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As we celebrate Independence Day this weekend, we should recall those words near the beginning of the Declaration of Independence that changed the world.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
America witnessed a living example of those words that every school child is taught, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in a 5 to 4 decision, that people of the same gender are free to marry one another in all 50 states. (more…)
JUDY CARD PHOTO | The start of a wet and wonderful Shelter Island day.
Shelter Island is the perfect sport for distance runs, and not just for the physical beauty that runners race through, but for the spirit of those who turn out to cheer the athletes on their quest.
No records were set for the 36th annual running of the Island’s signature sporting event and weekend party, except if you count that it’s the first time the race was run in the rain.
Physical beauty, with the heavens opening up above the Island all afternoon? Yes. (more…)
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO Dead fish in the thousands have washed up on local shores in the past month.
We’ve been reminded a lot in recent weeks that fish kills are a regular occurrence in these parts and aren’t anything new. (more…)
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It was with sadness that we learned that Peter Reich wouldn’t run for re-election to the Town Board. In a farewell letter to his constituents, Mr. Reich cited his health, the belief in term limits and more time devoted to his business and with people close to him as reasons to bow out of public life. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | An aerial view of the PSEG substation in Jamesport, similar to one the power company wanted to build on the Island.
It’s not often that a government acts quickly and decisively, but the Town Board deserves credit for doing both last Friday evening. (more…)