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06/12/14 6:00am
Plans to move and expand the Galley Ho restaurant were the subject of a public hearing Monday.(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Plans to move and expand the Galley Ho restaurant were the subject of a public hearing Monday.(Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Last week’s coverage and editorial on the New Suffolk Waterfront Fund’s plan to relocate and renovate the Galley Ho restaurant received a large dose of feedback. Here are a sample of two letters to the editor written in response. (more…)

10/31/13 6:00am

PETER WALDNER CARTOON

To the editor:

Whatever happened to the cute cartoons each week from Peter Waldner? I was upset to see that he had to get some political digs into this week’s cartoon. In fact, I think The Suffolk Times is no longer the hometown newspaper that I started to read many years ago. It seems to be trying to get into politics outside of our local elections.

If I want to see such political cartoons, I can buy the big-time newspapers. I just want to find out what is going on locally, not in Washington, D.C. I hear enough of that on the news each night.

My advice to Peter is, keep it cute … not political.

Elizabeth Fletcher, Mattituck

To the editor:

The Oct. 24 cartoon displayed “frightening” Halloween masks. One of the masks is that of Senator Ted Cruz. Now, I am sure that this mask will frighten a “few,” who are also frightened of the truth. However the rest of us will react as they did in Amarillo, with an eight-minute standing ovation for the truth being told by Senator Cruz.

Louis Williams, Southold

To read more letters to the editor, pick up a copy of this week’s Suffolk Times on newsstands or click on the E-Paper.

10/17/13 7:00am

To the editor:

In his column last week, Troy Gustavson wrote that “the Democratic Party is largely disorganized and dysfunctional” in Southold Town. He said this as a reason for us accepting Judge Bill Price on our Democratic line. This is not the truth.

What we do not currently have are any Democrats elected to town government, leaving the Republican Party in total control and making all appointments. This is not good in a democracy. When it exists, abuses occur and the status quo leads to inaction — as in deer, ticks and the Vineyard 48 abuses. Some call it the “Good Old Boy System.”

Indicative of this was the all-Republican Town Board’s decision to have the leadership of the Republican Party screen candidates for the vacant seat of Democrat Al Krupski at Republican headquarters. Though it may have been Republican Party leadership that told the Town Board this was the way it was to be, Democrats who were interested saw through this charade and did not bother to screen.

Regarding his claim of disorganization: Most of our committee positions are filled. If there is a Democrat interested on Fishers Island, please contact me. We have three district leaders. We have monthly meetings and often guest speakers. Fundraisers and parties are well attended, We have subcommittees as the need arises. One is responsible for attending Town Board, Planning Board and, at times, ZBA meetings. They report to us at our monthly meetings.

The Southold Democratic Party is an open party. We welcome new arrivals and encourage all to get involved. We believe all are a “natural resource” and many bring a variety of talents and ideas often gained elsewhere.

Regarding Judge Bill Price: How the Republican Party would reject this respected Republican judge with 32 years’ experience is beyond comprehension. We were most happy he chose to run on our line. We did not ask him to change his registration, so he will run as a registered Republican on the Democratic line. Troy, I seriously doubt a man of Judge Price’s experience and caliber would even consider running with the Southold Democrats if we were disorganized and dysfunctional.

Judge Price commented after one his first meetings with the Southold Democrats on how different our meetings were from Republican meetings. He said that at Republican meetings, the leadership says what is going to be, but Democrats actually discuss and arrive at a consensus.

Art Tillman, Mattituck

Mr. Tillman is chairman of the Southold Democratic Committee.

 

To the editor:

Two nations under God, really? Troy wants a nation of equal opportunity for all but he admittedly will deport anyone who does not agree with his views. For the sake of argument, let’s name the two new nations: One is “Nation Superior” and the other is the “Nation of Dummies” ( formerly, “Ye Olde United States”).

The leaders and citizens of Nation Superior will all be progressive thinkers and superior minds. If you do not agree with a superior mind, out you go, banished to the Nation of Dummies.

Sounds like a familiar scenario, doesn’t it? A scenario that has been repeated many times throughout the history of the world.

As the superior minds are basking in wonderment at their brilliant ideas, the Nation of Dummies will be designing, building and creating, because they live in a country that promotes life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, ONE nation under God. Naturally, the dummies will welcome any superior mind to live amongst them. Uh, here we go again!

Troy has made me realize why I am so happy to be dumb.

