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8 FRrDAY:JmuARY22' MONDAY, JANUAR002Sl 2o006" : VlEWPOINll3 Letters )) conen/00007 to contribute toward building on that hasallowed people tosee that pervises. Town Councilwoman this is what I am about, Jeanne Ronda Abraham, former chair- and I are most grateful. In the woman of the personnel commit- weeks ahead, as I come to your ....... tee (until March 2009) confmned door or meet you at events, I will this at a council meeting. She star- all the good work that makes Mil- do all I can to earn your confi- ton such a wonderful place to live, dence in me. Thank yon. you have our grateful apprecia- [auk tiOIL As my supporters arid I begin our campaign to let all of Milton know what it is I stand for, I want all of my neighbors to know that without failure, I will do my best to examine every challenge that faces the residents of Milton and make the best decisions possible. I promise that I will do this by looking at how my decisions will guarantee the best quality of life for everyone in Milton, from our elder citizens as well as growing families, to those starting busi- nesses and those business owners who work hard to keep their busi- nesses going and growing; from those who leave Milton every day to work outside our town, but who want to return to a safe, thriving and caring community;, from those who enjoy retirement here to those who serve in fraternal or- ders, on boards and in clubs, all of whom offer so much to make life in Milton so much better for everyone, and as an officer of the law for 42 years, I can't help but wholeheartedly support the de- manding and ditcult work of our police, volunteer firemen and EMTs. Whenever I make a decision for Milton, I promise yon, it will be in consideration of everyone in the town. I ask for your trust when I tell you that I can't operate any other way and whatever it is about me Milton's lack of fiscal appamns I am running for a seat on the Milton Town Council. I share fel- low candidate Norman Lester's concerns regarding the town's su- pervision of Town Manager George Dickers0n's expense ac- count. Please note that I am not asking that the $6,000 per year tax-free meal plan in his Feb. 2007 employ- ment contract be unilaterally changed. I am not schooled in contract law, but I do know "a deal's a deal," albeit a bad deaL What r am ask00 for; and have been asking for, is for Dickerson and the town stick to the deal they made. The safeguards in Paragraph 3 of his contract: "The Town Manager will be en- tiffed to reimbursement for out of pocket expenses which may arise out of his employment with the Town upon presentment [sic] of proper receipts, up to $500.00 monthly, with quarterly reviews by Personnel Committee..." have not taken place. Dickerson has been provided with a town credit card. His cred- it card bills are authorized and paid, not by the personnel com. mittee, as specified above, but by town staff- the very staffhe su- ed that, at least during her tenure, quarterly reviews of Dickerson's expense account were not done. Mayor Don Post and Town Coun- cilwoman Leah Betts, both seek- ing re-election, are members of this committee. Dickerson's food bills for 84 meals in fiscal year 2009 were $5,2o3. Do the terms of his contract combined with the town's lack of conformance with those terms mean that Dickerson gets a $500 a month tax-free meal ticket? Ab- solutely not. How do we f'ix this? We enforce the terms and conditions of his contract. We: take away his credit card; insist on the submission of proper receipts; enforce the requirement of quarterly reviews of Dickerson's receipts and expenses by the per- sonnel committee; provide guidelines to the per- sonnel committee for use in deter- mining whether an expense is work-related; and reimburse only those out-of- pocket expenses the personnel committee deems are related to town activity. Milton's budget is in the mil- lions of dollars. The current ad- ministration's lack of fiscal Over- sight is appalling. We need good fmancial management. With your support, we can make this happen. L E D, ehatd mxMate Miltm Other groups have problems In response to Sanclra Miner about Sandy Brae subdivision, I live in a subdivision - Amell Creek - here in Rehoboth and everything that was said about homeowner associations is absolutely true. There are no regtflations to gov- ern them, so the boards do as they want. Homeowner association boards are just a group of people that feel they can dictate to everyone else in their subdivision just what they want done. We have voted two times in the last year to remove trailers and boats from the yards, but as of this date no one has even received a letter of violation from the board. Owners were told five months ago and still nothing has happened. Several years ago the same. board members lost no time in su- in_g me over a shed and trying to charge me $100 a month for the vi- olation. Not so with the trailers - why? Laws need to be passed now to stop homeowner associations from trying to run everyone's Life. In this area you can't move into a subdivision that does not have an association. Tune to regulate them for the good ofaU of us, Lt D. k3inet Cm Rtx 8mdt SandyBrae owners not warm, welcoming A response to Ms. Miller and the Sandy Brae situation: As a homeowner in Sandy Brae I have come to realize that its board depends on a lack of corn- munication. The commtmity only meets once a year. During that meeting the association members who have had negative deMings with the board tend to feel unwel- come and stay away. Our presi- dent puts on quite a show during those meetings for those who have no idea of how the board tru- ly operates. My first encounter with Kathy Davison occurred when I