How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Published recently in the Western Edition of the SH Press.
A short count of Lee Zeldin’s ways:
6/3/2015: Lee Zeldin voted YES—(HR 2578: Massie amendment) to restrict the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, to regulate the sale of ammunition for semi-automatic weapons.
2/26/16. He voted YES—(HR 2406: Griffith amendment) prohibiting firearm bans in airports and other transportation facilities; YES, to allowing persons to legally transport firearms, or ammunition, from any place where firearms are permissible to any other such place “if the firearm is unloaded”; YES, to exempting components of firearms, ammunition and fishing gear (lead sinkers, bullets, casings, and such) from regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act; YES, to permitting hunters to import polar bear parts (other than internal organs ) if legally harvested in Canada from populations approved for hunting before May 15, 2008–when listed as threatened. (So the hunt is OK now if the population was not threatened then ); YES, to preventing Army COE from prohibiting firearms on public water development projects; YES, to declaring that the National Parks Service may establish hunter “access corridors” on public lands which need not consider evironmental impacts; YES, to establishing permanent or temporary elimination of any management status that restricts many public lands from fishing or hunting or related activities. 
Zeldin voted YES to withdraw the “Alaska; Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves” rule (October 23, 2015), which now allows “taking any black bear, including cubs and sows with cubs, with artificial light at den sites; taking brown bears and black bears over bait; taking wolves and coyotes during the denning season; harvest of swimming caribou or taking caribou from a motorboat while under power; and using dogs to hunt black bears”. HR 2406 also updates a December 28, 2011 ruling and now delists some Grey Wolf populations from endangered status and removes several “Critical Habitat” designations—the “Yellowstone Protection Area” included. These HR 2406 “Reissued rules are not subject to judicial review.”
1/30/2017: YES—(Co-sponsored HR 367: “Hearing Protection Act of 2017”) to easy access of silencers for guns, eliminating the $200 federal tax, and cumbersome registration mandates.
3/16/2017: YES—(H.R. 1181) to end restrictions on over 167,000 veterans deemed “mentally incompetent” from owning or purchasing firearms.
9/14/2017: YES—(HR 3354) to restrict ATF;s ability to prevent gun trafficking by freeing dealers from reporting bulk sales of weapons; and YES to defunding Center for Disease Control’s gun violence research.
12/6/2017: YES—(Co-sponsored HR 38) to allow any concealed gun carrier from any state to legally enter any other state, regardless of differing individual state laws. You can travel concealed and unafraid from “no-permit-needed” Arizona, to very vigilant California without a problem.
Zeldin’s NRA career total: $56,281. Yes, let me count the ways.
James Ewing
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The Trumpist from Suffolk County

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Published by March 7th 2018

Traveling across Suffolk County, I’ve seen how disappointed and frustrated people are with Congressman Lee Zeldin. I’m hearing how they want someone in Washington who fights to grow the middle class on Long Island, make our communities safer, and ensure everyone has access to affordable health care — someone who fights for what’s right. But that’s not what Rep. Zeldin is focused on. He’s backing an agenda that’s out of touch with of Suffolk county, beyond that of even a “regular” Republican representative.

Zeldin’s 9% grade from the League of Conservation Voters, his opposition to consumer protection, and his radical anti-choice views are not representative of our community. But Zeldin’s frightening extremism, however, is on display in his politicized attacks on the Mueller Investigation, the DOJ, and FBI, and his unconditional alliance with the NRA. And he bears responsibility for the Trump tax plan and its destructive effects on Long Islanders. Luckily, we can defeat him in November.

The Mueller Probe:

Zeldin has led the effort to delegitimize the country’s law enforcement — simply because Mueller’s investigation is going after the truth. Zeldin has joined with Rep. Devin Nunes leading the criticism of the FISA warrant process and even holds the absurd position that we need a special counsel to investigate the special counsel. Mueller’s probe is doing the job and has already led to 22 indictments against Russians and other conspirators for meddling in the US elections in 2016. And the investigation is nowhere close to finished!

