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04/27/18 12:00pm
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Constructive partisanship
To the Editor:
Last Sunday Gary Gerth, our new town supervisor, spoke at the annual State of the Town luncheon sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Shelter Island. Before Mr. Gerth spoke, the president of the League, Lois Morris, reminded us that this was a non-partisan event.

Mr. Gerth presented a glowing account of his past accomplishments and laid out a few broad policy objectives. To me his talk sounded more like a campaign stump speech than a report on the state of the town. (more…)

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09/08/17 10:00am
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Ban the phones
To the Editor:
I am a retired teacher who taught at the Shelter Island School from 1976 until 2015.

There have been many changes at the school over the years that have reflected the times. When I started working at the school, all the doors were open for students, staff, parents and visitors, but several years ago the doors were locked, and a secured entrance was established to protect the children. This was inconvenient yet needed. (more…)

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04/28/17 12:00pm
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Light in the darkest times
To the Editor:
In the light of some recent events, I have not had a chance yet to publicly thank a few friends who helped me and my family through one of the darkest times when I was detained in an immigration facility due to my green card removal.

When I needed it most, my family stayed here on the Island and was surrounded by the best people and community we could have asked for. (more…)

04/19/17 8:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The scene in the school auditorium April 7 where the Town Board held a public hearing on proposed legislation to regulate short-term rentals.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO The scene in the school auditorium April 7 where the Town Board held its second public hearing on proposed legislation to regulate short-term rentals.

During the long and spirited public debate about proposed regulation of the Island’s short-term rentals (STRs), sound arguments have been made by both sides.

Bu sadly, vitriol has marred discussions at Town Board meetings, during two public hearings and in letters to this newspaper. Longtime observers of town issues have said they’ve never seen anything like it. (more…)