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8 FRIDAY, JANUARY 4- MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 VIEWPOINTS Cape Gazette Letters )) Continued from page 7 While these gambling devices described are located in many or nearly all the veterans clubs, and in many cases have been for 18 years or so, the income produced as a resuk of having these video gaming machines has been a ma- jor source of revenue for our clubs. This revenue is not only used to operate our clubs for the enjoy- ment of our fellow veterans, it is also used to fund many very worthwhile veterans and other community needs. As a nonprofit, we donate thousands of dollars yearly to fulfill needs of our wartime and other veterans, as well as local community needs. As an example, we have donat- ed to the city of Rehoboth Beach large-tire wheelchairs to allow beach access to those who would otherwise be denied that opportu- nity. We have paid rent for veterans in danger of being homeless, pro- vided funds to feed and entertain our wounded heroes at Walter Reed and other medical facilities, and contributed to Warrior Week- end, a project that enables some of our wounded warriors to spend time at a weekend retreat with their families at the beach. These are but a few of the many things we donate to regularly. Our existence enables us to go about these worthwhile endeav- ors. The removal of these video lottery devices as a source Of in- come has threatened our exis- tence and required that all dona- tions immediately stop, as we are left without adequate funds to even meet our daily expenses. We have had to reduce the income of all of our employees by more than half, and are in danger of closing the doors to our club. This would add to the already high unemploy- ment rolls. This would also have the effect of denying our wartime veterans a place to meet. The longer these machines are off, the longer we are unable to help those in need. While many have vowed to do so, I hope that our legislators make this issue a top priority in the upcoming session. It is painful for us to have to deny help to those who at one time in theLt lives wrote a blank check to our government for anything up to, and including, their life tO protect the freedoms we all enjoy in this nation. For God and country. H. T. "Buddy" Clark III post commander Henlopen Post 5 American Legion Rehoboth Beach Sound advice on keeping your resolutions New Year's is here and it is time to make the new year's resolution; everyone wants to know what your resolution is for the year. New year's resolution is a com- mitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, proj- ects or the reforming of a habit. With making the resolution also comes the thought of failure, as it has happened to all of us. A key el- ement to a new year's resolution that sets it apart from other reso- lutions is that it is made in antici- pation of the new year and new beginnings. For some, the new year's resolu- tion is the same every year; a few have given up to make any, as they have failed many times and think of it as a waste of time. Some of the most common ones are: • Lose weight • Quit smoking • Qtlit or curb alcohol use • Getting organized - able to mnltitask • Eating healthy and starting an exercise program • Spend less money, save more - improve fmances, get out of debt • Learn a new hobby or some- thing exciting • Learn to enjoy life to the fullest • Help others; help out in the community • Spend more time with the family • Find a partner • Watch less television • Be less grumpy " The nature of new year's reso- lutions has changed during the last decades, with many resolu- tions being more superficial and appearance-oriented than in pre- vious times. More resolution re- volves around the looks and body image, than toward the mind and improvement of the morals or in- ternal character. Whatever your resolutions are, it is known that many people will not be able-to continue with that for even one week. Studies have shown a drop-off rate in the first week of up to 40 to 60 percent, depending on the res- olutions. The fmal success rate is Barefootin' Continued from page 7 in the Cape Gazette to Rob Rec- tor who does a great job letting us know what he thinks is good and what he thinks misses the mark; and, most importantly, why. But when I finished watch- ing "Trouble with the Curve" on New Year's Day, I decided to make it a recommendation. Cheesy? Yes. Well-crafted? Yes. Decent acting? Yes. Good story? Definitely. Relevant? I think so. Clint Eastwood is crusty as ever, and his daughter in the sto- ry, played by Amy Adams, is pretty and smart. The story re- volves around baseball, which is the greatest sport ever. It also in- volves lots of choices and old, wise and humble versus young, inexperienced and cocky. There's also an underlying and important social element germane to our area, and the na- tion at large, which the film eventually reveals. The story ends on a high note, which for me was a good way to start the new year. Watch it and see what you think. Happy New Year. even poorer. A 2007 study by Richard Wisemen from the Uni- versity of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88 percent of those who set new year's resolu- tions fail, despite the fact that 52 percent of the study's participants were confident of success at the beginning. The trick to make a new year's resolution and be successful with it requires a good plan. Write down your plan - be as descriptive as possible; make sure your goals are not vague, as eat healthy, be fit, be healthy, etc. The plan has to have details: what do you plan to eat; how much and how often do you plan to exercise? If you plan to eat healthy, what is your process? Are you following calorie count- ing or low carb, or a balanced diet approach? Being specific in the plan and writing it down improves your chances for success.. Set checkpoints and small tar- gets to help you track your progress - it is easier to lose one or two pounds a week or month than a 20-pound target. Achieving smaller targets also builds up the confidence and helps to move you further toward the goal. Be realistic with yourself. If you are not an early riser then do not plan to exercise every morning; you are setting yourself up for fail- ure. Plan activities or tasks that you like to do and have options, so you can chose and avoid boredom. Take one project at a time. I have seen people pick up