Bob Guarriello, Southold

 

To the editor:

Regarding Troy Gustavson’s babbling about our divided nation: He needs to secede to a remote island and clip his coupons and collect his government check.

Brenda Cibelli, Mattituck

 

To the editor:

You speak for yourself and I for the 51 percent of this country who believe that they earned their place in this society and that it is not a God-given or Obama-given right to place your hand in my pocket to find the funds for your health care.

Where do you come off suggesting that we find our own place where we can be self-sufficient and thrive while you all drop out and hang on to the shards thrown to you by the government? This is a fundamental divide. No, not slavery, but fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. That’s right, Mr. Gustavson, work.

This half of the country isn’t afraid to work. Just look at Israel. There they sit in the midst of a swirling porridge of greed and destruction as its main ingredient and they flourish. They have created 77 percent of the world’s patented material and extend their hand to others in need by developing medical technologies to heal rather than harm; to educate rather than denigrate; to enlighten and enhance rather than suck the very core of life from every productive citizen.

Yes, I’ll take that second half plus the extra 1 percent and form a more perfect union. I would never impose my standard of good care, or adequate income, or sufficient nutrition, or whether to nurse or bottle-feed my babies, or whether you should marry or who it is your should marry, or whether there is too much salt or sugar in your diet, or whether you choose to have a child or not.

If you remember the TV series “The Prisoner” — “ I am not a number, I am a man ( in this case, woman).”

You never had my permission to take away from me what was given to me by the founders of this great nation and I pray that we find a true captain to steer this ship, which is most certainly headed to the rocks, to safe waters.

Carla Rosen, Peconic

 

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Troy Gustavson’s column regarding the government shutdown. So many words have been traded back and forth on the issue. I am waiting for the voice of leadership, the unifying principles that sparked our Constitution. This voice is neither Republican nor Democrat. This voice is the God of the Bible, the God of our Founding Fathers, the God who loves America and who laments over our “progressive” move past a simple humble confession that He has answers to. We don’t, clearly.

Let us regress and turn back. Implore His mercy and wisdom and ask for direction. Let’s pray now for those in government on both sides of the aisle.

Imagine returning to prayer to the one and only God before sessions in government, our work day, our school day. That is our history and our Judeo-Christian heritage. This was our strength. It is never too late. “If My people humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will forgive their sin and heal their land” — 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Lorraine Zito, Mattituck

 

To the editor:

Reading Troy Gustavson’s column last week simultaneously brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.

My husband, Freddy, was a dyed in the wool, right of center, left of extreme, retro conservative Republican — until one morning during a local election season. He was entering the Southold post office (or was it the pharmacy?) and several GOP officials were campaigning, with leaflets in hand. Being a kindred spirit, he stopped to chat with them. They dissed and ignored him.

Never one to hide his lantern under a haystack, he proceeded to lambaste them. He felt that his shaggy, long-haired and bearded look had caused the Republicans to believe he was a leftist liberal (God forbid) and thus not worthy of their breath.

This was the beginning of his change in voting pattern, splitting his ticket (for the first time) to vote against those who dissed him.

Bernie Kettenbeil, Southold

The late Fred Kettenbeil Sr. of Southold worked for many years as a delivery man for Times/Review Newspapers.

06/18/13 5:00pm
LINDSAY REIMER PHOTO  |

LINDSAY REIMER PHOTO |  A storm whips across Long Island Sound Monday night at Town Beach in Southold.

Suffolk Times reader Lindsay Riemer captured images of last night’s quick moving storm that swept across the area before leaving behind a beautiful sunset. Ms. Reimer’s images were shot at Town Beach in Southold.

LINDSAY RIEMER PHOTO  |  A sunset Monday night at Town Beach in Southold.

LINDSAY RIEMER PHOTO | A sunset Monday night at Town Beach in Southold.

04/04/13 6:00am
GARRETT MEADE FILE PHOTO | The North Fork Ospreys players need a place to stay this summer.

GARRETT MEADE FILE PHOTO | The North Fork Ospreys players need a place to stay this summer.

To the editor:

I’m so excited that I saw one of my first ospreys of the season.

That means we are really close to the return of the North Fork Osprey collegiate baseball team. They’re one of seven teams in the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League that play here on the East End.

This will be the third year our family will host one of the players. These college baseball players come from all over to hone their baseball skills and get a chance to be spotted by a Major League scout.

