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…)

03/06/15 7:00am
03/06/2015 7:00 AM

To the editor:

From Peconic Landing to Brewer Yacht Yard to County Executive Bellone’s initiatives on reducing nitrogen pollution in our waters, it seems everybody around here except Greenport’s current Village Board has heard the message: Sewers have never been more important to our economy and environment.  (more…)

03/05/15 6:00am
03/05/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

I was saddened and dismayed to see that the 130-unit Heritage condominium project is back in front of the Planning Board and that the developer has essentially demanded the right to build this project without sewage treatment, risking the contamination of our groundwater as well as impacting our local seafood and waters. (more…)

02/19/15 7:00am
02/19/2015 7:00 AM
The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

To the editor:

Hooray for Leslie Weisman, chair of the Southold Town Board of Zoning, for attempting to protect our historic churches. I never drive by the Methodist church in Cutchogue without reflecting on its exquisite proportions. I feel equally passionate over the town’s other houses of worship, especially the Presbyterian churches in Southold and Mattituck; big, bold Ostrabrama; Our Lady of Good Counsel, which looks more like an Anglican church in the Cotswolds than anything Roman Catholic. (more…)

02/13/15 7:00am
02/13/2015 7:00 AM

To the editor:

Regarding the recent downfall of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver highlighted in last week’s editorial and the lack of disclosure on the part of some of our local elected officials, there seems to be one common thread: They are all lawyers or connected to legal firms.

Ever needed, worked with or been set upon by an attorney?

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02/05/15 6:00am
02/05/2015 6:00 AM
Following an unselfish act from an opposing team and with the support of his beloved teammates Miguel Borrayo, who has Down syndrome, scored the first points of his school basketball career Jan. 8.

Following an unselfish act from an opposing team and with the support of his beloved teammates Miguel Borrayo, who has Down syndrome, scored the first points of his school basketball career Jan. 8.

To the editor:

I can’t begin to tell you the effect your article about Miguel Borrayo and the teammates from Mattituck and Westhampton Beach had on me.  (more…)

01/30/15 6:00am
01/30/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

In reply to your editorial in the Jan. 22 issue regarding the mandated installation of breath sensors in order to start the engine on future produced cars. In the ’70s, I forget the year, GM installed an interlock system to prevent starting the engine until the seat belts of front passengers were latched. It seemed like a good idea at the time. (more…)