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Southampton Town Board Considers Term Limits, Alternates For Regulatory Boards

Interesting that this happened shortly after the planning board came out against the CPI deal. Guess the town board wants to get rid of people who are doing their job." Jan 25, 15 5:43 PM

East Hampton's Spay-A-Doe Program Raises Financial Questions

Solution to the deer problem...wolves..." Jan 26, 15 6:52 PM

More KKK Flyers Passed Out In Hampton Bays

Perhaps Chief should have said "One of the unfortunate side effects of freedom of speech is..."" Feb 10, 15 12:13 PM

Don't forget Al Sharpton, Eric Holder and Bill DeBlasio..." Feb 10, 15 2:36 PM

Springs General Store Will Remain Open Thanks To New Owner

Nice to see the store will remain open. A nice slice of local flavor too many of which have disappeared." Feb 11, 15 9:25 AM

A Sad Goodbye To Henry The Rabbit At The Children's Museum Of The East End

Southampton Animal Shelter has a few candidates who would love to be Henry's replacement." Feb 11, 15 9:51 AM

Zeldin Wants More Details Before Supporting President's Call For Military Action

Seems like this is something the Republicans should be jumping on. Of course because it is Obama asking they can't come out and just support it. To me, If Jordan and the UAB want to take on this fight they should have a direct line to the the DD supply house with our backing them in every way they ask; S&R, AWACs, intelligence, drones, etc, etc, etc. There is no excuse for congress politicizing this for a month. Should be settled in one day." Feb 12, 15 9:54 AM

and your point is....." Feb 12, 15 10:10 AM

All of which has nothing to do with the article above. Also note that none of the shows listed above is actually a news program, just talking heads. And I have a job. A pretty good one that at the end of the day, allows me to take home 60% of what I earned after government deductions." Feb 12, 15 1:52 PM

The difference is that the Iraq war was based on intellectually dishonest policy of preemptive war and signed off on by a bunch of yahoo or yellow politicians who didn't even read what they were voting for while the current situation is an actual ongoing fight with a group that actually has killed Americans and swears to kill more. Additionally there are countries in the area willing to go in and do the fighting and we should be backing them in reality and not just sound bites. If the language in the resolution isn't perfect so what. A group of reasonably intelligent people should be able to sit in a room and fix it in a day and get it out to a vote tomorrow. Unfortunatly that wouldn't leave John Bonner with enough time to get a drink, put on his spray tan, find some TV cameras and whine about how the Dems are destorying the country." Feb 12, 15 2:17 PM

A quick reminder that it is people of the Muslim faith that are currently engaging ISIS (or ISIL) and doing all the damage while our politicians do nothing but talk." Feb 12, 15 2:21 PM

yeah, sad isn't it that the the government needs that much of my income to still run at a deficit...." Feb 12, 15 2:26 PM

The enlistable years for this tired old body were over 35 years ago. You may also note that nowhere did I suggest putting American (or Israeli) troops into the fight. That would just be a recruitment tool for ISIL(ISIS). What I did say is that if Muslim counries in the area want to take on the enemy then we should back them with all we can offer. And if by some chance American troops end up on the ground and someone decides this old body is needed, I would proudly stand beside our troops and support them in any way I can. " Feb 13, 15 1:43 PM

Zeldin Returns To East End During First Extended Trip Home

“There are a few committee leaders working together to create a single alternative, and I would encourage that effort to continue very thoroughly until completion,”

Six years and we're still waiting for the Republican alternative..." Feb 17, 15 10:26 PM

North Sea Water Main Break Leaves Dozen Temporarily Without Water

I'm sure the right will find a way to deny Obama credit for this accomplishment.
" Feb 20, 15 8:32 PM

East End Asks For $100 Million To Help Homeowners Upgrade Septics

First what is being considered as a substandard septic system and what is being considered as an appropriate upgrade?

Second, as ICE pointed out, the math doesn't work. Where is the remaining $20k and if the state gives the town $100 million will the same 40% go missing?

