWI case

pch50, do you know anyone who has ever gotten a DWI or a DWAI? If this is her first offense (and I would imagine that it is) she will not even come close to doing jail time. This will be classified in court as "an isolated incident" and a "rare lapse in judgement," a plea bargain will be reached and her most significant punishment will be losing her license for a year, on top of some fines. Even if no plea deal is reached, and she pleads guilty to the charges, there is no way to establish how much she had too drink--so the charge of a felony DWI is not in play. The worst outcome for her in that scenario Where she simply pleads guilty) would be, for a first time offender with no criminal record--very similar, perhaps with points on her license or probation for a year (which would be an extremely heavy sentence). Either way it will be a slap on the wrist, and the public scrutiny will be the only real damage incurred." Sep 16, 09 7:25 PM

Mr Shaw,
I appreciate your updates on this case, and I stand with you on your attempts for the videos. One question though-- Would you, in fact, contemplate posting the video on this site, or are your requests for it simply to be able to commentate more accurately about it in your articles? " Sep 16, 09 7:33 PM

Report says anti-immigrant atmosphere in Suffolk County fuels violence

To pstevens,
I agree, whole-heartedly with all of your points. and I would like to elaborate on your quote, "The problem comes when these same people paint all Latinos with the same brush." - which is true. But on a counter point, there is a large number of people, as well, who oppose illegal immigration who aren't bigots or racist. Many of them avoid a healthy discussion of the issue due to the worry that they will be painted with the same brush as the "Nazi poster-person and his psychiatric shortcomings" (to quote Ryder.) It is a slippery slope for one to speak their mind on either side of the arguement and not be accused of being something that they simply are not.

For the record, I don't mind anyone being in-or entering our country, regardless of their legal status, providing that they are subject to the same laws and regulations as myself." Sep 16, 09 9:05 PM

Arrest tape could be used in Kabot DWI case

One can only hope, MaryB. One can only hope." Sep 16, 09 10:08 PM

Southampton Hospital opens new wellness institute this week

lo-cal,
I'm sorry, but I have to pick on you for a moment here. Do you know what else can lower cost and reduce procedures. Did you ever see on tv or in the news those nut-jobs who believe in healing through prayer-and nothing more. That would reduce both costs and procedures--so would I "be supported" if I donated money to the hospital to be used for a temple (or some other place of worship) Or wouldn't that money, lo-cal, be better spent on neccessities rather than something that far outside of the mainstream medical community?" Sep 17, 09 1:24 PM

Report says anti-immigrant atmosphere in Suffolk County fuels violence

Hey Mr editor, why did you take off 5 of my bolgs? There was no foul language or personal attacks. I posted three very well thought out ideas, and they were all taken down. I then reposted one of them, and it too was taken down. I posted that same blog for a third time and said at the end of it "this is the third time I've posted this" and it was also taken down. Whats the deal with your censorship policy?" Sep 17, 09 1:37 PM

Thank you for your input Mr Shaw. I realize that most of my comments did, in fact, refer to another post from other parties that have also been removed.

On a different note, if the hospital is, in fact, having financial difficulties than It's probably not a good thing that they build an expensive "day spa" their for patrons. See the related article on this site.(" Southampton Hospital opens new wellness institute this week")" Sep 17, 09 2:33 PM

Tim Bishop pushes the House to pass college aid bill

This is one more step towards nationalizing the banks, in the guise of helping low income students pay for college. I'm not saying that tuition assistance is a bad thing in some cases, but not when considering the end result to which this will lead." Sep 17, 09 9:03 PM

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