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You have the right to see the sausage being made. In Riverhead, it’s out of public view.

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Opinion: There's an old saying: "Laws are like sausages. It's best not to see them being made.” We disagree. That's precisely when you need to pay attention.

We think Juneteenth is important. It doesn’t feel that way in Riverhead

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Editorial: Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in America. It's an important day to remember and acknowledge. So why was Riverhead one of the few towns in the region that wasn't formally acknowledging the federal and state holiday? And where was the outrage among community leaders? We think this is part of a larger pattern in Riverhead. And it's troubling.

Once again, Riverhead Town is a poster child for ‘how not to’ do something

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Opinion: The very long saga of the town’s “space problems” is a classic example of how not to plan and execute capital improvements if you happen to be the governing body of a growing municipality.

Riverhead’s school budget deserves a ‘yes’ vote

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Editorial: The budget proposed by Riverhead school officials is fiscally conservative, while satisfying the educational and social needs of our children, thanks in part to long-overdue increases in state education aid. This budget deserves the community’s support and we urge you to vote “yes” on Tuesday.

Don’t try to gaslight the public

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Riverhead planning officials could have said “We hear ya” and abandoned the controversial idea of a third lane along the length of Sound Avenue in favor of studying other alternatives. Instead the town's top planner simply denied the recommendation was made. That's gaslighting the public — and it's not going to fly.

‘Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps, both’

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"[A] popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or perhaps, both,” James Madison, Father of our Constitution" warned.

Riverhead’s business official is cast out. We’ll never know why, but things just don’t add up

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The families, residents and taxpayers of the Riverhead Central School District deserve answers we know all too well they’re never going to get. 

A lesson learned

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One thing was made painfully clear this week in the serious gaffes by the Suffolk County Historical Society and Southampton History Museum...

Open meetings matter. And they can’t be open unless the public knows they’re happening

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This week's town board work session violated the State Open Meetings Law, because the town didn't give 72 hours notice of the meeting to the public and the news media.

Residents have a right to question and dissent — elected officials have a duty to respectfully listen and respond

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Editorial: Lively debate and discussion are at the core of our nation's democratic principles. It is a foundation of all facets of our government and something to be valued and respected—not disparaged or dismissed.
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