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Businesses Fear Giant Wage Jump For Seasonal Workers

"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you!

But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did. Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea — God bless. Keep a big hunk of it.

But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

Elizabeth Warren" Sep 28, 11 12:44 PM

School Districts Get Serious About Addressing Bullying

Maxwell, based on your comment you were either a bully yourself, or you were bullied and you have yet to deal with the negative impact it had on your psyche." Oct 10, 11 1:07 PM

Altschuler Endorses East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson

Speaking of simpletons, sparky . . ." Oct 12, 11 7:53 AM

Throne-Holst And Team Release Campaign Video

Resent much?" Oct 26, 11 12:08 PM

Southampton High School Student Will Not Return To School After Shotgun Arrest, District Says

He brought a fraking gin to school" Oct 26, 11 3:55 PM

Your post is about nothing more than your hate for the police. Clearly you do not have children. I do. You think the posts here show an "irrational hysteria"? I bet the friends and relatives of these families would disagree

Feb. 2, 1996 Moses Lake, Wash. Two students and one teacher killed, one other wounded when 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis opened fire on his algebra class.

Feb. 19, 1997 Bethel, Alaska Principal and one student killed, two others wounded by Evan Ramsey, 16.

Oct. 1, 1997 Pearl, Miss. Two students killed and seven wounded by Luke Woodham, 16, who was also accused of killing his mother. He and his friends were said to be outcasts who worshiped Satan.

Dec. 1, 1997 West Paducah, Ky. Three students killed, five wounded by Michael Carneal, 14, as they participated in a prayer circle at Heath High School.

Dec. 15, 1997 Stamps, Ark. Two students wounded. Colt Todd, 14, was hiding in the woods when he shot the students as they stood in the parking lot.

March 24, 1998 Jonesboro, Ark. Four students and one teacher killed, ten others wounded outside as Westside Middle School emptied during a false fire alarm. Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shot at their classmates and teachers from the woods.

April 24, 1998 Edinboro, Pa. One teacher, John Gillette, killed, two students wounded at a dance at James W. Parker Middle School. Andrew Wurst, 14, was charged.

May 19, 1998 Fayetteville, Tenn. One student killed in the parking lot at Lincoln County High School three days before he was to graduate. The victim was dating the ex-girlfriend of his killer, 18-year-old honor student Jacob Davis.

May 21, 1998 Springfield, Ore. Two students killed, 22 others wounded in the cafeteria at Thurston High School by 15-year-old Kip Kinkel. Kinkel had been arrested and released a day earlier for bringing a gun to school. His parents were later found dead at home.

June 15, 1998 Richmond, Va. One teacher and one guidance counselor wounded by a 14-year-old boy in the school hallway.

April 20, 1999 Littleton, Colo. 14 students (including killers) and one teacher killed, 23 others wounded at Columbine High School in the nation's deadliest school shooting. Eric Harris, 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, had plotted for a year to kill at least 500 and blow up their school. At the end of their hour-long rampage, they turned their guns on themselves.

May 20, 1999 Conyers, Ga. Six students injured at Heritage High School by Thomas Solomon, 15, who was reportedly depressed after breaking up with his girlfriend.

Nov. 19, 1999 Deming, N.M. Victor Cordova Jr., 12, shot and killed Araceli Tena, 13, in the lobby of Deming Middle School.

Dec. 6, 1999 Fort Gibson, Okla. Four students wounded as Seth Trickey, 13, opened fire with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at Fort Gibson Middle School.

Feb. 29, 2000 Mount Morris Township, Mich. Six-year-old Kayla Rolland shot dead at Buell Elementary School near Flint, Mich. The assailant was identified as a six-year-old boy with a .32-caliber handgun.
March 10, 2000Savannah, Ga. Two students killed by Darrell Ingram, 19, while leaving a dance sponsored by Beach High School.

May 26, 2000 Lake Worth, Fla. One teacher, Barry Grunow, shot and killed at Lake Worth Middle School by Nate Brazill, 13, with .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol on the last day of classes.

" Oct 28, 11 8:42 AM

Sept. 26, 2000 New Orleans, La. Two students wounded with the same gun during a fight at Woodson Middle School.

Jan. 17, 2001 Baltimore, Md. One student shot and killed in front of Lake Clifton Eastern High School.

March 5, 2001 Santee, Calif. Two killed and 13 wounded by Charles Andrew Williams, 15, firing from a bathroom at Santana High School.

March 7, 2001 Williamsport, Pa. Elizabeth Catherine Bush, 14, wounded student Kimberly Marchese in the cafeteria of Bishop Neumann High School; she was depressed and frequently teased.

