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…)

04/09/15 6:00am
04/09/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

In your April 2 issue, John Kanas makes a rather remarkable but easily contested statement: “North Shore [LIJ] provides the best care on the East Coast.” U.S. News and World Report Health provides national and regional ratings that suggest otherwise.  (more…)

04/02/15 6:00am
04/02/2015 6:00 AM
Members of the public ringed the Code Committee table at Wednesday night's meeting. The committee will move forward with a code change to address short-term rentals in the village.

Members of the public ringed the Code Committee table at the March 26 meeting. The committee will move forward with a code change to address short-term rentals in the town. (Credit: Paul Squire)

To the editor:

Over the past several years I have frequently visited Southold for long-weekend stays. My family and I enjoy the beaches, restaurants, and many other local attractions. We pick our fall pumpkins and our Christmas trees out on the North Fork and bring them to our permanent residence in southwestern Connecticut. (more…)

03/26/15 5:00am
03/26/2015 5:00 AM

To the editor:

Richard Amper should tinker in his own toolbox, not the 2 percent tax fund.

The reason for the land preservation program was to preserve farmland, to keep agriculture viable and, in the process, keep the rural and agricultural character of the five East End towns intact. That goal is still in process, with vast acres of land which could and should still be preserved. Although it is an important goal, preservation of water quality was not the purpose of the legislation.  (more…)

03/20/15 6:00am
03/20/2015 6:00 AM
The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

To the editor:

It is with a heavy heart that I write of the loss of the First Universalist Church. My family, the Terrys and Goldsmiths, were founding members in 1835. It started as a church, then disbanded and became the Lyceum Association in 1863, according to the book “North Fork Nostalgia,” a collection of stories from the scrapbooks of Becky Terry. It gained an enviable reputation putting on plays. The church had a Gothic Palladian window over the front entrance, the only one of its kind.  (more…)

03/13/15 6:00am
03/13/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

In last week’s “The flaws with scores, evaluations” opinion piece, Southold and Greenport Superintendent David Gamberg uses a false analogy (a parody?) to argue against objective measurement. He proposed physicians of all specialties be judged by community weight loss, even though most don’t treat obesity! In reality, physicians with board certification in a specialty must pass lengthy written tests every 10 years for re-certification. Teachers don’t!  (more…)