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07/23/15 12:00pm
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Historical questions
To the Editor:
It was an interesting, rather startling headline regarding the Shelter Island Historical Society (July 16, “Three resign from Historical Society Board”).

I was considering changing my license plate from the UN-Hampton to the NU-Hampton, since Shelter Island has become what I now refer to as the “five-outfit weekend” with, it seems, a fundraiser of one kind or another every weekend all summer long. (more…)

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07/17/15 10:00am
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Building a true committee
To the Editor:
The fact is that if we kill all the deer on Shelter Island, we will eliminate ticks because we will eliminate their final blood meal. At least, that is the theory.

But the idea of eliminating all the deer is anathema to a good percentage of the residents of the Island. So that has never been seen as a viable option.

Permethrin kills ticks. No doubt about it. (more…)

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07/03/15 12:00pm

 

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The deer or us
To the Editor:
Michael Coles’ recent letter (“Time to turn pro,” June 25) was an excellent summary of our tick problem on the Island. Although a Bambi lover, I agree that the situation has not been solved chemically and now calls for an immediate culling of the herd by professional sharpshooters/hunters. (more…)

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06/26/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand, brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand, brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.

Time to turn pro
To the Editor:
Peter Reich, in his farewell letter, put it well: “If all five (board members) agreed on everything, we would only need one person up there.” Disagreement is the essence of a democracy, but how the disagreement is expressed is critical; views expressed too strongly can become upsetting and counterproductive. (more…)