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6 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, January 17 - January 23, 1997 VIEWPOIN 'S Editorial Agriculture must be given emphasis A pithy bumper sticker ornamented the bumpers of several muddy pick-up trucks in the local area about a decade ago: Don't Complain About Farmers With Your Mouth Full. As the world's population continues to grow, the statement will undoubtedly increase in signif- icance. Sussex County and state planners find themselves locking horns now over how much land should be preserved for agriculture in Sus- sex. The proposed Sussex land use plan would allow farmers with land in agriculture preservation zones to develop one lot for every 20 acres of farmland they own. A landowner with 200 acres would be permitted to develop and sell 10 lots. Of course the idea is that those lots would be clustered together leaving the greatest majority of the farmland intact to meet future agricultural needs. Delaware's plan- ners feel the development options should be tighter. They feel Sus- sex should only allow one lot for every 30 acres of land. Sussex County's farmers meanwhile are sitting back, growing uneasier by the minute, watching state and county officials talk about the land they and their families have owned for centuries. Driving it all of course is the simple but barely disputable fact that Delmarva will continue under tremendous development pressure for at least the next century. That pressure represents a marketing option for farmers. They don't want that option stripped from them by the stroke of a governmental pen. Agriculture can only grow in importance and value. Given that Sussex is surrounded by one of the world's greatest megalopolises, we as a county should be able to prosper by serving that megalopolis with produce and feed as well as with entertaining and satisfying tourism and recreation. City people like to drive through farming country, especially on their way to beaches and boating. And it makes good sense to promote development where there are already towns and central sewer to accommodate growth, and preserve agri- cultural land away from those population centers. But it should be clear now that there will be no political consensus on agricultural preservation until the state and county assure landowners that the development value of their land won't be removed without compensation. Plans being prepared now must include preservation districts and a continuing funding mechanism for buying development rights. Their rightful interests protected, landowners will buy into the planning and get on with the business of feeding the world. Letters Ice defines the turning furrows at the edge of a muddy field of Sussex County winter wheat. Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Jan. 23 Jan. 31 Feb. 7 Feb. 14 '" P, Nb AS FoR CAREER ' PPORTuN|TES,, qO*i OF OuR RAI)uATr5 Go ON TO "HEI PtDLY GRrG t FAST-P/CrD J tF. oF O-'5.-Ig-BkUl40-GLt-I gc, E - t,tOTO-FAKttG....._..J - ,-C. tHq AS10 OTO H q . Opposition to bringing Channel One to Cape I strongly oppose bringing Channel One to Cape Henlopen High School. What kind of message are we sending to our young people that we will sell access to them to advertisers in return for video equipment? If the video equipment is necessary, then we need to find the funds to buy it! I am not opposed to news pro- grams, but I would rather students watch a quality news program. Channel One is geared to middle and high school stu- dents. The news is handled in a simplis- tic and superficial manner. Obviously a program an average sixth grader can handle will bore a senior in Honors and Advanced Placement classes to death. It would be equivalent to forcing students ready for The Washington Post or New York Times to read the Weekly Reader. I was relieved to read that study hall time rather than instructional time would be used. However, I do not think we should assume that study hall time is unproductive time. Many students at Cape have jobs after school and/or par- ticipate in sports or other extracurricular activities. They may be using that study hall time to complete assignments, to see their guidance counselor, to study for tests, or to tutor others. If students are allowed to continue to work on assign- ments during the Channel One broad- casts, then we are sending a mixed mes- sage. The message is we wanted the equipment, but do not really expect you to watch it or pay attention. I have worked very hard in my house to limit TV to programs we are actually watch- ing, so that TV is not just background noise. We are talking about a substantial amount of time. Fifteen minutes a day for 180 days a year for four years is 180 hours. That is a lot of wasted time. Also, if we move to block scheduling, would we still have study halls or would we have to use instructional time? We would have signed a contract to broad- cast Channel One and we would have to meet that commitment. Those of us who have children in middle school should question whether we want to send our children to a high school which can cav- alierly waste 180 hours of their time dur- ing their high school career! Eileen Redden Lincoln In response to Ferguson letter I am a friend of Lucien Ferguson, but I take issue with her letter printed in the Cape Gazette on Jan. 10, 1997, regarding the Assisted Living Facility controversy at Route 1 and 270 in Rehoboth. On this particular matter we differ. I must note at the outset that I am not opposed to assist- ed-living facilities per se, but it is the location of this particular one that I take issue with and must address here. First, in regards to emergency ser- vices, I agree we have good emergency services, however, the location of this assisted-living complex and the ability to be able to respond quickly is extremely questionable. Another concern I and many of us have is the destruction of the natural drainage area of the Beaverdam branch and what it will do to our water quality. I must also ask if Lucien Ferguson, or anyone for that matter, can show me where Mabel Granke is opposed to the concept of assisted-living facilities? I have met Mabel Granke and have never once heard her speak out against assist- ed-living complexes. What she has done is raise important questions about traffic congestion at this intersection and emer- gency services response time and the needless destruction of this natural area. The final point I wish to make is that Lucien suggests we are opposed to the developers themselves and that we have questioned their abilities as builders. 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