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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 10 - January 16, 1997 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Sussex lost great educational opportunity On balance, Sussex County is less this week because Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, concerned by criticism from region- al chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Col- ored People (NAACP), decided to cancel a trip to the Seaford youth festival. The NAACP criticism arises apparently due to Thomas's inclina- tion against affirmative action programs designed to level the playing field for minorities. Criticism plays an important role in a democratic society. It's through the dialogue that often arises out of criticism that we make advances in our thinking. Rather than discouraging Justice Thomas from coming to Sussex because of his inclinations, all of us concerned about advancing our :thinking should have encouraged his visit as an opportunity to deep- en discussion of issues that affect our lives almost daily. When con- troversial and powerful figures come into places familiar to us, we tend to focus our attention on them and what they represent. His trip offered an excellent educational opportunity because so many would have come into contact with his thinking and could have entered into dialogue with him, and others, about affirmative action and other issues that may have been raised. We missed a good opportunity. The man who encouraged and helped persuade Justice Thomas to come to Sussex - before he changed his mind to avoid what he thought might end up an unpleasant scene for a children's event - was Dr. Ben Carson. Dr. Carson, an eminent Afro-American neurosur- geon at Johns Hopkins University, spoke at the Sussex YMCA's Century Club Dinner in 1995. Perhaps Dr. Carson could be called upon to try to bring Justice Thomas to the Sussex YMCA for an inspirational talk in a future year. Letters So many youth groups serve to inspire The Lewes Christmas Parade - one of the few that survived drench- ing weather this year - is long past now but not so the image of so many Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and a variety of church youth organizations marching down the street to celebrate the Christmas holiday. There were literally hundreds of smiling chil- dren shepherded by adults giving of themselves to strengthen the characters and add enjoyment to the lives of the young people. It was great to see so much community involvement. For many, such scenes help deepen the sense of responsibility for working steadily in our communities to improve and enhance social, educational and environmental conditions so important now and in the future. A a Power Plant  "" ....... US. Weather Station. _. : iiii '" % .... " A jake gobbler struts his resplendent stuff in a copse of Del- marva cedar groves. Rrst Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon Jan. 15 Jan. 23 Jan. 31 Feb. 7 SlQuF.t.t A response from the mayor of Lewes I usually decide not to comment on newspaper articles. They tend to tarnish the image of a community. Some com- ments are in the best interest of the com- munity, many are personal interest. I do believe there is a need to clarify some statements. The concerned citizens of Lewes have continued to share their opinions per- taining to the selection of chief of police and charter changes. Many have spoken to me. Pertaining to the charter change in question, legislative bodies are designed to avoid ties. Look at your county, state and federal legislative bodies and you will see that is the case. That is the spirit of basic democracy. In response to statements pertaining to appointments by the President of the United States. One should first under- stand that the president is a part of the executive branch and he makes the appointments. The legislative branch confirms or rejects the appointments. The legislative branch is designed to avoid a tie vote. That is a reason why the vice president is the president of the sen- ate, he votes if the senate is evenly divid- ed. The president submits another name, if the initial appointee did not receive the majority necessary for confirmation, not because there is a tie vote. Therefore the case of police chief is completely different. In our case, at least one councilperson who voted for Lt. Gooch must change his mind to sup- port him, otherwise a tie vote remains. Unless one of these circumstances occur, there is no need for the mayor to reap- point Lt. Gooch or appoint another can- didate because the situation would still remain unresolved. In response to the charter committee being referred to as a kangaroo commit- tee, would they have been given the same title of they had voted 4 to 1 to dis- approve the proposed charter change? I think not. The city manager and attor- ney had the right to give their opinion in the matter. That certainly is not an impropriety. Some seem to have an interest in the city's welfare, while others seem to be concerned only with their personal inter- est. The need for the charter change extends beyond Lt. Gooch. The way the charter now stands, the city could be without a city manager, chief of police or police officers indefinitely. There are sections that refer to the appointment of the building official and board of ethics, to name a few. This is not good for any city. Parts of the charter, as it now stands, reduce the democratic process. It appears that if the interest is in the well- being of the city, they would know that these charter changes and other charter changes are necessary. George H.P. Smith Mayor of Lewes Taking Lewes officials to task over machine This is an opinion paper presented to your Forum by a concerned property owner in Lewes, a well-educated, well- adjusted mature woman with no ax to grind with Councilman Pratt or anyone else. Simply stated, it's time to speak out against the way the governing of Lewes is being mis-managed by the mayor, some council people and the city manag- er. I h6pe the opinions expressed herein will be carefully considered by Lewes voters and that they will join me in demanding forthright, honest govern- ment for the town and in opposing gov- ernment by the mayor for the mayor and his buddies within the framework of the political machine fostered by AI Stango. I know that Smith, Ford and Pratt are part of that machine because Stango Continued on page 8 Volume 4 No. 34 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor MichaelShod News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andmlczyk Photographer Angle Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 Highway 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 226- 2273. FAX - 226-2277. E-mail: capegaz@dmv.com Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize the whole town." Eleanor H. Porter