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East Hampton Town harbormaster arrested for marijuana possession

Dr Rythym, your defense of your friend is admirable. When people are suggesting that he was "set up" does that mean he didn't know about the pot in his car? If this is the case than I will gladly throw into his defense. But, Dr Rythym, you seem to suggest that he was a habitual user, and if that is the case than it may have been his. If the "set up" was merely him being turned in to the PD, than I must take exception to your rantings on this blog.

If the pot was his, and he knew about it, and he was flipped in by someone, I cannot defend his actions. He is obviously aware of the consequences of using pot, and the fact that he could lose his livelihood if caught-- so if he does it anyway, it is HIS choice to risk losing the job (and apparent great reputation) that he has." Jan 8, 10 3:44 AM

Lt. William Hughes named Republican nominee for vacant Southampton Town Board seat

I have a question that I don't know the answer to (not as a dig on anyone), and I was thinking possibly someone here knows the answer. I am friends with a retired suffolk cop, who is not allowed to make more than a certain amount from the suffolk county government because of his pension. I don't remember the exact amount but I think it was somewhere around 19,000 annually. This would hold true if he held any government job while earning his pension from suffolk. Is this policy also practiced in Southampton, or can Mr Hughes receive both at their full amount." Jan 15, 10 3:49 AM

Just curious SHNative, how do you feel regarding the democrats overwhelming majority in congress, or the super-majority in the senate? I bet you won't complain about them nearly as much as a still-to-be-decided open seat on the town board. If you want balance, than why even have elections? Let the people decide, even if they disagree with you--that's democracy." Jan 16, 10 3:31 AM

I assumed his name WAS frank wheeler. was I mistaken?" Jan 16, 10 3:53 AM

Using your line of reasoning, Publius, let's not let lawyers become judges-- because they preside over lawyers with whom they are familiar. Let's not let law enforcement veterans become police commissioners, or life long firefighters become department heads. In fact, let's ban any company promoting a valuable member of its staff to a supervisory role-- force them to hire outside the company." Jan 16, 10 4:39 AM

If only THAT negotiation was as transparent as congress' on the healthcare bill." Jan 16, 10 4:47 AM

Election date set; nominees lining up

"During a phone interview last week, she explained that in the last race she has learned the issues that really matter to the community."

Really? We want to hire someone who takes a crash course on our local issues, instead of someone who has lived those issues for their entire lifetime? I'd rather hire my garbage man, at least he's been in this town for 30 years." Jan 17, 10 2:29 AM

Lt. William Hughes named Republican nominee for vacant Southampton Town Board seat

Mr Hughes stated, concerning being an officer, "I know where the perks are." It is my understanding that he said this as an indication that he would cut down on these perks, in an effort to make the town more financially efficient. I have also heard that not all of the town police officers are happy with him running, this could be foreshadowing that he will not put the well-being of the police department above the priorities of the overall community." Jan 17, 10 3:14 AM

Suffolk County will stop using East End trailers to house homeless sex offenders

$90 a day? This can't be accurate. I have a one bedroom apartment, which I rent, that costs about $35 a day (utilities included). $90 a day works out to be $32850 a year. My annual income, after taxes, is less than that. This is disgraceful. We are going to pay people to become pedophiles-- what the hell has happened to our country?" Jan 18, 10 4:04 AM

p.s. my annual income is that of a blue collar worker who works 40 hours a week, all year round." Jan 18, 10 4:06 AM

Southampton Town Board candidate Fleming receives Independence endorsement

So, rabbit, can I assume that you will be voting against Tim Bishop this fall as our congressional representative? The democratic party has a massive majority in both the house and senate, and by your line of reasoning it would seem essential that a balance in congress would create some "checks and balances"" Jan 20, 10 4:09 AM

So SHNATIVE, can I expect your ballot in November to be cast against Tim Bishop? "One party rule is never good," as you put it, and the democrats have massive majorities in both the house and senate. In fact, they didn't even let republicans in the "secret meetings" where they hashed out the healthcare proposals. By your logic you are a hypocrite if you support Tim Bishop." Jan 20, 10 4:15 AM

To a select few on this blog (you know who you are):
Stop trying to cloak your support for Fleming over Hughes in the guise of "a balanced team of both parties" on the town board. This is not why you are planning to vote in this manner, it is simply a false notion to try to persuade those of us on the fence to support Fleming. Be honest with us, and yourselves, you'd have no intention of voting republican if the democrats had the majority on the board." Jan 20, 10 5:19 AM

I have voted democrat in the past, and would do so again if I felt the candidate would do the best job-- not simply because the party is in the minority. Fcmcman, I am merely pointing out that the standard some people are claiming we should all follow is not even followed by them in similar situations (ie- congress and senate)." Jan 21, 10 12:24 AM

