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December 21, 2018

Kudos to the Bellport High School Orchestra

The Bellport High School Orchestra and Chorus is outstanding! Watch its performance of the Hallelujah Chorus on YouTube. Here is the link:

By the 20 second mark, tears were in my eyes. By the end, the tears were streaming down my cheeks. These students, and all students in our schools, belong to all of us in the South Country School District. There is greatness here and endless possibilities for the future. In a season traditionally filled with hope, I found some right here.

Anne Hayes
Bellport, NY



November 12, 2018

Editor's Note: This letter is in reference to our recent editorial.

Bellport Dock

Thank you very much for your thoughtful editorial about the restoration of the Bellport Dock. As you have sensitively pointed out, the dock is an iconic part of the iconic village of Bellport. As I am no longer a resident of the village, it could be said that I ‘don’t have a dog in this fight’, but I’d like to share some of the learnings from my tenure as president of the BBHS and the restoration of the exterior of the Ralph Brown Building. Victor Principe’s letter about the importance of the dock to the collective mind of the village is an eloquent plea for a thoughtful approach to the restoration. I’d also like to add that the dock is memorialized in important paintings from the turn of the century impressionists who painted in Bellport. So it’s an important part of the cultural heritage of Long Island.

Historic preservation is difficult, and it requires dozens of decisions about the appropriate degree of reconstruction. There are lots of trade offs with costs, esthetics, and indeed, what period to restore to. We encountered all of these issues in the Ralph Brown Building project, which was funded by the NY State Parks Department. Happily enough, there are resources available to help. Our first stop was SPLIA (Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities). They are a great resource for restorers. There are many architectural firms that specialize in planning and executing restorations and dealing with the conflicting regulations that govern the site. I would strongly encourage the Village Board to avail themselves of these resources before they plunge headlong into a reconstruction which may not be appropriate for this special place.

Anna Lou Fletcher
East Moriches



November 12, 2018

An Open Letter from Clyde Parker

Dear Friends, Neighbors and Supporters,

Thank you all for your kind and unwavering support in this mid-term election. You are all extraordinary.

We experienced something big this past Election Day. Democracy won a big victory and candidates who ran on decency, hope and democratic ideals; candidates who loudly rejected the negativity, hatred and violence that has been injected into our body politic; candidates who made it clear they would protect and expand every person’s right and access to quality healthcare, who would fight for our environment, who would put party aside and work for ALL Americans, who would reform immigration not fear it, and who would restore the American Dream for all of us….they won. The returns keep coming in and these candidates keep winning. If you were a part of this, thank you. If you sat this one out, be a part of something bigger next time around. Register to vote, get passionate, get involved and see what a difference you can make.

As much as I am sorry not to be part of an historic win, I still feel like a winner because I was a part of something big, positive, and crucially important for us all. We know it is not possible for everyone to win. I went into this race as a true beginner, the guy who had never travelled in political circles, belonged to political clubs or was known through the community institutions that are so closely tied to that world. I say this without an ounce of rancor because I believe our way forward is not to denigrate these entrenched systems but rather to move beyond them and partisanship and toward unity. I believe that if we can do this, if we can elect people who will work for us all and I do mean all, then that is how we will make progress that strengthens and protects families and invigorates our communities. This is not a red or a blue goal but an American goal, and it is what we need to strive for whether we are running for town council, NYS Assembly or congress. To this end, I wish the new assemblyman-elect for the 3rd District great success.

The next election is two years away. Let’s keep our goals of decency, unity, and a democracy that promises to go back to its roots as a true beacon for the world and a path forward for every single one of us no matter party, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or economic situation to achieve the American Dream.

Clyde Parker
Bellport, NY



October 10, 2018

Editor's Note: This letter is in reference to our recent editorial.

Legal Notices

While I hope we’re both wrong, the cause & effect link that you’ve drawn would seem, unfortunately, to make sense.

From a larger perspective, this is feels like another, all too pervasive, example of government treating the press as the "enemy of the people.” When my dad was in politics, lo those many years ago, he would privately rail at the press (read Newsday) but would never think of doing so publicly. One of his favorite expressions was that “you should never pick a fight with someone who buys printing ink by the barrel.” But more importantly, he recognized that the inherent tension between government and a free press was an important and valuable facet of a democracy.

It is from this perspective that I find today’s climate so discouraging! The ongoing game of “gotcha,” perpetrated by both politicians and the press unfortunately does the greater public a huge disservice. In the midst of all of this vitriol, the underlying issues, some of which have major implications, are lost on most of the public. This point was brought home most publicly for me by the recent death of John McCain. His tales of bloody floor fights with Ted Kennedy, followed by a collegial lunch with him in the Senate dining room seem like prehistoric history.

Anyway, keep the faith! We can only hope the the pendulum will swing back to a more collegial and cooperative climate amongst the players in our governmental process. In that environment, we might be able to get real solutions to the problems facing our world, instead of trying to blame the "other guy.” In the mean time, we all have a personal responsibility to continue to speak truth to power.

As always, keep up the good work.

Matt Dominy
Gilbert, AZ