04/26/19 12:00pm

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Oh, how I love to click on the tiny “Trash” icon on my desktop.

I like the crunching noise the computer makes as that virtual can is emptied, the satisfaction of taking what I don’t want and throwing it away. But getting rid of virtual garbage is different from throwing away actual trash. In the real world, there is no “away.” (more…)

02/17/19 8:00am

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The neurologist recited Codger’s main symptoms: “Your hands are clumsy and you walk like Frankenstein.”

“Obviously,” said Codger, who had already reviewed his MRI with Dr. Google, “I will need a cervical spine laminectomy fusion.”

The neurologist sighed. “Unless you also plan to operate, I have an excellent neurosurgeon for you.” (more…)

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02/06/19 8:00am

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Cut trees off Menhaden Lane.

Jean Lawless was walking her dogs on Menhaden Lane and took a path not far from the beach that winds through Suffolk County parkland.

Instead of a peaceful stroll through dunes and an undisturbed patch of cedar, cherry, locust and other trees, she came on a scene of environmental desecration. Dozens of the trees had been chain-sawed, leaving stumps and branches scattered everywhere on the protected, publicly owned land. (more…)

02/01/19 4:30pm

At a recent Town Board meeting, a draft of Shelter Island’s Mission Statement was discussed, and since the goals of clean water, responsible growth, maintenance and safety are hard to argue with, the board soon reached what Supervisor Gary Gerth called “a Kumbaya moment.”

A mission is something you intend to do, and a good mission statement guides the enterprise like a border collie bringing an unruly flock of sheep home. Many organizations have them, and too often they are a vaguely worded, forgettable series of sentences, written by committee, and subsequently forgotten. (more…)