03/23/19 3:00pm

ELEANOR P. LABROZZI Spring

Hope springs

We live in a cynical age.

And the reasons that have made cynicism the defining vice of the times are many.

A look at recent American history can be blinding with examples of misguided and hypocritical leaders, many who were once skeptics but crossed lines into the camp of the cynics. And this is the place to give three cheers to the skeptics, who will hold fire and weigh a situation, never acting on either naiveté or the certainty that most human situations will end in tears. (more…)

12/31/18 10:00am

There are a couple of old sayings that sum up our feelings when important people in our lives pass away.

The ranks are thinning, you will hear, as well as that the cemeteries are filled with irreplaceable people. (more…)

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03/31/17 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO

REPORTER FILE PHOTO

Don’t cut Coast Guard
To the Editor:
For all of us on eastern Long Island who “go down to the sea in ships,” commercial and recreational fishermen, sailors, yachtsmen, family boaters and commercial captains, please be aware that the present administration’s budget calls for a $1 billion cut in the Coast Guard budget for 2018. (more…)

03/24/17 2:00pm
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO A male wood duck in his spring finery

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO A male wood duck in his spring finery

The forecaster’s last two snow predictions were wrong  even though it still felt that winter, like a gloomy houseguest, had moved in for good. But spring has sprung, at least according to the calendar, arriving on Monday.

How soon we forget that spring  is, among other things, the season that requires patience to appreciate. (more…)

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03/20/17 8:00am
JOHN CLARE PHOTO Day break at Shell Beach on the first day of spring 2017.

JOHN CLARE PHOTO Daybreak at Shell Beach on the first day of spring 2017.

Today is the first day of spring, the vernal equinox.

The earth’s axis today “is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun, resulting in a ‘nearly’ equal amount of daylight and darkness at all latitudes,” according to the National Weather Service (NWS). (more…)