Letters to the Editor: 2/16/17
Let Congressman Do What He Does
Dear Ms. Menu:
I noticed with interest the letters to the editor and the recent news stories in your paper (and elsewhere) criticizing Congressman Lee Zeldin for cancelling a scheduled town hall-type meeting with his district’s citizens. Little was mentioned, however, about the safety concerns that drove that decision. After reviewing both the fact that the venue was down stairs and in a room not conducive to a large and potentially unruly crowd, it was decided that it was best to postpone the meeting all together and wait for a safer location. That was not adequately reported by anyone or mentioned in the letters. Instead, the main focus has been that the Congressman was somehow avoiding his constituents, refusing to listen to them, do their bidding or maybe even he was somewhat scared by the whole thing. Knowing Congressman Zeldin had been an Iraq war veteran I can assume he has seen his share of really scary situations, and angry people wielding self-serving signs and making noise isn’t in the same league. When the time is right, I’m sure Congressman Zeldin will re-schedule.
In the meantime, angry letter writers to your paper need to get a grip and get some facts straight. Mr. Zeldin won by the most votes ever cast for a congressional candidate in New York’s 1st District. His margin of victory was 58.4%. That’s a clear mandate by any measure. That most certainly does not mean that Congressman Zeldin must now do the bidding of the very people who didn’t support him or vote for him. That’s not how it works in the real world. And that’s not how representative government works either. It was me, and people like me, who sent Congressman Zeldin back to Congress to continue the good work he has already done and we want him to support a new agenda and a different direction for the country. His job is to listen, yes, but not to do the exact opposite of what the people who voted for him really want.
Instead of trying to brow-beat the candidate they didn’t want or vote for, may I suggest to all those people trying to intimidate the Congressman — by screaming and banging on the windows of the cars they blocked — just get yourselves in gear and run a candidate for Congress in 2018 that is more to your liking. Stop trying to change the guy you hate. Support someone who is more receptive to you and your ideas.
I, as one of many, support Congressman Zeldin and hope he continues to do just what he is doing and driving the left crazy by doing it.
Donald King Cirillo
A Visual Reminder
To the Editor:
Thank you for publishing the picture of the watercolor I painted about ten years ago depicting the Sag Harbor Cinema. About two weeks ago I attached the painting to the protective plywood wall on Main Street in front of the devastation for sentimental reasons, but also to remind everyone who passes it of what we lost and what we must rebuild — we simply must. The facade with the big, bold letters represented the heart and soul of our wonderful village.
Coming Back for More
Regarding the On the Road column “Sign of the Times,” (Sag Harbor Express, February 2, 2017), Annette Hinkle has once again done a great job making storytelling look simple. She starts with the macro (national) and weaves it into
the micro (local) all the while illuminating the personal throughout.
Bringing the people to life so well we care about them and want to know their stories. That’s why we always come back for more.
The Demise of the Sag Harbor Movie Theater
Coincidentally, I used to spend my summers in a former old whaling village named Nantucket. It was situated on a tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts. The only way to get on and off the island was by ferry. At each ferry landing there were young boys diving for coins thrown by the ferry’s passengers.
There wasn’t much to do during the day except swim, sunbathe, fish and shop. At night we watched television and went to the movies once a week. The old movie theater was small, musty smelling, with wooden-backed seats, which were uncomfortable. Sometimes, when the movie wasn’t good, I wished it would end early so I could walk home and sit comfortably in my Castro convertible sofa and read.
The old movie theater reminded me of the Sag Harbor movie theater whose lobby has recently burned down. When I first heard of the fire I felt a terrible sense of remorse. I thought that I would never be able to see another movie in this beloved theater again. When I looked back over the years, I realized that I had taken this lovely old theater for granted. I hardly patronized it after coming back home from a tour of duty as a pointman in the Canine Corps in Vietnam.
I equated the way I had treated this gem of a movie theater with the way I had treated other people all my life. It dawned on me that I should begin treating other people as it could be the last time I would ever see them. From now on I will love, honor, cherish and enjoy them for as long as I live.