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Letters to the Editor 12/22/11

Posted on 23 December 2011

Returning to Your Local Pharmacy

Dear Editor:

I would like to tell all our customers, I have been a pharmacist and an independent pharmacy owner for more than 45 years. I have seen the pharmacy profession endure many changes. Some good, some not so good.

Last Wednesday, December 14, 2011 was a real game changer for the independent pharmacy in a very good way. We finally WON the battle against “mail order” pharmacies. It was a very tough fight. For the last 10 years or more we have seen “mail order” pharmacies chip away at our prescription business reducing our prescription volume every year.

“Mail Order” encroached on our business, the so-called “Mom-Pop” pharmacies in a very unfair way. They actually set up rules to make it impossible to compete. Such as 90-day supply and lower co-pays etc. which we were not allowed to match.

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS legislature changed all that by signing a law allowing people to use their local pharmacies to fill prescriptions with the same rules as “Mail Order.” We can now offer our customers everything that they receive from Mail Order. You now have a choice to return to your local independent pharmacy. It’s wonderful to have you back.

We appreciate all the support our organizations and especially our loyal customers have given us through this long process.


Barry Marcus, RPh.

Sag Harbor Pharmacy

A Rush for Money

Dear Editor,

Several letters to the editor written by members of the East Hampton Aviation Association (EHAA) appeared in last week’s Sag Harbor Express. At least two letters were written by members of the same family, congratulating the decision of the lame duck East Hampton Town Board to request FAA funding for a deer fence at East Hampton Airport, a decision which would lock the town into additional rules and controls by the FAA for years to come and pave the way towards further expansion with already FAA-approved layout plans.

There are misleading statements in all three letters but most objectionable is the statement that East Hampton Town will gain control of the airport by accepting FAA funds. This assertion is simply not accurate. The FAA is in control of the airport today and has been for decades; that is why airport manager Jim Brundige has for years cited the FAA as the reason East Hampton airport can do nothing about noise — because the FAA controls the skies, the town does not. The current FAA grant assurances governing proprietors’ exemptions — those which would allow the airport proprietor, East Hampton Town, to take back local control and to impose curfews and set restrictions on types and numbers of aircraft — will expire in December 2014. Then, and only then, can proprietor’s exemptions or local airport control return to the town.

The letters to the editor are not the first misleading statements put out by EHAA regarding the airport. One cannot help but question the motives of a small number of Southampton Town residents (members of the EHAA) in spending thousands upon thousands of dollars for local press and radio advertisements over the past several months in support of a neighboring town board accepting a federal handout; especially when $1.5 million surplus funds are available in a dedicated airport fund which is, by law, to be used only for airport maintenance and improvements, such as fencing.

Local control would not cost East Hampton taxpayers more, it would cost airport users more; they would have to pay landing fees. Currently, owner/pilots who base their craft at East Hampton airport pay no landing fees, no matter how frequently they come and go; they pay only a low fuel tax towards airport costs. One can assume however, that if they can afford to buy and service a small plane (say around $10,000-$20,000 per year), they could certainly afford to pay landing fees as low as $7 for a small plane, just as small transient aircraft are charged and as boat owners pay fees to use a marina. It would seem therefore that EHAA support of East Hampton Town Board’s decision to request FAA funding is no more about landing fees than it is about a deer fence.

There’s no fire here. Why the expensive advertising support by EHAA for East Hampton Town and the rush by a lame duck town board to grab FAA money before grants (which do not currently permit local control) expire in 2014, and before two new board members take their seats in January 2012? Or is there more to be gained or lost by some individuals if East Hampton Town accepts or rejects FAA money? It took several weeks of public prodding before the clandestine EHAA publicly listed the names of its principals or even an address on any of its advertisements. Perhaps the next step is for the EHAA to list what is really at stake at East Hampton airport that would cause some Southampton residents to devote so much time and spend so much money to support FAA funding that will bring expansion and more traffic to East Hampton Airport to the detriment of the quality of life of thousands of residents for years to come.

Surely the most reasonable as well as most prudent move would be to allow new board members to take their seats in 2012, to study over the next two years the effectiveness of the “new” as yet unannounced airport noise abatement procedures to go into effect “soon” and make a decision on additional funding when current grants expire in 2014. Anything other than that is a rush for money by a lame duck board supported by a handful with aviation interests for reasons hard to understand by those who will be most directly impacted by the decision for decades to come — residents across the entire East End.

Patricia Currie


Let There be Lights

Dear Editor:

How many years have we been here? I personally have been living on Hamilton Street in Sag Harbor Village for over 25 years now. I’m writing because I am appalled with our so called “Representative for the Neighbors of Pierson,” Steve Reiner. He is concerned with the school’s proposal for stadium lighting and a turf field. This individual, who claims he is representing the neighborhood which surrounds Pierson High School, has not once come up to my household to ask my family’s opinion.

In the past, I served as President of the PTA and Vice President of the PTSA and I spent a lot of time trying to get our kids what they deserve.

I graduated from Pierson High School, my mother graduated from Pierson as well as my grandmother, my husband and my daughters. I obviously have a vested interest in this school, while he seems to have merely property value in mind. I know a number of my neighbors, many of them being close friends and family members who are all for fairness and would like to see this brought up to vote.

There are many benefits to having stadium lighting as well as a turf field. Not only will our school teams be able to have increased practice and playing time, I also believe there will be a feeling of spirit and pride that playing under the lighting will give to our athletes, their families and the greater community. It is understandable that some neighbors have concerns but these 12 individuals have not addressed the neighborhood in its entirety. With that said, we would now like our turn to speak.

I do not understand how Reiner has elected himself head of our neighborhood without taking everyone’s opinion into consideration. I want to make it clear that this leader is not asking us but rather he is just blindly speaking for us. I can assure you that I will be attending the next meeting along with a group of concerned community members who would like to express their opinion.


Michelle Mitchell

Sag Harbor


Dear Bryan:

It is Christmas 1777 and General Washington and his troops are at Valley Forge. Life is miserable in the cold winter; food shortages, disease, lack of clothing including footwear (1/3 of the army had no shoes!), and low morale make Washington worry about the future of the Continental army.

Somehow, some way Washington and his army of freedom loving men persevere. Liberty comes to America thereby creating, for the first time in history, a “government of the people.”

This Christmas, we will snuggle in our heated homes with our families, iPods, iPads, and iPhones. We are no different than the men and women of 1777 except that they seemed to care more about freedom than we do today. They had been without it and wanted it. We have it and appear willing to let it go.

This Christmas, fair reader, the greatest gift we could give our country is to understand that the soldiers endured Valley Forge because they loved and desired freedom. Such thoughts might just inspire us to more tenderly care for the blessing of freedom that they secured on our behalf.

Bill Jones

Hampton Bays

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