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Proposal for a new 7-Eleven on County Road 39

Target! I'd like a Target there so I don't have to schlep to Riverhead." Feb 26, 10 12:14 AM

Southampton Village asks attorney for opinion on releasing cops' secondary employment information

Glad the Press is doing this. Favors are definitely being accorded those with second businesses. A little sunshine might end that practice. " Feb 27, 10 1:09 PM

Station makes $150k downpayment on WLIU radio

Glad the station will be continuing, but will moving to the former library building mean they will need to put up an enormous antena at a landmarked building? In the heart of the village? Hope not. There are protective covenants on that building." Feb 27, 10 1:18 PM

Dedicated group hoping to bring back a piece of history

Hope they are able to do it, and keep it as charmingly low key, small and unassuming as it used to be. Pehaps they might provide a few scholarships to local kids who couldn't afford it otherwise, like a few from the Bridgehampton Child Care Center for whom it would open an entirely new world. " Mar 2, 10 11:57 AM

Bishop will vote yes on health care reform bill

Great! Thanks Tim. We need healthcare reform desperately. Too many hard working people have no insurance and can't afford to buy any, not if they are still to be able to pay their rent and eat.

The faces of the uninsured are not the faces of poverty, many of them are the faces of our friends and neighbors, but we do not find out they are uninsured until something terrible happens to them. They are the countless part time office workers, waitresses and salespeople we interact with daily. College kids who have aged off their parents policies, staffs of places we go to do business and hardworking independent contractors - fishermen, carpenters, and one person shops and businesses. Faces you might not expect to be uninsured, but are.

How often have we seen notices in this newspaper for some fundraiser or another to help pay the medical bills for a local family or person who had no, or not enough, insurance when they got suddenly got injured or ill, or their newborn arrived with all sorts of medical needs? Seems it's monthly. Think also about those sad little jars sitting on the counters at delis, diners and small businesses asking for donations to help out whoever is pictured on them. It's heart breaking and must be mortifying for the people concerned to have to be begging for help.

Don't let anyone fool you and don't kid yourself. It's actually the middle class who needs help, not just the poor.

" Mar 19, 10 5:06 PM

Yeah, but who do you think paid for that uninsured persons care? It's not "free".
The hospital would never turn them away, but will get stuck with the hard costs. Is that right? It hurts our hospitals financially - check out Southamptons balance sheets - and drives up the insurance cost for the rest of us. We need this reform, like it or not." Mar 21, 10 11:01 AM

The constitution does not talk about income taxes or social security either, but we all pay for them because they are for the greater good - and because we are forced to by law.
" Mar 21, 10 11:19 AM

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

I hope all of you who are so adamantly against health care reform will step up to buy tickets for the upcoming fundraiser for a hardworking but under insured local person who desperately needs help paying medical bills. My guess is that you won't, nor will you for the next person who needs help, or the person after that. Nor have you for all the ones before them. You figure it's their problem, that they should have had insurance. Right? Do each of you have insurance? Then, you are fortunate. Not everybody else does, especially those who work on their own and do not qualify for group insurance rates. Try paying rent around here, and for basic clothing, food and utilities, some gas for the car to get to work- hope it doesn't need repairs, plus $10,000 for individual health insurance (mine was $15,000) all on a salary of $22,000 - $33,000. It can't be done." Mar 24, 10 12:22 PM

Southampton Town leaf collection policy forums scheduled

Just think of all those plastic bags full of leaves piling up at the dump. Or, is the plan to empty them out and recycle the plastic? I don't like using more plastic as it just inceases the demand for oil.

I agree with 27dan, let us dump our leaves for free all year long. I'd like to include brush also. I wish I had known there was an amnesty after the last storm, but I didn't hear about it in time. Where was it announced?" Mar 26, 10 3:03 PM

Shinnecocks clear last hurdle; recognition expected by July

Did anyone see the letter to the editor in this week's Independent by someone living on the reservation? It was a barn burner. If what was written about is true, the writer is very courageous. I was surprised one like it wasn't also in the press when I opened it today." Apr 3, 10 12:32 AM

Health care reform bill gets mixed reviews on East End

Hospital costs are driving health care through the roof. Just take a look at the letter to the editor this week about what it cost someone's relative to stay in Southampton Hospital with pneumonia for a few days. Outrageous. But, their insurance company will have to pay it." Apr 3, 10 12:37 AM

Math program at heart of turmoil in Tuckahoe

I have long heard that kids moving into the high school from Tuckahoe have been at a distinct disadvantage mathematically. They are roughly a grade behind. That needs to be corrected so that the kids do not have to play catch up, be tutored or take lower level math classes. Students should not end up taking 11th grade AP math in their senior year because they started high school behind all the other kids. Colleges are so competetive that every kid needs to be on the same level or they are not going to be in the same game." Apr 3, 10 12:55 AM

