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Letters to the Editor 5/24/12

Posted on 25 May 2012

Remember and Wear a Red Poppy

Dear Editor,

The measure of a man may be his willingness to serve his country.  The measure of a country may be its willingness to honor those who served to protect the free world.  Each year the American Legion Auxiliary reminds Americans of their debt to the veterans by offering memorial poppies made by disabled veterans as part of their therapy. Disabled and hospitalized veterans make the official American Legion Auxiliary poppy throughout the year in hospitals and special convalescent workshops maintained by Auxiliary volunteers. Working with their hands provides physical and psychological therapy as well as a small income for these veterans. Each poppy is painstakingly made and never sold but given in exchange for a contribution.  Funds contributed for the Memorial Poppy are used exclusively for programs related to veterans and their families.

Since 1919, the poppy, a small symbol of great sacrifice, has been worn over the hearts of Americans who make a personal statement, “America We Remember.”

We remember and honor the sacrifices of men and women who died in defense of our nation.  We remember our commitment to assist all veterans and their families.

The Chelberg & Battle American Legion Auxiliary of Sag Harbor will be distributing poppies along the parade route on Memorial Day and at the Legion Hall on Bay Street.

Please support our veterans, and let us never forget our obligation to those who have given so much and served so gallantly to protect this great land of ours and those of us who live here.  It’s a small way to show our respect.  Remember and wear a poppy, for “Freedom isn’t Free.”

Honor the dead — aid the living, wear a paper poppy every Memorial Day.

God bless our troops and God bless America!


Deborah Guerin, President

American Legion Auxiliary

Chelberg and Battle Post #388

Speedway for Trucks

Dear Editor,

Actually, if one were to be at the foot of my driveway between 6:30 and 7:30 AM, one would see speeding trucks of a very large size bearing down on vehicles at a speed of 45 mph plus, and the speed limit is 30 mph. These trucks are often local business-owned by the people who were at the town meeting saying that this is the economical route they need to take to save money to pass on to their customers.


I take Noyac Road every day to work to Sag Harbor, because I have to, and it isn’t easy to get out of the driveway when these large trucks are speeding. And if the phone starts ringing because a law has been passed about large trucks using Noyac Road, then the duty of the police force is to respond and enforce.

Kurt E. Kahofer

Noyac Road

Beware of False Solicitation

To the editor:

Recently it was brought to my attention that some area residents are being solicited by phone to give donations to “hospice” and in at least one incident when asked, the caller was reluctant to reveal the name of the organization to receive the donation.

Please be aware, East End Hospice has never, is not now nor has any plan to engage in soliciting donations via the telephone.

Granted, donations to East End Hospice are welcome and necessary to support activities such as our highly acclaimed children’s bereavement programs, providing groups and individual therapy sessions to children and parents all across the East End; Camp Good Grief which in this the 15th year is expected to be attended by over 100 children; and the very exciting new project to build an 8 bed free standing hospice inpatient residence.

Looking back over the past 21 years of serving the people of the East End, the community has steadfastly supported and encouraged us in our work. We look forward to providing care and comfort to those in need in the years ahead as East End Hospice continues to bring the extraordinary level of support families have become accustomed to and rightly deserve.

With gratitude,

Priscilla Ruffin, President & CEO

East End Hospice, Inc.

Celebrating Rupert Rupert

Dear Editor:

We celebrate the life of Golden Retriever “Rupert Rupert,” who died Monday, April 16 at the age of 13.

We would like to thank the many neighbors of Sag Harbor who found him exhausted at the end of his marathon runs, asking them to call home.

A wood, wire and electric fence never prevented his trips.

His sister, “Clara, Bell of the Harbor,” and I will always miss his empathy, concern and affection for all!

Sherry Rupert

Sag Harbor

Fears Traffic and Lack of Parking

To the Editor:

Regarding the proposed passenger ferry from Sag to Greenport.

We are against the ferry to two reasons: increased bus and car traffic, and decreased parking in the village.

The proposed parking lot behind the high school, and the realities of traffic on Main Street and 114 in summer, will mean that Hampton Jitney buses or shuttles will be traveling the residential streets of Sag Harbor: to get to the lot, they will use Grand, Harrison, Jermain, and Montauk; to get from the lot to the ferry, they will use some combination of 114, Hempstead, high, East Union, Rysam, Burke and Bay. The buses are noisy, they already idle on residential streets (in particular, Bay Street), and they pose a serious quality of life issue for residents of those streets.

The shortage of parking in the village is already a problem. People coming by car to the village to take the ferry to Greenport for the day will contribute little to the local economy, but will prevent residents from doing their shopping. We don’t believe that the loss of business by the local “basics” stores-the IGA, the hardware stores, the liquor stores, the pharmacy, the pet store, the vet, the garden center, the furniture stores, the various yoga studios, etc.-will be offset by the supposed gain in business for the more touristy stores that might sell something to people who got off the ferry from Greenport.

The only winner we see in this proposal is the Hampton Jitney; for the residents and businesses of Sag Harbor we feel it is a bad deal.

Very truly yours,

Tim Martin & Donna McGill

Sag Harbor

Save The Aquifer!

Dear Editor

There is an aquifer under the Stony Hill Woods in Amagansett that provides naturally clean, delicious water to four villages. And it is in danger of being contaminated.

The controversial sewage and septic systems in East Hampton are already a pollution issue. Recently, a private builder purchased acreage on Green Tree Court in Amagansett. This lot sits atop the natural aquifer.

New York State Assemblyman Steve Engelbright, esteemed professor of geology at SUNY Stony Brook, author of the Long Island Aquifer Plan, and head of the environmental caucus for New York State, warns that if there is further development of the Stony Hill Woods, the aquifer could be poisoned.

Lisa Liquori, former East Hampton town planning director and author of the East Hampton Town Comprehensive Plan stated the Stony Hill Woods aquifer is so important that the town should buy the land to protect it. The last two town administrations have violated this vital edict.

The Stony Hill Woods aquifer is different from the water supply of the surrounding farmland because the aquifer is at a higher elevation (150 feet above sea level) and contains natural clay. The clay naturally filters rainwater, making it the cleanest and best tasting water. This aquifer supplies Springs, Amagansett and Northern East Hampton private wells, all of the Springs public water and 85% of Montauk public water.

Everyone wants to keep the drinking water clean. ASAP (Amagansett Springs Aquifer Protection) needs your help to protect this aquifer land.

Save your water! Please email your statement of support for the aquifer to

Soozy G. Miller

For Amagansett Springs Aquifer Protection

Protect Our Drinking Water

Dear Editor,

The announcement by Suffolk County Executive, Steve Bellone, that the County’s budget crisis necessitates not only the firing of his secretary (how will he get his work done — type his own letters and documents, maintain his office files?) but also restricting the water monitoring program (one of the main reasons, if not the main reason, for the existence of the Suffolk County Water Authority), is both astounding and irresponsible.

Indeed, deliberately harming the health of county residents (the drinking quality of SCWA water is bad enough already from over-chlorination) borders on the criminal. What other functions of the county could be more important than providing good quality drinking water? Or will the County Executive reimburse residents the cost of bottled spring water from Maine?

It seems that Steve Bellone is the wrong person for the County Executive’s job.


David Carney

Sag Harbor

Down With Big Government

Dear Bryan:

Summer is in the air and the countdown has begun.  Shortly, the Supreme Court will declare Obamacare unconstitutional. This ruling will be one small step in saving our nation from more BIG government and bankruptcy, one giant leap for maintaining the importance of the individual in our democracy.

For the first time in the last three years, our Founding Fathers would be pleased.

Bill Jones

Hampton Bays

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