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The East Hampton Star. (East Hampton, N.Y.) 1885-current, February 02, 1978, Image 14

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n-Two THE EAST HAMPTON STAR. EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., FEBRUARY 2, 1978 to t h e Editor Goodbye Lake Wales, Fla. January 27, 1978 Dear Sirs: < With regret we have decided to allow our Star subscription to expire. When we bought property in Folkstone 15 years ago we believed yours would be our first welcome hand. Things changed, we became North Forkers, but your then-familiar friend­ ly hand kept us in your grasp. Finally, with the sale of our property, we reluctantly say goodbye. Thanks for the most enjoyable newspaper we know of. Yours, G. W. BEHRMAN Be Counted East Hampton January 24, 1978 Dear Mr. Rattray: There are times in life when we must stand up and be counted. “E. King” is lacking in knowledge. Miss Helen Hull Jacobs has lived in East Hampton year-round for ten years. She was the women’s tennis champion of the world, winning at Wimbledon in 1936. She also played championship tennis at the Maidstone Club from 1927 to 1942. She is an author and a member of the LVIS who has given much to our community — including free tennis lessons to our high schoof students. She hardly deserves this! Sincerely, MARGOT DOWLING Deeply Ashamed East Hampton January 26, 1978 Mr. Editor: I have been a resident of the Village since 1953. I was privileged to know - your mother in a friendly way. This limited knowledge encourages me to state without qualification that your mother would have been deeply a- shamed of your bad judgment and stupidity in publishing the letter in the Jan. 19 issue signed by a certain E. King. I dare say she would, in all likelihood, have publicly apologized for your action. You know very well that the author of that letter was raising the question of race, not religion. You twisted the tone around to try perhaps to salve a personal problem of your own. Your shallow research into the background of Miss (NOT Mrs.) Jacobs was rather trivial. As a kindergarten of your neglected education, I would suggest in further research a bit of concentration on her military service, from which she retired as a Com­ mander, U.S. Navy, and maybe a peek at the U.S. Tennis Association Year Book would list her as the World’s Women’s Tennis Champion (Wimble­ don 1936) and the U.S. Champion 1932, •33, ’34 and ’35. Our lovely Village of East Hampton has numerous excellent qualities and characteristics that appeal to many retirees. Few of them have been as devoted and civic-minded as Helen Jacobs. The Village needs more of the Helen Jacobs type. Very truly, J. BOLGER [Adm., USN, Ret.] PUBLIC NOTICE Please take notice that a Public Hearing will be held on February 10, 1978, at the Village Hall Annex, 17 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, New York at 6:55 p.m. to consider whether the Village of East Hampton should accept the Scenic Easement pursuant to Section 247 of the General Municipal Law from June L. Davis respectively affecting premises situate on the southerly side of Pantigo Road. Dated: January 23,1978 By Order of the Board of Trustees Inc. Village of East Hampton DONALD M. HALSEY Clerk-Treasurer 21-2 Admiration Amagansett January 24, 1978 Mr. Everett Rattray Editor East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray, As a resident of this community and as a former United States war corres­ pondent who accompanied our GIs as they liberated such worthy examples of hatred and prejudice as Buchenwald and Dachau, permit me to express my gratitude and admiration for your comments re: “E. King” in the Jan. 19 issue. Chilled and horrified to read the ominous “King” warning, I was com­ forted by the humanity and courage of your stand. By your comments, you have once again displayed the highest standards of journalism and responsibility as community conscience. It behooves us all to take your words to heart in sober cognizance of the viper within ourselves. With thanks. ANN STRINGER RIES (Texas-born Protestant) The Lighthouse East Hampton January 30, 1978 To The Editor Dear Ev: I would like to thank Dick and Jane Sage and all their staff at the Light­ house Restaurant (especially Leslie Smallwood and Eddie Delehanty) for providing such a fine party for the Chamber this past Saturday evening. The food was great, the service was fast and efficient, and the drinks really “hit the spot.” We get as critical a crowd at the Chamber’s dinner meet­ ings as you’ll find anywhere, and I think it’s safe to say that everyone was