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Letters to the Editor 8/23/12

Posted on 24 August 2012

Inspirational Stories

To the Editor:

I would like to share with your readers my observation of released movies with substance that somehow were never shown at our movie theaters, and continue to be nonexistent. My evidence is the following compilation of movies that have been conspicuously absent on all the Hampton’s movie screens:

“Fireproof:” release date of September 26. 2008. This film starred Kirk Cameron and told an inspiring love story of the lead actor’s commitment to love God, which enables him to understand what it means to truly love his wife.

“Atlas Shrugged:” release date of April 15, 2011. The theme of this film is the role of individual achievement in society and demonstrates what can happen when that individual achievement is undervalued, suppressed and demonized by government’s bureaucracy, as in “You didn’t build that.” Complex characters embody heroism and evil, and this results in an inspirational movie.

“Courageous:” release date of September 30, 2011. Honor begins at home is the focus of this movie, about everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong “For Greater Glory:” release date of June 1, 2012. This film’s true story is about an impassioned group of men and women who each decide to risk it all for family, faith and the very future of their country. It concerns the Cristero War in Mexico in the 1920s chronicling the cost of religious persecution from a powerful and ruthless government. Courage and belief are forged when justice seems lost. With today’s furor regarding HHS trying to usurp our First Amendment right to freedom of religion, this movie is a timely portrayal of that war’s battle as it parallels today’s ongoing conflict.

“Obama’s America 2016:” release date August 17, 2012. This film examines the question, if Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016? During the film’s journey we find out how hope and change became radically misunderstood. Obama is a man with a past. This movie depicts what powerful ways that past defines him, who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world. This movie is only showing in Stony Brook through this coming Tuesday to sold–out audiences.

I defy your readers to even know about the existence of these films. What does this say about the people responsible who have chosen to deprive us of the ability to view films with integrity? Americans from Riverhead to Montauk are denied the opportunity to view real mean and women depicting inspirational stories about hope and the courage to change…at such a time as this!

Annette Petrone

Sag Harbor


Unpopular War

To the Editor,

The Wounded Warriors Project has passed our way again. I have trouble with the term project. These are human beings, our sons and daughters, caught up in an eleven year war with no exit strategy, only often repeated promises. Are we not spectators to a corporate run war with little reverence to life, anyone’s life?

Recently a large group of cadets at West Point has questioned our strategy and asked if our wars were worth it. A valid question, they may be the next to die for their country and not know why.

“Veterans for Peace,” that I’m part of, have seen combat and paid a high price.

Over 2.3 million soldiers, men and women, have been sent to war in our name, 800,000 of whom served multiple tours and returned with variable degrees of P.T.S.D. I was shocked to learn 6500 of these victims have committed suicide. In my opinion these may be crimes against humanity, at least crimes against ourselves. Over 80 percent of Americans are against the war. Where is this so called democracy we’re so proud of? How long will “we” tolerate more wounded warriors? The dead can’t speak for themselves. Those in the military are also forbidden to speak out against the war.

In peace,

Larry Darcy

P.S. Lt. Col. Daniel Davis has spoken out “The generals are not telling us the truth about the war and we are losing it.”


Get in Motion for the Ocean!

Dear Editor,

Do you know that the area right off the shore of Long Island is the most bio-diverse in the entire Atlantic, because we get visitors from both the Caribbean and the Arctic here? Do you want the fishing industry to thrive here in our own backyard, and our waters to be healthy?

On Friday, August 24th, a 100-mile bicycle ride will be taking place from Babylon to Montauk, the last leg of a two-week journey from Cape May to Montauk to raise support and awareness for a piece of bipartisan legislation called the Clean Ocean Zone. This historic law would protect the shared ocean off the coasts of New Jersey and New York out to the Continental Shelf. The Century Ride will be on Noyac Rd., then via Long Beach, continuing on 114 through Sag Harbor, the morning of the 24th. Paddlers, surfers, and kayakers will also simultaneously be on the ocean, making all or part of the journey (weather permitting).

