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Letters THE RETREAT IS OPEN Dear Dan, To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of our death are highly exaggerated! There has been a rumor circulating in the community that the Retreat is closing its doors. Not true. We have, on the contrary, listed our administrative office building for sale (located on Goodfriend Drive) so as to expand our financial options during these difficult economic times. The Shelter is not for sale, and its operation – and the daily functions of our staff – will not be affected. We remain totally dedicated and committed to the mission we serve: providing safety, shelter and support for victims of domestic abuse, and breaking the cycle of family violence. In addition, we are currently interviewing applicants for the position of executive director, and look forward to this person taking the Retreat to even higher levels of service and excellence for the clients we serve. We need your help, and that of your readers. The statistics tell an alarming story: ·· Globally at least one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. ·· Studies suggest that between 3.3-10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually. ·· Between September and December 2008, the Retreat’s shelter occupancy surged upward by 26%, to full capacity! ·· Recently, the Retreat’s counseling, hotline and advocacy services increased by an estimated 36%. Through your donations and continuing support, the Retreat has been, and will continue to be, the place “where violence ends and hope begins.” Richard Demato, President, The Retreat Board of Directors Via e-mail Glad to dispel rumors. – DR SPARE CHANGE? Dear Dan, With the recent nomination of Tom Daschle to be Health and Human Services Secretary, what’s overlooked by most media is that former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle was a frequent

e-mail Dan at askdan@danspapers.com WHOA OH OH OH … ON THE RADIO Dear Editor, Thank you for this wonderful article [“Easy Listening,” December 12, by Managing Editor Susan Galardi]. So many times I have had a similar conversation with myself about this. Except, I like cigarettes. Job well done! :) Victoria L. Cooper Via e-mail Hope it helps to end that self-talk. – SG

critic of President George Bush when he attempted to appoint lobbyists or those with strong ties to lobbyists for government positions. In recent years, Daschle has served as a highly paid adviser to health care clients at the law and lobbying firm Alston & Bird. President elect Barack Obama has now nominated Daschle for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Seems like the famous “K” Street lobbyists have just opened shop across the street to influence a Democratic Party-controlled White House and Congress. Political quid pro quo between lobbyists and those in power, be it Republican or Democrat, appears to be alive and well in Washington. So much for the “change” Obama promised us. I guess voters will have to wait four years till the next Presidential election to seek a “refund.” Larry Penner Great Neck, New York Via e-mail We shall see what we shall see, but first Obama has to fix the economic mess he’s inherited. – DR

CITY OF IMMIGRANTS Dear Dan, Re: Your article 11/21, “A Murder In……” you commented that [Suffolk County Executive Steve] Levy has not yet repealed the anti-Hispanic laws that his administration has passed...” In response for millions of legal, hard working, tax paying Americans, we would say that his laws are aimed at any and all illegal aliens in Suffolk County. The fact that the vast majority happens to be Hispanic is not our fault; they are the ones who are in our country illegally. Utilizing our schools, our hospitals, our law enforcement (too many, unfortunately, for imprisonment) and many of our other services at little or no cost to them. Too many are living in overcrowded housing that is unsafe and illegal, and for which they do not pay their fair share of property and school taxes to support their illegal use of our services. To dodge or confuse hard truths about racial, ethnic issues by reporting them in different descriptive terms like “undocumented immigrant” or “newcomers” versus illegal aliens is in itself a form of bigotry. Try showing the same compassion for hard working American citizens who pay all of their taxes and are being forced to foot the bill for illegal aliens as well. These people are here in this country illegally; they are breaking our laws. “J” Amagansett Via e-mail Both deserve respect. We were all once “illegal” immigrants. – DR

Police Blotter Dog Statue A dog statue, one of two, was stolen from a front porch in East Hampton. There was no sign of forced entry. The statue of the dog was estimated to be worth around $1,500. Looks like a job for Ace Ventura, Pet Statue Detective. Boat Broke A man winterizing his boat in Sag Harbor reported that somebody broke into it and stole items on board, including electronic equipment and a pair of expensive binoculars. The man is no longer going to winterize his boat at the yard. Cell Phone Charger A woman reported to police that her LG cell phone charger was stolen, worth an estimated $50. She gave police the name of the person whom she thought stole it. Nobody is too certain why a $50 LG would require a $50 charger.

Strike In The Head A man was struck in the head with a banana at a bar/restaurant in Sag Harbor. The man reported that he believed the suspect was, and we quote here, “Bananas.” Not Welcome A group of cats in Montauk has reportedly found a small home by a garbage dumpster at a Montauk restaurant. The cats have drawn complaints and it’s not the meowing that is the issue. Stealing In Southampton, a man was caught stealing from cars after police received an anonymous phone call. The man was caught stealing a handbag and credit cards from the vehicles. Fake ID A man gave a fake ID to a police officer after he was caught drinking and driving. The clever man

just ended up getting charged with DWI as well as false impersonation after the officer discovered the ID was fake. Crashed Into Police A woman in Southampton crashed into a police vehicle while driving along County Road 39 at 2 a.m. Prior to the collision, she nearly struck a police officer and a pedestrian. She fled the scene and was caught by police hiding in her bedroom and was subsequently arrested. For those of you who don’t know, crashing into a police officer and then thinking you can drive off and hide is very, very dumb. Open Beverage A man was consuming a beer in the middle of the street in Hampton Bays. He had just bought the beer from a local supermarket and decided to crack it open and take a swig. He was observed by a police officer and was arrested. By David Rattiner

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