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Continued from page 6 feel I need to make two comments to highlight what I believe to be the crux of our disagreement. First, the fact that 65 persons who had previously voted were not permitted to vote highlights the previous error in the interpre- tation of the charter. An error does not convey the right to vote con- tinually, it should be corrected and was. This is precisely why you have brought up the issue, to amend the charter to permit these folks to be able to legally vote in local elections. Second, you state that the only alternative "...would be to take the vote away from out-of-town own- ers, and only allow residents of the city to vote." This is not correct; the obvious alternative is to maintain the sta- tus quo. The body of voters enu- merated in the charter are resi- dents (with or without property and whether or not their proper- ties are in trust) and non-residents whose property is specifically in their name. The decision to place a property in trust is a personal f'mancial decision made by individuals after consulting with their lawyers and advisors. If it means more to certain indi- viduals who are non-residents to vote in local Rehoboth Beach elections then they will give due weight to that fact when they do their planning. I would also note that Delaware has repealed its inheritance tax. Much was made during last year's FAR debate about devalu- ing property. Adding a new block of voters devalues the votes of existing legally-entitled voters. Again, as with FAR, if the mayor and commissioners agree that this charter change is a good idea, they should hold a referendum before sending it on to the state of Delaware for action. I am sending a copy of this let- ter to Mayor Cooper and the other commissioners with the hope that it will be read into the record and help frame the debate at the appropriate public meeting. Mr. Kuhns, thank you for the work you do on behalf of the citi- zens of Rehoboth Beach. I think we will have to disagree on this issue. Robert A. Streimer Rehoboth Beach Hunting, fishing fees are too much Let's see, a resident hunting license will double in price to $25. We will now need a license to crab & dig for clams. We recre- ational boat owners will now have to pay $40 to $50 so we can fish in the bay and ocean. Head boat & charter boat owners will now have to pay $300 & $150 respectively. This will surely increase the rates for fishermen who utilize the boats in question. How wonderful of DNREC to levy these costs on we who love the outdoors. You can be sure that the monies col- lected will not go toward the sec- tors promised. It seems it never does. I guess it wasn't enough hard- ship for boat. owners to absorb the higher cost of fuels. I guess it isn't enough hardship for recreational fishermen to put up with outra- geous size limits on fish, while the commercial fishermen keep what- ever is in the nets. Nets that have decimated the saltwater fisheries of our oceans. When does the little guy get a break? When does government get its heel off the little guy's neck? Why don't the politicians and DNREC leave us alone? For once in your life DNREC, just leave us alone. Do something to help us or leave us alone! We're tired of being put upon by you and your silly over-regulation. The lit- tle people, once again, don't have a snowball's chance. Jim Shumate Lewes Wind power a long-term investment The following letter was sent to the Delaware Public Service Commission, with a copy submit- ted to the Cape Gazette for publi- cation. We are very concerned about several important issues that face all of us in Delaware, most partic- ularly the effect of our present sources of electricity on global warming. We hope you will not support another long-term invest- ment in a coal-generated power plant. Currently, air quality is terrible in Delaware. The American Lung Association gave all three coun- ties a grade of F for air quality in 200-05. The cumulative effects of emissions, solid wastes and carbon dioxide are unacceptable to any educated consumer. While a new plant may produce more CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, January 26 - Monday, January 29, 2007 - 7 energy at a lower percentage of pollution, it will continue to pump pollutants, including mercury and fine particulate matter and the car- bon dioxide responsible for global warming, into the air. Residents within a 30-mile radius of an old coal plant such as the Indian River Power Plant have a five times greater risk of disease and premature mortality. DNREC has developed new regulations for the clean-up of the old plant, but NRG officials are, of course, chal- lenging them. Moreover, the improvements required of the old plant still allow far more pollution than clean air standards. How can we, in good con- science, continue to support sources of power like this when there are other, far better, sources available to us? For this reason, we support development of a wind farm off the coast. Wind is free and inexhaustible. Over the 20-year life of an offshore project, the sustainable electricity is esti- mated to be cheaper than fossil fuels. Every kilowatt hour is free of toxic