These past two summers have been a lot of fun for the four of us. In our first year our 6-foot, 8-inch pitcher came from Iowa and had the time of his life and we still keep in contact with him and his parents. James Kohler loved to fish and learned a whole new vocabulary living with us as he had only ever fished in fresh water. We made it a point to help him discover salt water fishing as well as the shellfish. Too bad he wasn’t around for scallop season.

James is still playing for his college baseball team and holds the highest GPA on his team at the University of Evansville. He majors in biology and will go pre-med.

Last year we hosted Mark Brennan, who attended Marist College on a full academic scholarship. His shellfish allergy kept us from encouraging salt water activities, except for tubing and fishing or just hanging out at the beach.

He was on his feet with the mention of strawberry picking. When he left in August, my son was able to add catcher to the list of positions he was able to play. Mark bonded quickly with us and the kids keep in touch with him on social media.

We are so looking forward to seeing who will be living this summer in our spare bedroom, now known as the “Ospreys” room.

We are in need of a few more Osprey host families. If you think you can host a player, please call 734-7167.

Janet, Ken, Julie and Sam Dickerson, Cutchogue

To read more letters to the editor, pick up a copy of this week’s Suffolk Times on newsstands or click on the E-Paper.

04/01/13 8:41am

To the editor:

With so many of our politicians concerned for the health and well-being of their constituents, with their laws on banning large sugary drinks, hiding cigarettes behind the counters as well as banning “energy drinks” from teenagers, I have to wonder why not one of these elected officials has ever proposed a bill to ban the sale of all tobacco products as well?

With the various diseases and physical problems that tobacco causes, along with the billions of dollars in associated treatment costs, there is a compelling reason to stop the use of tobacco. Yet these same “concerned” public officials continue playing to the news media instead of just saying: “No more tobacco will be sold here!”

Thomas W. Smith, Jamesport

02/28/13 6:00am
KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO  |  The town may soon have a say on dogs on the beach, such as this one taking a dip at Goose Creek in Southold.

KATHARINE SCHROEDER FILE PHOTO | Some readers have taken exception to the idea of dogs being required to have a leash at all times on beaches.

To the editor:

I just got back from a walk with my dog. It’s a sunny day. This winter is going to end! We were alone on the beach where we usually go.

She ran and ran and ran. She ran in circles. She ran on ahead, leapt over objects in her path, swept on in a wide circle and zoomed back to me, grinning. Then off again. She really needed some exercise.

What will I do if I cannot let her off leash at appropriate times and in appropriate places? There is just no way I can give her enough exercise without somewhere to run free.

What would I have done when I first adopted her?

She came from New Orleans after Katrina. She was so frightened, and she was going to be euthanized. The North Fork Animal Welfare League rescued her and we adopted her. We were warned that all the Katrina dogs wanted to escape, to run, run, run.

I found this beach. It’s almost surrounded by water, then wetlands, then a very quiet road. I let her off the leash. She ran, and it was that running that brought her back to life. That plus clean air, good food and a safe new home.

In New York City, dog owners and non-dog owners have found a mutually agreeable solution. Dogs may be off leash in the parks before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

Surely we can work something out in Southold.

Venetia Hands, Orient

To the editor:

I applaud Dawn Bennett’s Feb. 21 letter, “A ridiculous law.” Most dogs, like most people, are social animals and adapt well to social situations. Sometimes, however, people unknowingly provoke dogs to behaviors that people deem inappropriate, and sometimes otherwise considerate dog owners fail to pick up their dogs’ droppings.

But this does not mean that we need laws treating all dogs as though they were mad. Rather, we need avenues for informing the public about canine behavior and about responsible dog ownership. The knowledge thus promulgated could make life easier and healthier for both human and canine citizens.

Dogs make many valuable contributions to human life. In addition to the widespread joy in having them as pets, dogs provide a safety net in homes. They assist the police and the military, they assist the blind and they often give greater solace to the elderly and the ill than do other humans.

It’s only reasonable that the Town Board acknowledge the needs of dogs and create means for the fulfillment of those needs.

Maureen Sanders, Orient

To the Editor:

Dogs leashed at all times on the beach? Install cameras to shame the offenders? Huh?

Things have changed a great deal around here over the years. There are more humans from elsewhere, retirees with a cause, with ideas for improving things in their narrow scope of vision. But dogs are part of the fabric of the human experience, as are cantankerous, griping complainers. I have experienced far more negative behavior from humans than from dogs on the beach or elsewhere.

Back off and let dogs and their owners be, and let the Town Board weigh matters of real consequence.

Woof!

Jack Gismondi, Peconic