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Editorial: Fishing as a Human Right

Being able to go surfcasting is one of the highlights of life on the East End — it’s something that residents here have treasured and fought for since colonial times, and many of our oldest laws, particularly on the South Fork, pertain to public access to the beaches in order to fish for food. Since the first Covid spring, anglers have been flocking to beaches throughout the East End, following
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Editorial: Please Drive Slowly on Our Beautiful Roads

It’s easy to chuckle by the tenth or twelfth time you hear Southold Town Clerk Denis Noncarrow’s WLNG radio ad urging the public to “please drive slowly on our beautiful roads,” but his message is one that bears repeating this time of year. When you’re stuck in a traffic jam and left with little option but to drive slowly, it’s easy to forget this advice. Inevitably, a break in the
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Editorial: Bracing for Backlash Against Affordable Housing

Pictured Above: The proposed affordable housing in Sag Harbor. The rubber is about to meet the road for the East End’s Community Housing Funds, as money from real estate transactions begins to come in to the coffers of individual funds in four of the five East End towns (Riverhead has declined to participate). Last year’s concerted push to get voters to say yes to the ballot referendums creating the funds
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Editorial: A Month For Regeneration

Back when we were coming up, when the East End was still a quiet place filled with farms and fishermen, the environmentalists were fond of saying “Make Every Day Earth Day.” It was a phrase guaranteed to make anyone who wasn’t a died-in-the-wool tree hugger roll their eyes, but we didn’t care. We said it anyway, because it was something we felt with all our hearts.   You don’t hear
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Editorial: Solutions? We’ve Got ‘Em

Pictured Above: New native plant gardens help restore the function of habitats that have become disconnected by human patterns of colonization. Our world is in desperate need of repair, and you’d have to look hard to find someone willing to stake an argument against it. We could enumerate the ways in which this repair is needed, but at this point we’d be wasting time. This is an urgent time for
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Editorial: The New Renaissance

We’ve been surprised this winter, everywhere we go, to see crowds of people jamming themselves into library basements to hear concerts, cramming into town board rooms to make their voices heard and taking to the beaches in droves to raise money to help our neighbors in need. The message we’re taking from this is pretty clear: We are all on deck ready to rebuild a community made more resilient by
Raising the first wall of a Habitat home in Riverside this October.
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Editorial: What’s Next for Community Housing

Community Housing Funds are soon to be created in four East End towns, after months of handwringing among elected officials about whether the public would approve of funding affordable housing through a real estate transfer tax. This might not be the right year, they worried, as inflation and energy prices soared and public sentiment about new taxes was pretty clear — the memo across the political spectrum this election year
Raising the first wall of a Habitat home in Riverside this October.
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Editorial: Endorsing the Propositions

Pictured Above: Affordable housing, like this Habitat for Humanity house being built right now in Riverside, is essential to keep the East End from becoming an isolated enclave for the wealthy. It has been this newspaper’s stance to not endorse candidates for public office since our beginnings as an online-only news source in 2013. Our small staff does not yet allow for the editorial distance from the candidates we are
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Greetings From the Exurbs

As massive lines of luxury cars again snake their way through the East End’s pumpkin patches this fall, we’ve been hearing many people lately puzzle over one big conundrum. How do we characterize the place where we live? Growing up here among the potato and cauliflower fields, many of us were told by our teachers that we lived in a rural area. As children, it gave us a solid understanding
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The Renaissance Curled Up in a Pine Cone

It’s been striking to us to hear so many stories lately from people who seem to be sinking under the weight of what we’ve all lost in the past two-plus years — not only the stories of loss of friends to Covid or diseases they’d left untreated because of Covid, but also stories of the paused careers, faded loves, depression and addiction that are just now being brought into the