January 05, 2011
The Endless Campaign
To the Editor,
I am outraged by an allegation ("Millionaires and Billionaires," December 22) that my campaign "challenged over 70 Military absentee ballots" during the recent absentee and affidavit ballot count in the 1st Congressional District race. Let me be blunt—This never happened.
Perhaps the writer was referring to the total of 71 military absentee ballots, which were among the last to be opened and counted because they were not due until November 23 in order to make sure that no members of Armed Forces were disenfranchised. Obviously, an absentee ballot from Kandahar takes a little longer to arrive at the Suffolk County Board of Elections than one sent from Florida, but I did not challenge a single one of those ballots.
Yes, the election was very close, but it's over. The race was ultimately decided after all challenges were dismissed and every legally cast vote was counted. In the weeks that have passed since my opponent conceded and my victory was certified, I have moved on and am now back at work representing all 716,000 residents of the 1st Congressional District. In that time, I have voted to cut taxes for middle-class families, pass the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act in law and repeal the policy of "don't ask, don't tell." I guess some would rather engage in a 365 day a year endless campaign.
It's ironic that the letter writer is using a lie as the basis of a character attack. I think it speaks volumes about someone's character when they resort to lies to diminish or criticize others. I'm happy to engage anyone who wants to question my stands on the issues in civil debate. But I will not stand idly by and allow someone to question my character or accuse me of seeking to further my political career on the backs of our young men and women in uniform.
CONGRESSMAN TIM BISHOP
I welcome the reincarnation of your column now bearing the Nom de Plume Rick's Space. It was sorely missed and created a void now once again filled. Although our political leanings could not be more at opposite ends of the spectrum, your unique perspective on topics whether political or mundane were always interesting and fun to read. I thought it was outrageous, pulling Low Tidings to appease some readers who found the Obama/Clinton parody offensive. I am an ardent supporter of both and did not find your burlesque portrayal to be anything more than just that. Somehow I feel that both Hillary and Barack would also accept the portrayal as nothing more than journalistic license. Since when does journalism get directives from its recipients?
Finally, credit where credit is due. That the Indy publishes my letters expressing viewpoints diametrically opposed to its own is a testament to the integrity of the paper, dumping Low Tidings not withstanding.
A New Voice
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Quite A Year
Looking back on my first year as Superintendent, I want to thank the Highway Department staff for their hard work and dedication, and the public for their patience. 2010 has been quite a year! As we head in to 2011, I am happy to report the following accomplishments:
The realignment of Red Creek Road in Hampton Bays, the rehabilitation of Channel Pond Culvert Bridge in Southampton, drainage improvements at Clay Pit Road in Remsenburg, the rehabilitation of the Jobs Lane Bridge in Bridgehampton. Also, the replacement of the River Avenue Bridge deck in Eastport, the completion of the first phase of Ponquogue Avenue sidewalks in Hampton Bays, the restoration of inlaid brick sidewalks in downtown Bridgehampton, the repair of the Mill Road sidewalk in Westhampton and the repair of the culvert at Dam Trail in Flanders.
In addition to these projects, we cleaned and inventoried 250 leaching basins throughout the town, resurfaced 26 miles of town roadways, applied for a $600,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to resurface Dune Road in Hampton Bays and East Quogue, secured a $500,000 federal grant for the reconstruction of the Bridge Lane Bridge in Sagaponack, and finalized plans for traffic calming at Head of Pond and Scuttlehole Roads in Watermill (we will be using the turning lane option).
But I know that what you really want to hear about is the leaves. So far we have collected approximately 15,000 yards. Last year's total was 45,000 yards. You can do the math. We remain optimistic, however, that all leaves will be picked up before the spring. In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday.
Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve you,
SUPT. OF HIGHWAYS
Dear Editors and Powers That Be,
America is waking up and it's about time. For some time our fundamental basic natural values have been systematically undermined, ridiculed and attacked by radical minority fringe groups.
The majority of Americans say, "enough is enough!" We have finally drawn the line and our religious leaders have spoken out and are leading the charge. Now, leaders of some of the largest religious communities in the county have come together to express their "commitment toward the protection of marriage as a union of one man and one woman." These leaders affirmed the importance of preserving marriage's unique meaning and reinforcing the fundamental cell of human society."
Yes, America, enough is enough! Today is the moment to stand up for marriage and for true values and their interchangeable meanings.
We the people have drawn the line. Let the truth set us free!
I am writing to express my appreciation for Supervisor Bill Wilkinson and the town board for an excellent job in 2010. And, I am writing to thank Scott King for the EH Highway department for the expert maintenance or our roads.
Do You Pray?
Have you been praying for our country, fair reader, have you been praying? Perhaps, now is the right time to make praying for our country a New Year's Resolution.
Oh, the resistance to this request is palpable. So many do not pray at all, so many say, "I should," but do not, so many are, well, embarrassed by the verb, "praying." Yet, I say that our country . . . our free country is at risk. I know you believe that sentiment as well, so will you not take an action to save our country…will you not pray for our country???? Our nation is in grave danger and so many want to help, but are left with, "I do not know what to do," or "how can I make a difference?"
I am offering you an answer . . ."Pray for our nation, fair reader, pray."
Editor's Note: Rick doesn't pray much, but when he does, he asks God for money.