Bye Bye Ted
I’m sure Ted Conklin will be distraught when he hears that I no longer will patronize his American Hotel. Just kidding, Ted doesn’t even know me and I usually only went there for lunch.
But if the remarks attributed to him and his wife are true, as reported in an article in last Monday’s NY Times on Romney fund-raiders in the Hamptons, then my shoes will automatically veer away when I get anywhere near the American Hotel.
Conklin is quoted as saying about Obama, “He is a socialist. His idea is to find a problem that doesn’t exist and get government to intervene.” “Socialist” is a conservative’s code word for a president who wants the ultra-rich to pay their fair share of taxes and who brought health care to millions more Americans (like every other civilized country), who is trying against unmovable Republican resistance to bring sanity to a problem “that doesn’t exist.” Does he mean unemployment, immigration, education, Wall Street reform, energy and the environment?
So, Ted, I will miss the warm ambiance, the good food and wine, the courteous and professional staff, but it will give me a tiny bit of satisfaction that I’m not contributing to maintenance of your “75-foot yacht” and “gold Mercedes.”
Ann Pascale Marquardt
Dear Unknown Neighbor,
We met last Thursday at noon on Sag Road when we both stopped to help an injured box turtle. You were on your way to work so I volunteered to get help for the turtle with the cracked shell. After a few phone calls, I reached Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons and agreed to meet their representative in Hampton Bays. We met at the diner and the young man from Turtle Rescue put the injured, but still alive, turtle in his truck and rushed him to the turtle facility in Jamesport. When I called on Friday, the turtle was recuperating with his shell taped together and was expected to make a full recovery.
Just a reminder to all; this is the season when the turtles migrate between the ponds and across the roads. Please drive carefully and slowly to avoid hitting them. If you find an injured turtle, call Turtle Rescue at 603-4959.
The Great Sickness
To the Editor,
“In the developed countries there is a poverty of intimacy, a poverty of spirit, of loneliness, a lack of love. There is no greater sickness in the world today than that one.” – Mother Teresa. The recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, a saint among us.
A view from the poor we’re not accustomed to. A prophetic voice, the legacy still with us. During the debate on the economy politicians never mention the poor, the outcasts in our midst. The denial caused by a growing gap between 99% and the 1% that broke our economy. Greed! that spread world wide.
I believe Mother Teresa would be more concerned with the children, our children, one in four live under the poverty line, one in five need food stamps to eat. Traditionally, whenever we go to war Congress cuts benefits for the poor before all else. A scandal. Also it is the poor who fight our wars, known as slaves of capitalism. Money is the bottom line on that we all agree. There is no greater sickness in the world today.
Adventure Sail Success
On Saturday, Breakwater Yacht Club held our 13th annual “Adventure Sail” Regatta for at-risk girls ages 10-15.
This event is co-sponsored by the National Womens’ Sailing Association.
The participants “raced” in the big boats, had lunch afterward at the club, and were each given a gift bag as a memento of their day in Sag Harbor.
As usual, our community pitched in with items for these gift bags and we would like to publicly recognize:
Tom and Tawnya at Apple Bank, Susan at Bridgehampton National Bank, Lisa at Sag Harbor Variety, Stan at Sag Harbor Pharmacy, Pete at Emporium Hardware, Kathleen at Tate’s Bake Shop, Gwen at the Wharf Shop, and Jane at Corcoran Realty for their generosity.
Thanks also to our Skippers Fred Stelle, Chris Dowling, Chris DiSunno, Jim Vos, Bruce Dinsmore and Joan Worthing, Bruce Tait, Wayne and Carol Morse, and Richard Bockman for their time and their commitment to introduce sailing to our children.
BYC Adventure Sail Committee
Circumventing the Protection of Animals
Just wanted to express my outrage with the Cole Brothers Circus who circumvented the Southampton Town Ban on animal abuse for exotic animals by going directly to the Shinnecock Nation (who is exempt from this ruling.)
And the disappointment in the Nation as well for supporting this Circus with its cruel and unusual punishment of these animals who are forced to live in chains and cages and perform unnatural acts.
We must take a stand for the animals who have no voice.
Sag Harbor, NY