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Editorial: A Flawed Process

When the Sag Harbor Village Board of Trustees adopted a new policy earlier this year limiting public comment to the end of its monthly meeting it was clear it was not a well thought-out decision and one clearly meant to stifle public comment.

Suffolk Closeup: The Nicotine Cabal

The nicotine cabal is hard at it, what with smoking tobacco having declined, promoting continued nicotine use by pushing electronic cigarettes and what’s called vaping.

Notes from the Field: Winter Walks and Wonderings

Carving a path for nature from one side of this island’s fork to the other is all very interesting, you say, but why am I talking to you about the swamp at a time of year when all its flora is naked and all its fauna is hunkering down for the winter?

Editorial: Staying the Course

Residents have called for, and Suffolk County has endorsed, the parking ban, to prevent Reid Brothers from parking customer cars along the roadside, defeating the whole purpose of the Nancy Boyd Willey Park.

Editorial: Facing Yard-Waste Reality

An explosion in residential landscaping in recent years, and a decline in the number of businesses accepting wood, brush and leaf material for disposal, has left the Town of Southampton handling a burgeoning volume of yard waste.

Eye on Public Heath: A New Year’s Resolution We All Need

There is one resolution we should all be making that was nowhere to be found on the list: Detoxing.

Suffolk Closeup: The Race Is On … Kind Of … for County Executive

The leading political contest in Suffolk in 2019 will be the race for county executive, the top post in Suffolk County government.

Editorial: Preserve Bridgehampton’s Character

Some of the various architectural elements and special relationships that give Bridgehampton’s Main Street its remarkably unique country charm could disappear before too long in a business district where many structures are a century or two old and still in hard use.

Editorial: Say Goodbye to Balloons

The East Hampton Town Trustees this week joined a number of environmental groups — led by the Eastern Long Island chapter of the Surfrider Foundation — in passing a resolution calling for a ban on the intentional release of balloons in the town.

Editorial: Protecting Wetlands

The Harbor Committee has a tough job weighing the rights of property owners against the community’s interest in environmental protection.

On the Road: Pine Fresh Holidays…Feels Like Real Fir!

Welcome to the nights before Christmas, a time when most couples argue over how much to spend on already entitled children, which relatives to invite for the duration of the holiday break, or whether or not to bother sending greeting cards this year.

Home: Gertrude Katz ‘Happy to Be Home’

Mrs. Gertrude Katz welcomed me in with her warm smile and I was taken back to a time when life felt new and simple.

Editorial: The Time is Now

As human civilization seems to careen toward self-destruction, it’s crucial that responsible people — those who are willing to face facts and deal with them — never give up.

Point of View: Who’s Ready To Play

All over the world today there are kids waking up wondering whether they can play baseball. They’re wondering whether their field is okay and how many players are coming. I know, because I’m still one of those kids.

Editorial: A Worthy Cause

If you save your year-end charitable giving for local organizations, add Maureen’s Haven to your list. Or better yet, buy a ticket to the organization’s winter benefit planned for December 1 at Seasons of Southampton.

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