happy. Courtesy, efficiency, and thoughtful­ ness too often go unrewarded and unrecognized: criticism is much easier, especially for those who don’t under- stant the intricacies and problems of the restaurant business. So . . . Dick, Jane, Leslie, Eddie and all the other fine people at the Lighthouse Restaurant — THANK YOU ALL for a great party, i Sincerely, PETER GARNHAM President East Hampton Chamber of Commerce Sales Tax-II New York January 25, 1978 Editor East Hampton Star Dear Sir: Thank you for printing my letter concerning sales tax refunds for cable service. There were two date errors in my letter that permitted the cable com­ pany to fog the issue in their reply to you. The cable company did advise me the State would refund the sales tax paid from June. 1976 to August 1977 however they gave me a credit for the sales tax they continued to accept through September 1977 to January 19781 Unless I had written them for advice I would have continued paying sales tax via coupons they sent me six months ago all through 1978! Since the tax was discontinued last September why did Sammons not notify its customers to pay a lesser amount? I wonder how many other customers continue paying a tax with­ out knowing it? Sincerely, WILLIAM H. GOOD P.S. The State refund application just arrived. Running For Governor Noyac January 24, 1978 To The Editor The East Hampton Star Dear Editor: The word is out that the State of New York is contemplating the acquisi­ tion of the Golf Course property at Montauk. The estimated price is $1,500,000. Can you imagine? Last year the owners were desperately trying to sell the property for $850,000 and could not. Ordinarily when one cannot sell his property during a one-year-period, the next year he drops his price so he can attract a buyer. But look what’s going on here. Instead of the price being reduced — it's almost doubled. This deal smells!! Whichever public officials are pushing for this acquisition could very well be involved in “Hanky Panky.” They are certainly not looking out for the public’s interest. When the owners of the Golf Course property obtained building permits to build condominiums they gave to the Town of East Hampton their develop­ ment rights to the Golf Course. In other words, the Golf Course can never be developed. IT MUST ALWAYS REMAIN A GOLF COURSE. So why is the State of New York wasting taxpayers’ dollars to acquire a Golf Course that already exists. The heavy concentration of the population on Long Island is far to the west of Montauk. In those heavily populated areas there already exist State-owned Golf Courses. Montauk’s attraction is for swimming, fishing, camping, etc. We have enough traffic on our highways now, and do not need to be swamped with additional traffic coming through our villages, heading for Montauk, to play Golf. Thank God that Perry Duryea is running for Governor. With Mr. Dur- yea’s election victory as Governor of New York State will be the beginning of the end of FISCAL IRRESPON­ SIBILITY. JOHN L. ANDERSEN Soft Jobs The Mountaintop Circa The Machine Editor, The Star Dear Brother: When a desire arose to take the Town out of politics and to run the municipality as a business institution, and on a business basis, it was felt that Ronald Rioux should be chosen to carry such ideas into effect. The application of that principle would assure unity of administration, it would encourage promptness and econ­ omy, it would locate and define responsibility, and it would be a step toward lifting the Town government out of the mire of party politics. There is no way for Ronald Rioux to give the people a purely business administration simply and solely for the reason that Ronald Rioux, like Samuel Lester, Hugh King, and Mary Fallon, is simply a tool of the Repub­ lican machine, and that machine is accustomed to regard Town govern­ ment as a matter of dicker and deal, a scheme for spoils, soft jobs, and various rewards for faithful party service. A question has arisen: Who the hell is this Edward Ecker who shows the power of an iron hand without even the slightest pretext of covering it with a silken glove; who feels he can do as he likes? It takes but a child to see that Edward Ecker, the boss, a victim of Perry Duryea’s intellectual, has no tolerance for any elected official who believes in being guided by business considerations. That is the reason why the Republicans have soft jobs; why Eugene Haas was purged. There is no reason to doubt that the passion for soft jobs has had a powerful influence in stamping the character of the Republicans with traits so diverse, which no imagination, however