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05/12/17 12:00pm
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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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03/16/17 4:30pm
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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…)

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01/30/17 12:00pm

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

Students staged an orderly demonstration in front of the California State Capitol to protest budget cuts to education and Governor Ronald Reagan’s plan to impose tuition for University of California students for the first time in the school’s history. (more…)

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07/11/16 12:00pm
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Peer-to-peer
To the Editor:
The Reporter’s coverage of the short-term rental situation is so one-sided it shows how unfamiliar people are with the process of renting through Airbnb and the benefits of the sharing economy. (more…)

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06/23/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Reverend Stephen Fearing won the support of the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church Session in calling for a ban on high powered weapons.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Reverend Stephen Fearing won the support of the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church Session in calling for a ban on high powered weapons.

When Reverend Stephen Fearing’s wife popped her head into the bathroom while he was showering on the morning of June 12 to tell him there had been another mass shooting, the pastor of the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church’s first response was a shrug.

His nonchalant reaction woke him up to the realization that mass shootings have become so routine in recent years that people have lost the capacity to be shocked. (more…)