County Road 39 to see minor widening project in the fall

I remember Ernie's when it was on the corner of Windmill lane and Nugent St before he moved to Hampton Road. He always filled his station with a cast of wonderful local characters and lord knows he kept all our cars going. I loved stopping by there. " Apr 3, 10 1:04 AM

Abrupt and tearful end to Stony Brook Southampton dream

Seems misguided, but it looks like it will happen. I hope the University will have the decency to help students such as Ms Mittesdorf transfer somewhere they can complete their degrees.

What is to happen to the campus? Highest and best use would be to provide affordable housing for the area's workforce which is in dire need of places to rent year round that don't cost an arm and a leg. Perhaps that could be accomplished by converting the dorm buildings into apartments. Creating some single family homesites might also be workable. I'd hate to see the propery be sold to developers for more high end housing." Apr 7, 10 6:59 PM

Congressman Bishop prepares for difficult race but remains hopeful for outcome

I think the man has to keep his movements quiet because otherwise a large noisy crowd of tea baggers shows up to wave signs, yell and celebrate out in front. I saw them in action and didn't feel comfortable passing through them to get somewhere to hear Con. Bishop. I didn't vote for Bishop, but I sure won't vote for whoever those nutty tea bag people endorse." Apr 7, 10 7:08 PM

Abrupt and tearful end to Stony Brook Southampton dream

StoneyBrook needs to seriously rethink its business plan. Someone's suggestion of nursing courses was excellent, especially with Southampton Hospital nearby. There's a nationwide shortage of registered nurses and medical technicians. Clearly this could be an opportunity for Stonybrook to grasp. And it's true that the college never tried to build bridges with the community. It rarely offered courses open to local students, whereas many other colleges do, so didn't encourage local kids to consider going there. I hoped that would change under its new leadership. It would be great to have an affordable, local education available to more of our kids. One that could prepare them for well paying jobs so they could afford to stay here and work if they wished." Apr 9, 10 2:12 PM

Whale killed with bullet; experts defend how beaching was handled

Poor thing was probably very sick when it beached. It's not possible to treat such an enormous animal, certainly not around here. It would take a Sea World size tank to hold it. Towing it out to sea would only have resulted in its washing back ashore somewhere else. It's not surprising that a dart bounced off. Ever touched one of those animals? I have when one washed up a while back. They have very thick rubbery skin. Ever seen a large animal euthanised? It's not a simple matter. A horse requires two huge syringes directly into a vein. At least they have thin skin so one can be found easly. Shooting the whale was the kindest, quickest method. It should have been done earlier." Apr 10, 10 2:21 PM

Whales do not beach themselves without cause. This one was clearly sick and washed ashore because it was not strong enough to keep swimming. Towing it out to sea would not have been useful. The necropsy will determine what its problem was. They are extremely complete.
This whale was far larger than the Riverhead Foundation is capable of handling. It does a good job with seals and sea turtles." Apr 10, 10 3:21 PM

U.S. Census workers are still plugging away on the East End

The census is doing a better job than last time and the time before that. Last time I had three visits from census in addition to a form mailed to us, plus found several census forms stuck into my gate with addresses for places that didn't exist. Ten years before, nobody counted us, by mail or in person. This time we got a mailed form, then shortly thereafter a census guy stopped by." Apr 16, 10 11:16 PM

It's a museum, a real screa-um: The Addams Family house

Tee was so sweet. " Apr 18, 10 3:12 PM

Suffolk County Comprehensive Bus Study workshops planned

Nice if they held a workshop out here where people could get to them easily without driving that far and missing work or dinner. It's like they don't know we exist, or we don't matter. Comprehensive, indeed. Phooey." Apr 19, 10 4:05 PM

Southampton Town organizes forum to help school districts work together

Little kingdoms, each watching out for its own turf." Apr 19, 10 4:07 PM

Local Tea Party movement holds two rallies on Tax Day

The poor things don't understand the stimulus package. They don't get that tax credits are also part of it, that it isn't only government spending. Tax credits have "stimulated" millions of people to spend on upgrading their home's efficiency by adding insulation, replacing windows, installing solar, etc., creating jobs while saving oil and power. Plus, some have been able to use a tax credit to help them buy their first homes. I met someone two days ago who's doing just that locally." Apr 21, 10 12:13 PM

"I suggest you start by reading the constitution then the bill of writes. "

Where do I find the Bill of Writes?" Apr 23, 10 10:48 AM

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