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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Jan. 6, 2005 Lewes man played role in Ukraine election By Henry J. Evans Jr. David Bernheisel flew halfway round the world to watch people vote. And he'll do it again given the opportunity. Bernheisel, 68, of Highland Acres in Lewes, monitored elec- tions last week in the Ukraine as voters in that country returned to the polls for a second time to try to elect a president. This time, American-backed presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko came out the winner, defeating Russian-backed Viktor Yanukovych. In the first election, the results were just the opposite. In an election environment where violence is not uncommon - Yushchenko was poisoned and thousands of voters took to the Recycling Continued from page 1 cost an average of $200,000 and obviously eat up a lot of fuel. We'd waste as many resources as we would save," said Atkins. As a legislator, he has even more questions. "Who is going to police .it? How are we going to police it? It just isn't going to work right now," he said. Atkins is likely to find key sup- port from Rep. Joe Booth, R- Georgetown, as he lobbies to modify the anticipated mandatory recycling proposals. Booth will oversee much of the debate over recycling as chairman of the Nat- ural Resources and Environmen- tal Management Committee. "It is not that I am opposed to it. I just cannot see the practicality of it right now. We tried many recy- cling remedies while I was mayor [of Georgetown]. There are many variables which people don't al- ways take into consideration," said Booth. Booth mentioned specific downfalls such as storage of recycling items, which can at- tract rats, and the fluctuation of street in a threatening protest of the first election results many thought fraudulent - Bernheisei and his colleagues kept an eye on things. "In the polling stations I was in, I was very impressed to see how well they were run and organized and the lack of intimidation or that kind of thing," he said fol- lowing his return from Ukraine. He witnessed no reportable inci- dents, he said. Bernheisel was one of 100 monitors from the United States, who joined others from Canada and Europe working for the Orga- nization for Security and Cooper- ation in Europe. The group monitors elections in countries where the democratic process is new to citizens and prices paid for recycling material. While the prices currently paid for recyclables such as newspa- pers, metal, glass and plastic are at a 10-year high, Booth said he is concerned for the state to mandate a recycling commitment. Among his alternate visions is a plan to allow municipalities such as Rehoboth Beach and Lewes to prove voluntary recycling is working to earn a reduction in dis- posal rates fees charged by the state. "If they could show a dra- matic decrease in trash that is brought to the landfills because of recycling efforts, municipalities should receive a reduction in tip- ping fees," he said. Trash tipping fees are charged per ton (2,000 pounds) in Delaware and currently stand at approximately $60 per ton. The average for household trash in Delaware is estimated at 70 pounds per week without signifi- cant recycling. "I'm ready for this issue. Delaware has to be sharp in insti- tuting a recycling plan. If we can do this correctly, or close to cor- rectly, it could have a future. I see this as an issue which will be ii:i :i ,!!,!ii!i! iil,i!iii!iii!i!i!i!i!i!ii!!i!i!i!!!i!i!i!i!i!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiii!i where voting - real elections with voters making choices without in- timidation - have never taken place. Bernheisel has worked polling places in other less-than:stable political environments. "The first one I did as an ob- server was in 2000 in Kosovo. Then I was back in Kosovo in 2001 as a poll supervisor," he said. He also worked in the Azer- baijan presidential elections in 2002 as an election observer. Former communist eastern block countries want election ob- servers present, Bernheisel said. "They want a stamp of approval on the elections. If no one were able to check, that would be a po- litical statement," he said. Continued on page 5 volleyed around all session," said Booth. Such debate is likely to be re- newed next week when the Recy- cling Public Advisory Committee meets Wednesday, Jan. 10, to fi- nalize its report. "We are sure to be looking at bundles of information to sort through, and I anticipate several public hearings before we see our way clear to a solution," said Booth. Henry J. Evans Jr. photo David Bernheisel relaxes in his Highland Acres home in Lewes a few days after returning from a trip to Ukraine. Bernheisel works as a volunteer election monitor observing the voting process in countries without a history of demo- cratic rights. Bernheisel observed ba|lotting in Ukraine's presidential elections in which Viktor Yushchenko was de- calred the winner after a second election was held. James C. Reed Attorney-at-Law James C. Reed, P.A. 6 Century Plaza 4337 Coastal Hwy., Suite 6 Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (302) 227-2477 Fax (302) 227-5822 jamescreed @ verizon.net DINING