multiple tasks at the same time and then crash and fail. Take the most important one and slowly work at it. Once you have achieved that, you can built up on that success. Be ready for failures and set- back It is not going to be smooth sailing always; there will be road- blocks and some falling back. Be ready for them and have a plan. Don't be discouraged by failure, but learn from it and try not to make the,same mistakes again. Go public with the plan. This one is tricky; some people do great when others know about it and they achieve better results be- cause now it is a challenge, while others get embarrassed and will fail, if others know about the plan. So work this to your preference. Have a support team. Planning a resolution like diet, exercise, quit- ting smoking always works best with a team approach. If you have a partner or group, the rate of suc- cess is higher. You can gain sup- port from others and they would be of great help when you are down or weak. So set your goal and have a spe- cific plan. Get your support team ready and stick to your plan, mak- ing changes that are needed as you go along. Don't be afraid of small setbacks. Just keep at it and the new year's resolution will be a success. Uday Jani, MD, FACP Lewes Don'i infringe on Second Amendment rights For those of you who believein taking away our Second Amend- ment rights, please put a sign in your yard stating Gun Free Zone. No? Why not? Afraid of the bad guys? Yup, so are we. Guns don't kill people; people kill people. A refresher on the Second Amendment to our Constitution: "A well regulated militia being . necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." As one of our founding fathers, George Washington, stated: ' free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammuni- tion to maintain a status of inde- pendence from any who might at- tempt to abuse them, which would include their own government" We are at the point in time where thisright is about to be tak- en away from us, piece by piece. Wilt you stand by and let this hap- pen? Theresa Garcia Magnolia Newtown couple moved by tribute to victims I would just like to take a mo- ment of your time to say that I was moved to tears once again while I was reading an email from Schell Brothers who are building our new house in Lewes. My, wife Barbara and I have lived in Newtown, Conn., since 1976. We have raised our three sons in the Newtown school sys- tem. They continued through college and grad school and have great ca- reers. The shootings were close to home as one of my neighbors was killed; the other was the only child to escape from a classroom with the shooter present. We are both very moved by the brothers, Don- ald and Damian Richard, and Joe and Heidi Fuller, who took their hearts and energy to create a me- morial for the Newtown victims. We feel very positive about our fu- ture move to the Lewes communi- ty. Gary Werbeck Newtown, Conn. Kent County SPCA moving forward any details of the current scope of service we provide to county resi- dents, or the reason why we were asking for an increase in our fee to meet the state's new code. Now Kent County residents are paying for dog control under a contract as well as utilizing county person- nel for the same service. You may have read that our shelter filed for bankruptcy. This was news to us, who work end- lessly to provide necessary re- sources for the animals in our care. It's always challenging to ensure adequate funding is available in an ongoing capacity, but we recog- nize the need for a strong fman- cial foundatiorL Our year-end fmancial numbers will reflect that we are in the black due to unflagging community sup- - port. The KCSPCA has survived the most concerted attack on animal welfare in the history of our or- ganization, and we have come out as a much stronger agency. This could never have hap- pened wi.'thout the dedication of our shelter staff, and the substan- • tial financial and moral support from our board of directors and community. Our shelter is composed of indi- viduals who hold the welfare of animals in their hearts. We contin- ue to do what is necessary to pro- tect all of Delaware's homeless an- imals and help those who care about them. In the coming year, we will face many challenges. The present sys- tem where individual counties ne- gotiate separate contracts has proven unmanageable. The annual dog-control con- tracts are an important part of government services, and they are expected by the public. The fate of this program is in the hands of the Governor's Animal Welfare Task Force. We will continue to accept un- wanted owner-surrendered ani- mals statewide and make them available for adoption in our state. Our clinics are well received by reside: its as evidenced by their overw summ der ou Delaw Wow, is the storm over yet? mane i What a year we have had at the An Kent County SPCA. scath The former director of 18 years fend tL resigned, and I was hired and in • tolerm place within 60 days, despite the we wiJ meddling and accusations from Delaw politicians and other animal wel- We fare agencies, who claimed that ing wt the board's efforts were "not ade- the be quate" to fund a qualified director, our ca All kinds of investigations were in the started against us, using the De- partment of Agriculture, the At- torney General's Office and New Castle County government. They continue to find no infractions. The strange part of this whole Bunt thing is that there is great fanfare for h when the investigations start, but never an acknowledgement when Sen. there is no evidence of malfea- your s correc sance. The worst nightmare occurred seized when attempting to discuss the nation Kent County dog control contract with Kent County Levy Court commissioners. They had no desire to discuss aelming participation. Our .r camps will continue un- r leadership, helping arcs youth understand hu- mimal care. l those who want to go un- J after abusing animals will at the KCSPCA has zero tce for their behavior, and I work diligently to enforce are's animal cruelty laws. re pledged to continue do- at we have always done in ;t interests of the animals in :e and the people who live ?irst State. Kevin Usilton executive director Kent County SPCA ing thanks Carper is vote Tom Carper: Thank you for :atesmanship. You stated tly our leaders should have the opportunity to put our on a sound fiscal path. George H. Bunting Jr. former state senator, Bethany Beach