Third, why is it that when the state has a surplus, politicians feel it is their duty to spend it. Why shouldn't the owners of the polluting assets be responsible for the upgrades?" Feb 22, 15 11:40 PM

Nathaniel Rogers Renovation On Track To Cost $9 Million, Take 13 Years

There is a simple way to get the structures restored and usable. Remove the politicians and bureaucrats from the mix and things will get done. " Feb 23, 15 3:04 PM

Zeldin Wants More Details Before Supporting President's Call For Military Action

I luv Quentin Tarantino movies. " Feb 26, 15 12:55 PM

Ya just can't make this s**t up..." Feb 28, 15 3:53 PM

UPDATE: Wednesday Afternoon Crash On County Road 39 Caused By Driver Who Fell Asleep

When the college was at it's capacity CR39 was still a two lane road with shoulders." Mar 1, 15 11:30 AM

The problem with CR39 isn't a future shopping center or sleeping drivers. The problem with CR39 is the foolish expansion to four undersized lanes, a turning lane and no sidewalks or shoulders. While traffic used to be nicely contained back on Sunrise Highway, it now runs thru to the new merge in Watermill. Heavy traffic flies past blind driveways and tight shopping center cuts. The solution to this is to put the highway back the way it was. Two lanes with shoulders. Put the traffic back on Sunrise where it belongs." Mar 1, 15 12:00 PM

What I am saying is that regardless of volume, at that time CR39 was a much safer road due to the fact that it was one wider lane each direction with shoulders." Mar 3, 15 9:06 AM

I'd be willing to bet the families of all the people killed and maimed aren't looking at it as a home run. Nor the people who used to have houses on nice redidential roads who now have the trade parade directed in front of their houses. And I guess your commute must end in Southampton cause all the expansion did was to move the merge from the end of Sunrise to the entry to Watermill. From there out it's the same as it was before. And since the only people the "reduced commut" helps are from up West, who cares? To use your logic: If you haven't got the time to drive out here, don't come. " Mar 3, 15 9:21 AM

Zeldin Amendment Would Allow New York To Opt Out Of Common Core

Another solution in search of a problem..." Mar 3, 15 4:05 PM

UPDATE: Wednesday Afternoon Crash On County Road 39 Caused By Driver Who Fell Asleep

Anybody who had the trade parade before still has it. What the expansion did was move a lot more concentrated volume further East and that volume has taken to the secondary roads as a way to get to the new Watermill merge putting the parade in front of a lot of additional houses. All the expansion really did was to move the problem further East when it was contained very nicely on a limited access highway. As for closing all roads that have had a fatality that would be ridiculous. It is also ridiculous to redesign and build a road that then has fatality rate 3 or 4 times greater than it originally had. The intelligent philosophy for redesigning roads is to make them safer, not more dangerous." Mar 4, 15 1:47 PM

I drive Mtk Hwy from HB East regularly and trafic there is as it was. SH village has pushed some traffic back up onto 39 by lowering their speed limit to 25 and the traffic on Sebonic has been pushed back onto 39 by the left turn prohibition heading East. I also travel NS Mecox and Lower 7 Ponds. Also Flying Point and Cobb Rds. All these have now become the short cuts into Watermill to avoid the single lane 39 from the diner East. And none of this addresses the fact that 39 from Sunrise to the diner has become an extremly dangerous road since the poorly designed and thought out expansion." Mar 5, 15 1:06 PM

Southampton Students Debate A Sons Of Italy Member About Columbus Day

AT - The problem with your comment is that the generally accepted population of Hispaniola at the time was way less than 3 million, perhaps less than 1 million,so unless Columbus was importing a lot of extra people to kill he couldn't have committed the crime you or the afore mentioned teachers attribute to him." Mar 5, 15 7:07 PM

UPDATE: Wednesday Afternoon Crash On County Road 39 Caused By Driver Who Fell Asleep

I agree with you that the accidents are largely attributable to poor driving skills and distracted drivers. The rest we will just have to agree to disagree on

" Mar 5, 15 7:19 PM

Jesse Steudte Sentenced To Prison After Fatal DWI Accident

Perhaps it is because Ms Rydberg is only partly resposible for the death of her passenger as it was his decision to get in a car with her while in Mr Steudte's case he ran into an uninvolved third party." Mar 5, 15 8:55 PM

UPDATE: Wednesday Afternoon Crash On County Road 39 Caused By Driver Who Fell Asleep

