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IN MY OPINION

New school stress seen in young patients

There has been a massive grassroots movement against Common Core of late. I am certainly not an expert on the educational system but I have a couple of objective observations that I’d like to share. First of all, this past week during t...

RCFA: In solidarity with Riverhead Charter School teachers

To the Editor-As educators, few would argue that one’s primary responsibility is to the children entrusted to your care. In order to best meet that massive responsibility you come to rely on a team that consists of the students themselves...

Government of, by and for the people — not politicians

Much to the chagrin of my staff and the local press, I don’t spend a great deal of time writing to the press or writing letters to the editor. It may amaze some people that I am not on Facebook (is that one word or two?) and I don’t hav...
CIVILETTI

An open letter to the Riverhead Charter School principal

Dear Mr. Ankrum: As you know, I have been trying to reach you, to no avail. The person who answers the phone in your office puts me on hold, then returns after a few minutes to tell me you are “not available.” I leave messages without reply. Your board p...

Open government? Says who?

I shouldn't be admitting this during Sunshine Week, but I don't believe open government is truly an attainable goal — in fact I think it's less attainable now in this high-tech world we live in. Ironic, right? Is it possible to prevent three town boar...

'Open' is more than a formality

I can't in good conscience let "Sunshine Week" draw to a close without commenting on the proceedings of the Riverhead Board of Education, which behaves as if the state's Open Meetings Law doesn't apply to it. It does — but they still pretty much ignore it....

When is a closed-door town board meeting exempt from the...

This week marks "Sunshine Week," a week dedicated to that oxymoron of all oxymorons: open government. Locally, Sunshine Week kicked off Monday with a behind-closed-doors meeting of the Riverhead Town Board in a secure, undisclosed location (outside of Riverh...
DR. MOM

Blame it on menopause — because you can.

This week, I hosted Christmas Eve for 10 of my family members. Only six out of seven fishes made it to the table because I accidentally left the seventh fish in the oven on broil, not only ruining $70 worth of fish, but also causing a small fire that scorched ...
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