In the face of these indictments, Zeldin has not called for congressional efforts to combat the threat Russia poses to our elections. He has not taken any affirmative steps to protect the 2018 and future elections. And he fails to even recognize that Russian hacking was an effort to discredit US elections and played a role in Donald Trump’s victory. Simply put, our Congressman has refused to acknowledge that our democracy is under attack because he is putting Party over Country.

Zeldin’s crusade culminated on Feb. 28 when he issued a formal letter to Attorney General Sessions requesting appointment of a new Special Counsel to investigate the FBI and DOJ. Co-signed by 12 other far-right congressmen, the letter was so extreme that even Devin Nunes, himself, did not co-sign it. A week later, he even claimed that: “Donald Trump & family being investigated for winning election w/no evidence they committed any crime to win the election. Sick, crazy & wrong!” Seriously? Zeldin has become a conspiracy theorist, using the words “transparency” and “accountability” to describe an effort to politicize law enforcement and undermine the rule of law in the defense of a potentially corrupt president.

The Tax Plan:

Republicans in Congress pushed a tax plan that’s good for corporations and special interests and devastating for Long Island families. Their plan benefits the richest one percent of Americans, at the expense of Brookhaven, Smithtown, Westhampton, and all our other communities. The tax plan eliminated the State and Local Tax deduction(SALT), which will hit Long Islanders hard by raising taxes and causing property values to decline.

Zeldin’s claim that he stood up for Long Island by opposing the final version of the tax plan simply is not good enough. He voted to empower Paul Ryan, who, in his role as Speaker of the House, led the tax fight. He hasdoing nothing to restore the SALT deduction that Suffolk County relies on. He has repeatedly supported and defended Donald Trump, who has prided himself on the bill. Worse yet, Zeldin stated that his objection to the bill was not its elimination of SALT, but to the limits being imposed all at once. Zeldin even claimed he would fully support a phase in of all of the injurious provisions if they occurred over 3–4 years. It’s clear that for Zeldin, it is ideology first and Long Island last.

Gun Control and the NRA:

Zeldin’s reaction to the Parkland shooting is shameful. He has resisted all calls for common sense gun safety laws, has refused to back a ban on weapons of war, and even thinks its smart to arm teachers.

Unfortunately, this comes as no surprise. He is not only proud of his A rating from the NRA but has taken more money from the NRA than any other congressperson from New York. He has a long history of supporting fringe positions that threaten New York residents’ safety. In 2015, he co-sponsored a bill that allows the transportation of firearms in locked containers across state lines, effectively facilitating gun-trafficking into New York State. Just last year, he co-sponsored another bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. Both bills would essentially render New York State’s gun safety laws null and void.

We deserve a Congressman who will protect the Mueller probe and support our law enforcement agencies, do everything in his or her power to restore the full deductibility of state and local income taxes, and fight for effective and commonsense gun safety. Long Islanders are fed up with Donald Trump and his enablers in Congress like Rep. Zeldin. People are looking for bold ideas and real solutions. It’s time Long Island had a strong voice to fight for high-paying jobs, affordable health care, and safer communities. If we’re going to change Washington, we’ve got to change the people we send there. Come November, let’s fight, together, and make sure Rep. Zeldin doesn’t have another term in Congress.

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Global Warming and Crumbling Mountains

Published Feb 28th, 2018 in the East Hampton Star, under Guest Words:


In August 2017 the mountain world witnessed an impressive manifestation of global warming. An entire mountain-side in the Swiss alps broke loose and crashed into the Bondasca valley. The mountain is called Piz Cengalo and is situated next to Piz Badile, both of fame among the world’s top rock climbers. The crumbling of an entire mountain side is impressive. You should take a look at the live videos on youtube, or here:

The massive landslide crashed through Val Bondasca and partially destroyed the village Bondo, which lies at the bottom of this valley, by a major transit way from Milano to St. Moritz in the Engadin.

I had visited Bondo in the summer of 2016. The highlight of my trip was a 5 hour hike up Val Bondasca to the Sciora hut. That is the mountain hut where serious climbers prepare to climb Cengalo and the neighboring peaks.   I stayed overnight with about 40 climbers. They set off on their climbs at 4 AM while I headed back down in to the valley. I knew the area was considered a danger zone for rockslides but I stayed on the marked pathways and avoided those trails that were marked “chiuso” (closed).  In the wake of the recent rockslide of August 23rd, there were 8 hikers missing, later presumed dead. They too descended from the Sciora hut through Val Bondasca along the same path I had been on. Sections of this path are now covered with up to 40 meters of rocks.

