THE EAST HAMPTON STAR, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., FEBRUARY 2, 1978 II—THREE to t h e Editor Continued from n —2 basic education. Wilson Stone deserves considerable credit for his leadership in having the survey made and it is hoped that the members of the Board will now assume their legally-required duties as a Board of Education and take definitive action in correcting the deficiencies the survey revealed. Very sincerely yours, WILLIAM F. MATTES Shall Reward ♦ New York January 28, 1978 Everett T. Rattray The East Hampton Star Dear Everett, My house on Hedges Lane in Sagaponack was broken into on Thurs day or Friday of this past week. I was requested by the Southampton police to verify the extent of the theft committed. Unfortunately, I could not drive to Long Island as I had been released that very day from Lenox Hill Hospital after a serious illness and was in a weakened condition. From what I can gather, the usual petty thieves’ delights were snatched away including a television set and portable Sony AM-FM unit. There may have been other objects stolen, but the total loss will not be ascertainable until I can make a thorough inspection myself. What was, however, stolen and which affected me so far more than anything else were a group of water- colors painted by myself over a period of many years representing local scenes such as “Wainscott Beach with the Nagel House,” ‘Three Mile Har bor,” “Taber’s Lobster Store on the Wharf in Springs” and others. There were approximately six or seven works all of which were either signed by me or initialed “R.E.” None of these works has any intrinsic monetary value but they all mean a great deal to me personally for sentimental reasons. I shall reward substantially in cash whomever discovers and returns these works to McNamara’s Liquor Store in Bridgehampton. Ask for Bill or Sharon and they will have an envelope ready. I am'not interested in pursuing those who were involved in the theft. I only wish to recover these watercolors. Sincerely Yours, ROBERT ELKON The Marston Affair Wainscott January 28, 1978 To the Editor East Hampton Star Dear Editor: The dismissal of David Marston, the United States Attorney in Philadel phia, by President Carter at the request of Democratic Congressman Eilberg, who is under criminal investi gation, brings to mind a somewhat similar type of case that had a different ending. My friend, Colonel Harold Hoskins, had been assigned to the State Depart ment in 1942 for special intelligence work in the Middle East. Hoskins was well-qualified for this as he had been born and raised in that area, knew its history and problems, besides speaking Arabic fluently. Hoskins quickly realized that the strife between the Arabs and the Zionists was harming the Allied war effort and might become really detri mental if unchecked. He therefore wrote a number of dispatches to Secretary Hull suggesting that steps be taken to quell the Zionist movement until the end of the war. The contents of these dispatches were leaked to several Jewish Con gressmen. They asked that Colonel Hoskins be recalled. Secretary Hull ordered Hoskins back to Washington and informed him that his services would no longer be required. The Colonel took the position that as a member of the Armed Forces he had the right to appeal to the Commander- in-Chief. Hull agreed provided Mr. Roosevelt would look into, the matter. Within a few days Colonel Hoskins was asked for breakfast at the White House. Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt re ceived him alone. (From personal experience I feel sure the Colonel received a more hearty repast than the coffee and “cold Danish” offered Rep resentative Otis Pike as described by him recently in the Star!) The President asked Hoskins if he knew why he had been invited. Hoskins replied that he believed he did. Then FDR explained that he had gone into the case carefully. He went on to say that he had informed Secretary Hull that Hoskins was to return to Cairo immediately and resume his duties. He also stated that he had told the Secretary that from then on he would look after all Congressional matters of such kind personally. Roosevelt gave the national interest priority over local politics. These words should show in a small way the remendous gulf between Roosevelt and Carter in the- operation of the office of Chief Executive. Franklin Roosevelt was a man with a broad background in government. He had a touch of genius in the handling of man and possessed great confidence in his own abilities. He could explain his policies to the nation in convincing terms. Roosevelt was ah Imperial President when the nation needed one. Carter is certainly not that. He appears a limited man stumbling along, covering up, rather ineptly, his mis takes. Unfortunately, he seems to offer no leadership at the time when the country needs it. The Marston affair is serious. To honor the request of a Congressman and fire the public prosecutor who is investigating that Congressman on criminal charges smells of Nixon stuff. Certainly it does not fit in with all the pious talk that keeps emanating from the Oval Office. GOODHUE LIVINGSTON Before The Jetties i East Hampton January 31, 1978 To The Editor East Hampton Star Dear Sir: Re: jetty removal I would like to commend the clear, professional explanation giveh by Mr. Brian E. Doyle (letter to the editor, Star, Jan. 5,1978) of the circumstances surrounding the Federal authorization of the Army Corps of Engineers Beach Stabilization and Hurricane Protection Project. Mr. Doyle is also quite correct in stating that