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6 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4 - MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 Viewpoints Letters " Friends of Dewey promotes the town On Dec. 21 you published a let- ter from former Dewey Beach Commissioner Marty Seitz that stated the focus of Friends of Dewey is on denigrating the cur- rent administration with no con, cem for facts. The claim of Mr. Seitz is incorrect. Friends of Dewey has simply reported in its newsletter what was written by another person to the Cape Gazette. Mr. Seitz knows that. What his letter shows is that his organization, Citizens to Preserve Dewey, is once again attacking anyone who does not agree with their relentless battle over Rud- dertowne, a battle that has nearly destroyed the Town of Dewey Beach. Friends of Dewey is an organi- zation that promotes Dewey Beach, has already accomplished much good in the short time it has been in existence, and will contin- ue to promote the Town of Dewey Beach. David Ferry Dewey Beach The real Friends of Dewey: Stand up I am writing in response to the letter "Why do they call them- selves 'Friends of Dewey'" that was written by former Dewey Beach Commissioner Marty Seitz and published Dec. 21. It is very arrogant of Mr. Seitz to address, by name, the few people who have fought to keep this town the way it always has been, is, and should be. After being a resident in this town for 10 years, I've had the pleasure of getting to know those you have named in your letter to the editor. I have met them, worked alongside them, and be- came closb friends with them over the years because these are the people I continually interact with as members of our commu- nity and while volunteering at community events. Here is why I believe they de- servedly call themselves Friends of Dewey: Claire Walsh, daughter of one of the town's founders and a for- mer commissioner herself. Claire has worked in a family business here in town and now is dedicat- ing her professional career to helping people battling severe ill- ness through her role at Delaware Hospice. She has lived in this town since before it was incorpo- rated and is raising her daughter here. She exemplifies everything Dewey has been and should be. Great friend of Dewey. Former Commissioner ]ira Laird and his wife, Betty. It is par- ticularly interesting to me that you would single out ]ira Laird, since you actually ran for com- missioner with him in 2010. You Continued on page7 I00SussEX &-TI EX Editorial )) National uncertainty clouding local economy ncertainty continues to plague the U American economy and psyche. It will continue to do so until Congress and th e president establish a firm path-forward. One important step was taken this week when an llth-hour, bipartisan effort resulted in a package of tax increases on the wealthiest Americans, and in so doing avoided a major tax increase across the majority middle class of taxpayers. However, we know as a nation we are still living on a diet unsustainably rich in debt. The hardest part of the worl{ - tightening our belts - lies ahead. Delaware's senior U.S. senator, Sen. Tom Carper, enigmatically voted against the com- promise plan that averted a tax increase on the middle class. Had Carper's position been es- poused by a majority of his colleagues, most of us would now be facing a significant tax in- crease this year. In a statement regarding his vote, Carper said Congress missed an opportunity to approve a gander plan. He wasn't willing to support a measure that didn't go far enough. Carper did- n't specify what that gander plan should entail. Unless he just wants to play the obstructionist role already wearying this country from so many different quarters, the senator's dissent- ing position now obliges him to come forward with specifics for trimming spending. Our resort economy is improving, but ifun- certainty continues to cloud the air in Wash- ington, D.C., we will feel it here at the beach. Each week that passes without addressing needed spending cuts will make the task more difficuk. When Pete duPont was first elected govemor of Delaware in 1976, the state's fi- nances were a shambles. He wasted no time in cutting government spending to :restore bal- ance. By the time his first term ended, there had been plenty of time to adjust, the state's econo- my was much improved and he was re-elected in a landslide. Congress needs to heed that les- son. Tighten the belt now. Let us adjust our di- et. American people are resilient. That kind of effective statesmanship gets rewarded with re- election. Caoe Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the ,aoe Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher: Trish Vernon. editor: Dave Frederick sports editor; Laura Ritter. news editor: and Jen Blingsworth arts and entertainment edito Weather Picture )) BOB EDELEN PHOTO AFTER FINISHING A MEAL of bluegill fish on a dock near Harbeson, this otter seems to be posing for the photographer. WRffE NOW: Letters must be'igned and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right toeditfor content and length. Write to Cape Gazette,  POox 2t3. Lewes. DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email Web Poll )) Readers Split on staying up till midnight Did you wait up till midnight for the new year? Yes 49.6% No 46,6% Tried 3"6% The total of votes counted was 260. To par- ticipate in the current web poll, visit CapeGazette,com. 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