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Letters February 18, 2010

Posted on 19 February 2010

Room to Grow

Dear Bryan,

My grandfather, Bill Trimpin, was a Sag Harbor Village Trustee for sixteen years before being elected Mayor in 1946. He died from a heart attack in 1951 when I was one year old. I only know him from photographs, family stories, and the comments of villagers. By all accounts he was “a good man.” He was a successful plumber and in our mom’s basement on Division Street is the wheelbarrow that he used to transport his tools as an enterprising small businessman.

I wish I knew rather than guessing his views on government and business. I wish we could be having those kinds of conversations. What I do know is that he typifies the American success story. He worked hard, was honest, a loyal husband and loving father, gave back to his community, and helped his neighbors. He was small of stature, but a giant of principled living.

In his ordinary life, he displayed the extraordinary opportunities of living in a free, capitalist society. Unless you can justify arguing that Bill Trimpin’s achievements are not the kind we esteem as a country, you must help preserve that spirit of individualism, fair reader, and be “ever vigilant” against a government so large that there is no room for that spirit to reside. 

Bill Jones

Hampton Bays 

Gratitude From the Pantry

To the editor:

The Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry would like to extend its appreciation to the Boys Whalers Varsity Basketball Team and the Sag Harbor Fire Department Sports Committee for holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday, February 7 to benefit our pantry.

Special thanks go out to Katherine Mitchell and Coach Christian Johns and his team for all their work in organizing and setting up.


Barbara Wolfram,

For The Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry Board of Directors

Justice Needed Here

Dear Editor,

I think the idea of a justice court in Sag Harbor is a great idea. It will make it easier, I believe, for people here in the village to answer parking tickets and other violations. Not that we should necessarily make it easy for people who are criminals, but it will certainly reduce the amount of time our village police officers spend traveling.

The fact that the courts have moved to Hampton Bays makes it onerous for people east of the canal. Maybe this is a result of the politicians who were running town hall when the decision was made to actually make the move. Once again an example of how little the powers that be think of those of us on the east side of town.

Failing a justice court in Sag Harbor, I think the town should go ahead with the idea for a satellite court somewhere on this side of Southampton. Again, it would make it easier and more convenient.

But, hey, they’ve got our tax money — why would they feel any obligation to actually help us.

Greg Salazar

Sag Harbor

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