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6 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, January 30 - February 5, 1998 VIE>rPOINTS Editorial The pow.er of school choice In the business-of journalism, they say that to find the truth you should listen to several different stories and see where they intersect. At that point of intersection, you will find the truth. In the past week, three news stories from different quarters have intersected on a point called choice. One story involved Lamar Alexander's visit to Sussex County to speak to county Republicans. An early contender for the 2000 presidential nomination, Alexander said education is his No. 1 priority. He said the nation should press for better and better schools arid should give all students a choice of better and better schools to attend. The power of better schools is a given. The power of choice though is a little more subtle. Yes, it would be good if students had more schools to choose from so they ]could better tailor their education to their personal situations. But, ! more importantly, choice includes action on the part of the student. "I want to go to that school." Choice adds a degree of commitment to the decision. The second story of the past week illustrating the power of choice comes from the hallways of Sussex Technical High School, which received more awards for educational excellence. Sussex Tech enjoys, among Sassex high schools, the unique advantage of being able to go to the legislature, not the voters, for increases in its fund- ing. The school produces good results making the legislature amenable to funding-increase requests. As a result, it has significant- ly more money to spend per student than do the Other public schools of the county. But beyond that, Sussex Tech has the power of choice working in its favor. The students of Sussex Tech go there because they want to go there. They're not there because the law says they have to go to school or because it's the school serving the district where they live. Choice is a big reason why Sussex Tech's educa- tional system works so well. The final story came off a National Public Radio program. The interviewer was talking to a woman struggling to pay off her credit card debt. As a result of the stress, she was developing an ulcer. Her doctor recommended that she do something that she liked to do, besides doing her job to make the money to pay off her debt. The woman explained that she liked to teach at night and work with peo- ple, as a volunteer, in neighborhood schools "I love working with those people. They're there because they want to be there," said the woman, whose night work eased her stress, kept her on her mission of paying off her credit cards, and allowed her to celebrate with an easy stomach when her task was complete. We need more schools - schools willing to break the traditional mold - to help provide some room for choice. That's why it's espe- cially exciting to hear about the magnet art school being planned by Indian River School District. Evidence of the power of choice sur- rounds us. It's good to see movement in a direction that will further unleash that power. Letters U.S. Weather Station. Sherry Harmer of Lewes "captured  this seal seeking refuge in the flooded road at Indian River Inlet during the storm. First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon February 3 February 12 February 20 February 28 :3"Atl. t.Z Once again, American Public Opinion demonstrates the awesome strength of its convictions. Creating fear over Ptlesteria With all the talk and suspected causes being put forth pertaining to Pfiesteria, I have failed to hear anyone bring up El N[fio. This past Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, I was in Indio, Calif., and while listening to the news on television, I believe it was CNN, a scientist made the statement that El Nifio was creating the warming of all the ocean floors. I am not a scientist but I wonder why this fact is not known in this area. The possibility is that the warming of the ocean floors could give Pfiesteria the energy to become active. It. may not be the entire problem, but part of the problem. I believe the first I heard of this prob- lem was in the waters of North Carolina several years ago. The shoreline there is the closest on the East Coast to the Gulf Stream. I remember several years ago the threat that we were in great danger from the ozone layer, due to the widening hole within it. This fact was never proven and no affects have appeared. As for the warming of the world, I recently heard a scientist from NASA, who was speaking for himself, not NASA, state emphatical- ly that they were monitoring the temper- ature of the world, and see no proof that it is warming. It makes one wonder if problems aren't created to obtain tax dollars, and our fear used to spend tax dollars. Joseph J. Campbell Lewes Green Team seeks conm'butions The "Green Team" from the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) was the fifth team from this Americorps pro- gram to visit this area to work in Lewes Environmental PIE (Protection, Improvement, Education). The Green Team worked on a nature trail in Cape Henlopen State Park, planted grass seed in Blockhouse Pond Park and began the cleanup of the Green Hill Range Light site. Tragically, team member Mark Domaleski lost his life over the Thanks- giving weekend, apparently the result of accidental drowning. In spite of this terrible event, another NCCC team will be in the area this spring to continue the cleanup of Green Hill and other projects of the PIE pro- gram. Now, however, we face a new challenge. The NCCC is operating on a limited budget, and host communities are being asked to provide, if at all possible, both food and housing for visiting teams. We are therefore seeking a beach house or other accommodations for a team of 10-12 members, from March 2 to about April 12. Even with the donated labor of an NCCC team (worth about $500/day), there are costs associated with the cleanup, and a fund has been started to cover at least some of these. Anyone wishing to consider the offer of no-cost or low-cost housing, or a contribution to the Green Hill Range Light Fund, should contact me at 644-0437. And thanks to all who expressed concern over Mark's disappearance and sympathy at his untimely death. His brief stint of commu- nity service with us will be an inspiration as the work continues. Walt Rosen Lewes Children should have stayed in their schools So often we are critical of the actions of our school officials, but we then should also not be afraid to defend them when they are right. With high water,_ winds, many places without electric, it was wrong that Cape officials were ordered to close the .schools while the storm was still substan- tially present in this area. With the tech- nologies available today, county officials knew the danger would soon be depart- ing the area and yet they overrode the opinions of Cape officials that knew the conditions of our area that electric was on in the schools, and that the schools at Continued on page 8 Volume 5 No. 36 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Proofreader Bill Rable Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestied Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth !Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645. 7700. FAX - 645-1664. E-mail: capegaz @ dmv.com Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 else- where. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to "The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 2t3, Lewes, Delaware 19958. ",4 man should hoar a lit- tle music, read a little poetry, and see a fine pic- ture every day of his life, in order that wordly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul." Goethe