Letters: Maybe Walter should sit in on anti-bullying classes

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Town Board members, from left, John Dunleavy, Sean Walter and Jodi Giglio at a meeting earlier this month.


Bullying in Town Hall

I’m bothered by Riverhead Supervisor Sean Walter’s being a disrespectful bully.

Over time I’ve heard things about Mr. Walter by town employees that have been on the receiving end. I’ve listened to him on Channel 22 and heard of him pushing around department heads, Town Board members and highway superintendent George Woodson. Just listen, and watch his body language. Mr. Walter has to realize he has no more power than any other board member. The only difference is he gets to run the meetings and put his signature on documents. He has just one vote, like the rest of them.

Everyone knows if a town employee spoke to a peer or department head in the manner that Mr. Walter reportedly spoke to Ms. Giglio, that person would have consequences to face.

All government agencies, schools and parent groups are helping set laws and develop programs to combat bullying. Maybe Mr. Walter should sit in on some of these classes.

Mr. Walter is an adult and should know how to keep his temper in check. What kind of message is he sending to our youth? Is this any way to run a town? I think not.

Do the right thing, Mr. Walter, and apologize, not only to Ms. Giglio but to the people who made it possible for you to be where you are today.

Laurie Downs


To their hard work!

Kudos to the Riverhead buildings and grounds, police, highway, traffic control and sanitation departments, as well as the ambulance corps, for the job they did this past weekend downtown and on Sound Avenue.

With Father’s Day weekend, the Strawberry Festival and Blues Festival all rolled into a 48-hour period, the people of all these vital agencies came through for taxpayers, letting the traffic flow swiftly, keeping people safe and making sure Riverhead was sparkling clean when it was all over.

Government workers sometimes go unsung. Let’s give these hard workers a round of applause for their good work.

Anthony Coates


Count the copters

How about a great photo-op with Senator Chuck Schumer?

He can visit us at our place in Mattituck on July 7, then he can help us count the helicopters and seaplanes that go over.

Come on. I’ll invite the media.

Brian Dickerson


Out to lunch

Once again, I’m reminded of Senator Moynihan’s observation about facts versus opinions.

Here are some facts:

During the Bush administration, the yearly federal deficit reached $161 billion in 2007, $459 billion in 2008 and $1.41 trillion in 2009.

In the Obama presidency, the debt increased by $1.29 trillion in 2010, $1.3 trillion in 2011, $1.32 trillion this year and $901 billion estimated for 2013.

In the last two years of the Bush administration, the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. In our federal government, Congress controls spending.

If the best argument anyone can muster for re-electing the current fool is that he was preceded by a bigger fool, they’re really out to lunch.

Kenneth Stein