So, are you saying that you will NOT vote for Bishop in the fall? It's the same situation, but on a different level of government. Will you continue to avoid the question, or will you answer this simple question for us?" Jan 21, 10 12:36 AM

I think the intent of my previous statement was misunderstood, allow me to clarify my point. When selecting a candidate for whom you will be voting, the political party of which they are a member should be of very little (if any) importance. Select the best person for the job based on the issues, not whether or not they are red or blue. Unfortunately some people vote based on party affiliation, who might not vote in this manner if party affiliations were not known. The two party system has become a kind of sporting event for some, and this is always detrimental to the community." Jan 21, 10 12:45 AM

I notice that you refuse to answer the question too. Hypocrite?" Jan 21, 10 6:27 AM

Race for vacant seat on Southampton Town Board heats up

I believe he is talking about the same newspaper that endorsed Bridget Fleming (as per her website)" Jan 22, 10 12:56 AM

Southampton Town Board candidate Fleming receives Independence endorsement

There was no question asked to me, as far as I can tell. Did you have a question for me, or was that a clever attempt at dodging the issue I was discussing?
(Don't worry, I don't expect you to answer this question either)" Jan 22, 10 1:01 AM

Bishop girding for fall fight

"Last weekend Mr. Bishop had meetings with individual constituents scheduled every 10 minutes," I wonder if any of those constituents AREN'T big time donors to his campaign war chest. The tone of this article suggests that he was discussing points of concern for the community, rather than how much they would be donating. I wonder if he would see me in a meeting to discuss some of my concerns for our area. (that was sarcasm)" Feb 5, 10 1:33 AM

Suffolk County delays closing of trailers again

$32,850 a year for food and shelter? You gotta be kidding me. Our county is PAYING people to become pedophiles. This is absolutely disgusting. These scumbags are entitled to a salary of someone who works hard for a living because they rape children!?! This is BS!!" Mar 5, 10 2:57 AM

After taxes, I don't make that much money. We are now rewarding people for raping our children. I can't believe this is actually being considered, I am disgusted with my country. These people should be shunned, not rewarded." Mar 5, 10 3:02 AM

Southampton Town Board candidates face off in final debate

Your claims of racism are misplaced and shameful. If you do not agree with Terry than state why, don't make false accusations or character assassinations. Disgusting tactic used by those who cannot hold their own in an arguement with substance." Mar 6, 10 7:21 AM

This subject is not about race, why must you continue to interject such a horrible accusation into this debate. This has NOTHING to do with race, so quit beating that drum, it makes you sound ignorant. If you want to argue about racism, find another venue, this stream is about an election." Mar 6, 10 7:30 AM

The term "teabagger" was not coined by those within the movement, it was started by Keith Olberman (and soon after, Rachel Maddow) of MSNBC. It was used as an insult, suggesting the sexual explicities of the act. This was done to offend the TEA PARTIERS (yes, that is the proper term) and has caught on in media circles who do not share the same political views." Mar 7, 10 12:30 AM

In case of emergency: East End SWAT teams

LocalMom is right (I can't believe I just said that) And HHS, you seem to have a major axe to grind with all of our boys in blue. Perhaps you should start to attempt to seperate the certain officers that you have a grudge against, and let the good ones (the majority) go about doing their jobs. Or do you just want to lower your taxes by not paying them all (at the expense of our communnity)?

You're the type of person that will b*tch and moan about police presence in your neighborhood being borderline harassment, and then when your house gets broken into, you want to slam those same officers for not being in there to protect your expensive big screen from being taken." Mar 7, 10 7:56 AM

East Hampton Town councilwoman could face charges for interfering in arrest

So by "protecting her child" she should allow him to drive drunk, and not pay for the consequences? I can't stand the type of parents who have the "my child is never wrong" mentality. This kid needed to learn a lesson that his mother CLEARLY was not prepared to teach him. You'd be singing a different tune if he had killed himself in an accident that night, wouldn't you. " Mar 11, 10 2:59 AM

In case of emergency: East End SWAT teams

Are you suggesting that the sole function of police agancies should be to investigate, rather than deter? That's insane. The fact is that you DO, sir, rely on the pd to keep you safe, whether you want to admit it or not. You live, I'm sure, a relatively comfortable life (as do all of us on the east end) without having to worry too much about being robbed, or assaulted, or even hit by a drunk driver. If you take the officers off the street, and let the criminals know that the police will only investigate after the crime is completed, what do you really think would happen?