The problem isn't development, it's the over development and development out of zoning. The problem is that almost every ppd that goes before the town board is approved despite the fact that the benefits go only to the developers and perhaps some members of the town board. The problem is that variances are routinely approved without there being any financial hardship other than self imposed hardships leading to oversized houses on undersized lots and the destruction of affordable housing which is then replaced with subsidized housing. We have architectural review but we get cookie cutter developments and metal farm buildings as highway store fronts. The problem isn't development. The problem is Town Hall." Mar 12, 15 10:14 PM

Tim Bishop Named Distinguished Professor At St. Joseph's College

Shannon Coffin is either an idiot or just another crackpot right wing muck raker with no regard for the truth. By using her own e-mail Hillary broke no laws. At best she showed extremely poor judgement and at worst she showed a premeditated effort to maintain absolute control of e-mail that was not appropriate for her to control. At some level I don't blame her considering all the BS investigations the republicans have put her and Bill through. It does however bring into question if her level of judgement is suitable for a president." Mar 12, 15 10:51 PM

Please ask Mr Coffin to produce the actual law that required Hillary to use .gov e-mail at the time she was SOS. It doesn't exist no matter how much wishful thinking there is on the part of Hillary detractors." Mar 13, 15 1:44 PM

Actually I apologize for calling Mr Coffin an idiot. I went and read Mr Coffin's comments and at no point does he state Hillary broke the law. And the best sentence in the whole thing is "As a result, her emails were at no time during her tenure in office subject to the Federal Records Act."" Mar 13, 15 8:22 PM

Undocumented & Joe - This does not mean I condone what Hillary did. As I stated in my earlier post I believe it showed poor judgement. The problem is the right is so afraid of Hillary that they will say or do anything to try and discredit her and they just come off as desperate. Instead of making up and repeating lies they should focus on facts." Mar 13, 15 8:48 PM

As a Hillary agnostic here's what I think she'll run on: Republicans can't be trusted to be in power because:

*they constantly try to cut programs for the poor while adding entitlements for the rich.
*the last time there was a republican in the White House the country went from a budget surplus to a huge deficit and with the help of Wall Street he crashed the economy of the world.
*they want to repeal the ACA throwing millions of people off medical insurance with no reasonable plan to replace it.
*the economy has come roaring back under democrat leadership. Do you really want to give the republicans another opportunity to tank it?
*the republicans want to ram their religious views down everyone else's throat.
*they want to replace science in schools with religion.
*they will roll back environmental law so the greedy corporations that own them can rape the planet for profit.
*as recent events in the Senate show they can't be trusted with foreign policy.
*etc, etc, etc.

Remember: Democrats don't win elections. Republicans lose them.
" Mar 13, 15 9:57 PM

Pretty much the same I would expect. Keep in mind that this story was first broken by that liberal bastion, the NY Times and has been kept alive in what the right would normally call the liberal press albeit without the factual fabrications we get from the right's talking heads. I suspect this story is not going away soon and that Hillary will have to do some additional damage control." Mar 14, 15 2:38 PM

No, I sometimes vote democrat because it appears to be the lesser of multiple bad options. As for the free stuff, nobody gets more entitlements than the wealthy elite who own both sides of the isle in congress." Mar 14, 15 3:01 PM

Unfortunately the right is equally guilty in all the above." Mar 14, 15 3:09 PM

Highly unlikely. The right just wants to go on a fishing expedition so they can fabricate more nonsense about Hillary. We would all be a lot better off if the right would just tell us exactly what they want to do and why the country would be better off if we let them do it." Mar 14, 15 5:03 PM

Last set of numbers I saw showed top 5% controlled 95% of the wealth while the top 1% controlled 90% of the wealth. Based on that information the top 1% are still not paying their fair share.

Warren Buffett: There's something wrong with a tax system where my secretary pays a larger percentage of her income in taxes than I do." Mar 15, 15 12:10 PM

Forget about the emails. The right should just tell us what they will do if they are allowed to run the country and then explain to us why the country would be better off. The problem is that the right, so far has nothing to offer. No platform that will hold up to scrutiny so instead they grasp at straws and try to turn nothing into a scandal." Mar 15, 15 12:20 PM

Amagansett Man Dies In Single-Car Accident

Having through something similar personally I can tell you the tragedy has just begun. When our son died it nearly destroyed his mother. It took almost ten years before she began to return to being the person she was. A mother should never have to bury a child. My heart and prayers go out to the family." Mar 16, 15 8:20 AM

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