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07/29/16 12:00pm
One letter writer weighs in on the debate over short term rentals booked over the internet.

One letter writer weighs in on the debate over short term rentals booked over the internet.

Foolish and wrong
To the Editor:
The recent article reporting on the Town Board meeting (“Residents make cases for, against short-term rentals,” July 21) revealed that at least two board members harbor a distinct bias against second homeowners.

That is unfortunate. (more…)

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07/01/16 10:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A writer takes issue with Pastor Stephen Fearing's public position on guns.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A writer takes issue with Pastor Stephen Fearing’s public position on guns.

A church divided?
To the Editor:
In the aftermath of a tragedy people come to church to find solace. They pray, they seek answers and many will shake their fist.

Being a man of God in any faith during a time of war is no doubt a difficult vocation. These leaders must often be tempted to use the pulpit to espouse personal political leanings. But these are the laws of men, not God, and not at all what a congregation comes to hear. Those debates are easily accessible in all forms of media. (more…)

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06/16/16 8:00am
PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK A featured letter this week is calling on the Town Board to regulate short term rentals booked through the internet.

PHOTO: IM FREE IMAGES/STOCK A featured letter this week is calling on the Town Board to regulate short term rentals booked through the internet.

A pressing menace
To the Editor:
Flophouse — it’s what comes to mind thinking about what is happening on Shelter Island.

Dating back to the 19th century, a flophouse was a place offering cheap, substandard lodging and services; it’s occupants were mainly transient. (more…)

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06/11/16 3:00pm
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Matter of proportion
To the Editor:
Each Memorial Day, I visit my father’s grave and the graves of three uncles at the Long Island National Cemetery. They all served in World War II. They told me how the Nazis would control our lives and how our ability to think and speak freely would be curtailed. Being an American was all about the freedom and liberty that every individual citizen is granted by our Bill of Rights and the Constitution — concepts worth defending. (more…)

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05/09/16 2:00pm
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Why the secrecy?
To the Editor:
A recent issue of the Reporter supplied the community with an extensive article about the town’s efforts to provide housing for those working here.

An arm of our town government, the Community Housing Board (CHB), listed as a committee on the town’s website, provides housing via a license it grants to homeowners to afford people living quarters.

This committee/board held a very interesting meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 25. In attendance was the board less a co-chair, an applicant, and four interested parties, I being one.

No one of us four would have known about this meeting had I not gone to Town Hall to ask when this group was next meeting and I was overheard by someone in the know. (more…)