In Bondo, television images show a trail of destruction left by a river of mud and stone.  Satellite images recorded the event, as did people in the Sciora hut, and even climbers hanging from ropes on the neighboring mountain (Piz Badile)!

Check these videos out:

(This one taken by climbers hanging off a cliff on the neighboring mountain)
(This one was taken from the Sciora hut where I slept over)


From Swiss authorities at I learned the following:

Thawing permafrost and heavy rainfall have been responsible for several fatal landslides or rockslides in recent years:

  • Thirteen people were killed by a landslide in Gondo, a small village in canton Valais, in 2000. The landslide was triggered by days of torrential rainfall.
  • In 2003, 90 climbers had to be airlifted off the Matterhorn after an unusually large part of the mountain came tumbling down. No-one was hurt, but climbing was temporarily suspended.
  • In May 2006, Switzerland’s main north-south road axis through the Alps – the Gotthard – was temporarily closed following a rockslide, which crushed a car killing two people.
  • Two months later, 400,000 cubic meters of rock fell from one of Switzerland’s most iconic mountains – the Eiger. Fortunately, no one was injured.
  • Heavy rainfall was again responsible for a landslide that killed two people in Lugano in November 2014. The particularly warm summer of 2015, combined with precipitation at high altitudes, resulted in a significantly higher number of rockslides.
  • In September of that year, 80,000 cubic meters of rock fell in the canton Valais.
  • In July 2017 scientists warned of a heightened risk of rockslides in the Moosfluh mountain range flanking Switzerland’s longest glacier, the Aletsch. Scientists at Zurich’s Federal Institute of Technology issued a report showing a direct linkage between retreating glaciers and rockslides. Apparently, a critical threshold had been reached in the shrinkage of the Aletsch glacier … where the situation could rapidly deteriorate, as reported by Kos and his colleagues.

As another mountaineer explained to me, “permafrost holds rocks together like glue”.

Why should we care in the Hamptons?  Here, the major dangers brought on by global warming are the increased severity and frequency of hurricanes, flooding, damage to infrastructure (and to expensive homes along the beach) along with disappearing salt-marshes which represent the breeding grounds for fish and shell fish.  Some ignorami in our country even doubt that global warming is occurring or that humans have a role in it.

In the mountains there is no doubt. Glaciers that were once tourist attractions, have all but disappeared. And famous mountains, like Eiger and Matterhorn are now crumbling. There is concern that pillars supporting mountain telecabines might be in danger and “tourist installations” are being carefully monitored. Lack of snow, receding glaciers, and now the danger of rockslides are all threatening tourism in a major way.

Europeans can’t understand defiant American politicians that pulled the US out of the Paris agreement. They can’t understand people like Pres. Trump, or his cheer leading Congressman, Lee Zeldin, when they appear to support banning science from the Environmental Protection Agency and banning the very words ‘climate change’ within the Energy Department Climate Office.

For mountain folks the disasters are real and all too close to home.

Global warming has different effects in different parts of the world.  What we do here to combat climate change (or neglect it), has worldwide effects.  What others do in remote locations across the globe affects us in our home communities.  You can not be an environmentalist in your own community and neglect the rest of the world (take heed Lee Zeldin).

Politicians can rail as much as they want.  They will not solve a scientific problem.  They remind me of the medieval powers that persecuted Copernicus and Galilleo for holding that the world was round.

Also read these reports:


Global warming ‘is causing the Alps to CRUMBLE’

The Consequences of Climate Change

The Relationship Between Landslides and Climate Change in North America







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Talk is Cheap Mr. Zeldin

From James Ewing:  A reminder of where Lee Zeldin stands on the environment.  The Scorecard as per the League of Conservation Voters. To get the specifics on each vote go their website and click on the “vote name”:

Green check = pro-environment        Red X = anti-environment


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Six Simple Gun Safety Measures





A simple list of 6 gun safety measures that are supported by the vast majority of Americans, courtesy of :

Where does your representative stand on policies that are proven to save lives?