a figure of $360 a ton for the rocks used in building the jetties which I gave in a letter to the Star of Dec. 15,1977 is way out of line (due to my failure to check the source of the information) and that his own figure of $12 to $16 a ton is the correct one. While I appreciate having the record set straight on these points I would like to add that even if there are no unused Federal funds to remove the jetties available from the Corps of Engineers project—as Mr. Doyle asserts in his letter—the erosion at our beaches is now so severe that even the most casual observer must wonder when some sort of State and/or Federal aid will be provided to remove the jetties before the situation deteriorates any further. Just as money was found in 1958 to build jetties for the purpose of “stabil izing the beach,\ East Hampton now needs emergency financial assistance to correct a situation that is far worse Irreplaceable than anything that existed in 1958. In fact, as repeatedly stated in letters to the Star it is my contention that there never was any permanent erosion in 1958 anyway—there was only occasional, temporary storm dam age which prompted the owners of exposed beachfront cottages to initiate the installation of the first jetties. Such temporary damage, where the beach soon returns to normal after a storm is typical of this area. In support of the contention that there was no permanent erosion of the ocean beach before the construction of jetties, we have now obtained through the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) a series of 24 x 24 inch aerial photo graphs of the beaches taken in 1947 before any jetties were installed at the ocean. They show on the ocean side, the perfectly straight, wide, white beach that many will remember from that time. I plan to take these photos to the next meeting of the East Hampton Town Trustees on Feb. 14,1978. Sincerely, VIRGINIA M. YORK Jones Property Amagansett January 19, 1978 Editor r The East Hampton Star -» ^ • . Dear Mr. Rattray: I read with some alarm of the potential loss of the Jones property in Amagansett which the Nature Con servancy evidently felt would be purchased as part of the Atlantic Double Dunes Preserve. The fact that this was brought to my attention on Jan. 12 of this year, approaching a due date to purchase the property of Mr. Jones of Feb. 15, does not give those of us who care about the preservation of East Hampton’s prime assets much time to correct the situation. Toward this end, if the East Hamp ton Star supports the preservation of our beaches, dune lands, and green areas (such as those that have been despoiled by Pond View), it seems to me that, you could give this subject more editorial exposure than a picture of the Donald W. Lamb Memorial with a reference to a letter to the editor. Though the development of East Hampton is undoubtedly profitable, and possibly necessary to the welfare of our local merchants and the building trade, it seems both unnecessary and egregious to develop those limited areas which provide our community with both its physical and recreational character. The unfortunate disposition of the “Pond View” property was a matter of the . . . budget; the Nature Conserv ancy’s desire to acquire the Jones, Brammer and other properties be tween Atlantic Avenue and Indian Wells Highway is a matter of private concern and will be funded through private contributions. Toward this end, it seems both appropriate and neces sary that the Star support the Nature Conservancy both in terms of editorial comment and reportorial coverage of both the event and the timing. Specifically, the Jan. 12 issue of the Star published both a picture and a letter to the editor from John R. Werger, neither of which contain a phone number or an address. It is difficult to obtain information or make a contribution without this informa tion. This omission should be easy to rectify, and I trust that the Star can see fit so to do. Sincerely, JOHN STUART HOWARD Special Spot Amagansett January 23, 1978 To the Editor: When I was six years old, my family moved to Amagansett to spend the two month summer holiday. Some of my first strong memories are images of that special time just as the Second World War was ending: waking in the morning as the flag was raised down the road at the Coast Guard station; being transfixed by the ensuing calis thenics performed by the inhabitants of the barracks (now the Marine Mu seum); walking barefoot along the Bluff Road to meet friends on the way to the beach. .i.. •> it ir.. •\•••? One overwhelming' tand virtually untouched memory is the still-existing wilderness of the Double Dunes stretching all the way from Atlantic Avenue as far as the eye can see towards East Hampton. Some small changes have come about: the dis appearance of the lookout towers near Atlantic Avenue; the removal of the occasional Navy buildings as the need for them was outgrown; a motel built near Hedges Lane which struck fear in all of Amagansett’s hearts lest we should become another Montauk. But basically this wonderful gift of nature has remained the same, and gives Amagansett a unique character to be treasured by all of us who live there. Many people have worked long and hard to preserve this area, most notably the late Donald Lamb and those involved with the Nature Con servancy. Enormous donations of pri vately-owned land have been gen erously given by such families as the Anson Herricks, the John Sheppards, Jessie Speed, and many more. But now all this natural beauty and East Hampton January 26, 1978 East Hampton Star To The Editor: I was appalled to learn