Not surprisingly, the ongoing debate between Kent Animal Shelter and the Pine Barrens Society over whether the shelter deserves a waiver from the Pine Barrens Protection Act to build a new 10,000-square-foot facility has been spirited and emotional.
Who knew that the program that has become integral to saving eastern Long Island from the sprawl that has overtaken much of the western portion of the island — the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund (CPF) — has its origin in a program created on Nantucket by a native Long Islander? READ
At one time or another we’ve all stamped our feet and cried out to the universe: “It’s not fair!” Tantrum? Of course, because in reality whatever caused our pain wasn’t fair — but who says life is always fair? What screws us up the most is the story in our heads of how things should be. READ
Riverhead’s presence on an online list of so-called sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants has inspired a fair amount of navel-gazing in recent weeks about the town’s immigration enforcement policies. READ
There are birthday celebrations that are given to you, and then there are the ones you give yourself. READ
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Richard Amper, executive director of the Pine Barrens Society, once again lived up to his true form last Wednesday in his latest bid to stop the rebuild of Kent Animal Shelter. His arguments disintegrated in several instances because some of his statements were dead wrong.