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26 - CAPE GAZE'IrE, Friday, February 21- February 27, 1997 READERS RISE TO BE LEADERS A Community Effort To Give Literacy And Learning a Boost, In Cooperation With Cape Henlopen District Schools See what they think o., subscribers are invited to judge the writing skills of Cape Henlopen High School students who submitted essays in January as See what you think p.. of the Cape Gazette's Readers Rise To Be Leaders promotion. Students of Aleta Thompson's advanced journalism class wrote the following essays in response to the question: Ulf you could go back in time and change something about Delaware's Cape Region... Read them and send us your ballot. I liked the peaceful roads (05) By Matthew Kreitzer The economy of this area is good. There are plenty of jobs, busi- ness, and income. There is, however, a down side to all of this. There may be too many businesses in the area. if there was one thing that I would change in this area it would be the number of businesses that have grown up in the last five or six years. Take a look back to 1989, when I moved from Dover, back to Lewes. Let's go for a ride from Five Points to Rehoboth. As we coast our way past the State Police barracks we see on the right nothing but fields. We continue down past Midway, on the right, fields. We continue down further we see a mall. This mall is a decent size, plenty of businesses, even a food court. We keep going down the road and we see more fields. We keep going, and once again, all we see is fields. Finally we've reached Ames and Rehoboth. Now let's try this again, today. Past the barracks we have a Lowes and a Wawa. At Midway we have the new Rehoboth Outlets. The mall is basically empty except for a small theater and a couple of small businesses. As we continue, we now see the new Comfort Inn and Mulligans restaurant as well as the Food Lion Shopping Center. We keep going past the new Kmart and Ocean Outlets Seaside and finally, the Ocean Outlets Bayside. And here we are again at Ames. We now have more businesses trying to build along Route One. I think it's time to stop. Just look at Ocean City and how bad that area is in the summer. Do we want that here? More traffic, more poilu- tion, more construction, more crime, and more headaches for us lo- cals who have to put up with all the dangerous drivers, criminals and whatever else that comes into our area. I liked the peaceful roads and businesses that we had here. Now with our complex traffc patterns and new construction, many locals refuse to go out in the summertime. They say that it's not worth go- ing out into the traffic, standing in long lines, and waiting forever to be sewed, just to get a simple pizza or hamburger. If nothing else, there should be a card or something for locals. Something that entitles residents of the local communities to the cheaper winter prices all year round, or reserved seating areas at restaurants. It's not that I don't enjoy being able to do all my Christmas shop- ping in one trip to the outlets, or stop at a store and get everything I'm looking for, but enough is enough. Through it all, I'd rather have to shop in Dover or Salisbury than to have all the headaches and troubles that we have here in the summer. We're lucky to live here (06) By LIsa Bevilacqua, senior If I were given the opportunity to go back in time and make a change in the Cape region, I would choose not to. I believe that al- though residents complain about our towns, in reality, we are an ex- tremely lucky community. In our area of Lewes, Milton, and Rehoboth, there is a definite small town feeling. Even in the summer when all of the tourists are here, we still manage to keep a tight community. People here really care about each other, it's nice to live in an area where people are kind enough to stop (even if they're in a hurry) to give your car a jump-start or help you fix a fiat tire. It's reassuring to know that you're not out there alone; that, more than likely, someone will take few minutes out of their day to help you. Residents of our area don't realize how lucky they are to live in a close community where people are friendly and generally polite, and where they can be close to nature and beaches but also be close to shopping and recreation. I don't think that a lot of us realize just how much we have here. Many of us seem to take it for granted and we don't appreciate what we have; we tend to dwell on everything that we think is wrong. However, if you try to imagine the Cape region without outlet stores, beaches, or tourists in the summer, it just wouldn't seem like it could still be our towns. Though some people may think that there are too many outlets, they actually provide many jobs for our resi- dents and, ultimately, help our economy. Our summer tourists pro- vide the same thing; though it may seem as if there are too many of them, they do help our economy. Without them, there would be no Dolle's, no Grotto's, and no Thrasher's french fries. The residents of our community alone could not support these businesses. Besides, could you honestly envision the town of Rehoboth in the summer without people crowding the sidewalks and the boardwalk? Without having a hard time finding a parking spot? If you were to take away anything about this area, things just wouldn't be the same. Sure there may be too many outlets and too many tourists in the summer, but the Cape region is still a great place and nothing could change to make it any better. After all, why do you think so many people come here for their summer vaca- tions? We need no more outlets (07) By Scott Fdedenreich i feel that this small community has somehow been made very commercial by the surplus in outlets and other types of shops, whose primary purpose is to attract tourists to this community, if the beauty and enjoyment that this area and its beaches bring is