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Community Reeling from Arizona Shooting

No, your 'opinion' about gun ownership is protected by the first amendment. By the way, when the second amendment was written there was no 31 round gun clip readily available. " Jan 14, 11 10:59 AM

No one is talking about outlawing guns. We need sensible REGULATION. Nobody needs an extended magazine that holds 31 bullets.

"The gun lobby's vision is guns in every corner of American society. The National Rifle Association wants guns in more American homes. It wants more guns on the streets, in grocery stores, in restaurants, in coffee houses, in bars, in churches, at workplaces, at political events, and on college campuses. Guns everywhere, to deter criminals from attacking and to shoot back when they do.

Arizona is fast becoming the quintessential realization of this vision. Arizona has virtually no restrictions on guns (the Brady Center gives it 2 points out of a possible 100 in its state law ratings) and the state recently became the third state to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public places without a permit. The state also recently allowed concealed carriers to take their guns into bars.

Have weak gun laws made Arizonans safer? The state ranks 6th in the nation in gun deaths. FBI data indicates it ranks 13th in homicides per 100,000 population. Arizona criminals don't appear to be cowering in fear of armed, law-abiding citizens. Arizona also has become a favorite source of lethal weaponry for the Mexican drug cartels. Three Arizona gun dealers are among the top 12 American dealers in supplying Mexican crime guns."" Jan 14, 11 2:08 PM

Thank you, Ice for making my point, exactly. The constitution is a living, breathing document. The founders wrote a document that was very specific to their day and, over the years, we have amended it as needed, allowing women to vote, recognizing blacks as fellow-humans, and even placing limits on free speech where it concerned personal safety.

The NRA and, apparently you, hold the second amendment as sacred, beyond reproach, absolute- yet you think it is OK to revise an amendment having to do with birthright citizenship. If the 14 Amendment is not sacrosanct, neither is the second.

Doubtful those responsible for the second Amendment would have approved of the state of violence in America today nor would they have protected and individuals right to own a weapon designed to kill as many people as possible without severe restriction." Jan 14, 11 2:14 PM

Don't blame liberals for gun control. The truth is below - I especially like the part about Ronald Reagan.

'In 1969, journalist William Safire asked Richard Nixon what he thought about gun control. "Guns are an abomination," Nixon replied. According to Safire, Nixon went on to confess that, "Free from fear of gun owners' retaliation at the polls, he favored making handguns illegal and requiring licenses for hunting rifles."

It was President George Bush, Sr. who banned the import of "assault weapons" in 1989, and promoted the view that Americans should only be allowed to own weapons suitable for "sporting purposes."

It was Governor Ronald Reagan of California who signed the Mulford Act in 1967, "prohibiting the carrying of firearms on one's person or in a vehicle, in any public place or on any public street." The law was aimed at stopping the Black Panthers, but affected all gun owners.

Twenty-four years later, Reagan was still pushing gun control. "I support the Brady Bill," he said in a March 28, 1991 speech, "and I urge the Congress to enact it without further delay."

One of the most aggressive gun control advocates today is Republican mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York City, whose administration sued 26 gun manufacturers in June 2000, and whose police commissioner, Howard Safir, proposed a nationwide plan for gun licensing, complete with yearly "safety" inspections.

Another Republican, New York State Governor George Pataki, on August 10, 2000, signed into law what The New York Times called "the nation’s strictest gun controls," a radical program mandating trigger locks, background checks at gun shows and "ballistic fingerprinting" of guns sold in the state. It also raised the legal age to buy a handgun to 21 and banned "assault weapons," the sale or possession of which would now be punishable by"" Jan 14, 11 2:17 PM

Group Pushing For Religious Boundary Files Suit Against Southampton Town, Westhampton Beach And Quogue

Just when you think the world cannot be any more full of hate, bigotry and ignorance, you visit 27East and are confronted by the realities of our society.

The only bright spot I can find is that, although the list is growing, a majority of the most myopic and bigoted postings are from the usual suspects. This site has truly become a haven for the most disturbed among us. " Jan 20, 11 9:29 AM

Matthew W. McKinnon Of Hampton Bays Dies At 13

Love and peace to his friends and family. " Jan 20, 11 9:56 AM

Southampton Elementary School Students Learn About Martin Luther King Jr.

Joe Hampton, must you soil every single article with your anger?" Jan 20, 11 9:59 AM

Group Pushing For Religious Boundary Files Suit Against Southampton Town, Westhampton Beach And Quogue

Thank you for so perfectly demonstrating exactly what I was talking about." Jan 20, 11 11:56 AM

No Simple Solution For Illegal Housing Issues In Springs

The undercurrent of bigotry is not so much an undercurrent as it is a highly visible, shameful, and unstoppable tsunami of bigotry.

