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Come hell or high water

Good afternoon and welcome to The Point!

The Point went on a field trip.

The Point went on a field trip. Photo Credit: Sam Guzik

Good afternoon and welcome to The Point!

Pointing Out

Walk the line

Wednesday was Walk to School Day all over the country. In that spirit, here are some other walks worth taking:

Walk out the door - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as a matter of principle.

Intentional walk - To sensible gun control legislation, which after all these years deserves a free pass.

Walk of shame - Executives of Facebook, Twitter and Google who failed to sound an alarm about Russia.

Walk to work - Every charter jet-flying member of the Trump administration.

Walk the walk - What the heads of the Senate Intelligence Committee did when they talked the talk today warning that the Russian effort to influence our election is continuing.

Walk in the woods - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, before he starts cutting back any other national monuments or removes protections from some of our treasured parklands.

Walk a mile in my shoes - Every Republican member of Congress trying to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that costs millions their health insurance.

Michael Dobie

Montauk Point

Field trip

What a gorgeous day to be out on the water. And that’s exactly what some of our editorial board members are doing this afternoon on a special charter boat trip to Block Island to see the existing wind farm servicing New England and the area where giant turbines will be installed to provide renewable energy to the East End by 2021. The trip to the area where Deepwater Wind holds a federal lease, about 30 miles off Montauk, was arranged by the Long Island Association.

As the ocean waters off of our shores host more wind power projects, be on the lookout in tomorrow’s newsletter for our team’s report and video, if the video camera survived its first encounter with salt water. Click here to see photos they have taken so far.

Rita Ciolli

Bonus Point

From our port to Puerto Rico

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump visited the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, which was supporting relief efforts in Puerto Rico. But New Yorkers might have been familiar with its decks too: the Kearsarge docked at Pier 88 during Fleet Week in May and welcomed visitors.

Its travels since then provide some insight into the life of a ship and its crew in the Navy’s Atlantic-based fleet. At the end of August, for example, with Hurricane Harvey ending, it departed for the Gulf Coast region for the beginning of disaster assistance for Texas, according to Navy press releases.

Amphibious assault ships, with their small boats, helicopters and robust medical suites, “are ideally suited to deliver assistance and aid,” says the Kearsarge’s commanding officer, Capt. David K. Guluzia.

The ship has dealt with its own malfunctions along the way. Before its humanitarian assistance mission began, buggy evaporation distilling units led to cutbacks for showers, laundry and drinking water.

It’s all par for the course over the varied history of the Kearsarge, which served during the Iraq War and traveled to Haiti in 2008 in the aftermath of hurricanes then: banal chores mixed with active missions and too-brief port leave, as Kearsarge sailors lamented to The Point when they were in New York months ago. Now, plenty of work once again.

Mark Chiusano

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