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April 13, 2011

Letters


Government Funds Lobbying

Dear Editor,

United States government is funding the National Council of La Raza with our tax dollars. La Raza, which literally means in Spanish "The Race," is a radical organization that advocates open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens. I pulled and analyzed the tax return Form 990, the form filed by 501(c) 3 organizations to the IRS, and here is what was reported:

Government Grants (contributions) to the National Council of La Raza:

2008 Tax Returns, (October 1 2008 to September 30, 2009) $5,136,535

2007 Tax Returns

$3,458,351

2006 Tax Returns

$3,353,319

Three Year Total

$11,948,205

What do people get paid at La Raza:

According to the 2008 tax returns 17 people listed as officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees of the National Council of La Raza have an income ranging from $119,675 to $378,446, the latter of which goes to Janet Murguia, president and CEO!

To put that income figure in perspective a rank and file United States Senator makes $174,000. A United States Marine Sergeant with five years of service earns a base salary of $29,376, including the raise received for 2011.

Lobbying:

Part II, Section 1b indicates lobbying expenditures to influence a legislative body amounted to $550,787. Section 1g indicates lobbying expenditures to "Grassroots nontaxable amount" of $250,000. Here is the quick analysis: The US government pays La Raza to lobby the US government for money.

The United States of America is facing a multitude of critical issues. Two of those issues are wasteful government spending and illegal immigration!

Cutting funding for the National Council of La Raza would begin to help in both of those issues.

Now you sound off. Should the United States taxpayer be funding the National Council of La Raza???

Reference: Human Events.com by Mike Piccione.

ELAINE KAHL

School Closings

Dear Editor,

I am contacting you on behalf of Deaf and Blind schools throughout the state. As you may or may not know, these institutions – labeled 4201 schools – are in serious danger of closing as a result of Governor Cuomo's budget cuts. Not just program cutbacks or layoffs like other schools but closings. These schools, including Cleary School for the Deaf, Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and Henry Viscardi School for the Blind, have been proud members of the Long Island community for nearly two centuries and need your help to keeps their doors open. The Greater Long Island region has a vibrant Deaf and Blind community that relies on these schools to educate their youth and give them the foundation for a healthy and productive future, which they frankly will not receive in mainstream schools. The Deaf and Blind just want a fair shot like anyone else; please join us as well as over a dozen confirmed newspapers throughout the state, in this effort to speak for those who too often do not have a voice.

ROBERT CASTELLANO

Let Freedom Ring

Dear Editor,

The burdensome saltwater NY State tax on fisherman (and women) has been declared and found unconstitutional in our courts. Thanks to a lot of hardworking and outspoken modern day patriots, we let our voices be heard, and we won. As one on the Southold Town Board recently said . . . this is the beginning of a tax revolution - a return to our basic principles; where each and every citizen's voice actually matters. "Sentiments," as another citizen said, "worthy of the Sons of Liberty." So let freedom ring!

JACK MCGREEVY

Economic Bondage

Dear Editor,

Debt, debt and more debt. It is the purest indicator that our federal government has become that which our Founding Fathers feared most: oppressive to the marketplace and oppressive to the freedom of the people. The shackles of economic bondage are clanging loudly . . . a cacophony of philharmonic proportions warning us if only we had ears to hear.

Our debt is an American weakness even greater than our dependence on foreign oil. Together they make us ill prepared to the coming conflict with those who see the West as infidels. Ill prepared to take on another enemy. History is repeating itself. When will we learn, fair reader, when will we learn?

BILL JONES

Tax Payers, Rise Up!

Dear Editor,

The national debt currently stands at $14+ TRILLION, with the interest, per month, calculated at over $42.25 BILLION. How can we afford this? How can we afford Congress? Only Congress can pass a budget, only Congress can spend like there is no tomorrow. It is time for every taxpayer to rise up and fire our Congress member who will not support drastic cuts in spending. Join the TEA Party Friday at noon and 5 PM for a protest on the green in front of Town Hall and tell Schumer we are NOT "fleas wagging the dogs tail," we are his employers and we will not stand for him, Gillibrand or Bishop going against the good of this country. This isn't about party, this is about the survival of our country and the future of our grandchildren.

