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Cape Gmfftll; FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 - MONDAY, 25, 2010 VIEWPOINTS Letters )) Continued from page 6 our vehicles now. Our drive is not lit, and mud, three to eight inches of water and ice make a dangerous walk to and from our house. I have had multi- ple knee surgeries and need hip replacements but, until now, didn't make a big deal about it. IfI were to fall it would be impossible to get an ambulance back there, and crutches would really be tricky in that watery, muddy and icy mess! This front-page story isn't the only bad scene on Hudson Road. If this family had asked all the neighbors to come to a planning meeting with the Department of Natural Resources, we all might have responded a bit differently than to the nasty or no responses that were/were not received. My family's concern was that if they put in said ditch, how might it impact our, on the verge of flooding back yard, as Beaver Dam Creek is a tidal stream? The pro- posed ditch would have been close enough to our property that it could bring new issues to our severely flooded land. I tried to get up with the family to ask ques- tions and couldn't reach them and didn't get a return call. Sorry folks, my sympathies are not in your yard but my own at this point. We too could be in a must live elsewhere situation and by the wa we have some solvable ideas for your property to save it. Your solution is like what we need to do at our house, spend some money and rework the lay of the land. It's called fall dirt! Quit crying woe is me, please. Also, just curious, if you aren't liv- ing at the house, why are there cars there and lights on each night? How do you get around and isn't it costly to light an empty house? Serinda Conner and the Conner "ducks" of Hudson Road Lewes Casino worker takes exception to Schell letter Who does Mr. Preston Schell think currently works at the three existing casinos at the moment? That would undoubtedly be 98 percent average Delawareans. The five legislators who are opposed to House Bill 194 are trying to pro- tect the revenues that the state is receiving now. They are trying to protect average Delawareans from possibly losing their jobs. They see the bigger picture of the com- petition from nearby states that are rapidly growing up around us. They know that there are only so many consumer dollars to be had and that those dollars are scarce in today's economy. Mr. Schell says the current casi- nos don't support free market and competition. We have competition sprouting all around us. Maryland is getting slots, with at least one on the Eastern Shore. Peunsytva- nia has slots now and is deploying table games soon. Atlantic City has full-fledged casinos and isn't going to sit idly by and lose its pa- tron base to neighboring states. How much competition does Mr. Schell want? The current casinos are smart enough already to not over-satuo rate the state with too many games. The state is approved for approximately 12,000 games to be in use. Between the three casinos there are approximately 9,000 games that are currently available to be phyed. Doesn't Mr. Schell think that if the Delaware casino industry thought the state could handle more games they would add them? There is legislation be- ing worked on currently that will be adding table games to the Delaware casinos. Once passed, each casino will be hiring more people to work these positions. This is Delaware and not Texas or California; the state is only so big and can handle only so much competition. The state doesn't need to create more competition Lewes mail carrier deserves thank s, praise The following letter was sent to the Lewes post- master with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. Unfortunately we seem to live in a time of dis- trust, with the evil getting so much publicity. I would like to recognize a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier named Dan. I didn't get his last name, however, I am sure you can locate him. On Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 11"30 am., I picked up my granddaughter from Bethel Preschool at Bethel Church, Fourth St., Lewes. I was buckling her in our car child seat and phcing her book bag in the car, and I got distracted for a moment by someone talking to me. When we got home a few minutes later, I realized I couldn't find my purse; as I walked out to my car in my driveway, I looked up to find a mail trucL and the mail car- tier with my purse. He smiled, and I said I have been looking all over for my purse. He gently explained he found it on the side- walk near Bethel Church. I thanked him many times and told him he was my angel that day. He isn't my carrier so I asked him his name, and he said Dan. I want you to know that Dan is a man of great integrity. I feel very secure knowing that we have such quality people working for our postal sys- tem in the town of Lewe He took time to im- mediately find my home and return my purse right awa and in his gentleness, calmed me down. I took that opportunity as a teaching mo- ment to explain to my granddmmh_ar about our angels on earth, integrity, doing the  ti and how Dan demonstrated the actkzmafa good person. Thanks again, DaI