recently that several acres of the unique dunes south of Bluff Road in Amagansett are going to be sold to developers unless they are purchased within the next month by a conservation group. There is precious little of this type of unspoiled land remaining along our shores. I hope that the Town and the people of the Town will do everything possible to prevent the ruin of this irreplaceable natural asset. Yours very truly, AUBREY W. PETERSON Theory A NATURE CONSERVANCY SKETCH of part of its “Atlantic Double Dunes” area shows the 14th acquisition, a second gift from Jessie Clark Speed. Harry Willard, chairman of the South Fork-Shelter Island Chapter, which has been working to assemble the Double Dunes since 1967, reported it was within $100,000 on Jan. 28 of reaching the $350,000 that must be raised by Feb. 15 for the nearby 15.3-acre parcel that has been optioned from private owners. (See letters.) immense generosity may go to waste. Subdivision of several contiguous acres has been imminently threatened unless enough money is raised by Feb. 15 to purchase this land for the Nature Conservancy. I urge every person in the Amagan- sett-East Hampton area to send dona tions to the Nature Conservancy, P.O. Box JJJJ, East Hampton, New York 11937, so this unique and most special spot will remain untouched for all to enjoy. Sincerely, KAREN HOWARD Marred Studio City, Cal. January 19, 1978 Dear Mr. Rattray, My husband and I were shocked to hear that the beauty of the Nature Conservancy on the ocean between Indian Wells Highway and Atlantic Avenue may be marred by develop ments! My childhood summers were spent blissfully on the beaches of Amagan sett and my husband and I look forward to our August visit to Ama gansett and East Hampton every year. We are aghast that the townspeople of Amagansett and East Hampton could allow that beautiful stretch of land in Amagansett that makes up the Nature Conservancy to tie ruined by buildings of any kind. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to try to prevent this catastrophe. Please, Mr. Rattray, I urge you and your newspaper to take a stand against the ruination of that one beautiful unspoiled stretch of beach and land. Thank you fdr your concern and help. Sincerely, PATRICIA RIDGELY (MRS. ROBERT) Sun spot? Maybe not. Perhaps plutonium flowers petal the sky, Self-seed in the clouds, Create tiny changes that mushroom. A heat-loving cloud, beam-lazing its warmth to the earth, Suddenly shrugs. It turns from solarity, frolics instead in the snow. That neither region, affected somehow, That region called hell, Reflects the cloud’s fickle fun, Freezes over and moves up to earth. Are you Cold? Perhaps plutonium petals flower the sky And men die. . MARIAN HARMON Life Here's to the world on wheels Death is a thing that everyone feels If health was a “thing” that money could buy, The rich would live and the poor would die. BEA REILLY CONNECTIONS Continued from 11-1 days, despite the matching of their sensibilities and of their literary and artistic passions, because they could not overcome physical barriers to' intimacy. I am making a generalization from a unique relationship, which is unfair to its complexity. Perhaps there was too much desire and too much pain in their friendship for it to continue. Yet I can’t help but wonder if “liberation” would have helped make an accommodation of their failure. Coupling takes precedence over friendship, conventional boy/girl, boy/ girl arrangements over instinct and intention. I have been reading in a marvelous tract, “Of Woman Born,” by the poet Adrienne Rich. Culture, she says, has required women to forego their deep est feelings for their mothers and their deepest interests in themselves and transfer their energies instead to the nurturing of men and children. - “Women are made taboo to women — not just sexually, but as comrades, cocreators, coinspirators,” she writes. As the author knows, we are breaking that taboo. The question is, can we take the next step and become “comrades,' cocreators, coinspirators” with men, too? HelenS. Rattray SCUTTLEHOLE Continued from II-l through a whole football game without once saying, “There’s no doubt about it, this is a contact sport,” or “You can’t say those guys down there aren’t playing to win.” I’d like to see the Channel Seven news team go through a whole news cast , without once cribbing a single story from that morning’s New York Times. I’d like to see legalized gambling and off-shore drilling give East Hampton a wide berth. I’d like.to throw away those half dozen sports shirts that I’ve never been able to wear. I’d also like to throw away that odd sock, and wind up the year with all matched socks and no left-overs. I’d like 'that when the host at a party says, “Oh have just one more,” P I say “No thanks,\ and then not have one more. I’d like to see the Democratic Party in East Hampton stop ripping out its own entrails and consuming them, to the vast amusement of the Repub licans. But most of all, I’d like very much to see the end of 1978. Arthur Roth 25 YEARS AGO Continued from II-l Island is a bacteriological warfare study center to be used by the Army’s Chemical Warfare division. While the two projects have never officially been linked, it is known that scientists consider the deliberate spreading of the hoof and mouth disease a prime weapon of bacteriological warfare. Governmental approval for the Plum Island project came last summer after an initial storm of protest by some Suffolk residents petered out when scientists gave their assurance there was no chance of the disease spreading to the mainland.