March 22, 2001 Granite Hills, Calif. One teacher and three students wounded by Jason Hoffman, 18, at Granite Hills High School. A policeman shot and wounded Hoffman.

March 30, 2001Gary, Ind. One student killed by Donald R. Burt, Jr., a 17-year-old student who had been expelled from Lew Wallace High School.

Nov. 12, 2001 Caro, Mich. Chris Buschbacher, 17, took two hostages at the Caro Learning Center before killing himself.

Jan. 15, 2002 New York, N.Y. A teenager wounded two students at Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

October 28, 2002 Tucson, Ariz. Robert S. Flores Jr., 41, a student at the nursing school at the University of Arizona, shot and killed three female professors and then himself.

April 14, 2003 New Orleans, La. One 15-year-old killed, and three students wounded at John McDonogh High School by gunfire from four teenagers (none were students at the school). The motive was gang-related.

April 24, 2003 Red Lion, Pa. James Sheets, 14, killed principal Eugene Segro of Red Lion Area Junior High School before killing himself.

Sept. 24, 2003 Cold Spring, Minn. Two students are killed at Rocori High School by John Jason McLaughlin, 15.

March 21, 2005 Red Lake, Minn. Jeff Weise, 16, killed grandfather and companion, then arrived at school where he killed a teacher, a security guard, 5 students, and finally himself, leaving a total of 10 dead.

Nov. 8, 2005 Jacksboro, Tenn. One 15-year-old shot and killed an assistant principal at Campbell County High School and seriously wounded two other administrators.

Aug. 24, 2006 Essex, Vt. Christopher Williams, 27, looking for his ex-girlfriend at Essex Elementary School, shot two teachers, killing one and wounding another. Before going to the school, he had killed the ex-girlfriend's mother.

Sept. 27, 2006 Bailey, Colo. Adult male held six students hostage at Platte Canyon High School and then shot and killed Emily Keyes, 16, and himself.

Oct. 3, 2006 Nickel Mines, Pa. 32-year-old Carl Charles Roberts IV entered the one-room West Nickel Mines Amish School and shot 10 schoolgirls, ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old, and then himself. Five of the girls and Roberts died.

Jan. 3, 2007 Tacoma, Wash. Douglas Chanthabouly, 18, shot fellow student Samnang Kok, 17, in the hallway of Henry Foss High School.

April 16, 2007 Blacksburg, Va. A 23-year-old Virginia Tech student, Cho Seung-Hui, killed two in a dorm, then killed 30 more 2 hours later in a classroom building. His suicide brought the death toll to 33, making the shooting rampage the most deadly in U.S. history. Fifteen others were wounded.

Sept. 21, 2007 Dover, Del. A Delaware State Univesity Freshman, Loyer D. Brandon, shot and wounded two other Freshman students on the University campus. Brandon is being charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless engagement, as well as a gun charge.

Oct. 10, 2007 Cleveland, Ohio A 14-year-old student at a Cleveland high school, Asa H. Coon, shot and injured two students and two teachers before he shot and killed himself. The victims' injuries were not life-threatening.

Feb. 8, 2008 Baton Rouge, Louisiana A nursing student shot and killed two women and then herself in a classroom at Louisiana Technical College in Baton Rouge.

Feb. 11, 2008 Memphis, Tennessee A 17-year-old student at Mitchell High School shot and wounded a classmate in gym class.

Feb. 12, 2008 Oxnard, California A 14-year-old boy shot a student at E.O. Green Junior High School causing the 15-year-old victim to be brain dead.

Feb. 14, 2008 DeKalb, Illinois Gunman killed five students and then himself, and wounded 17 more when he opened fire on a classroom at Northern Illinois University. The gunman, Stephen P. Kazmierczak, was identified as a former graduate student at the university in 2007.

Nov. 12, 2008 Fort Lauderdale, Florida A 15-year-old female student was shot and killed by a classmate at at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.

Feb. 5, 2010 Madison, Alabama At Discovery Middle School, a ninth-grader was shot by another student during a class change. The boy, whose name was not released, pulled out a gun and shot Todd Brown in the head while walking the hallway. Brown later died at Huntsville Hospital.

" Oct 28, 11 8:42 AM

highhatsize, you accused people of an hysterical reaction of bringing a gun to school. I gave you a number of reasons why that reaction is not hysterical at all given our country's violent school shooting history.

