In the weeks and months following the July 2015 limousine crash in Cutchogue that left four young women dead, law enforcement pulling over limousines and party buses for inspection became a familiar sight on busy East End weekends. The tragedy made all too clear the danger posed by such large vehicles, in which most passengers are not properly secured with safety belts, and emphasized that much closer attention must be paid to improving safety. READ
Last week, buried inside a report released by the Trump administration, a startling prediction about climate change was made public. If nothing is done to put the brakes on rising temperatures, our planet could warm a staggering seven degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. That’s 82 years from now, easily within the lifetimes of current newborns and young children.
A seven-degree rise in Earth’s temperature would be disastrous for cities along our coastlines but an even larger catastrophe for many countries across the planet that would all but be destroyed by the heat, resulting in a massive refugee crisis. READ
There are few bigger thrills for us as a media organization than our annual People of the Year awards. The winners’ stories of community service, dedication and perseverance are always inspirational.
Choosing the recipients is a painstaking process. It takes several months to compile all the information on the winners and produce the mini-documentaries that we present at the formal awards ceremony in March. But it’s worth it every time when we see their genuine thanks and joy. READ
Monday’s roundtable on the contentious issue of immigration brought a mix of people to Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead. Although advocates for immigration reform were not represented at the forum, which was closed to the public, there were voices inside that are important and should be heeded.
Local law enforcement, including Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley, spoke about gang involvement and the need to establish tactics in our schools to prevent vulnerable young people from being recruited. READ
The giant elephant in the room during every Catholic Mass is not going away anytime soon.
And, with recent developments in New York State and around the country related to the sexual abuse scandal, it is fair to say the Roman Catholic Church is at a critical point in its long history. It needs to make a choice: Tell the truth or keep on lying. READ
“He’s an Arab!” a woman said to Sen. John McCain at a nationally televised October 2008 presidential candidate forum. The senator’s opponent, Barack Obama, at whom her comment was directed, was on the same stage, just a few feet away.
“No, ma’am,” Sen. McCain responded before reaching out to remove the microphone from the woman’s hand. He then went on to explain how wrong her comment was. READ
As weeks go, this one has been a real doozy so far.
On Tuesday, 12 jurors in a federal courtroom in Virginia showed us that American democracy works because of the rule of law. On the same day, in a separate federal courtroom in Manhattan, the rule of law was showcased again. Thanks to both events, our democracy is better and stronger than it was just days ago. READ
The clock is ticking.
As if the deer tick problem weren’t bad enough, two state departments — health and Agriculture & Markets — are now urging New Yorkers to be on the alert for the longhorned tick, a new species that may soon make its way here. READ