Should Honor All the Vets
I am writing this letter in response to a recent letter submitted by Dolores Zebrowski. I agree that it is an excellent idea to name the preserve on Glover Streeet after Nick Cilli, whose family owned that land for many, many years.
To create a walkway to memorialize the names of all the men from Sag Harbor who have given their lives in all the wars that the U.S. has been involved in is a great idea.
It is unfair and unjust for all the praise and honor to go in one direction. Each man and woman who served in any branch of the service is a hero in his or her own right. The ones who died, the ones who were wounded and the ones who returned safely. Each one put his or her life on the line every day they served.
The renaming of the bridge has been an offense and insult to many local people who have lost loved ones in the various wars. Before the bridge was renamed it should have been put before the entire village for suggestions and for approval or disapproval. It should not have been decided by a “chosen few.” Many people feel it should be the “Sag Harbor, North Haven Veterans Memorial Bridge,” to honor all veterans. Many families have been hurt by this action and feel deep resentment.
Now they want to put a sidewalk and a statue at the high school. Will it never end? Are the taxpayers expected to pay for this? As one party said, “It’s in overkill.”
Please, no more. Enough is enough is enough. Let’s honor all the vets!
Following is a letter to the members of the Stony Brook Council. I would urge as many people as possible to write letters to them as well. A list of their addresses follows.
Dear Council Members,
My name is Katie Osiecki. I was and am hoping to be a sophomore at Stony Brook Southampton. I’m not going to beat around the bush telling you what I want because I think you know. I want Stony Brook Southampton to be re-opened. I am one of the six plaintiffs that filed the suite against Stony Brook University and I think it is my right and my duty to fight for what I believe in, because in truth that is what our country is about.
I am not sure what Stony Brook Southampton means to you but speaking for me, it was more than just a school. At Stony Brook Southampton we were not just a number, we were all individuals that had chosen a small school for a particular reason. Having been at Stony Brook main campus for a couple weeks now it’s not what I signed up for. It’s a place where people walk by you and don’t smile; no one holds doors open and people are rarely polite. Its not a place to study sustainability when the trash cans are over flowing with garbage, buildings are towering over you from all angles and you have to park in a parking lot so far away that on top of my hour commute I need to plan another 30 minutes in to make sure I get the bus from the South Parking lot.
At Stony Brook Southampton we were and still are people that want to make a change, a difference. From the first leak of the school closing on April sixth we came together to fight for what we believe in. I think I can speak for most of us when I say that it was more then just a school from the beginning. From the spirit that arose when the news got out we were no longer just students going to school, we were a community coming together to fight for what we believed in.
I understand with the budget cuts things are tight, but they are tight everywhere. We were and hopefully are a school on the verge of the next big thing, sustainability. When the great depression hit FDR didn’t stop spending money to make things better, he created public work programs all over the country, which helped boost the economy. Why cut something that is so important in the up coming years? Why give us no warning to plan our future or a chance to save out school? I am just one student and no matter what happens with the decision that you all make I will be successful because in my heart I know the difference between what is right and wrong. What Stony Brook University did was wrong in my eyes on so many levels. But to me the worst thing that it did was not give us a chance. We were 500 plus students and teachers with ideas to change the future and no one asked us what we would do.
Our country is stuck in its old habits. We resort to the old ways to make decisions but clearly that isn’t working. The underlining theme of our school was and is sustainability. Stony Brook Southampton is located in one of the richest, cultural and vibrant towns in the world. We have some of the wealthiest people with the deepest pockets living down the road. We are where everyone wants to be. Here are just some ideas that we as a student body came up with the night of April sixth. The Hamptons is a place known for its arts. There is a gorgeous newly renovated theater that was under utilized, which should have showings almost every night, concerts should be played on the front lawn of the historical Caflin House during the summer months, they could create a permanent farmers market in the parking lot in front of the Caflin house, in the summer time the dorms should be used as hostels, being that everyone wants to come to the Hamptons in the summer because it is the place to be. This list could go on and on. The school was never incorporated into the community. It needs to be. The school needs the community as much as the community needs the school. As for energy costs, we are a sustainable school, we should have wind turbines and solar panels on campus and once we generate enough energy to run the school we should sell the extra energy back to the town. And finally once we have an alumni and a following that will hopefully create an endowment.
So in reality, what are you saving by shutting us down? A couple million dollars is so small when looking at the future. Sustainability, green living, environmental studies, this is our future. We as a country can no longer turn our check. Stony Brook Southampton was and hopefully is a campus devoted to the future of not only our children but to the world as a whole. Dr. Seuss said “…You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? ?Yes! You will, indeed!”
I’m going to end this letter telling you about myself. I grew up in Southampton. I graduated from Pierson High School. I always made Deans list in high school and college. I was an all-league, rookie of the year, all-division, all-conference, and all-county athlete in three sports. I am one of the most motivated people you’ll find. I bought a house at the age of eighteen across the street from Stony Brook Southampton so I could go to school while holding on to a piece of prime real estate. When I was in ninth grade I went to a private high school called Morriss Center in East Hampton, which closed after my freshman year because of money. I didn’t fight for it because I didn’t know what to fight for. It’s different now. I’m fighting for knowledge. I’m fighting for my future. I’m fighting for my rights. I’m fighting for a campus worth fighting for. I am fighting for the generation after me that deserves the privilege to be able to study at Stony Brook Southampton. Last spring I managed to get a 4.0, while putting hours upon hours into fighting for this school, along with working 20 hours a week. I’m a bright student with a desire to learn and I believe that we deserve the opportunity to success at Stony Brook Southampton.
I guess what I am asking from you all is to do the right thing. Please don’t let them get away with what they did. They’ll just do it again. Let us be heard. We are worth it and we deserve it.
333 Earle Ovington Blvd.
Uniondale, NY 11553
Leonard A Benedict MD
433 Uniondale Avenue
Uniondale, NY, 11553
Mr. John C. Cochrane
80 Concourse E
Brightwaters, NY 11718
Mr. John J. Corrado
Suffolk Transportation Inc.
10 Moffit Blvd.
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Ms. Jeanne Garant
220 E Main St
Port Jefferson, NY 11777-1857
Prof. Robert H. Flynn
260 Thompson Shore Road
Manhasset, NY 11030
Dr. Lou Howard
197 S Bayview Avenue
Amityville, NY 11701
Matthew Graham – Student Rep. — You can face book friend him and or message him
Mr. Frank C. Trotta
146 South Country Road, Ste. 4
Bellport, NY 11713
Ms. Diana Weir
180 Oser Avenue, Suite 800
Hauppauge, NY 11788