Immigrants, illegal or otherwise, came here to satisfy an insatiable appetite for cheap labor. They came here because they were lured by the promise of work and, in the good times, there was plenty of work and these immigrants did their fair share and did it well when many business would have gone under were it not for their presence here.

Most of them were paid below the prevailing wage, others were abused or not paid at all, while even more were willing to take whatever job was handed them. And yes, many had to share housing and live in less than desirable conditions in order to scrape by and save money in the hopes of one day becoming a citizen and reuniting with their families. Immigrant workers come here at great personal risk and face hardships and heartbreaks that most of us will thankfully never know. Study after study shows that they are a net plus to our economy, contributing upwards of 25 billion dollars to a social security program in which they will never be eligible to participate.

They did not bring their children here with them - they left their families behind. They did not have "anchor babies" so they could stay because, even though the child is a natural born citizen, what parent would have a baby so that they could wait 21 years for that baby to help them become citizens?

Some who have been here for 10 and 12 years as productive members of society, the majority of whom paid taxes in the hope of one day becoming a citizen, had children and we, as a caring, just, and noble nation have educated their children as we always have and hopefully always will.

The Hispanic population has become an easy scapegoat for so many because it is so much easier to attack the helpless than it is to dig deep and solve the greater issues. " Jan 28, 11 8:37 AM

ZBA To Decide on Tuckahoe 7-Eleven Next Month

Aesthetics and quality of life must take precedence over development. A 7-11 is not needed for so many reasons. " Jan 28, 11 1:19 PM

You are missing the point. The developer purchased that land and built that store under highway business zoning. A 7-11 is not considered a highway business and the developer is looking to change the zoning because of "hardship"? No. The zoning rules were there for a reason. The developer is not the victim here." Jan 28, 11 1:22 PM

Allow me to speak for myself - I do not want a 7-11 there. The developer is asking for a change of zoning. The land they purchased and built on was zoned "highway business" and the 7-11 is not one. To claim hardship is laughable. Like so many of our newer developments, it should never have been built in the first place. What does envy have to do with it? This is about zoning and quality of life for those of us that live here.

And Ms. Goebert is right, 100 cars turning in and out during peak traffic IS a lot especially when you are talking about left turns from and onto one of the most dangerous stretches of highway on the East End. And what about the deli that already exists just across the street? Enough, already. Enough." Jan 28, 11 1:27 PM

It is also not a highway business, which is how that property is zoned, and utterly unnecessary. " Jan 28, 11 1:28 PM

Yes, the planning board can and does deal with aesthetic issues." Jan 29, 11 12:34 PM

I am from Sag Harbor and now live very near this site. People could benefit from employment in any business that opens and we should not be making "hardship" exemptions for developers who want to change the rules. The quality of life of all of us who live here is negatively impacted by unnecessary development. " Jan 29, 11 12:37 PM

As long as it falls within current zoning restrictions I would have no problem accepting what you have described from your secret wishes." Jan 29, 11 12:38 PM

Group Pushing For Religious Boundary Files Suit Against Southampton Town, Westhampton Beach And Quogue

Since when is Verizon a public company?" Jan 29, 11 12:55 PM

highhatsize, your flippancy is often amusing, but not when used in the service of your admitted prejudice of the Jewish faith. For all of your grammatical nuance, you are no more educated than the other ignorati who troll these boards." Jan 29, 11 1:01 PM

Your posting is hands down the most vile, hateful and ignorant I have ever read. You are not voicing an opinion you are fomenting hatred. "A sense of entitlement" because of the Holocaust?! Did you seriously just type that? You use the murder of millions of people and the unimaginable suffering of millions more as justification for your own bias? Someone must have done something pretty awful to you in your life to have engendered such hatred. " Jan 30, 11 4:28 PM

Highhatsize, every time you post your anti-semitism speaks louder and louder. " Jan 31, 11 3:54 PM

Citations? One only need read each of your postings. Though you attempt to couch your bigotry by stating that your prejudice is reserved for only a few, you constantly speak of "Jews" as a group and it is still bigotry.
" Jan 31, 11 5:09 PM

New Lane For County Road 39 Could Come This Fall

Free enterprise is about building a median that puts a mom and pop out of business? " Feb 4, 11 11:54 AM

Rumors Of 7-Eleven In Amagansett Surface

Because this is America we actually do have a say. 7-11's and the like destroy the unique fabric of our towns. " Feb 5, 11 9:47 AM

Why must everything devolve into anti-immigrant mania? Because it is easier for you to attack them then it is to provide insightful commentary on the actual article. " Feb 5, 11 10:24 AM

Jury Verdict In Kabot Case: Not Guilty Of DWI

Yeah, how dare they have laws meant to save innocent people from murde by a drunken driver" Feb 5, 11 5:43 PM

Freedom of speech protects you from the government. This is a privately owned and operated site and participation is at their discretion. Or would you prefer to have the government tell them what to do.

