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'I16 FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 - MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 NEWS , ' cape zette Dewey meetings leap into the digital00age three months, Solloway said, Dewey residents will not only be able to watch meetings unfold on the intemet, but also call in and contribute. Commissioner Diane Hanson said she's willing to commit funds to buy new cameras. Streaming town meetings will spare Some property owners a lengthy commute, Hanson said, and allows distant citizens to stay involved with issues they care about. "It will really save people a lot of time," she said. Webmaster Dick Cleaveland used his personal webcam to stream the meeting. While he can't say he's happy with the re- sults from a technical standpoint - like Lodge, Cleaveland said the ROB KUNZIG PHOTO THE VIEW FROM THE CAMERA: Interim Town Manager Ken Lodge, left, and Mayor Rick Solloway smile at the wall where a wall-mounted camera streams live footage of the Dewey Beach town meetings. Blow Out Sale! Everything Must Go! New location to be announced soon. Open 7 days a week- l O-5pm ",,,,%, Hooked plants Garden  Speczalties Meeting streamed to' townwebsite; 17 attend remotely By Rob Kunzig rkunzig@capegazette.com As he kicked off the meeting, Interim Town Manager Ken Lodge faced a small wall-mount- ed camera and welcomed a handful of virtual visitors. For the first time, a Dewey meeting was broadcast over the World Wide Web. Mark Allen, sitting in a Star- bucks in San Diego, watched the meeting unfold on his laptop. "Invaluable!" he gushed in an email to Lodge. In a report to commissioners, Lodge wrote the meeting had 17 attendees when it began, and 12 when it ended. Attendance far exceeded his expectations, he said, given that the broadcast was advertised only two days in advance. ' Watching across the country, Allen could see his wife, Denise, sitting in the audience, sipping hot chocolate. "I think it works really weU for Dewey's demographic," Allen said. In the winter months, Dewey's population hovers around 300. Many property own- ers are nonresidents, or simply choose to spend the off-season elsewhere. Lodge admits the image quali- ty is imperfect - the resolution is poor, he wrote commissioners, and the frame rate leaves much to be desired. Should the com- missioners wish to stream future meetings, Lodge said they should consider investing in a better camera. Mayor Rick Solloway said Dewey residents can count on it. "I think it's important for our Community, specifically," he said. "You have so many property owners out of town who want to stay in touch." Within the next Stop  to find paintings by Ellen Rice and affordable American handmade gifts ~ • Blown Glass hers, Wbalh & Pagcnveights • images of Love sCUllures • Glass Jewelry & SS/14K SloryPins  • Angel & Mermaid Glass Omame • Fie  Bandg & Accessories • Kaleidoscopes - Books & Greeting Cards • Nightli, Iks & Dry Erase Boards of Local Sces Rt. 24, 1.5 miles from Rt. 1, • N • i " " " " THE ELLE  RICE GALLERY, _lnhn Wdlmme Nwu lO.AflnticAve.(RL2f(hOceView ] vqunminn UWiluuunuiu mmww]nu I w,,,,,,:_si ,s.)0-4 I LUWU5 U’ U"Oq'O'UliS§ resolution and flame rate were inadequate - he said thesuccess- ful trial run points the way to- ward future advancement. "It's better seeing and listening to the meeting than just listening to it," Cleaveland said. "I'm rather proud that we did it." Lodge dismissed the notion that streaming meetings will cause a drop in physical attendance. " "That's ridiculous," he said. "There will always be people at town meetings. We're just ex- tending the reach of town gov- ernment." SolIoway chairs the recently formed information technology committee. A self-professed tech guy, Sol- loway told citizens they could expect more advances in the near future, including the abitity to receive email updates via nixie.corn, a neighborhood news announcement network. He said DeweyJs also taking steps to digitize its bill-paying process. Cleaveland, a member of the committee, confu'med many up- grades are on the way. "There's going to be a lot of changes/' he said. PHYSICIANS SUE OBAMA Doctors Say Bill Would End "Practice of Medicine as We Have Known It," President's Actions Are Unconstitutional! Daniel G. Anderson and nine prominent Washington, DC-area physicians have filed suit in Federal Court (Case No. 8:10-00017 PJM) against President Barack Hussein Obama. They also will file a Temporary • Restraining Order (TRO) to bar the Administration from interference with Congress in matters relating to healthcare reform legislation, now pending in House-Senate Conference. The Conference is meeting in secret to avoid the prying eyes of the American people! Following is an explanation of the reasoning behind our suit and request that the Court restrain the President and the Administration from further violating their constitutional authority by trying to intimidate or coerce any member of the Senate or House of Representatives to vote for a healthcare reform bill, or to expedite its passage. In their suit, Daniel G. Anderson and the physicians oppose the unconstitutional passage of the pending healthcare legislation which would have a devastating impact on American medicine. "1 deplore the loss of the practice of medicine as we have known it,'Dr. Richard R Delaney, M.D., a Maryland family practice physician for over fifty years, asserted to the Court. In addition, said Dr. Delaney in a filed affidavit, the unconstitutional bill would- . "eliminate the sacred binding'oithe dedicated physician and the sick patient" • "insure that doctors who can retire will do so quickly and remain retired" • force patients into "an impersonal system"operated by "clock-watching civil servants," and to wait , "months or even years" to receive treatment • ensure fewer students will opt to go to medical school "merely to become a government functionary" • deny "free citizens access to the legitimate m,ical care of their own choosing" and • "force physicians to practice medicine deficiently." The physicians' suit also adopts claims of unconstitutionality made by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee; law pr6fessor.& Kenneth Blackwell of the Family Research Council and Uberty University School of Law; and Kenneth A. Klukowski of the American Civil Rights Union: • Requiring individual Americans to purchase insurance, for which Congress has no constitutional authority; • A violation of the "general welfare, clause" of the Constitution through various backroom "deals" to secure Senators' votes With targeted benefits to their states; and • A violation of federalism in mandating states to adopt benefit exchanges and other mechanisms, rendering states "little more than subdivisions of the federal government; We urge you to contact your Congressmen and Senators to demand that they act immediately to stop this threat to your life, liberty and pursuit of happiness! In our opinion, this legislation is a clear violation of our Constitution, Respectfully, DANIEL G. ANDERSON Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 PAID ADVERTISEMENT O'Uib • 'dill €11311J41 IIJO(lOIl/ll