LYNDA A.W. EDWARDS

East End TEA Party

Homeowners As Priority

Dear Editor,

It's my belief that placing a priority on the homeowner has enabled the Supervisor of East Hampton and the Governor of New York to rise above the type of casual corruption that one finds in Southampton, and it was disappointing to see Steve Levy place a priority on awarding contracts to businesses. Before I discuss Southampton, I'd like to restate a point made by the Suffolk County District Attorney during his investigation into East Hampton: Anyone can err. The problem however lies in the refusal to correct the error. For example, when Patrick Heaney was Supervisor of Southampton, homeowners expressed outrage over large tax increases that were the result of a reassessment. If he (or any town board member) had shown a willingness to talk to homeowners he might have been able to make adjustments that would have cast him in a favorable light. I, for one, had statistics that he could have used. Instead, Mr. Heaney ignored homeowners and, being more vulnerable than his Democratic colleagues, lost his bid for re-election.

SUSAN CERWINSKI

For The Record

Dear Editor,

I just want to correct my gross inaccuracies, and non-factual comments, since I have hurt Mary Jean's feelings. Fact, Mary Jean was right when she asked me at the last meeting of GEIS that I attended, when she asked me why I had nothing to say, but her written answer of my response was not quite right. My answer was that I listened, then put my thoughts in writing. She cannot deny that I have not done that.

Myth#1. Mary Jean says that when she speaks before the Town Board she speaks for herself. Mary Jean, do you for one moment think that the Board realizes you are speaking for yourself? That's a joke.

Myth#2. Yes, in my last letter I did suggest that local folks should make their feelings known, and you are right, no one to date has come forward. Why? Because these people are smarter than you think they are. They realize that without a doubt we have one of the best Planning Departments in the County. From Dennis, to the rest of his Board members, to Jeff, Claire, Freda, and the rest of that group of Planners, and Secretaries. Mary Jean, just keep in mind, Local Folks realize that you, as a tax-payer, and every tax-payer in Southampton Town is paying big money to these people, plus Cashin Associates, Hutton Associates, McLean Associates, etc. to do the Planning for us. Why would we need amateurs to make important decisions?

Myth #3. You say that Hampton Bays has reached, and is beyond its population limits. Your reasons are mostly because of drinking water, and sewage. Do yourself a favor, and talk to Robbie King, who heads the water district, and get the true information on how much water he can supply, and why he is forced to add chemicals to the water. Then approach the Trustees, and get the factual information on why you say the South Shore Estuary, is IMPAIRED. You had better be prepared for double population growth in Hampton Bays, this coming summer. The cost of gasoline is going to keep travelers close to home, and that will mean City, and West end residents are going to head East.

Should I keep going? Let's go back a few years when Skip was in Office, and the Board was discussing the possibility of moving Town Hall to Hampton Bays. Fact: you wrote to the Press that the current building, Town Hall was a beautiful building that should never be replaced, and abandoned, nor moved to Hampton Bays. This was right before I retired. I wrote a letter to the Press inviting you, or any resident of the Town, to come to Town Hall, and with Skip's permission, I or someone would give a personal tour of the building, not just the first, and second floors, but the bathrooms, basement and cellar offices, and the third floor offices. You never took me up on it.

But that is not the end of the story. At the last meeting Linda attended, a discussion took place regarding a complete new heating system the building now needs. Why? The Southampton grade school West of Town hall, will no longer supply heat to Town hall. Oh, you did not know? Town hall is supplied heat by an underground pipe from the School to the West. So now watch for bidding on a new heating system for Town Hall. Wait, I am not finished. At the same meeting, Linda informed the Board, that as a member for fourteen, fifteen years, the Board has spent OVER a million dollars EACH year for repairs, maintenance, and alterations. Mary Jean that adds up to almost twenty million dollars. What would a new building have cost? And you say it is a beautiful building? The Village of Southampton must have laughed all the way to the bank.

I have more to say Mary Jean, but I will save it for after your rebuttal.

JACK D. CAPONE

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