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Southampton Town drafts wish list for stimulus funds

Having read over the "wish list" drafted by Linda Cabot regarding application for funds being allocated to the states via the $787 billion stimulus package, one's reason is taxed.

Of the many projects, several of real importance, the Southampton Aquatic Recreational Center, SHARC, stands out in red greedy letters. This is not what one would consider a necessity - but rather a community "want." Our towns are surrounded by the beautiful waters of the Atlantic and its bays. For generations, these recreational waters has been sufficient if not a downright
luxury for its inhabitants. There's a great difference between "want" and "need." In these very difficult times, it seems ludicrous to have our local leaders jump on the Washington feeding frenzy bandwagon.

This project is of long standing and isn't anywhere near financial stability. If the local community can't afford this luxury, then it needs to take a back seat until that day arrives. It's not up to the federal government or Senator Schumer to pass judgment on unnecessary "shovel ready" projects with tax payer's money. "Shovel ready" is no more than the latest buzz word. None of the stimulus package is "free" money. If it's going to be allocated, let it be for really important improvements and maintenance of our infrastructure.

Our elected officials need to pull back on the "wish list" and prioritize serious "needs', period! The excuse of providng jobs doesn't cut it if we're borrowing from ourselves and future generations to fund pet pork projects." Feb 22, 09 5:39 PM

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

Let's see, what we are talking about - illegal immigrants or legal immigrants? That's the REAL issue. Our elected leaders are not taking care of business with the problem of immigration as a whole. If a person arrives in this country illegally, they should be deported - no excuses! But if they come here abiding by our immigration laws, then all power to them. Most of us came here under the rules - through Ellis Island - worked hard and brought credit to our new country. So, take your frustrations to Washington and insist that our laws be respected - period!!! And get after the companies that do the illegal hiring which only perpetuates the problem. They are law breakers as well, and are just as guilty as the feckless politicians.
" Apr 15, 09 10:17 AM

Bishop girding for fall fight

We need a fresh start - term limits for all!" Feb 4, 10 7:06 AM

No jail time, fine for Hults after guilty plea; grand jury does not indict McGintee

The old adage continues to hold true " It's who you know?" Can't help wondering who they are in this case.....could amount to quite a scandal." Jun 21, 10 6:12 PM

Southampton Town Board Holds Off On Plastic Bag Ban

Aren't there more pressing matters for the Town Board to be addressing? Thoughtful citizens already recycle everything under the sun so plastic/paper
bags are not filling up the landfills. Additionally, you never know what your purchases will amount to. So, first, one has to buy bags and then use guess work when heading out the door to shop, considering how many bags to drag around. Think about the difference between shopping for weekly items and then visualize the number of bags it would take for holiday shopping. Dump this idea - it's ill conceived and puts a burden on the already stressed out merchants in a struggling economy.

Yes, wild life has been affected by carelessness - but this proposed mandate will not stop polluters.

The town board needs to work on serious issues like taxes and spending. This
just seems like a tactic to stir up the public and act as a diversion of low importance instead of holding public hearings on truly relevant concerns.

" Dec 9, 11 6:08 PM