06/26/15 6:00am
06/26/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

As a parent of a child with epilepsy, it is upsetting to see how narrow-minded people are in response to medical marijuana, and the opposition people seem to have regarding it being grown locally.

There are children who have died, and will die, before they see medical marijuana become available in the State of New York, despite it being approved several months ago. Children with Dravet Syndrome can have as many as 300 grand mal seizures in a week. Despite being on multiple anti-epileptic medication therapy and surgical interventions, their seizure activity is intractable/uncontrollable. Parents watch their children have seizures every hour of every day, helpless to stop it.  (more…)

06/04/15 5:00am
06/04/2015 5:00 AM

To the editor:

On Sunday, May 24, our daughter was jogging with her 3-year-old son. Passing by a family renting a house for the weekend near First Baptist Church in Greenport, their large standard poodle/standard schnauzer mix lunged, biting my daughter deeply on the thigh, missing our grandson by inches.

I was on our porch and saw her running toward me, screaming in pain, blood coming down her thigh, jogging skirt shredded. Instead of attending a much-anticipated family birthday party, she immediately went to the ER.  (more…)

05/29/15 5:00am
05/29/2015 5:00 AM

To the editor:

The New York State Department of Conservation can start killing and mutilating (amputating) wings of healthy wild mute swans if the mute swan bill passed by the state Senate does not get voted on before the Assembly recesses. The DEC’s plan states the swans are non-native and invasive. (more…)

05/13/15 8:00am
05/13/2015 8:00 AM

Cleaves Kuester House

To the Editor:

As the resident owner of Historic Laurel House, home of the first mile marker laid in the Town of Southold, I find the debate about the stones’ origins quite fascinating. But our celebrating the mile stones is not contingent on whether the markers known in Long Island lore as “Ben Franklin milestones” were planted as a result of his mapping the North Fork’s postal route nor on whether they later came to be identified with him as a result of his having served as postmaster, first by British crown appointment and then by Continental Congress appointment.  (more…)

04/24/15 6:00am
04/24/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

Superintendent Gamberg’s outspoken efforts against the current New York State tests have helped highlight what is wrong with the current state of education. I am certainly no fan of standardized tests and applaud efforts to fight for better solutions. I do take issue with the idea that the proposed action is simply to “opt out.” (more…)