I did not make any parallels but provided valid rationale for the reactions you are incapable of understanding because you cannot see beyond your own personal politics. This turned out to be nothing. Great. Everyone is relieved, but that does not negate the gut reaction of many at the outset, even if not shared or understood by you.
" Oct 31, 11 12:50 PM

Throne-Holst And Team Release Campaign Video

Reg rep, get over yourself." Nov 1, 11 11:28 AM

Camp Developer Files $65 Million Lawsuit Against Project Critics

What sheer ignorance." Nov 1, 11 12:38 PM

local43, your agenda is showing. Fleming said the suit is "NOT APPROPRIATE" Period. Your accusation is baseless and false. By the way, your comment regarding "LA Crips" is sheer lunacy." Nov 2, 11 12:02 PM

Fleming, Scalera Win Southampton Board Race; Throne-Holst Reelected

Last night's elections were a sweeping victory for progressives nationwide. Voters across America flatly rejected republican overreach on a number of issues. In Ohio voters repealed Jon Kasich's law to strip collective bargaining rights. In Maine voters repelaed a republican law that stripped away a forty year law allowing same day registration. In Mississippi the voters flatly rejected the right's attempt to define life and strip away a woman's right to choose. In West Virginia and Kentucky voters elected democratic governors over incumbent republicans.

Bender has a great chance to win on absentee ballots." Nov 9, 11 7:55 AM

Sour grapes." Nov 9, 11 7:56 AM

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Confirms Plan To Drop Most Small Group Plans In New York

Market competition is NOT shrinking because of the affordable care act and prices are NOT rising because of the affordable care act. If you have been paying attention over the last decade you will see that healthcare premiums have increased every single year. In 1999 the average annual premium for families was $5,791.00 - today it is $24,180.00! Was "Obamacare" around in '99? Who did you blame in 2008?

As to your question regarding how it can help your small business, I have no doubt you will dispute or outright deny every single fact pointed out to you, but you asked for it:

Benefits For Small Businesses In The Affordable Care Act

March 23rd marks the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law, bringing with it many new benefits for small businesses. In particular, the law provides tax credits to make it more affordable for small businesses to provide health coverage to their employees while still allowing them the flexibility they need to compete in the economy. It also gives small businesses the choice and freedom to come together to leverage their purchasing power. Additionally, provisions in the law prevent health insurance companies from denying coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, which helps prevent job lock and encourages entrepreneurship. These benefits give small businesses the level playing field they need to compete.

The Affordable Care Act Lowers Costs For Small Businesses

The Affordable Care Act Provides Tax Credits For Small Employers To Use To Purchase Health Insurance For Workers. According to the Small Business Majority: "In the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Congress and the President recognized that small businesses, particularly those with 10 or fewer workers, struggle to provide health insurance for their workers, and that some cannot afford to provide it at all. Legislators therefore included many provisions in the law to help small employers and their workers obtain high-quality, affordable coverage. One of these important provisions is a program to provide tax credits that small employers can use toward the purchase of health insurance for their workers." [Small Business Majority, July 2010]

Tax Credits Work On A Sliding Scale Up To 50 Percent Of Employer's Cost In 2014. According to the Small Business Majority: "Small employers (those with up to 25 workers) who offer coverage can receive a tax credit for up to 35 percent (or 25 percent for nonprofits) of the average cost of a small group plan in their state, starting in the 2010 tax year. To qualify for tax credits, businesses must cover at least 50 percent of each employee's health insurance premiums. Small employers are eligible for the tax credit even if they already receive assistance from their state to help them buy coverage for their workers. In 2014, once the state health insurance exchanges for small businesses and individuals are up and running, small employers will be eligible for tax credits of up to 50 percent (or 35 percent for nonprofits) of the costs of covering their workers through the exchanges." [Small Business Majority, July 2010]

More Than 4 Million Small Businesses Are Eligible To Receive Tax Credits. According to the Small Business Majority: "More than 4 million (4,015,300) small businesses will be eligible to receive a tax credit for the purchase of employee health insurance in 2010. That's 83.7 percent of all small businesses in the country." [Small Business Majority, July 2010, footnote removed for clarity]

Over 1 Million Small Businesses Will Be Eligible To Receive The Maximum Tax Credit. According to the Small Business Majority: "Approximately 1,198,700 American small businesses will be eligible to receive the maximum tax credit in 2010." [Small Business Majority, July 2010]
In Addition To Full-Time Workers, Part-Time Employees Benefit From Small Business Tax Credits. According to the Small Business Majority: "The eligibility limits for employers with up to 25 workers include the hours of part-time employees, who will be counted as 'full-time equivalents.' For example, two half-time workers count as one full-time worker for the purpose of calculating tax credit eligibility. This means that part-time workers, who are more likely to be uninsured than their full-time counterparts, may finally be able to obtain job-based health insurance with the help of the small business tax credits." [Small Business Majority, July 2010, footnote removed for clarity]

