Category | Point Of View

A Mellow Day on the Nation’s Mall

Posted on 05 November 2010

By Jim Marquardt We get up early and walk down 15th Street from the Double Tree Hotel on Rhode Island Avenue. It’s a beautiful, brisk morning, with the sun promising to make it warmer. Washington D.C. is packed with people going to Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ann and I figure we’d better have [...]

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Metaphysical Books. RIP.

Posted on 21 May 2010

By Robert Austin On Friday afternoon April 16th at approximately 3 p.m., Joseph Benzola locked the door of Metaphysical Books and Tools for the last time and walked away. Forever. After eight years Joe could no longer afford to keep the store going. In the last few weeks of the store’s life Joe had put [...]


Why We Were Forced to Streamline Southampton Operations

Posted on 23 April 2010

By Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr. President, Stony Brook University Faced with a 20% reduction, amounting to nearly $55 million, in New York State financial support over the past two years, I announced last week that Stony Brook University has been forced to make strategic cuts and streamline operations at its various locations. Notably, we [...]

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Becoming Transit Independent on the East End

Posted on 08 March 2010

By Kathleen Cunningham Faraone, President Recent MTA tax assessment increases levied on East End Businesses, followed by an announcement that LIRR rail service in our region is likely to be reduced or even eliminated, has East End elected officials speaking out with one opposing voice. The time has come for us to leave the jurisdiction [...]

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Beyond Tears: Scenes From Haiti

Posted on 19 February 2010

by Mike Taibbi 14 February, Port au Prince– We heard there were protests downtown that were angry enough they could soon become riots, so we gathered our gear and headed that way. It had rained overnight, drenching downpours, the first rain in the month since the quake, but the morning skies were clearing. When we [...]


Point of View: What is the Teacher Contract Dispute Really About?

Posted on 21 January 2010

By Susan Lamontagne First there was a mediator, then a Fact Finder, and then a lawsuit. It seems as though nothing has been able to resolve the contract dispute between Sag Harbor’s teachers’ union and board of education. So what’s going on? As the parent of a first grader who has been thrilled with our [...]

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Congressman Bishop’s Passive View of the Afghan Conflict

Posted on 19 November 2009

For the past several years, a vast portion of Suffolk County has been fortunate enough to have Tim Bishop as their Representative in the United States Congress. In addition to the tremendous amount of legislation that Congressman Bishop has sponsored — and successfully passed — for local causes on Long Island, our Democratic leader has [...]

Our Ducky Little Village

Posted on 11 October 2009

by Penny Moser They shot out of the carrier and into the wild like rockets. Four mallard ducks – that once had a feather duster as mom – now dabble and splash in a fine pond. Next year, they’ll pair up and make more ducks. They have no clue they owe their lives to the [...]

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Why Save a Theater?

Posted on 25 September 2009

 “The arts live continuously, and they live literally by faith; their nature and their shapes and their uses survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption, diminishment, neglect; and they outlive governments and creeds and societies; even the very civilizations that produced them. They cannot be destroyed altogether because they represent the substance [...]

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The Effort of Process

Posted on 17 April 2009

By Mayor Greg Ferraris I am sure that many of you have now read last week’s Point of View column penned by Richard Gambino. While I have refrained from responding to various letters, articles and editorial opinions over my six years of public service, I felt inspired to respond and set the record straight on [...]

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