News-Review editors recently wrote in favor of studying the Aquebogue-Jamesport corridor. Unfortunately, they politicized the issue, saying Democrats called for a master plan update last year, but now “suddenly disagree” with the supervisor’s master plan proposal. The impression created was unflattering — and false. READ
This newspaper recently endorsed two proposals intended to improve government in our town: term limits and a four-year supervisor tenure. I’m not writing to oppose, but rather to point out that if these are the answers, we’re asking the wrong questions.
For ordinary citizens concerned with rising taxes, last week’s supervisor debate brought breathtaking explanations from incumbents about the Industrial Development Agency and its impact. READ
Though we’re in the midst of a hotly contested election, the problem of short-term thinking isn’t limited to candidates and their promise-the-moon campaigns.
Riverhead Town Board members at a meeting last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)
National debate about corporate campaign contributions is endless and abstract. The discussion becomes manageable and much more real if we look at a small, local example of how the practice damages government and hurts taxpayers.
I’m not suggesting, or even hinting, that anything illegal occurred; that does not make the activity any less noxious or offensive. (more…)
FILE PHOTO | The state capitol in Albany.
“Anywhere he wants to.” That’s the punch line of the ancient joke about where an 800 -pound gorilla sits.
In our neighborhood, the big bully is Agriculture & Markets, the state agency tasked with “foster[ing] a competitive food and agriculture industry.” (more…)
‘ONLY WHAT’S NEEDED. NOTHING MORE’
Last spring, a neighbor brought me to a meeting with RCSD administrators focusing on the high school capital plan. He’s a design professional, and his concern was simple: the new façade and front entry—the centerpiece—made little sense. (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay.
To the editor:
I remember when platinum-based catalytic converters were first proposed. Comments were split between “it will bankrupt the automakers” and “no one will be able to afford new cars.” (more…)