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01/20/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Letter writers continue to debate short-term rentals, many of which are booked over the internet.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Letter writers continue to debate short-term rentals, many of which are booked over the internet.

Room for all
To the Editor:
Heather Reylek (“Your Letters,” January 5) references 172 listings available on airbnb. This is misleading. (more…)

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01/13/17 12:00pm
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Save the date
To the Editor:
During my 12 years on the Town Board, I frequently heard the following requests concerning public hearing dates:
•    Don’t hold in the winter because people aren’t around
•    Don’t hold in the spring because full-time residents are busy working 16 hour days getting ready for the summer
•    Don’t hold in the summer — no one wants to spend a beautiful summer evening at a crowded meeting plus there are too many cocktail parties on Friday nights
•    Don’t hold in the fall because baymen can’t go due to scalloping.

That doesn’t leave much time for the board to conduct business! (more…)

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01/06/17 2:00pm
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Other people’s money
To the Editor:
Mr. James Luke makes a point in his letter re: rising Shelter Island taxes (“Captive,” December 22). The school taxes are up 6.2 percent with a declining student population. The Board of Education has some tough challenges there and I wish them luck. (more…)

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12/23/16 10:00am
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO

 

How’s he doing?
To the Editor:
The December 1 and December 15 issues of the Reporter have contained letters from Supervisor Dougherty regarding his stewardship and focus for town finances. He is proud to say that his focus is “ticks, taxes and the aquifer.” (more…)

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12/16/16 10:00am
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No lengthy treatise
To the Editor:
We wish you the very best for the holidays and, oh, here is your town property tax bill — please pay promptly. It’s our annual ritual and you have been very good sports about it. Shelter Island has among the very highest voluntary payment rates by taxpayers, probably the result of a combination of the wonderful, cooperative taxpayer constituents we are fortunate to have, and our (relatively) low taxes. Thank you. (more…)