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6 FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 - MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013 Cape Gazette Letters )) Need for Sussex planner long overdue Thank you Cape Gazette Edito- rial Board for once again insisting in your editorial (]an 11) the need for a Sussex County certified planner is now! Unfortunately, the county council does not seem to think that a certified planner is a priority (not advertised on the county website) and apparently, they're assuming they have the expertise and education to play the role of a planner, you don't! For the benefit of the county council I give a brief, overall pro- file of a planner: Duties: Develops comprehen- sive growth plans for urban and suburban communities; works closely with developers, govern- ment agencies, and others Alternate title(s): regional plan- ner, urban planner Salary Range: $51,000 to $86,000 Prerequisites: Education or training - Four- year degree, master's degree pre- ferred Experience - One to three years' experience in community or ur- ban development Special skills and personality traits - Professional written and verbal skills; ability to work inde- pendently; detail-oriented; profi- . ciency with Microsoft Office suite. Special requirements - Certifi- cation; certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Advanced certification, preferably in environmental planning or transportation planning or both. We all want what's best for Sus- sex County and one way to begin implementing that is to bring to the Sussex Planning and Zoning Commission well as the Sussex County Council an experienced, certified planner to attend their meetings and offer the best ad- vice/options. Developers use planners and experts when they want to sell their development project to the P&Z and the county council; isn't the time now we have our expert? Nadine Wick Lewes Clock running down for Delmarva Public Radio Many of your subscribers and readers are also Underwriters, members and/or listeners of Del- marva Public Radio (WSCL 89.5 FM provides classical music, WDSL 90.7 FM news and infor- mation). In mid-October in Salis- bury, Md., mid-November in Lewes, and elsewhere since, hun- dreds turned out for public meet- ings where they learned about plans for Salisbury University (owners of the DPR frequencies licenses) to either switch to "canned" satellite programming With no local content or to discontinue broad- Continued on page 7 Lefs have a reasonable, unemOtiOnal' middle-of-the-road discussion on... Editorial- Mental health resource, shortage needs action sk anyone involved in the local med- ical community about the availability of mental health practitioners in Sus- sex County, and'the answer will be almost universal. We have a serious shortage of psychologists and psychiatrists to serve our population. The issue Continues to gain promi- nence in the atmosphere of the many sexual abuse crimes we've witnessed over the past few years. Those crimes run the gamut from inappropriate contact with minors to rape and murder. Mental health issues provide the com- mon thread. When the final legal settlement was signed to help bring closure and healing to the families and victims of Earl Bradley's crimes, there must have been a collective sigh of relief in Legislative Hall in Dover. While the ultimate outcome of the settle- ment was still very much in doubt, there were discussions among legislators about whether the state should be involved financially in set- ting up an assistance fund. Driving those dis- cusslons were concerns that prior to Bradley's arrest, state agencies involved in oversight and enforcement may not have been appropriately responsive to complaints about the doctor. Standing behind the state's shield of sovereign immunity may have deflected those discus- sions, but was that the right position? Bradley and his deranged mind are locked away; the victims have been awarded resources to help them cope, and the state avoided being part of the settlement equation. But no one is so naive as to think that the mental health is- sues of our larger community have somehow been addressed. To the contrary, the recent massacre of elementary children in Connecti- cut has added even more fuel to the mental health debate. Delaware can handle some gun concerns with regulation, but it will take money to in- crease mental health screening, recruit more psychologists and psychiatrists, and even fast- track educate some of the unemployed college graduates to begin quickly filling the obvious mental health void in Sussex. Setting up a mul- timillion-dotlar program, with -funds that under circumstances less favorable to the state may have been required to address the Bradley is- sue, could make a real difference in improving the serious mental health resource shortage in Sussex. CoDe Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cage Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher: Trish Vernon, editor; Da~)e Frederick. soorts editor: Laura Ritter, news editor: and Jen Ellingsworti~ arts and entertainment editor Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone nLimber for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write.to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213. Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email newsroom@caDegazette.com. Web Poll )) Most readers saw shrinking paychecks A FISHERMAN shares an Indian coast, RON MACARTHUR PHOTO River Inlet jetty with gulls on a calm day along the Did your 2013 paycheck shrink? Yes 75% No 10.5% No paycheck 14.5% ) For local weather, including highs and lows see page 51 The total of votes counted was 276. To oar- tiQpate in the current web Doll. visi! CapeGazette.com. 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