Letters to the Editor 10/17/13


Something Wrong


Dear Editor:

The Sag Harbor School District has just reported a net surplus of $2.8 million from the 2012-13 school taxes we’ve paid.

Great! Good for them! So we’ll be taxed less next year?

NO…..THAT’S A BIG NO.   That “extra” $2.8 million has already disappeared into the school’s mysterious “reserve funds”. Bye bye, $2.8 million of your tax dollars!

And at the same time, the school board is now asking taxpayers to pay for two new bond issues; one, for $9 million in repairs and updates to the middle and elementary schools, and a second bond of $1.62 million, for a synthetic turf field and a two lane walking track at Pierson High School.

Anyone else see something wrong with this picture?

If so, get involved and just say NO.

Bob Wolfram

Sag Harbor


Seeks Justice


Dear Editor:

I recently had the honor of being invited to the Eastville Community Historical Society’s celebration of the work of Kathleen Tucker. It was an honor to be included and I found the event, the participants, and the honoree all inspiring.

The best way that I can think of to pay my own tribute to Kathy Tucker is to follow her wisdom. Many speakers referenced a famous article in Dan’s Papers where the author said, “a lot of people see something that needs to be done, but Kathy Tucker goes and does it.”

For me, I see our court underserving our community. As I have written, our court can be a valuable resource to our community, and in my opinion, it needs to be.

I want to “do something.” That’s why I am running for Town Justice. I am committed to change and I have the energy to see it through.

I have administrative ideas to help our court handle its heavy caseload. I have substantive ideas to help improve the service our court provides to our community.

I know these ideas will work because I have been a part of making them work in courts in over 20 different jurisdictions before countless different judges. Starting with I was an intern for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, through my years as a prosecuting attorney and East Hampton Deputy Town Attorney, and recently in private practice in East Hampton, in-court hearing and trial work is all I have ever done.

From this I have developed a good understanding of the best practices and methods to administer justice for our residents. I know I can make this court work better for the people it serves.

It was an honor to be a part of her celebration and it was inspiring. In conclusion, I want to “do something” great for East Hampton by making our Justice Court a better resource that serves the community. I want to build a better, more efficient Town Court, and my promise that, should you ever need to enter there, you will be met by a fair, efficient, and compassionate Judge.

Yours very truly,

Carl Irace,

Candidate for East Hampton Town Justice


Methoprene is Safe


Dear Editor,

In response to the column “Poisoned Lobsters” published on August 23, please note that for more than 38 years and without any negative environmental incidents, methoprene has been a valuable tool in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization have evaluated it and consider it safe for use on food products and in drinking water.

Methoprene is applied in standing water, including catch basins, as the leading tool to combat West Nile virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), by preventing mosquitoes from developing into flying, biting adults that spread disease. In many developing countries, it is applied to potable water to prevent the spread of malaria and dengue fever.

Last year was the worst in more than a decade for WNV and EEE cases across the U.S., with infections doubling in a single year in some states. New York had its second highest number of recorded WNV cases in state history last year. In Texas alone, 89 people died from WNV. In nearly all areas of the country, the threat of an outbreak is real with 38 states already reporting human WNV infections in 2013.

Despite these numbers, some lawmakers are looking for ways to limit or ban methoprene’s use. If they are successful, we all will be at an increased risk of contracting one of these deadly diseases. Their call for action is based on misinformation and incomplete science rather than multitudes of studies in the field at normal application rates. As mosquito borne diseases continues to spread, mosquito professionals must have access to all of the proper preventive measures to control mosquito populations. If preventive products that stop mosquitoes at the larvae stage, like methoprene, are prohibited, governments will be forced to use more toxic and less target-specific substances to respond to outbreaks of adult mosquitoes carrying disease.

Since its approval in 1975, volumes of scientific evidence have shown that methoprene is safe and effective. It quickly breaks down in water or soil and has no impact on sea life in natural conditions using label rates. The sanctity of public health and well-being should outweigh an unproven threat to the lobster population in the Long Island Sound, especially when shell disease, water temperature and plastics have been shown by many independent researchers to be far more likely culprits.

Mark Newberg

Director of Communcations and Goverment Affairs

Central Garden & Pet