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,e 6 FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 - MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014 Cape Gazette Letters )) Meals on Wheels Delaware supports downstate seniors The Meals on Wheels program provides essential nutrition for thousands of Sussex County's most vulnerable citizens. Hun- dreds of volunteers, donors and staff of nonprofit organizations dedicate time and resources to help care for older residents in virtually every community throughout Sussex County. Last week's Cape Gazette article titled "Popular beach brunch does not feed Sussex seniors" ignores the life-sus- taining services made possible because of support derived by Meals on Wheels Delaware. For two decades ,Meals on Wheels Delaware has been an important partner with CHEER and the State of Delaware in helping to combat hunger in our county's elderly population. Thousands of Sussex County senior citizens are able to continue living in their own homes because they are receiving nutritious meals delivered by caring volunteers on a dally basis. Without this pro- gram, many frail elderly would be forced from their homes into medical facilities or nursing homes as they succumbed to the effects of malnutrition and isola- tion. For too many of our friends and neighbors, a visit from a volunteer delivering a dally meal may be the only human contact that senior may have during the day, and that meal may be the only food that will come into the home. An entire month of those meals costs less than one day in a nursing home or medical facility. Last week's Cape Gazette ar- ticle also ignores the broad range of programs and services pro- vided by nonprofit organizations like CHEER that are essential for the well-being of thousands of Sussex County seniors and their caregivers. Continuing com- munity support is necessary for CHEER to maintain these pro- grams and services that enable seniors to continue living in their own homes. Funding and support for most CHEER programs is separate and independent from any fundraising efforts-of Meals on Wheels Delaware. In the last couple of years, dwindling donations forced Meals on Wheels Delaware to re- duce CHEER's funding by more than 60 percent. In the first year of that cut, CHEER was able to secure an emergency appropria- tion from our General Assembly to help continue feeding seniors. Through the combined efforts of many dedicated, hardworking people, including our elected of- ficials, the State of Delaware in- creased funding for the Meals on Wheels program by $750,000 this year. This was the first meaning- ful increase in state funding for Continued on page 7 F ruity nose, hints of wild cherry and menthol, soothing & gelatinous on the palate. Editorial )) Thanks to our readers and writers n 2013, the Cape Gazette published more than 1,000 letters to the editor focusing on hundreds of topics. Many of them took issue with artlcles we had reported; many expanded on what we had reported; still others wrote to express thanks for what we had reported. As a community newspaper, we place em- phasis on letters that delve into local issues, but we also receive and occasionally publish letters from folks who want to weigh in on issues buzzing around us on the international, national and state stages. Whether it's a five-sentence quick hitter or a many-paragraph diatribe in need of pruning shears, we appreciate every letter we receive. Even the anonymous letters, which we don't publish, receive serious consideration and help inform our discussions about issues fac- ing our region. Some of the most important letters we publish are the thank you letters expressing appreciation for everything from the return of a lost wallet and a helping hand alongside the road to the thousands of individuals and busi- nesses who contribute, donate and volunteer for the hundreds of events and benefits that characterize Delaware's Cape Region as much as its beaches, shopping and parks. Our readers and writers are a caring lot who energetically exercise their First Amendment freedom of speech and help us take advantage of our First Amendment freedom of the press. We take that responsibility humbly and seri- ously. We want to help facilitate the progress o f our greater Cape Region community by making sure as many voices as possible are heard. So, as a new year begins, we say thanks to all who read the Cape Gazette, all who write letters and press releases to keep people in- formed and talking, and all who participate in making this an inclusive, caring and welcom- ing community. And on that note, we welcome Sharon Lynn as the new city manager for the Nation's Sum- mer Capital and wish her great success as she becomes one of the newest participants in the Rehoboth Beach and Delaware Cape Region community. Cape Gazei~:e editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 wo?ds or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length: Write to Cape Gazette, - PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; OF email news- room@capegaz( Web Poll )) Most responders support right-to-work zones Do you support right-to-work zones? RON MACARTHUR PHOTO Yes A CLEVER CONTRATOR working in Nassau welcomes in the new year with a No handmade sign high in the air. Not sure 60.7% 30.1% 9.2% The total of votes counted was 239. To participate in the current web poll, visit CapeGazetted:orn. Cape Gazette Volume 20 No. 61 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor,Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 NEWS Henry Evans, Ext. 336 Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Kara Nuzback, Ext. 317 Nick Roth, Ext. 335 Melissa Steele, Ext. 338 Molly MacMillan SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorestrider,com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEBMASTER Catherine M. Tanzer l PHOTOGRAPHERS Dan Cook Steven Billups Deny Howeth PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Norma Parks, Ext. 309 CLASSIFIED Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 Kathy Long, Ext. 302 ADVERTISING Cindy Bowlin, Ext. 307 Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 Amanda Neafie, Ext. 311 Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 Andrew Thomas, Ext. 310 PRODUCTION STAFF Teresa Rodriguez Kristin Sinnott Edwin Krumm Christopher D. Foster Sherresha Powell Bob Yesbek DISTRIBUTION Joni Weber Scott Vickers SUBSCRIPTIONS Melissa Wilkins, Email for news, letters: Email for advertising: Email to subscribe: Email for web: About Cape Gazette: The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294), known office of publication at 17585Nassau Commons Blvd Lewes, DE 19958, is published every Tuesday and Friday by Cape Gazette Ltd. Periodicals postage paid at Lewes, Delaware. Subscriptions are available at $39 per year in Sussex County; $56 elsewhere. Address all correspondence to : Cape Gazette, P.O. 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