In 11 States, Over 90 Percent Of Small Businesses Are Eligible To Receive A Tax Credit. According to the Small Business Majority: "In 11 states, more than 90 percent of small businesses will be eligible to receive a tax credit in 2010. These states are Arkansas (94.2 percent), Montana (94.0 percent), Nebraska (93.8 percent), South Dakota (93.6 percent), Mississippi (93.2 percent), Indiana (92.9 percent), North Dakota (91.9 percent), Missouri (91.8 percent), Iowa (90.8 percent), West Virginia (90.3 percent), and Maine (90.1 percent)." [Small Business Majority, July 2010]

96 Percent Of Small Businesses Are Exempt From Fines On Employers For Not Providing Health Insurance. According to PolitiFact.com: "Their research shows that the vast majority of businesses in the United States have fewer than 50 employees. In 2007, 5,814,584 firms had fewer than 50 employees, compared with a total just over 6,049,655 firms. In other words, 96 percent of U.S. small businesses are specifically exempted from fines on employers who don't insure their employees." [PolitiFact.com, 10/5/10]

The Affordable Care Act Increases Flexibility For Small Businesses

The Affordable Care Act Allows Small Businesses To Band Together To Purchase Health Insurance In Exchanges. According to the Center for American Progress: "Repeal would mean that small businesses ... would lose the ability to purchase health insurance through the reform law's 'insurance exchange' that will allow them to choose among a variety of plans that provide better coverage at lower costs than those in the current small group market." [Center for American Progress, 7/23/10]

Health Insurance Exchanges Help Small Businesses Provide Coverage. From the Small Business Majority: "A health insurance exchange will create a pool of small businesses with up to 100 employees and the self-employed to leverage purchasing power. An exchange will enable insurers to offer lower premiums as a result of lower administrative costs and spreading risk across a larger population. Insurers will have to offer standardized benefits packages within the exchange, so competition will be based on price and quality, not benefit design. The larger pool will also dampen the annual volatility of premiums. Combined with insurance reform, the exchange will offer small business owners and the self-employed access to stable, affordable coverage year after year." [Small Business Majority, 8/12/10]
The Affordable Care Act Helps Promote Entrepreneurship By Reducing Job Lock. The Washington Post's Ezra Klein wrote: "One of the theoretical problems with our health-care system is that it discourages entrepreneurship. We get health care at a subsidized rate, with no discrimination for preexisting conditions, from our employers. But if we leave our jobs, we lose that health care. And buying our own health care is expensive, and occasionally impossible: Plans sold to individuals cost $2,000 more than equivalent plans sold to businesses, the employer subsidy (and the tax break underpinning it) vanish, and we can be turned away because of back pain that got resolved a decade ago. So a lot of people decide to stick with their employer and forgo starting that business. It's the responsible thing to do, particularly if you have a family. ... The Affordable Care Act will help solve this problem." [Washington Post, 2/25/11]

The Affordable Care Act Prohibits Insurers From Denying Coverage To Individuals With Pre-existing Conditions. From the Center for American Progress: "Job lock arises when people, especially those with pre-existing conditions, are fearful of changing jobs and losing their health insurance coverage. The new law prohibits insurers from excluding individuals with pre-existing conditions from coverage, from refusing to cover specific health problems, or from charging these individuals more for insurance. These changes will enable individuals and families to purchase health coverage at an affordable rate, likely bringing the new rate of job lock close to zero." [Center for American Progress, 7/23/10]
Businesses With Up To 100 Workers Can Purchase Insurance Through The State-Based Health Insurance Exchanges. According to AARP: "Starting in 2014, businesses with up to 100 workers may be able to buy health insurance for their employees through state-based purchasing pools called exchanges. The exchanges will offer a range of health plans, all of which must include standard benefits, such as medical, mental health, prescription drug and rehabilitation services." [AARP, June 2010]" Nov 18, 11 9:58 AM

Herman Cain? I am afraid I have to concur with razza5351's comment from Nov 16. But thanks for your input." Nov 18, 11 11:42 AM

UPDATE: Absentee Ballot Count Continues In East Hampton

joe, you may find it comforting to think that one less person on this planet finds you as obnoxious as "faux razza", but, I can assure you that, although I do not share his mind, I do share his sentiment.

