Codger was roused last week when just before the election our once and future supervisor railed lustily against the specter of outside Republican money threatening to turn the East End into a “financial slush pit” to buy politicians. Jim Dougherty knows how to crank up the amps. But Codger was also pleased when a friendly Republican gently advised Dougherty to turn it down lest he damage the fragile ecosystem of bipartisanship on Shelter Island. It sounded like pragmatic advice, a balance to Dougherty’s warning, which contained a valuable and ominous lesson for the future: All politics is local until it turns national. (more…)
It was an off-year election in 2015 which carried an important message in Suffolk County: big-moneyed political intervention by special interests didn’t work here. READ
Vandana Shiva, a giant in the environmental field, came to the East End last month.
Ms. Shiva came to speak about her battle against the drive by the chemical industry, led by Monsanto, to radically limit what has been a diversity in seeds, to mix the genes of different species to create genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and to otherwise “industrialize agriculture” at a huge cost to life and the earth. (more…)
I’ve read about the dredging at South Ferry, and I cannot help noticing all the activity as I make trips to the South Fork.
It looks like a very complicated process. It is necessary to keep the boats running safely and smoothly and to offset the forces of nature that move sand around the bottom of the bay. (more…)