Why us it that those of you on the far right so embrace a document of which you have so little knowledge? Perhaps instead of quoting the constitution and claiming it's protection, you should give it a read" Feb 5, 11 5:48 PM

Southampton GOP Screens Candidates For 2011 Campaign

We need to get outside of the usual list of cronies and start seeking representation that truly cares about individual residents and their neighborhoods, not just development and commerce, but quality of life and environmental issues. There is no reason local politics should be played using the same rules as national elections.

Moderator: Rhetoric like that of realityfirst above is truly beyond the bounds of rational discussion. " Feb 7, 11 11:56 AM

Rumors Of 7-Eleven In Amagansett Surface

Was it inevitable that this had to turn to immigration? No. The moderators should do a much better job of keeping comments on topic.

7-11 is representative of of the type of commercial enterprise that is in direct conflict with local business. What do they offer that cannot be found at existing businesses? Nothing. It starts with 7-11 and Staples and then grows to encompass the entire spectrum of suburban excess.

Most people I know - and I am talking middle class working people - live here to escape the 7-11 mentality. " Feb 7, 11 12:05 PM

There are a great number of things that people want and support that do not benefit society as a whole.

Also, I believe you are confusing the order - the 7-11 is built and then people begin shopping there. If there is no 7-11 they will shop elsewhere. " Feb 7, 11 12:23 PM

Schneiderman Says Levy Is Shorting East End Millions For Cops

“This is an election year for the county executive, and he needs to understand how important this is to the East End,”

Mr. Schneiderman is playing politics " Feb 7, 11 1:51 PM

Attorney Asks For $70 Million Judgment Against Southampton Town

Talk about frivolous law suits. The police were right to arrest Ms. Genovese. Her actions subsequent to that arrest, including a number of extremely disturbing posts on this blog, are evidence of mental instability and I am sure the police picked up on this when they found her there with a trunk full of ammunition. And peoplefirst is absolutely correct, had she been a citizen of Middle Eastern decent she would have received much worse treatment and been branded a terrorist." Feb 8, 11 3:12 PM

unfair to bring someone's personal life into the conversation. " Feb 9, 11 9:44 AM

Southampton Village Hopes To Relieve 'Number 1' Problem

Of all of the quality of life issues facing Southampton they want to fine someone $1,500 for urinating outside? Just when you think you've heard it all - " Feb 10, 11 10:15 AM

New Soup Kitchen At Hayground School Aims To Feed Needy

Excellent idea! " Feb 10, 11 10:16 AM

Rumors Of 7-Eleven In Amagansett Surface

The problem as I see it is this: It opens up the floodgates for chain establishments, which, regardless of their exteriors, only server to destroy local business.

Just look at the "entrance" to the village of Southampton - McDonalds, Burger King, Dunkin Donuts, 7-11 - did anyone who moved out here years ago do so because they wanted to live amongst this type of suburban decay? I didn't.

Turning our towns into suburban strip malls not only ruins the character and feel of the area, but it decreases the value of our homes and land.

For those who say that franchise convenience stores are the cost of progress and free enterprise I ask when do you finally say enough? There are plenty of places to buy discount aspirin." Feb 13, 11 9:46 AM

Amagansett Festival Organizers Consider Moving Concert To Airport

It would be a lot easier to support if we had an idea of what bands are being considered or, more precisely, what bands or artists they have a realistic chance of booking. The argument that folks should just blindly support a festival is too much to ask. From what I've read the promoters are first timers with limited experience and when planning a music festival you cannot say if you build it they will come. " Feb 13, 11 12:42 PM

Excuse me, but what is "getting a little nuts." I know you clearly consider yourselves "industry insiders", but community concerns are important. I would suggest that rather than talk down to people, you should instead try to convince us that we should support your efforts. Personally, I am not inclined to do so. " Feb 13, 11 2:41 PM

So anyone with a job is not allowed to comment? " Feb 14, 11 8:13 AM

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