emissions, carcinogens, particulates and carbon dioxide. We in Delaware have an even more important reason to look for alternative energy sources that do not add to global warming. Unlike Colorado, for example, we will certainly be greatly affected as a state by the rising sea level that global warming is already produc- ing. By many projections, even Sussex County (where that new coal plant would be located), will eventually be under water with unchecked warming. How much electricity will it be producing then, and for whom? It is immoral and wasteful to support an industry that can destroy our grandchildren's futures and contribute to the extinction of our state and the loss of precious life worldwide. We have a viable and far better source available to us, one that could pro- vide many economic benefits to the state as well as giving us a leadership position in power pro- duction. Please make a decision for the future of all of us. P. Bruce Chappelle Annette ChappeHe Rehoboth Beach Wind turbines make the most sense I would like to comment on the letter from Mike Tyler re "Lifestyle changes..." in the Jan. 19 edition of the Gazette. Firstly, he is concerned about ugly electrical service complexes on his beaches. Well, Mr. Tyler, the beaches belong to everyone. It should be decided by the majority if they want to accept them as part of a cheaper energy system. Maybe these wind turbines would be more expensive to start up but they would pay for themselves very quickly and they are clean energy. Secondly, power generation is the issue. This nation is one of consumerism gone amok. Americans are not the only people Continued on page 9 Solid Waste Authority pioneering yard waste to mulch conversion in Sussex You have no idea how interest- ing a trip to the landfill can be until you actually visit. On a recent journey to Jones Crossroads, where Delaware Solid Waste Authority's Sussex County facility is located, I was inspired by the green attitude I encountered. The people running the com- plex are enthusiastic about the work they do and take pride in running an environmentally sen- BAREF00TIN' sitive and clean operation. Of particular note was a great smoking pile of rich, dark mulch about the size of a 3,000 square foot house. While the debate has whose appetite is growing. been raging in New Castle The man who told me about the County over the ban on taking mulch was 40 or so - about 15 yard waste to the Cherry Island years younger than I. He told me Landfill, in Sussex County grass about a recent trip to a state-of- and brush and small limbs are the-art refuse facility in the state being ground up by a chipper and of Washington. "Out there," he converted to mulch. The day I said, "it's a challenge to the facil- was there two great piles of ity operators to find another use chipped material had just been for everything that comes in to uncovered and were cooling. The them. They don't want to throw engineer explained that a large anything away." sheet of dark-colored, geo-textile I could tell by the spark in the fabric manufactured by the W.L. young man's voice that the atti- Gore Corporation was placed rude was infectious and that fol- over the piles so the heat of the lowing his trip to the left coast he composting process would cook never looked again at a load of the material, incoming garbage in the same While I was taking a look at the way. finished product with the engi- Keep your ears tuned for when ricer, one of the yard workers that recycled yard waste will be approached and told me about the available to return to our yards as process. "The temperature in the mulch. piles gets up to 135 degrees and more," he told me. "It cooks at ON THE RECYCLING front, that temperature for several days it was good to read this week of and that kills off microbial bacte- Rehoboth Beach's plan to begin ria in the yard waste that can poi- offering curbside recycling for son gardens and shrubbery, cans, plastics and newspapers. When it's done cooking it's beau- Working in cooperation with the tiful, clean material. We're plan- Delaware Solid Waste Authority, ning on bagging it and selling it." Rehoboth will pay the $i per Beyond the piles of cooked week per residence charge for the mulch were tangled piles of dis- pick-up service. Mayor Sam carded appliances. The baked Cooper said the city may have to and shining white finish of the eventually figure out away to appliances contrasts strongly with recoup the DSWA charges but for the color of the mulch. Just as now he feels curbside recycling is efforts are being made to recycle the right thing to do and he wants the yard wastes into mulch, and Rehoboth on board. Go Sam! landfill gases into turbine-pro- Now it would be nice for pelling methane to generate elec- Rehoboth to figure out a way to tricity, the metal of the appliances recycle the nutrients that it is is being recycled into raw materi- dumping into Rehoboth Bay in its al for a resource-hungry world Continued on page 8 nmmt r-om photo A pile of freshly cooked mulch, converted from yard waste brought to the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's Jones Crossroads facility, cools against the backdrop of discarded appUanees awaiting recycling.