By the way, I find your Freudian spelling error extremely revealing. Yes, Cain's list of accomplishments are TOO coarse for these boards, or any other for that matter.

I understand that you are, of course, extremely embarrassed to have supported such a complete nincompoop, but please stop trying to pretend that you ever did otherwise and own up.

" Nov 21, 11 3:26 PM

Elected Officials Address Concerns Over Hampton Bays Homeless Shelter

Bay woman, you are absolutely clueless about homelessness and those who suffer this indignity. "homelessness is a pathology . . . Mental illness . . . Drugs . . ."?! You are clueless and your attempt to associate homelessness with insanity and drugs is demeaning, narrow-minded, wrong-headed and unsupported by reality" Nov 23, 11 11:32 PM

Captn, Phil's conclusion is the only conclusion a sensible person could reach after reading Walt's childish post" Nov 23, 11 11:34 PM

Two Southampton Schools Flagged For Improvement By State

NCLB has destroyed our public school system creating an environment where critical thinking has been neglected in order to teach to the test. There is precious little in America that was not destroyed under GWB and his short-sighted, arrogant, corporations-first administration of anti-science cavemen. " Nov 26, 11 10:57 AM

White Lights To Brighten Southampton Village For Yuletide

Beautiful holiday decorations" Nov 27, 11 11:38 AM

Two Southampton Schools Flagged For Improvement By State

How does one survive an allergy to herself?" Nov 27, 11 9:07 PM

Squeaky, you have an extremely limited and misinformed view of immigrants and their children. In fact, if you dig deeper into the performance of area schools, you will find that immigrant children often out perform their classmates. Additionally, there are schools throughout the country that have majority Latino students yet are still performing at or near the top.

To blame Latino children is a lazy cop out. You seem to have something against children who speak two languages. Around the world elementary school children speak and learn in multiple languages and the fact is that dual language education produces a more well-rounded and better performing student.

A very big part of how we should judge a person's education is by how they interact with the rest of society. Are they accepting and open-minded to new experiences or, like you, are they beholden to a myopic, isolationist world view that is characteristic of the less educated among us?

"A new report by two Brown University professors is challenging the conventional view that the children of immigrants are more likely to fail in school and become delinquent because of cultural, economic and language barriers.

Professors Evelyn Hu-DeHart and Cynthia Garcia Coll say studies show that first-generation immigrant children have lower rates of juvenile delinquency than children of families that have been in the United States for two or three generations.

The report also asserts that some first-generation immigrant children outperform second- and third-generation children in standardized tests, that they have positive attitudes toward school and teachers and that although they often start behind American-born children in school, the first-generation immigrant children catch up quickly."

You can google this article to read the rest: Immigrant children are high achievers in school say Brown researchers" Nov 28, 11 3:19 PM

Mr. Z, the test scores are a sham. There are children getting A's in class work and performing terribly on these standardized tests. You need to learn more about this before making such remarks. By the way, as someone who is the child of an immigrant, you really should be less myopic in your views." Nov 29, 11 1:44 PM

"The displaced and bewildered"? Those same words could be used to describe your post." Nov 29, 11 1:46 PM

New Brand Of Politics In The Future For Southampton Trustees

Party affiliation has become irrelevant in this town. The democrats back Independence party candidates (not to be confused with indepenDENT) and then convince republicans to run as democrats, but where are the real democrats? The progressive candidates who do not change their party to suit the public mood? It is all a sham." Nov 30, 11 3:23 PM

The Beach Box Might Be 'Coming Soon To A Dune Near You' Says Developer

Affordability=sustainability. A basic tenet of creating affordable alternatives to standard construction is to make it affordable to the masses. Granted, this home is being built on some of the most expensive property in the world, but until these container homes are built in middle class neighborhoods (as they have been in other areas for years already) they are not a sustainable alternative.

" Dec 6, 11 8:37 AM

'Occupy' To March In Southampton Village On Sunday

You want proof that OWS is working to change the conversation in America - just read the posts from all of the frightened, right-wing zealots. The world is changing around them and they are terrified of being left behind. Too late." Dec 13, 11 1:50 PM

Repeat DWI Offender Avoids Jail Time

She was on probation for a previous dwi and she gets no time? Ridiculous. " Dec 13, 11 8:23 PM

Hidden Cove Puts Human Face On Homelessness

Says one of the most-bigoted, myopic, haters posting on this site" Jan 2, 12 8:33 AM

"The conservatives want the poor to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but they've stolen their boots"" Jan 2, 12 11:19 AM

bigfresh, when will you heed the words of the man you've quoted?" Jan 3, 12 8:17 AM

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