Letters to the Editor: 8/4/16


An Extraordinary Woman

Dear Editor:

Mr. Wilcoxen, surely, can nominate anyone for anything. His enthusiasm for Ms. Creeden is so noted.

However, based on his comparison to Mrs. Russell Sage, I would ask that you write another article about Mrs. Sage, so that your readers might know this extraordinary woman.

I will not recount her history, except to say that when her husband died in 1906, leaving her anywhere from $60 million to $95 million, it made her one of the richest people in America. The story of her life is what she did with her wealth.

I had the privilege of knowing Nancy Willey, another most amazing person who loved Sag Harbor and, on numerous occasions, shared tea at her house, now the home of the Historical Society. Oh, but that I could have shared an hour with Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage! I would be most happy.

If you have ever seen a Town of Southampton Community bus with a picture of Mrs. Sage on its side, saying, “Thank You Mrs. Sage,” I made that happen and am proud to have honored her in that way. Hers is not a story of Sag Harbor, but America.

Check her out, if you are so inclined.


Bill Jones

Hampton Bays


Thanks for Support

Dear Editor,

I would like to thank the Sag Harbor community for the huge outpouring of support and love towards me since the loss of my Dad, Vincent F. Alioto Jr. The cards, notes and flowers have been much appreciated and I am both overwhelmed and humbled by your kindness.

A special thanks to Commander Hap Wils and VFW Post 9082 who made sure I was given an American Flag in honor of my Dad who served in WWII.

As per my father’s wishes, please send donations to: VFW Post 9082 – PO Box 748 26 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. He was one of the early founders and a proud member of his post.

Warm Regards,

Fran A. Alioto

Sag Harbor



Dear Kathryn,

Congratulations on the most exciting issue of the Express! It is no wonder you receive accolades state-wide. Every one is deserved. The paper rivals electronic media, which in this day and age, is a BIG challenge to print media and is done tastefully with great excitement (And Cesar Millan never looked better!). Go for it!

Grateful reader of several decades,

Susan Dusenberry

Sag Harbor


Misguided Criticism of Diversity

To the Editor:

The forced cancellation of the Bay Street Theater’s “Prince of Egypt” is a disgrace that could have come out of Stalin’s time. A director casts a show in line with contemporary practice of racial diversity. Instead of plaudits he gets attacked for not using a uniformly black cast for “authenticity.” Well, this works two ways. If an all black cast is required to represent ancient people of color (Egyptians were not black Africans but probably brown Semites), why isn’t it acceptable to cast Shakespeare plays with an all-white cast, for authenticity?

My deepest sympathies to Scott Schwartz, who like many other directors could not resist the pressure of authoritarian Identity Politics. Neither could the Metropolitan Opera when it cancelled a screening of The Death of Klinghoffer, or the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, who got pilloried for using make-up to depict Asian faces. This is leftist neo-fascism writ large and it is a dangerous trend. The public needs to speak out against these misguided actions. Censorship has no place in the arts. Or anywhere else.


Lorna Salzman

East Quogue