fertile, can depict without the aid of ocular demonstration. American citizens can stand a good deal; but there is one thing the people will neither condone nor forget, and that is tampering with the ballot, the ' foundation of all their liberties, and the united voice of a free people; in other words, the elected should never form to themselves an interest separate from the electors nor make a rod for themselves. The Lone Defender ALEX F. DZIEMAN P.S. Brother Ev, I am inclined to disbelieve in a piece of current gossip, which has it that when a Democrat makes a trip to the Town Hall to apply for a soft job, he invariably makes his will, adjusts all his earthly affairs, and sets out amid the tears and prayers of his household and friends, yet if we credit the Star reports and another piece of current gossip, a Republican who is not rude and unmannerly is unknown. Clamshell Tower-II East Hampton January 29, 1978 The Star Dear Ev, y The Lone Defender’s paucity and sterility of mental pabulum has forced him to reiterate and expand his fatuous “Clamshell Tower” cerebration. I trust the Star will afford me space to correct some false statements from the Mount­ aintop Sage. I am not a sculptor but as previously noted in the Star, a simple “gun fancier.” Further, while I would not refuse properly-earned commissions on said “Clamshell Tower” it remains the Morphean musings of a mordant mis­ guided moralist whose mental moor­ ings have marmaladed. The Defender must know that my time is wholly consumed with fund­ raising for the Alex F. Dzieman Cesspool Fund and the Governor Carey Oil Sludge Protective Association. As the Governor goes ever deeper into the debt of his oil rich brother from the last campaign to the present one, it becomes vital that the public learn to love and understand the sludge folk and sympathize with their special problems as Carey did when he was in Congress. A legitimate lobsterman such as Perry Duryea will have tough going through the slime of the Carey Protec­ tive Association. Sincerely, „ GERALD PREISER INot So Fortunate East Hampton January 30, 1978 Everett T. Rattray Editor Dear Mr. Rattray: With our letter to the Star, which you published in the Jan. 26 issue and headlined “Salary Freeze,” we pre­ sented a copy of the East Hampton AARP Chapter 472 resolution directed to the Board of Education of East Hampton. This resolution was to freeze salary and fringe benefits for all staff with three years or more of service and to effect economies to maintain school budget expenditures no higher than the current level. Reference was made in the resolution to alarming escalation of property taxes in recent years to finance school budgets. It has been pointed out to us that in the case of this particular School District the component of taxes for schools has not increased during the past three years. In this case we should have said, “. . . cost of financing local school budgets...” instead of “... level of property taxes to finance local school budgets . . . .” During the past three years these school budgets have in­ creased by about 14 per cent. The fortuitous situation of an in­ creasing tax base has made it possible for the School Board not to increase the property tax-rate which otherwise would have been necessary to finance the higher budgets. However, other School Districts, notably Springs, who share the cost through use of the common High School in School District #1 are not so fortunate. The necessity to reduce costs is further indicated by fact of probably diminished school aid as contained in Governor Carey’s current budget proposals. The position which the East Hamp­ ton AARP Chapter takes with respect to the need to reduce property taxes coincides with present plans of State officials for legislation to relieve the burden of taxes for the low to middle income family. Sincerely, GARTH E. VIELE President \ Response East Hampton JanuarySO, 1978 Everett T. Rattray, Editor The East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray: The Board of Education has respond­ ed to a letter received from the local chapter of the AARP regarding the upcoming school budget for fiscal year 1978-79. This correspondence was pub­ lished in a “Letter to the Editor” in the Jan. 26 issue of the Star. We would appreciate, therefore, if you would publish the enclosed re­ sponse to the AARP correspondence so that your readers may benefit from this additional information. Thank you for your cooperation. Sincerely, STEPHEN M. MILLER President East Hampton Board of Education , i The. East Hampton School Board received your letters of Jan. 10, and believe