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Hardy2
February 22, 2017


Enjoyed The Walk

Dear Rick,

I wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your new feature "Walk Down Memory Lane."

I married Jack Smith in 1971 and I came from Brooklyn. Jack graduated from Pierson in 1943. He loved yard sales and the first one I went to was at your mother's house when it was for sale. He was so pleased to see and introduce me to the Forucci Sisters. My big purchase was a glass pitcher and it cost a big $2 – I still use it all the time and it brings back happy memories. Jack bought a brass oil lamp which Don Kelly of Washington St. electrified for us and it's been in my bedroom proudly all these years. I will pass it on to my Son and his Wife.

I'm so glad your Mom is still alive and hopefully might still remember Jack (John). I only met the Sisters that one time but our treasures from the homestead will always be a pleasant memory.

I'm looking forward to more of your stories in your new feature.

RITA M. SMITH

National Security 

  

Dear Editor,  

As a former Naval Intelligence officer, I am concerned with the Administration's adverse impact on our national security.

It appears Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the Presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Flynn was forced to resign because of his contact with the Russians.

An organizational change imposed by Trump is the appointment of Stephen Bannon, an extremist right wing political advisor to the National Security Council (NSC). This could adversely impact military decisions and delay our responses to military threats because Bannon does not have any knowledge of military affairs and he could intervene with NSC decision-making processes.

Trump continuously accuses our intelligence agencies of leaking classified information to the press, and he has berated our intelligence agencies for the poor intelligence on Iraq's military arsenal under Saddam Hussein.

We need our intelligence agencies to alert our military, the Trump Administration, and Congress on the status of adversarial governments and their military capabilities, deployments and threats. The security of our country could be in jeopardy due to the disruptive tactics and blame game used by the Trump Administration against our intelligence agencies.

DONALD MOSKOWITZ

Clooney Conservation?

Dear Editor,

Since the election, Democrats appears to be casting about for a rationale to explain why Hillary Clinton lost.  For the most part the rationale appears to rely on cliches and stereotypes to describe those who opposed Mrs. Clinton.

So it might be interesting to compare Democrats Alec Baldwin and George Clooney and their approach to a Southampton development known as The Hills located in East Quogue.

The Hills is being developed by Discovery Land, an Arizona-based organization, whose executive team are Democrats.  Discovery Land filed an application to create The Hills via a Planned Development District (PDD) that allows a developer to increase density, in the case of the Hills, from a subdivision of 118 homes into a complex of 118 homes, a golf course, a catering hall and an underground parking garage large enough to service a supermarket.

Alec Baldwin is on record for opposing The Hills PDD. Mr. Baldwin, who identifies with the East End, effectively backs up his beliefs by contributing to East End causes and preservation.

The CEO of Discovery Land described George Clooney, an investor in Discovery Land, as his "charismatic, intelligent good friend."

The Discovery Land team has promised that if Southampton allows Discovery Land to create a PDD, Discovery Land will service the 118 homes on the PDD with advanced septic systems. However, if Southampton doesn't approve the PDD, Discovery Land will install traditional cesspools that pollute.

That sounds like Discovery Land backs up its beliefs with an ultimatum.  

Rick Murphy of The Independent has argued that Democrats lost the election because they live in a bubble, and New York Times columnist, Ross Douthat, observed that if 50 percent of the population has consistently voted Republican, then the pieties of cosmopolitan liberalism exclude too much of the population ("Who Are We?" 2/5/17).

It seems to me that Democrats who threaten the environment if they don't get their way are out of touch with a large percent of the population. In my opinion, Mr. Clooney should consider putting together a consortium of environmental activists to purchase and preserve The Hills property. He could rename The Hills the George and Amal Clooney Conservation Preserve.

SUSAN CERWINSKI

Incubators For Immigrants

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to the recent articles covering immigration.

My grandfather Albert Joseph Bialek came to the United States from Poland {Galicia} in 1910. Per the Ellis Island website he boarded the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse in Bremen, Germany {formerly Prussia}. He had just completed his service in the Austrian Army. 

Poland at that time was divided into three spheres of influence by Austria, Prussia and Russia. Upon being discharged, he returned to his father's farm. Officers from the Austrian Army made an attempt to reenlist him, but tradition dictated that he could remain at home so long as he was sorely needed on the farm. 

Immediately after the officers departed Albert's father gave him his brother's travel documents and instructed him to immigrate to the United States. His father knew that war was coming and he didn't want to lose his son to it.  

It took me longer to locate my grandfather on the passenger list because I had forgotten he was traveling under the name Jan and not Albert. Given the fact that Albert entered the United States under the name Jan Bialek and later burned his immigration papers it is evident he was by definition an "illegal immigrant." 

He went on to become a very hard-working brick mason and law-abiding citizen raising 12 children with the help of his Polish wife Mary {nee Mazan} and the rest {as they say} is history.

Just as Cleveland {Ohio} is a city of neighborhoods so is the United States a country of immigrants. In fact all the major cities of America {at one time} served as incubators for immigrants to not only become accustomed to the ways of this country but also to intermingle with each other {often prohibited in their native homeland}. 

It's a shame that the inner cities were handed over to the absentee landlords following World War II. Just imagine how much stronger and united our country might have been had this unofficial tradition continued.  

Gentrification is not the answer. Preventing immigration is not the solution. Intense vetting is acceptable during these challenging times but to unfairly deny one person access to the United States makes us all orphans again.  

As a popular song goes, "Let me in, immigration man."

JOE BIALEK

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