02/13/15 12:02pm
02/13/2015 12:02 PM
New York Times columnist David Carr at last year's WebSummit in Dublin. (Credit: Flickr/WebSummit. http://ow.ly/J17Xg)

New York Times columnist David Carr at last year’s WebSummit in Dublin. (Credit: Flickr/WebSummit. http://ow.ly/J17Xg)

The impact a person can have on someone, even someone that person never met, is extraordinary. That was brought home to me late Thursday night as I considered how someone I had never met gave me a greater appreciation and enthusiasm for what I do for a living.

I was in the process of preparing to post a basketball story to The Suffolk Times’ website when I noticed a picture of The New York Times’ media columnist, David Carr, on his newspaper’s website. Being in a hurry to do what I needed to do, I made a mental note to go back later and check out why Mr. Carr’s photo was up there. I assumed it was a video of a panel discussion he had moderated earlier that evening.

I was wrong. (more…)

02/13/15 7:00am

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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02/12/15 5:58am
02/12/2015 5:58 AM
Southold Town is exploring the option of adding a $3 million courthouse building behind Town Hall. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Southold Town is exploring the option of adding a $3 million courthouse building behind Town Hall. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The easiest, most cost-effective solution to Southold Town’s justice court problem is to construct a new building on town-owned property behind Town Hall.

Town officials said Tuesday that such a project would carry a $3 million price tag, a reasonable sum to fix a growing problem.  (more…)

02/07/15 8:00am
02/07/2015 8:00 AM

mcgreevy

It happened again last month. Jack McGreevy sent a letter to the editor and we received several angry responses.

Mr. McGreevy has developed a reputation as this newspaper’s most polarizing letter writer.

The Mattituck man has his opinions on a wide variety of topics, some of which, particularly his views on marriage, have been known to offend many, myself included.  (more…)

02/06/15 12:00pm
02/06/2015 12:00 PM

state leadersAlbany is in need of serious reform. It’s been known for years, even decades, and is obvious to anyone who pays the slightest bit of attention to our state government.

There appeared to be hope with the 2010 election of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who ran on a reform agenda. But he ended up shutting down his own highly touted investigative body, the Moreland Commission, when its members began to hone in on the root of all problems in Albany: outside money earned by lawmakers, and specifically lawyers who have long claimed they couldn’t disclose details of their work — including their clients — because that would be a breach of lawyer-client privilege. (more…)

02/05/15 1:31pm
02/05/2015 1:31 PM
Allison Williams films a scene for HBO’s “Girls” outside Claudio’s in Greenport in June 2013. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

Allison Williams films a scene for HBO’s “Girls” outside Claudio’s in Greenport in June 2013. (Credit: Claire Leaden)

The Greenport Village Board is set to take up proposed legislation that would require companies looking to film in the village to pony up a $500 fee in order to apply for a filming permit.

Under the proposal, companies wouldn’t get that money back — even if their permit is denied.

Here’s some advice for the Greenport board before moving forward: Remember where you came from. (more…)

02/05/15 6:00am
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…)

02/01/15 7:00am
02/01/2015 7:00 AM
A car is buried in snow in Orient Tuesday. (Credit: Troy Gustavson)

A car is buried in snow in Orient Tuesday. (Credit: Troy Gustavson)

You kids today have no idea how easy you have it. That, in a nugget, is the first thought that comes to mind as I contemplate “The Blizzard of 2015.”

You call this a “blizzard?” I’ll tell you about a blizzard: “The Blizzard of ’78.” No, not 1878 — 1978! When men were men and blizzards were, uh, blizzards.  (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…)