It was election night in 2008 and I was in a packed hotel ballroom in downtown Cleveland surrounded by campaign volunteers for Barack Obama who’d gathered before a giant TV screen to watch him deliver his victory speech after winning the presidency.
And deliver he did. READ
Every few years, the politicians in Town Hall ask us for permission to extend the length of a supervisor’s term from two years to four. Let me give you three good reasons why the Riverhead Town Democratic Committee feels that’s a bad idea — and why you should vote no on Proposition Two this Election Day. READ
This Election Day, voters on the North Fork can take a huge step to improve water quality and preserve open space and farmland. Since 1999, the Community Preservation Fund has raised over $1 billion for land and historic preservation in East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold, which cover 40 percent of Suffolk County’s land.
On Sept. 24 I had the honor of attending a program at Friendship Baptist Church in Flanders, honoring some of its octogenarian church members.
These are members who are in their 80s and are “still blessed to be among the land of the living,” as my great aunt Blanche would say.
Wading River Creek has caused nothing but problems since a narrow and impractical window for dredging was instituted by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to protect the piping plover population.
How can we allow our traditional public schools to continue to fail black and Hispanic students? Why aren’t failing schools met with outrage and skepticism?
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.
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.