10/14/18 5:51am

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) was among the first political figures to embrace the candidacy of Donald Trump, which he did with the eagerness of a tick embedding itself in a deer’s ear. Mr. Zeldin is proving to be a faithful sycophant to the philanderer-in-chief through his failure to speak out against presidential actions and behavior that threaten the fundamentals of a democratic and constitutional society. READ

09/12/18 5:55am
09/12/2018 5:55 AM

I agree that deal-making between the Conservative and Democratic parties is deceptive, erodes trust among voters and demonstrates a lack of commitment to the ideals and vision of the Democratic Party. I disagree that endorsing or voting for Theresa Whelan perpetuates that troubling behavior, or that voting against her addresses the problem. And I object that an implication of Mr. Wick’s article is that by endorsing Ms. Whelan the Southold Democrats in any way endorse the deal-making at the county level (“Surrogate judge primary conceals a scandal,” Sept. 6). READ

09/06/18 6:00am
09/06/2018 6:00 AM

How Tara Scully ended up on the Democratic Party primary ballot for Suffolk County Surrogate Court is a far more important issue than who will next serve on that bench.

In late June, Ms. Scully, an attorney and registered Republican, answered what amounted to a “help wanted” ad posted by Newsday’s editorial board. This remarkable editorial called for someone to run for Surrogate Court who was not handpicked by party bosses in a backroom deal that put forward an approved candidate to be rubber-stamped on Election Day by voters who don’t know any better. READ

08/16/18 7:00pm
08/16/2018 7:00 PM

We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier reports happened somewhere else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere.

— from the Pennsylvania attorney general’s grand jury report READ

08/12/18 5:49am
08/12/2018 5:49 AM

They were married in a small ceremony in New Jersey. The groom, a 25-year-old dentist, and the bride, a 24-year-old nurse, had met just a year earlier, quickly fell in love and were joined together as a couple on an early August day before a small gathering of friends and family.

Irv Pitman wore his Army uniform and his wife, Sue, wore a knee-length white dress. It was nothing fancy, an “everyday” dress, but even after all these years Irv reflects on it fondly, with boyish enthusiasm. READ