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Letters October 15, 2009

Posted on 18 October 2009

Settle Now

Dear Editor,

Last Monday, when attending the Sag Harbor School Board meeting, I expressed to the board members my lack of understanding as to why they are refusing to sit down with our union representatives to negotiate the teachers’ contract. What I was unable at the time to verbalize was the sadness and despair that these twenty months of stonewalling are causing. The union, on numerous occasions, has explained that our positions are flexible, and that the teachers are most anxious to meet and resolve issues in the time-honored tradition of negotiations. I can only interpret the board’s tactics of refusal as disrespect and disregard for the people to whom they have entrusted the education of the precious children of Sag Harbor. Unfortunately, this disrespect has permeated into members of the community and the students, as well. 

It has been my pleasure and privilege to teach at the Middle School at Pierson for the past eleven years, and it is my hope that the school board will soon come to the realization that it is in the best interest of the community, and especially the children of Sag Harbor, that the time is now to put and end to this situation and plan in earnest to meet with the teachers and settle the contract.


Melissa Luppi

Sag Harbor

Extraordinary Students

Dear Editor,

I’d like to extend heartfelt thanks to a few extraordinary students in our community!

On Sunday September 27, six talented young musicians performed classical music in a concert entitled “Classical Candy” held at Christ Episcopal Church Sag Harbor, to benefit Katy Stewart, an 11 year old sixth grader at Pierson, to assist in her struggle against liver cancer. Over $650 was raised.

Elizabeth Oldak, Luis Murilllo, (Pierson) Shana Polley (RossSchool), all recipients of the prestigious Elizabeth Brockmann Award for Classical Music from the Playhouse Project East Hampton, were joined by Christopher Beroes-Haigis, cello, Oilivia Kaminski, flute, and  Emily Verneuille, clarinet, (Pierson H.S.). The students were accompanied by pianists Christine Cadarette,  and  Amanda Jones, and introduced by a beloved teacher, Mr. David Fox.

More than sixty people enjoyed music such as Bach, Mozart, Faure and Bernstein while Shanna Polley performed an original composition for solo piano on a wonderful Yamaha grand. These teenagers should be commended for giving so generously of their time and talents to help one of our own. Their generosity of spirit is an important part of what makes the Sag Harbor community a special place to live and learn.

Stephanie Beroes, concert producer

Sag Harbor

Running Competitively

Dear Bryan,

As the days dwindle down to Election Day, I continue to aggressively wage my write-in campaign for East Hampton Town Board as an independent balance between all dems. or a republican majority. A full representation of all points of the political spectrum will work much better than too many of any one perspective, don’t you think?  Please write-in my name by lifting the small slot over Town Board candidates and writing “Prudence Carabine” after you have selected a second councilman.

Please know that my work in Sag Harbor with Habitat for Humanity and Maureen’s Haven will continue as a town board member, but from a different perspective. These programs will always be dear to my life.

As a resident of the Town of East Hampton, I am hoping that after the sad events of last week, we can move on to greater financial stability, as soon as possible. I encourage you to call the present councilmen and beg them to flat line the 2010 budget now, BEFORE the new tax bills go out. Please write-in my name as the only independent candidate for East Hampton Town Board (who is running very competitively) and will WIN on Election Day with your help! 

Prudence Carabine

East Hampton

Liberty Losing Ground

Dear Bryan,

“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” This is a quote from one of our Founding Fathers. Lincoln or Reagan could have said it too. In fact, scholars from Roman times to present times could have uttered these words and understood them.

For safety and comfort, people have always been willing to give up pieces of liberty until the pieces become a whole. If you believe that I have made a good point, then you must ask the question, “How do we get that liberty back once it is lost?” The answer is, “Not easily do we regain liberty once it is given up.” And much more poignant is what do we say when our children look into our eyes and ask us, “Why did you let it happen?”

They will be angry that we allowed history to repeat itself. They will be angry that we knew that nationalized health care was one more entitlement that was demanded by the people even in spite of Jefferson’s warning that, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” They will be right to be angry and we will be right to be ashamed. 

Bill Jones

Hampton Bays

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