July 24, 2013

The Buck Stops Here

Dear Kitty,

I just finished reading your article about the deer population. Did anyone think about sterilizing the bucks? As we know, for females of any species it is an involved operation. I would imagine for male deer, it would be the same for humans . . . snip, snip. There . . . I have saved the taxpayers lots of money.

By the way, I love your writing and reporting! You do a great job at investigating a story.

Thanks for watching out for us little guys. I also love the newspaper in general. Have a great summer!


Fatal Flaws

Dear Rick,

Well I see there is still an ongoing battle over East Hampton Airport, and that the same old tired, arguments, are being used to try and get the airport shut down!

Even when offered an olive branch, this group of people reply that the proposal is full of "fatal flaws." My God, the legal fees involved over the years to defend the airport could have been used to do all the repairs necessary, and this nonsense about "poison money" from the feds would be moot!

And then, we get this super intellectual remark, from the Chairman of the Quiet Skies Coalition, that "when there are complications with weather" the helicopters fly the L.I.E, "it's an easy landmark." My God, if you can't say anything intelligent, then please say nothing, at all!

In the day and age of GPS who the hell uses "landmarks?" Dead reckoning went out with the bi-plane, airmail days, of aviation!

As to the demise of East Hampton Airport . . . this group has been at it for decades now!

I agree with the Indy editorial: the airport will be sorely missed if it indeed is closed!" I would like to point out that Nassau County and the western end of Suffolk County, once had many, many airports. Curtiss Field. Roosevelt Field, Mitchell Field, Grumman Airport, Mays Field, the Hicksville Country Club, and Fitzmaurce Flying Field are all gone. There is not one airport left in Nassau County. The west end of Suffolk only has Republic Airport -- Zahns Airport, and Deer Park Airport are gone, along with the Babylon seaplane base!

Perhaps you might want to review those west end places, there aren't many homes left that look like what we have here in the Hamptons. Do we want to see that sickening reproduction of suburban sprawl here?

Close it down and that's what you will get! Maybe you might want to ask yourself, what the hell is in it for people who will not let go of something for decades? This group is trying to convince us that it is just all about noise? When they are offered a chance to find some mutual ground, that maybe, all can be agreed on they offer nothing but "it's full of flaws."

When all that can be offered to people who might be trying to meet you half-way is stupid statements, then you just have to smell a rat! What is that old expression about blowing smoke up . . .?


Water Incidents

Dear Editor,

With nearly 120,000 in-ground and above-ground pools in Nassau and Suffolk counties, water is all around us here on Long Island. And, as that water becomes extra tempting as temperatures and humidity rise throughout July and August, the YMCA of Long Island reminds parents about these basic pool and swim safety guidelines.

Get Some Swim Lessons: Research shows that children who have had formal swim instruction before the age of four are significantly less likely to be involved in a serious or fatal water incident. If a child has not had formal lessons, the YMCA of Long Island offers more youth swimming instruction than any other Long Island organization.

Adult Supervision Is A Must: Even children who are experienced swimmers should not be left unattended and should swim only under the undivided, undistracted supervision of an adult (no reading, texting or talking on the phone).

During pool parties or barbecues, adults should take turns supervising. Be sure babysitters are aware of the necessity for constant supervision in the pool.

Never Swim Alone: The "Buddy System" applies to all, and even adults should always swim with a partner, or under the supervision of another adult.

Keep A Telephone Close By: In the event of a water emergency, every second counts so have a fully charged cordless or cell phone outdoors near the pool. If 911 is not the local emergency call number be sure that number is clearly posted.

Lifesaving Equipment At The Ready: Be sure that basic lifesaving equipment, such as float rings, poles and rope are near the pool, and that adults understand their basic operation.

Learn First Aid and CPR: Keep a First Aid kit near the pool. Adults should learn how to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly.

Install and Use Fences and Latches: New York State requires a minimum of four-foot fencing around a pool with self-closing, self-locking latches on gates. Check with your local municipality if they have more restrictive standards.

For above-ground pools four feet or higher, use a ladder, which is removable or can be locked when the pool is not in use. Smaller above-ground pools also require fencing, unless they are emptied after each use.

Alarms A Requirement: Swimming pools installed or constructed after 1996 in New York State are required to have an audible alarm capable of detecting entry into the water.

Summer Storm Safety: All swimmers should leave the pool and go indoors at the first sound of thunder or the first sight of lightning and remain indoors and out of the water for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.

With over 60,000 members, the YMCA of Long Island provides over 22,000 swim lessons annually and is committed on a daily basis to the safety of all Long Islanders enjoying the water. To learn more about our swim instruction programs, contact the YMCA of Long Island at 516-674-8091.


Saving Face

Dear Editor,

My 13 year-old son Paul, complains my MMA (mixed martial arts) career is taking too long for a match against Baldwin champ Chris Weidman. But thanks to the Stand Your Ground law, I've got a plan: If I'm pinned during my next match, feel threatened with my right ankle a few inches south of my left ear, instead of tapping out, I'll reach into my red, white and blue trunks embroidered Italian Stallion, and pull out my Glock. I'll blast away at the guy on top, saving face, saving my life, assuring me a win.

See ya in the octagon.


The Abominable Snowden

Letter to the Editor,

Edward Snowden is not a human rights activist, he is a loathsome, abominable traitor and spy.

He stated his aim was to inform the world about the surveillance programs operated by the NSA. He expressed concern the U.S. government could monitor the communications of the U.S. public but he did not say it occurred.

If Snowden is the activist who just wanted to expose the possible monitoring of the U.S. public, why did he go to Hong Kong (China), a totalitarian country opposed to democratic values and freedoms? Why did he go to China with his four laptops filled with NSA information, and probably allow the Chinese to copy the NSA material?

If Snowden was concerned with the U.S. government infringing on our freedoms, why did he go to Russia, another totalitarian country opposed to our democratic values, a country who most likely copied the NSA information on his laptops?

Snowden could be a disgruntled individual who decided to get even with the U.S. over personal problems, possibly work related. His aim is to harm our national security. He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for breaking the trust we placed in him.


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