me, we are as concerned about steadily-rising taxes as much, or per­ haps more so than the AARP. Five of us are working, tax-paying members with no property tax deductions and as you know, all working people have had tremendous increases in Social Security deductions. This will make up for those people whose contributions did not equal the benefits they are receiving and it will try and guarantee that benefits are there when we also reach retirement age. I bring the following information to your attention which disputes your opening “Whereas” that says, “Where­ as it is a well recognized fact that the level of property taxes to finance local school budgets has escalated at an alarming rate in recent years....” Class o f’58 Englewood, Col. January 20, 1978 Everett Rattray Editor East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray, As president of the East Hampton High School Class of 1958,1 am trying to locate all classmates concerning a 20-year reunion sometime this sum­ mer. Would you please print this letter in your letters to the editor so that they may contact me at the address below? Sincerely, TIM GILMARTIN 7617 E. Jamison Drive Pnglewood, Colorado 80110 Boosters East Hampton January 27, 1978 Editor East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray: The East Hampton High School Booster Club wishes to thank everyone who supported. the Girls’ Basketball Tournament and the Sprig Gardner Wrestling Tournament during the Christmas recess. We would also like to thank the parents who worked with us on those three days. But a special “Thank You” must go to those students who worked during that three-day period and we are very, very proud of them. Sincerely, Kate McNally For The BONAC BOOSTER CLUB Tutti-Frutti East Hampton January 29, 1978 Everett T. Rattray Editor East Hampton Star Dear Mr. Rattray: I had more than a passing interest in Tim Neale’s reporting of the replies that were received from our high school graduates in the survey which the school district’s curriculum com­ mittee had sponsored. The responses were strong evidence that my comments over the past few years on the educational mediocrity of certain phases of our school program were not out of line judged by the facts and opinions expressed by the grad­ uates themselves. One criticized the proliferation of mini-courses and stated that “they allowed students to complete their high school studies without a sound aca­ demic foundation.” I have always believed these courses were nothing more than rap sessions between teach- - ers and students. In this week’s Star I note that the Middle School is adding courses to its selective studies program. In addition to such subjects as military modeling, macrame, and puppetry, there will now be quilling, disco, and other courses. This is pure educational tutti-frutti, just plain silliness in a school that has a mediocre record in the New York State reading and .math tests. The whole program could be termed “advanced kindergarten,” adding little to a child’s Continued on H-3 Village, and County tax rates have increased at an alarming rate. They make up roughly half of your real Year East Hampton School Tax Rate East Hampton Town Tax Rate East Hampton Village Tax Rate Suffolk County Tax Rate Enrollment 1974 1975 1976 1977 % Increase or Decrease 9.92 9.89 9.69 9.76 3.34 4.04 4.49 4.60 5.40 6.10 7.10 7.60 2 . 1 3 2.59 3.65 3.73 1469 1496 1535 1513 As you can see, our enrollment has increased slightly while the general public is of the opinion that because enrollments are dropping in many areas, East Hampton's must also be dropping. I think you will agree that in any form of government and in most businesses, salaries and fringe benefits make up the greatest part of the operating costs and the East Hampton Union Free School District is ' no exception. It is over one half of our operating budget. Yes, our budget has increased over the past four years, but the tax rate is roughly the same, while the Town, estate tax bill. Our tax rate has been held by reducing our planned balance to zero (not a sound way to operate a five million dollar budget, but demanded by citizens who think a planned balance is a slush fund) and by receiving the benefit of an increase each year in total assessment (which was also received by the Village, Town, and County) and by introducing certain cost-saving measures. Rather than have your resolution circulated with the wrong information, I feel that you should know the correct rates at which taxes have changed in the last four years. - 2 % + 38 % + 41 % + 75 % + 3 %

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