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05/12/17 12:00pm
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

Warming up
To the Editor:
The Reporter’s editorial is not the half of it (“What was the point?” May 4).

At an earlier Shelter Island League of Women Voters (SILWV) State of the Town luncheon, I led off with one of Governor Mario Cuomo’s favorite stories that he told many times. Boss Murphy stopping in a Catholic Church on the way to Tammany Hall, praying for “wisdom,” “compassion” and “kindness,” concluding, “We’ll steal the rest.”

In front of students and constituents, this display of bigotry against the Irish and condoning of theft and bribery was scandalous — perhaps there should be an independent investigation of the supervisor? (more…)

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04/28/17 12:00pm
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REPORTER FILE PHOTO|

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…)

03/31/17 4:30pm
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The bell tower of St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The bell tower of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

One day last week I decided to ring some church bells.

I’ve had this feeling before. The last time was more than 10 years ago when I asked if I could ring the bells of Orient United Methodist Church, and the sextant obliged me. Call me crazy.

Church bells have always stopped me. Literally, if I’m walking and hear them in the distance. Or if I’m driving and hear their  music on the breeze, they stop my thoughts. The solemn beauty of the bells, sounds giving texture to the air, always call me back to something that doesn’t allow for expression, because I can’t quite connect the feeling to words. (more…)

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03/16/17 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

“Our story as Christians begins with the refugee story,” Father Charles McCarron said, telling the saga of two adults traveling a great distance where their baby was born, and then soon after fleeing to a foreign country to escape tyranny.

The refugees to whom the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church priest was referring were, of course, Mary and Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem for the birth of the baby Jesus and then their fight into Egypt. (more…)