This week was a big one for many Orient residents.
On Monday night, and again on Tuesday, residents of the hamlet at the tip of the North Fork rose up and spoke their minds to elected and appointed Southold Town officials about what they would not accept for the beautiful land and vistas in their community.
There was an event last weekend in Greenport that, while strictly local in nature, connects the North Fork to the larger society around us, and, beyond that, to America and to discussions about immigration going on across the country.
Immigration to America is one of the most contentious political issues of the day. Who gets to come here and work and who gets to stay has been hotly and emotionally debated for years, even more so this week with the president’s decision to end the so-called Dreamers program that allowed some 800,000 young people who entered the country without proper paperwork to stay.
As debates and angry protests go on about whether monuments to leaders of the Confederate government during the Civil War are appropriate for public spaces, here is a reminder that men from the North Fork enlisted in large numbers to fight to keep the country intact.
American history has been in turmoil these last few weeks.
For some who have been in the news of late, there is no hard truth to settle on. There are no certainties, no accepted “this is what happened” that forms the timeline and foundation of the American experience. For some, political points to be scored, personal grudges to be aired, are the shapers of the truth they accept for themselves. The truth is an inconvenience.
One hundred years ago, when Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County was started, Long Island had over 100,000 acres of farmland. Most of that acreage was dedicated to potatoes and, considering the massive expansion of the New York City suburbs, it’s interesting to note that potato farms once extended as far west as the Nassau-Queens line. Long Island’s glacier runoff soil was perfectly suited for the growing of potatoes.
In May, as summer approached and boaters began to head out into Greenport Harbor and beyond, the village’s sewage pump-out boat was out of service due to engine trouble. The boat returned to service in early July — only to be sidelined again when a pump failed. Now, as August arrives and the end of summer is in sight, the boat remains out of service. READ
The history of voting rights in America is littered with obstacles and roadblocks.
It took until 1870, with the 15th Amendment, for African-American men to earn the right to vote. And even then, literacy tests and poll taxes were designed to suppress their vote. The 19th Amendment, granting voting rights to women, wasn’t adopted until 1920. The 24th Amendment, outlawing poll taxes, was passed in 1964. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 aimed to further solidify those rights for African Americans, nearly a full century after the 15th Amendment granted them.