08/28/14 6:00am
08/28/2014 6:00 AM
Rhode Island lawmakers were moved to act to restore water quality in area bays after thousands of juvenile fish turned up dead in Greenwich Bay on Aug. 20, 2003. Algal blooms were blamed for the kill. (Credit: Tom Ardito)

Rhode Island lawmakers were moved to act to restore water quality in area bays after thousands of juvenile fish turned up dead in Greenwich Bay on Aug. 20, 2003. Algal blooms were blamed for the kill. (Credit: Tom Ardito)

To the editor:

Last week, The Suffolk Times ran a long article on water issues and nitrogen. Thank you.

So what are we waiting for? We have known about this problem for a long time. It isn’t going away and it will only get worse as the years roll by. (more…)

08/16/14 3:00pm
08/16/2014 3:00 PM
Beer being poured at last week's festival. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Beer being poured at last week’s festival. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

To the editor:

We wanted to share some thoughts about the recent festival. It is always a great idea to celebrate, as with the craft beer festival this past weekend. We have lived next door to the Peconic Bay Winery property for 14 years and have never had any negative issues with the numerous events [that have] taken place there.  (more…)

07/31/14 5:00am
07/31/2014 5:00 AM
Protestors outside the Cole Bros. circus in Greenport in 2013. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

Protestors outside the Cole Bros. circus in Greenport in 2013. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

To the editor:

I’m writing to thank Marilyn Flynn for her bravery despite the consequences for her protest actions against the Cole Bros. Circus. Since I’ve moved back to the North Fork 16 years ago, I am always dismayed to see posters announcing the circus is back in town. (more…)

07/24/14 7:00am
07/24/2014 7:00 AM
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An osprey entangled in a yellow plastic bag near the Goose Creek bridge in Southold. (Credit: Jef Citera)

I did not learn of the meeting addressing the ban on plastic bags until after it already happened. That’s unfortunate, because for some time I have had these pictures (above) and have held on to them waiting for an opportunity to use them in support of this ban.

While walking the beach near the Goose Creek Bridge, my wife and I came upon this osprey entangled in a yellow plastic bag. We guessed that the bird may have mistaken it for prey, went for it and became trapped and drowned, as he was found floating near the shore. We buried it after taking the pictures.

If, as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, then here is undeniable proof that these bags are a real environmental hazard. This is only one stark example.

Jef Citera, Southold

07/04/14 7:00am
07/04/2014 7:00 AM

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To the editor:

The decision to make personnel appointments at a special meeting held by members of the Greenport School Board at 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday is suspect at best. Although the second item on the agenda was for public commentary, it was obvious there would be little, if any, input from the community for a meeting at that hour. There were only three board members present at that meeting and the deciding vote was cast by a trustee who is vacating her seat as of July 1.  (more…)