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6 - CAPE GAZETEE, Friday, February 3 - February 9, 1995 V]IEWPOINTS Editorial 911 surcharge deserves support A proposed Sussex County ordinance that would allow the county to place a 50 cents per month surcharge on all residential phone bills to support the 911 emergency reporting system deserves support. The public may comment on the proposal at a public heating scheduled for 11 a.m. at Susse County Council's regular meeting on Tuesday, February 14. The surcharge amounts to a relatively pain- less way for virtually all residents to contribute to improving a sys- tem that has already proven its ability to save lives and diminish suf- fering. The beauty of this tax - and it should be thought of as nothing more - is that it is very specifically targeted. Those willing to support the proposal can do so with the security of knowing exactly what effort it will support. Sussex County Council runs a tight fiscal ship. People flock here from surrounding states to enjoy what to them are almost unbeliev- ably low property taxes. That fiscal responsibility should be applauded. At the same time, while almost every politician on the national scene feels compelled to win the tax-cutting race, we in Sus: sex shouldn't blindly say no to all proposals that would increase tax- es. The 911 surcharge proposal offers tight control on a revenue measure. The approach - precise and specific - should serve as a model for negotiating other improvements that require additional revenues. Letters Library computers shouldn't be missed As it struggles with putting together another balanced budget for the coming fiscal year, Sussex County is keeping a close eye on a significant allocation of state and federal funds available for linking, through computers, the public libraries in Sussex to Delaware's oth- er libraries. The money available will allow Sussex to generate $3 for each dollar it allocates to the project. Given the current atmosphere of shrinking funds, Sussex Council should waste no time in signing whatever letters are necessary to move the automation project forward. All of Sussex citizens deserve to have the same access to Delaware's great information sources as do the residents of Kent and New Castle whose county governments quickly came up with the matching money to ensure they wouldn't miss out. Sussex, with its system of some county-operated and some inde- pendently-operated libraries, always struggles with how funds should be distributed and who should pay for what. This is one time when the county should approve the expenditure now to leverage those other funds and not wait until it works out all the details of who is going to pay for what. The opportunity is too great to pass up. Weather Picture Hi Lo Pm. Jan. 19 46 42 .07 Jan. 20 56 42 .66 Jan. 21 46 38 .01 Jan. 22 41 31 None Jan. 23 41 23 None :!7 Jan. 24 41 28 None I | Jan. 25. 45 31 None I . ::::.." " .. I reported by the Lewes I ::f:::::. Board of Public Works | Power Plant, an official l " ,. :  .... U.S. Weather Station. I ' " .....  -..: ..= .... ::,... rlrr Fw , .... Zinna ][lense (left), on Magic, and Alex Hense, on Gigolo, take a jaunt through Sunday's snow in the Angola area. @ @ First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon February 7 February 15 February 22 March I Rave sullies Rehoboth's image Rehoboth must be bursting with pride! They scooped Dover and Wilmington and got an east coast class event all to themselves. The Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association must be ecstatic over the out-of-town draw. Their very own "rave" party in downtown Rehoboth. Now that puts a resort area on the map. The newspaper headline read "All night 'rave' in Rehoboth Beach leads to LSD arrest." A "rave dance," Police Chief Doyle said "is round-the-clock dancing to their own unique type of music ..." "Organizers try to keep the events a secret as much as possible by advertising them only at other raves ... ravers have a reputation for using LSD and other illegal 'designer drugs'." This happened at the Channel Z, a dance club on Rehoboth Avenue for the 13 to 20- year old crowd. As a parent of two teenagers, I can't tell you how happy I am that Rehoboth was the scene of a I0 p.m. to 10 a.m. children's party. That is so helpful in keeping drugs out of our children's lives. Is the town council so incredibly out of it that they haven't read what rave parties are? And why communities of good conscience stop them. Rehoboth is not a family town any more unless you count drug dealers as family! Summer Capital of what, drug distribution. You better encourage them, because druggies are all you're going to have, if you don't wake up. What must happen before you rid yourselves of this trash and their drug bars? How many children must die? Or be driven to LSD heaven? Their parents be left to grieve forever? Yes, some parents don't care, but most do and we need everyone's help. The place has had drug arrests repeatedly in and around it. More than reported in the paper. Ask the children. They are well aware of the cover up. It's their private joke. Aren't the police telling the council or is it head in the sand all the way? Thank you for concentrating the drug bars in Rehoboth. Now every family knows where not to vacation. Rehoboth does not belong to the may- or and council or to the businessmen alone. Rehoboth belongs to all Delawareans. It has been Delaware's playground for over 100 years. In the last few years it has become the playground for the out-of-state trash. When are the Rehoboth Beach town fathers and their police department going to start to enforce the laws? In Delaware there is a new law that allows governments to confiscate prop- erties that are used for drug purposes. Where is the mayor and council's good sense that they have allowed this place to continue to have minors in it when they know that it is. People of Delaware, please write or call the mayor of Rehohoth and your senator and represen- tative to get this drug hole closed perma- nently. Anne R. Evans Hockessin Editor's Note: Rehoboth City Manag- er Greg Ferrese replies that just because a business located within the city pro- rides dancing for an under 21 crowd and an out-of-state individual is arrested, doesn't mean Rehoboth has a special drug problem - a concern that faces every community in the country. "We are making every attempt to arrest any- one dealing in drugs or other illegal activities. It's unfortunate that the ille- gal acts of a few reflect badly on the majority in Rehoboth," Ferrese said, adding that Rehoboth has a reputation of being one of the top 10 resorts in the United States. "While we welcome all, we do enforce ordinances," he said. iii!iii!!ii!i!!!ii!i!i!!!iii!!ii!ii!!!iiii!;!ii!!!i!!!!ii!i!iiiii!ii!i:iiii!!ii!!i!!!ii!!!ii!!!!!i!!!!i!!!: shotfldsigtied!Cltle  Volume 2 No. 37 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Steve Hoenigmann Reporters Denise Marshall Kerry Kester Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Director Catherine Tanzer Rader Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Betty Reming Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Kdsten Seal The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pulp fished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 High- way 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Second class pOstage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to: Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Tele- phone: 302-226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. 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