  • Do you support  Red Flag Laws  that allow family members or law enforcement to ask a judge to temporarily restrict gun access from a person — like the Parkland shooter — who shows dangerous warning signs that he poses a serious threat to himself or others?
  • Do you support laws that prevent domestic abuse offenders and abusers under restraining orders from having guns?
  • Do you support a law requiring a criminal background check on every gun sale in this country?
  • Do you oppose the gun lobby’s guns everywhere” agenda, including attempts to force guns into schools and colleges?
  • Do you oppose the gun lobby’s attempts in states around the country to let people carry guns in public with no permit and no training, and do you oppose its #1 federal legislative priority,  concealed carry reciprocity,”  which would force every state to allow untrained, irresponsible people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public?
  • Do you oppose the  easy availability of gun accessories that increase the lethality of guns, such as silencers, bump stocks, and high capacity magazines?


Join Everytown:

Call Lee Zeldin:

Phone: (631) 289-1097
Fax: (631) 289-1268

Email here:



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Don’t vote Republican: it is a Matter of Life or Death


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Letter to the Editor in the Southampton Press, Feb 22nd 2018, by James Ewing:

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was the 239th school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012 and overall there have been more than1600 mass shootings since then. On average, two dozen children are shot every day in the United States, and in 2016 more youths were killed by gunfire — 1,637 — than during any previous year this millennium.

Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 48 percent of the world’s guns, estimated at more than 330 million—roughly one firearm for every citizen.
From 1966 to 2012 more than 31% of mass shootings worldwide —in which four or more people were killed—were by Americans. Only Yemen has a higher rate of mass shootings among countries with more than 10 million people and Yemen has the world’s second-highest rate of gun ownership after the United States.

A 2015 study by the NIH estimated that only 4 percent of American gun deaths could be attributed to mental health issues, suggesting that mass shootings were better explained by a society’s access to guns than by a false correlation with mental health or any inherent cultural baseline violence. “Epidemiologic studies show that the large majority of people with serious mental illnesses are never violent. However, mental illness is strongly associated with increased risk of suicide.”

According to this analysis of 130 studies from 10 countries around the world it was concluded that gun control legislation tends to reduce gun murders.

Between 1999 and 2015 the Center for Disease Control claims there were 533,879 gun related deaths. That’s an average of 33,367 killed every year.

So what is preventing our Government from enacting sensible gun control legislation if the correlation between gun access and gun violence is so well understood? What is the status of the debate right now? How are we doing?

The National Rifle Association gave $5,900,000 to Republican candidates and $106,000 to Democrats in the 2016 election cycle.  The debate is governed by the obvious players and persuasions.  “Republicans will never do anything on gun control.” says Rep. David Jolly, (R-Fla.).

Don’t vote for Republicans. Republican control of the government ensures that nothing is done to address a problem that kills more than 30,000 people every year. Don’t vote Republican.


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NRA gives FCC Chair a Rifle for Repealing Net Neutrality

Amazing how populist governments almost inevitably do things that go against the interest of the populace – and get away with it.
NRA gives FCC chair, Ajit Pai, a rifle for repealing net neutrality:
The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday honored the head of the Federal Communications Commission with a rifle after braving death threats and other opposition as he worked to undo the Obama administration’s 2015 net neutrality rules:
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was honored at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, by the NRA with the “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award,”
Fight for the Future, a group that backs net neutrality, said in a tweet the NRA gave Pai an award that will “allow Internet service providers to censor websites and information about guns.”
Several corporations have cut ties with the NRA:
Delta Airlines
United Airlines
Best Western
National Pro
FNB Omaha
Norton Online
North American VL
Chubb NA

A Dec 2017 poll found that 83 percent of voters support keeping FCC’s net neutrality rules in place.  Does not look like a winning strategy for the NRA/Rep. party.

And Rep. Lee Zeldin?  He does not want Net Neutrality  and he most certainly loves the NRA and supports their talking points on mass shootings. Just check out his voting record.

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