I/mbS. Lmms witl" itself when it has competi- tion coming from all sides. What it all boils down to in my opinion for Mr. Schell is he wants to be one of the so-called "fat cats" as he wants to label the current in- dustry executives. Don't let him fool you; he makes it sound like he is for the average Delawarean but he just wants to get his hand into the 'nonopol' as he puts it. Who will benefit the most if more casi- nos are passed? Mr. Schell will be one of the biggest beneficiaries if passed. He has a proposed site for the Millsboro area. If he builds this new casino, will a lot of peo- ple patronize it? Where will a big part of this patronage come from? It will come from the other casi- nos in the state. In turn the rev- enue will faU for the other casinos. The revenues the casinos are re- quired to send to the state will tall. Mr. Schelrs new casino will make its share of revenue and will send that to the state as required. But the revenue it will send to the state will probably just make up for the revenue lost due to the in- state competition. I'm just afraid in the end the state legislators are going to make a huge mistake by adding more casinos. They are going get greedy. They are going to end up "killing the geese that lay their golden eggs." Mark Fluharty Harrington Milton candidate wants to earn confidence This letter is an expression of my sincere thanksto the Cape Gazette and your reporter Kevin Spence. Itisalso abigthankyou to the many people who]ve rec- ognized me from my #ameia the Gazette, who Klaxl what they read about me and my if ]eaune and who have already given US their support. Kevin did a mmdeffl job cap- turing what r slml when he interviewed me and atour home. As for the mm people who have committed their vote to me for Milton Town Catmeil al- ready, from reading the article and talking with me about how I want Cotkmmlmqmp 8 Hudson's tribute honors one of our first astr()Ilauts Ted Freeman hen Joe Hud- son agreed to make a donation for construction of the Canalfront Park in Lewes, he asked that theperformance pavilion be named in honor of his boyhood friend Ted Free- man. Joe wanted to make sure that the community never for- gets that one of its own was one of the first astronauts in the na- tion's space program, At the time of his death while testing a jet fighter in 1964 as an Air Force officer, Freeman was in the thick of astronaut survival training. He had recently earned a mas- ter's degree in aeronautical engineering and was fol- lowing a career trajectory that would have taken him eventually into space. Hudson has nothing but admi- ration for Freeman. "He and his family moved here when he was about 2 years old and settled on a farm on the RobinsonviUe Road near Five Points," said Hudson. "Those were dirt roads at the time. We were country boys and devel- oped a close friendship starting in about the fifth grade. We went through all 12 grades to- gether at the Lewes school." Freeman, Hudson and a third classmate, Bill Dickerson, all shared a common dream: they wanted to fly airplanes. "One summer, when we were about 14 or 15, Ted let me know there was a job available for gassing air- planes at the Rehoboth Airport" said Hudson. Soon they were spending all their time at the air- port owfied by Felix duPont and other members of the duPont family. "Ted was an extra special guy from day one. He was a good mechanic, responsle, always good at whatever he did. Of course he had about zero inter- est in girls. They were interest- ed in him but he was more inter- ested in learning. I remember he often had grease imbedded in the lines of his fingers from working on engines. One of our teachers, Miss Anna Beebe, got on him about that one day in class. He really ripped into her. That wasn't important to him." Members of the Lewes High School class of 1948, Freeman Joe Hudson and Hudson were working their way through class- es as World War II came to a close. Re- hoboth Airport hosted a unit of the Civil Air Patrol that helped guard the coast. "Ted and I had a World War I fighter pilot give us our first lessons. I think his name was Forest Wyngen. He was a good instructor. Very ar- ticulate. He took us clean up to cross-country flights. Then a World War II bomber pilot bought an interest in the airport and started instructing. He fin- ished us off to our private licens- es." Still in high school, Freeman and Hudson went to work as spotter pilots for Otis Smith's Fish Products company and its competitor Consolklat lrr, h- eries. "We would fly omover the ocean and bay loakitfr schools of menhaden radio their locations tthe cap- tains who would move in with their nets, That helped us build our hours up and we were able to get our commercial ffcenses just out of high schooL Flying those fish spotting missions was the airport's biggest business for five years." John Vflliams of Millsboro, one of Delaware's US. senators at the time, offered Freeman and Hudson appointments to the United States Naval Academy. They were 11th-graders at Lewes High School when they took their tests. "I failed the mental part of the test," said Hudson. "Calculus tripped me up. Ted failed the physical part. He had a crossbite problem." Although Sen. Williams of_ Cmttinm on page 8