04/10/14 6:00am
04/10/2014 6:00 AM


To the editor:

Excuse me, am I the only one who sees a crisis building up through our brain drain of young folks here on the East End? The school district presentation for the Mattituck-Cutchogue budget showed that in the 2016-17 school year, enrollment is projected to hit the lowest level in more than 30 years, with just 1,189 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.  (more…)

04/03/14 6:00am
04/03/2014 6:00 AM
A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A sandbar at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

To the editor:

In his letter to the Suffolk Times last week, North Fork Environmental Council president Bill Toedter brought up significant points about nitrogen pollution and waste water treatment on the East End. I would like to add to the conversation. (more…)

03/27/14 6:00am
03/27/2014 6:00 AM
Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg

Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg

To the editor:

As a student in Greenport High School I was fairly surprised to hear that David Gamberg would become the superintendent of Greenport as well as retain his position in Southold. How can Mr. Comanda’s job be replaced by someone who can only be here half the time at most, when his job was one where he made over $200,000 last year and was able to retire at 55? (more…)

03/25/14 2:00pm
03/25/2014 2:00 PM

A federal sharpshooter’s view from an elevated box blind on a Nassau Point property during a 2013 deer cull. (Courtesy photo)

To the editor:

Local business owners should have thought about the impact this deer cull would have when they decided to allow out-of-town sharpshooters on their land for this so-called deer management program. For a town that increasingly relies on tourism, our local politicians have been negligent when it comes to protecting the image of Southold and how out-of-town visitors would look upon what’s happening.  (more…)

03/13/14 5:00am
03/13/2014 5:00 AM

Southold Town police

To the editor:

The Feb. 10 Suffolk Times reported that police arrested a Peconic man whose license had been suspended 29 times previously, and now accused him of again driving without a license or car registration. The March 6 issue reported on a Bellport man with 100 active suspensions who was arrested for speeding in an unregistered vehicle, with no insurance, no inspection and “switched” license plates. (more…)

03/06/14 5:00am
03/06/2014 5:00 AM

Dogtown owners in a 2010 photo with several of their furry friends, from left: Anthony Pollina with Tulip, James Dosch with Zoey and Rebecca Dosch holding Sunny. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

To the editor:

One of the concerns raised about Southold Town is the lack of opportunities for the younger generation to make a living. Indeed, I agree that there are limitations, but it might be good to recognize some young people who are truly entrepreneurs.  (more…)

02/27/14 6:00am
02/27/2014 6:00 AM

The view from Bay Ridge in Brooklyn looking out at the burning SS Sea Witch in 1973. (Photo via disasterhx.blogspot.com)

To the editor:

Fire Fighter saved my father’s life, and those of many other men, on the morning of June 2, 1973.

George W. Spears was the 2nd mate on the ill-fated SS Sea Witch that collided with the SS Esso Brussels in the Hudson River underneath the Verrazano Bridge. (more…)

02/20/14 7:00am
02/20/2014 7:00 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Kimogener Point on the Bay off New Suffolk Avenue Monday evening.

Kimogener Point on the Bay off New Suffolk Avenue earlier this year. (Barbaraellen Koch file photo)

Last week, Joe Fischetti rightly identified nitrogen as a significant cause of declining regional water quality, but I disagree with his view that policy efforts should wait until every technical question is resolved, because I doubt it will ever happen.  (more…)