The party at Montauk Point Lighthouse on August 24th from 12-4 p.m. celebrates not only the achievement of the eco-athletes involved but also the proposed legislation to protect our waters.

Anyone is welcome to come and meet politicians, environmental groups, and other concerned citizens, athletes or not, who are involved! Free food, Hunterdon beer and Barefoot wine will be provided, and the party is co-hosted by Concerned Citizens of Montauk.

The group leading this event, Clean Ocean Action, is wholly dedicated to protecting our ocean, our fishing industry, and everyone who enjoys recreation and nature here.

You are invited to celebrate this unique proposal and the groundbreaking legislation that can change the face and fate of the waters off our shared coasts from Cape May to Montauk. Call 732-872-0111 if you want to participate in all or part of the Century Ride.

And if you can’t make the ride, or the party, please check out this legislation and contact your state congressional representative!

See you there!

April Gornik

North Haven


Long Term Impacts of Ferry

Dear Editor

I was out of town during the recent survey conducted by Save Sag Harbor so could not answer their questions, but as a concerned citizen I have the following comments, which I hope may be considered in the general debate:

1) Idling vans and buses must be against the law. My tenants live on Atlantic Avenue in a property directly across from the school parking lot and report fumes from the shuttle vans coming through the windows. I believe there is a 3 minute law in place which is itself unnecessary. Engines must be turned off as soon as a vehicle of any kind stops (except at a traffic light, of course) and fines imposed for non-compliance. They cause air and noise pollution. If citizens report abuse, police should follow up. Comments made in the past referring to Atlantic Avenue and the neighboring area as being less sensitive to these issues than other residential areas are simply idiotic and should be dismissed.

2) Isn’t the main question whether the new ferry provides an essential service? The impact is low at present because not enough people know about it to use it, but I am certain that the impact will grow with use — that’s a given. So surveys need to be conducted at regular intervals — say every two months — for at least a year before any conclusive evidence can be determined. It is wrong to be basing decisions on these initial months of service without a long-term outlook for the future impact.

I very much hope that you will take these comments into consideration.

Many thanks,

Kenny Mann

Sag Harbor


Ethical Challenge

Dear Editor,

I am sure most, if not all, of you have now read about the very serious ethical and legal questions surrounding Congressman Tim Bishop and his shady fundraising practices.

The fact that Newsday, other local newspapers, and the leading non-partisan ethics group in Washington are all calling for an investigation into Congressman Bishop, suggesting he may have even broken the law, speaks volumes.

Congressman Bishop’s attempts to blame others for his own actions – going so far as to claim that the allegations are somehow an attack on his family – reek of desperation.

If this whole sordid tale teaches us anything, it’s that the career politicians who have made a mess of Washington simply cannot be the ones trusted to clean it up.

We need to change Congress. And we can start by changing our Congressman.

Last week, I made the 2nd stop on my 10-week tour of Long Island small businesses and stopped at Johnny’s Burgers in Centereach. In addition to getting a great burger, I also had the privilege of meeting and talking with Anthony and Gina DeLuca, who took a risk and started this business in 2010.

I am running for Congress for people like the DeLuca’s – a middle-class, Long Island family who had the courage to dream big and take a risk.

My 10-point plan, which I encourage you all to read at, outlines real solutions to the problems we face. My plan will foster a climate of job creation, boost small businesses, attract new jobs to Long Island and help to transform our local economy for the future.

As the father of two children under the age 6, my wife and I are deeply concerned about what awaits them in the future. On the campaign trail, one of the chief concerns I hear from parents and grandparents is the lack of jobs for their children and grandchildren here on Long Island. I couldn’t agree with them more.

With your support, I will work with common-sense people on both sides of the aisle in Congress to clean up the mess we have now and build a brighter future for Long Island and our country.


Randy Altschuler

Candidate for Congress



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