Cranky or Correct?
Am I being cranky? After all, it is only two weeks until Labor Day. Maybe I should take a deep breath and wait until September 3, to exhale….
Came out of Sag Harbor Cinema last night, 10:45 PM, anticipating a quiet stroll home with time to talk about the movie and absorb the smells, sounds and sights of a late August night in the Village. The first sound encountered was music and crowd noise not only emanating from Madison and Main, but spilling over onto the sidewalk!
I understand the need that our merchants have to capitalize on the season so that their establishments may be sustained throughout the year. But I am concerned that if one place finds success with this particular mix of drink, people and loud music, will not others want to try the same formula? Bad precedent, I say! Johnny’s Cove on Main Street.
OK. Maybe I am being cranky. What do others think?
Margaret Abelman Bromberg
Four-Poster Follies Redux
The true believers in 4-Poster devices are again pushing hard to have North Haven use them. So let’s again look at just some of the compelling reasons not to employ them.
On July 27, 2013, The Sag Harbor Express, in an article, Allergies Emerge in Those Newly Bitten, reported, “Due to concerns over the environmental impact and side effects of permethrin, the use of 4-Poster devices is currently illegal in all of New York State except Suffolk County.” (Pp, 1, 13.) Let’s see, illegal in all other 61 NYS counties, but legal is Suffolk. Is it that we mortals in Suffolk and our environment are expendable? Or is it that we great souls here have superhuman immunity to toxins, and our environment has heavenly super-natural characteristics?
But the decisive reason against 4-Posters remains that they are useless in effectively controlling ticks because all warm-blooded animals carry ticks. This is confirmed by scientific studies. Here are but five examples — all are available to everyone online:
1. A study done by the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY, titled, On Acorns, Mice, Chipmunks, and Lyme, says:
“The population of deer? A nonstarter as a risk factor, according to Richard Ostfeld, Ph.D, of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies here [in Millbrook, NY]. … an analysis of a 13-year data from deciduous forest in New York State’s Duchess County shows that variations in the deer population play little or no role in the risk of the disease…. Instead, the ‘strongest predictors of a current year’s risk were the prior year’s abundance of mice and chipmunks … .’”
2. A report, of a study by the Yale School of Public Health, titled, Birds spread Lyme Disease, says:
“Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health have shown that birds have helped spread Lyme disease across North America.”
3. A report of The National Science Foundation says:
“… mice are the main carriers of Lyme disease-causing bacteria. In the eastern and central United States, Lyme disease is contracted via blacklegged ticks that feed on infected mice, then transmit the bacteria when they bite people.”
4. A study by the Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania says: “White-footed mice account for almost a quarter of infected ticks,” and lists other animals other than deer that also carry major numbers of infected ticks. It concludes, “Efforts to control Lyme disease and prevent its spread, must include strategies that account for multi-species carriers.”
5. On August 15, 2013, Newsday published a story, An Emerging Tick Danger, about the latest disease transmitted to humans by ticks, from “Powassan virus.” It includes a quotation from a Professor of Molecular Genetics at Stony Brook Medical Center, Dr. Jorge Benach. “‘Powassan in our area is most related to ticks and woodchucks,’ Benach said of the major mammalian carrier of the so-called deer tick.” The newspaper went on to say, “The black-legged or deer tick is carried by mice, squirrels, woodchucks, and deer, among other mammals.” (P. 8.)
So it is no surprise that there is no information (apart from anecdotal stories) whatsoever on, 1) the numbers of ticks, or, 2) the incidences of Lyme disease or other tick carried diseases, on Shelter Island (or anywhere else) before or after 4-Poster devices were employed. There is no evidence (minus anecdotes) whatsoever that 4-Poster devices, which are environmentally toxic, and very expensive to maintain, have any effect in protecting humans from Lyme disease, or other tick carried diseases.
Change is Good
To the Editor:
It is a lucky person who can celebrate the end of Summer twice in a single year.
Today is August 15 which marks the end of the holiday season here at the Côte d’Azur. The obnoxious Parisians will begin vacating the region over the coming weekend
In a bit over two weeks it will be Labor Day and the obnoxious New Yorkers will begin to leave Sag Harbor and the Hamptons.
I can rejoice, but not too loudly. In my time I have been both a New Yorker and a Parisian, and, doubtless, as obnoxious as the next person.
Plus ça change, plus ça reste la même chose !
Best wishes to all,
Philip T Kaplan