Your anti police frame of mind is clouding your ability to see that these officers ARE performing a valuable and neccessary service to maintain our lifestyles. These men and women do every single job that nobody else wants to do, and all you can do is complain because you want lower taxes. You can't have your cake and eat it too, sir." Mar 11, 10 3:54 AM

Parts of Southampton Village parks and beaches may become smoke-free

Is smoking still legal?" Mar 11, 10 4:19 AM

Congressman Tim Bishop address Wainscott citizens' concerns

Aren't there more important concerns than helicopter noise in our district? Mr Bishop certainly knows how to cater to the wealthy within his district." Mar 11, 10 4:24 AM

Your "modest home" in sag harbor probably costs well over half-a-million dollars, doesn't it? You've got enough money that helicopter noise is a problem to your family, and not keeping food on the table, or a roof over your head. Some of us have other problems, REAL problems, which are not being addressed in lieu of this ridiculous grandstanding." Mar 20, 10 2:04 AM

Bishop will vote yes on health care reform bill

They're pretty good at finding creative ways to steal money out of their citizens' wallets. There will now be a financial penalty for anyone who doesn't BUY health insurance ($2000 annually, or 2% of income, whichever is more)" Mar 20, 10 2:31 AM

Can anybody name a country for me in which universal healthcare is either not bankrupting the country or greatly limiting the quality of care?" Mar 20, 10 2:42 AM

This is a ranking of access to medical care, it can't possibly be a ranking of quality of care. People from every one of the countries on this list come to the US to have major surgeries, due to the fact that our level of healthcare is far superior. I do not by that this would happen if all of these countries had better quality healthcare than us. Please cite your source." Mar 22, 10 4:11 AM

President signs historic health care legislation into law with Bishop's support

Racism? Really? That sounds like you don't want to argue on facts, and just want to accuse the opposition of something deplorable in an attempt to discredit them. This is a disgusting tactic used by those of us who can't be articulate enough to express our own views. I have not seen one comment on this post that could even begin to be misconstrued as racist. You should be ashamed for suggesting this, as you are spitting in the eye of those minorties you are claiming to protect." Mar 25, 10 7:00 AM

Unfortunately, reality, turkey bridge is partially right on this. There are all sorts of short term benefits that take effect immediately, that aren't taxed for until after november. This was planned by the dems to garner support for this upcoming election. In the long run, however, this bill will be a disaster. The growing sense of entitlement in this country WILL be our downfall-- it is now just a matter of time." Mar 25, 10 7:07 AM

Bishop will vote yes on health care reform bill

My point, C Law, was that alomg with the list provided by fcmcmann she suggests that 36 countries have better QUALITY healthcare than the U.S. (which is not accurate)

setyoufree, I was asking specifically where she read this list, because I couldn't find it. I was hoping to read the specific information taken into consideration when compiling it-- as I believe fcmcmann has misrepresented it in this post. That is all, I don't doubt that she saw a list that the US ranked 36th on, but I do think she either misinterpreted what the survey was, or she is misleading us as to those factors." Mar 27, 10 12:46 AM

p.s. setyoufree- I know someone who specifically moved to the US from canada so that her diabetes could be better tended to." Mar 27, 10 1:18 AM

President signs historic health care legislation into law with Bishop's support

When all of these insurance companies start to fold, how many jobs will THAT cost. It's got to be in the millions. That can't be a good thing." Mar 27, 10 1:40 AM

Make sure you thank him in 5 years when your income taxes are at 55% due to this catastrophe. I don't know how much YOU make, but if you take 55% of MY income, I won't be able to live here anymore." Mar 27, 10 1:46 AM

Hey Mets fan, I agree "a real and healthy american doesn't need anybody to subsidize them" -- So let's get rid of all of these ridiculous entitlement programs!!! I sick of paying a third of my income to the gov't so that my neighbor (who makes more than I do, but it's off the books) can recieve all of these ridiculous entitlements that I have no say in. I'll pay for the upkeep of our roads, our military, and our school systems, but I am infuriated that I have to pay for my neighbors cell phone, while he drives around in a lincoln navigator." Mar 27, 10 7:22 AM

This legislation is the first, and most significant, step towards government run healthcare. This WILL (if allowed to run it's course) result in the complete abandonement of private health insurance, which WILL cost alot of private sector jobs.
Secondly, SHNative, if these private insurance companies are sooooo bad, why are we being forced to purchase from them? The rules and stipulations set by the gov't will ultimately bankrupt the entire industry, at which point the gov't will enact a gov't run program it deems "essential" due to the emergency situation this legislation will cause." Mar 28, 10 12:56 AM

Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel " pick up your shovel, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the Promised Land". Nearly 75 years ago, Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the Promised Land". Now Obama has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels, and mortgaged the Promised Land!

" Mar 28, 10 7:37 AM

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