was still living and working in Philadel- phia. I was planning on rethSng and arranged to have an addition put on my Sandy Brae house where I already had my parents living. Since much of my life re- volved around my work as a school principal, I bad to trust and depend on my builder's word that he took care of all permits and pa- perwork- including sending the addition proposal to the board of directors of the Sandy Brae Home- owners' Association. I f'wst learned that the builder failed to send Ms. Davison the re- quired documents when I re- ceived a distressing call from my elderly mother. She was quite up- set, telling me that Ms. Davison had called her and threatened to come with the police to shut con- struction down at my house. Even after my mother apologized and agreed with Ms. Davison, the hos- tile approach continued with threats to bring the police. My mother told her that she herself had held the position of president of a large homeowners association and agreed with her on this issue. She asked Kathy for advice as to how to proceed. Ms. Davison con- tinued with threats to bring po- lice! Barefootin' Cin from page 7 fered Hudson another appoint- ment, he decided to continue his work as a commercial pilot and built a successful cropdusting and mosquito-spraying business. Freeman, his eyes always on a larger prize, went to the Univer- sity of Delaware for a year, got his crossbite squared away and then wasaccepted into the Naval Academy. "Ted graduated from the Naval Academy in 1953, very near the top of his class" said Hudson. "Same class as Ross Perot. Ted was very, very intelli- gent. Easy to learn things - qui- et. Ted would come back to Re- hoboth during summer breaks and work at the airport. We stayed close. And I'll tell you something else. I never knew Ted to have a girlfriend at all and then he got married the same day he graduated from the acad- emy! But he still had his eyes on further education." The Navy allowed Freeman to take a commission with the Air Force, and Hudson soon re- ceived news that his friend was a fighter pilot in the South Pacific. "I kept up with Ted through his mother, Catherine. She was a good Christian woman. I re- member when we were working weekends at Rehoboth Airport, Ted would grab me and we would walk up to Midway Pres- byterian Church for Sunday services. "Ted:believed in complete honesty. When he was a pilot in the vicinity of the Formosa is- lands, it upset him that our gov- ernment was telling the Red Chinese - who claimed the is- lands as theirs - that we weren't flying over China. He knew gun camera reels showed differently and that bothered him. He was still a patriot, but it upset him." Back from the South Pacific, Freeman settled in at Edwards Air Force Base in California, working as a test pilot, studying for his aeronautical engineering degree through the University of Michigan. "He was No. 1 stu- dious, that guy. I visited him at Edwards. There was no war go- ing on at the time so I was al- lowed on the base. Ted was fly- ing a 106 jet fighter at the time - testing it for acceptance by the military. I remember its big fea- ture was a stick shaker that would warn pilots of an ap- proaching stall when they were in the midst of fighting. He had Been flying into Bolling Air Force Base in Washington and spending time at the Pentagon, campaigning for acceptance into the astronaut program. He worked on it hard. During that time I remember FBI agents coming to town. I spent hours with them. They wanted to know everything Ted ever knew or did or talked about." Like everything else Freeman went after, he gained acceptance into the program. Then his train- ing base switched to Houston, the nation's space center. "In his first year there," said Hudson, "most of Ted's training focused on survival techniques. There was water training and they also sent him to Panama for jungle survival; taught him and the oth- ers how to fred foods that could help them survive anywhere in the world. Occasionally he would fly to Dover and drive down to visit his parents. He al- ways came in a fighter." In the early 1960s, Freeman was photographed in a weight- less chamber as part of a Nation- al Geographic article about as- tronauts and what they would encounter in the zero-gravity at- mosphere of space. Hudson remembers the day Freeman died, as fearless and noble in death as he was in life. "It was a Saturday, in the fall of 1964, Oct. 31. Ted was testing a T38 jet fighter. The aircraft sucked a snow goose into an in- take while Ted was making an THE PERFORMANCE PAVILION at the Canalfront Park, surrounded by memori- al bricks, is dedicated to the memory of Lewes High School graduate Ted Freeman. instrument approach to the run- way. The news media reported that it broke his windshield but that wasn't it. The bird caused a flameout, no power;, just the same as Flight 1549 that landed in the Hudson River not so long ago. Ted was in contact with the tower and they encouraged him to bail out of the jet. But he was over a suburb of Houston, wor- rying about damaging houses there. He stayed in the aircraft too long. Crashed and died. He was the first of many astronauts to lose their lives in service to the space Program/" Freeman was buried with full military honors in Washington, D.C.'s Arlington Cemetery with all of his fellow astronauts in at- tendance - men like Frank Bor- man and Neff Armstrong. A few years later, thenew road serving the Cape May- Lewes Ferry wasnamed Free- man Highway in his honor. A plaque listing some of Freeman's accomplishments will be in- stalled at the Canalfront,Park pavilion. "It's important for the community to know the caliber of this human being who came out of this area," said Hudson. [1[ IIl]lllrllrl]llill " '