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07/30/15 6:00pm
07/30/2015 6:00 PM

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To the editor:

I am appalled at the treatment of Steven Romeo through this tragedy. Innocent until proven guilty? What a joke.

I’ve always known him to be very responsible. He is an honest, hardworking man who goes out of his way to help others. When the toxicology and eyewitness reports come we will all know who is responsible for the lives of these precious young women.

After days of distorted news hype and hostile assumptions, I hope that the truth prevails and justice is served. He already will be spending the rest of his life with the horrible nightmare that was perpetrated upon him. The shock had already begun when he “walked away from the scene.” Long ago, my family was involved in a head-on accident. Bystanders had to chase after my mother who had been sitting in the back seat with her children. Walking down the street with one shoe on, no coat, freezing in the morning snow and leaving her bleeding family behind. No, she wasn’t drunk or making a run for it.

I’ve spent many years on the road and assisted in several accidents with fatalities. Judging from where the vehicle was hit, I am almost certain who is at fault. One thing for sure is this type of accident was bound to happen. Too many times have I seen a group of cars blowing their horns at an oversized vehicle making a U-turn and cutting them off. Oncoming traffic doesn’t expect the turn — especially when they are coming from the express lane, not the turn lane. The negligent driving practices of some buses and limos are putting the public in serious danger. If you can’t make a U-turn from the turn lane with certainty, you should go around the block.

My prayers go out to all involved.

Robert Chilton, Peconic resident

Photo caption: Prosecutors speak with the media after Steve Romeo’s arraignment. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

07/11/15 8:00pm
07/11/2015 8:00 PM

In reference to the proposed developments in Mattituck — both the Pawlowski and Reeves parcels — what is missing in the discussion is a public benefit that incorporates enhanced wastewater treatment. With small lots crowding creek shores, Mattituck is a priority area for wastewater treatment.

The proposed green space of the Pawlowski lot would better serve the community by treating the effluent of both the proposed development and nearby existing neighborhoods to a higher level, possibly using the treated water for subsurface irrigation. The environment would have a net benefit. The land could still have the appearance of open space through the use of natural and subsurface treatment systems, but the benefit would be real.

Glynis Berry of Orient

07/04/15 2:00pm
07/04/2015 2:00 PM

To the editor:

Graduating in a class of 131 students and knowing every single one of their names always drew attention to me when I traveled elsewhere and told people. No one could fathom the fact that I not only had that few but also knew each one so personally. The next thing that shocked people was when they found out I knew every teacher and each of those teachers knew every student’s name. (more…)

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…)