not enough to attract these out of steters, then who needs them? The clogging of the highway and overcrowding that these tourists bring is one thing, but when they do not even come to en- joy the beaches, that is intolerable. Besides the fact that they bring masses of people during the summertime, the outlets are in exis- tence in the Cape region year round, and while I am thankful for the jobs that they supply for the community, I do not feel that we need any more. Therefore, if I could go back in time and change one thing, I would take the acres of space that the many outlets use up and leave it as a forested area, with which the local youngsters could have a place to go to, in which they could play, and have fun. Forests are a place that kids can grow up in, and have many adven- tures with. I think that the memories a child would have of playing in the woods, would be more satisfying than of standing in a crowded outlet store. ! take great pride in the fact that we do not live in a very large city, because we are a more tranquil, quiet type of people. The more outlets that have been put in, and will be put in, during the fu- ture give us a more urban type of feeling. Anyone who wants to live in an urban setting should drive about two hours north for city life. I also feel that a young person can learn more from the forests than from the outlet stores. In the forest a child can leem about the various types of wildlife and plantlifa that the woods have to offer. The outlets don't have any education values to offer other than how to use a credit card. I am not totally against the outlets. They are a marvelous way to supply the community with jobs. I just do not feel that so many of them are necessary. A vote for smaller schools (08) By A#hley AnderRon, senior I am a senior at Cape Henlopen High School and I have witnessed and experienced many wonderful things during my four years as a student hare. However, I have also witnessed many problems with the high school due to the steady increase in student enrollment over the years and I am beginning to fear for the future of Cape Hen- Iopen. My feeling is that this yearly increase in enrollment is the ma. jor cause of the school's problems with discipline, drugs, faculty control, etc. The small-town, community feeling that has always made this school so wonderful and unique is disappearing and the quality of the students' education is decreasing with each year end increase in school population. This brings me to my point: If I could go back in time and change something in this community for the better, I would keep the Rehoboth, Lewes, and Milton high schools separate. I believe that smaller schools provide a better education. I also think that the large, overcrowded schools that we now call our country's public school system are to blame for a decline in the country's, as well as this community's, lower quality of education. Here at Cape Henlopen, like most public schools, as enrollment in- creases, the school cannot afford to add more classrooms, facilities, and staff to accomodete the growth in population, because of the lack of school funding. This area in particular, has continuously turned down referendums that would only slightly increase the ares's taxes. In doing so, the community has made it harder for the school district to cope with the increases in enrollment and has played a role in contributing to the increasing problems in the high school. This increase in the school's enrollment leads to overcrowding and an increase in the crime rate and drug use because the faculty and administration has a more difficult time controlling and moni- toring students' behavior. Also, because the number of students per class increases, students do not receive the benefits of individual at- tention from the teacher, Special hands-on projects, oral presenta- tions, and other group learning activities that enhance students' knowledge of a particular subject, become difficult and time con- suming. All of this leads to a decline in the quality of young people's education and a lack of education has far reaching consequences. You may ask, "Wouldn't the high schools be too small If divid- ed?" My answer to this is that the three towns that make up the Cape Henlopen School District have been individually experiencing rapid growth over the years and town populations are expected to continue to rise. Another problem with the school's consolidation, is that many of the fights that take place at the high school stem from the disputes of students from different towns. Another question that generally arises is "What would happen to our sports program?" The three separate high schools would all still be a part of the Cape Henlopen School District and therefore be able to come together to form one team for each sport. We also must ask ourselves what is the major priority - to have a good sports program or to provide the students with the best possible lesrning atmos- phere and education7 I believe that if this region and the individual communities were to possesa their own high schools the problems would be fewer and far more controllable. The Cape Henlopen School District would be batter sewing the students' needs had the Milton, Lewes, and Re- hoboth high schools remained separate. Let's preserve what's left (09) By Jee LaW Throughout my educational years at Cape, I have often been asked the question,'If you could go back in time and change some- thing, what would it be?" Well, not only is this question over-asked, but it is also pointless. The fact is that as of now, we can't travel back in time. Basically, we can't undo the damage that has been done to our community. What we as involved citizens can do is con- centrate on the future. Sure, we can look back at the history of our community and find things that we disagree with. By educating ourselves we can make sure those same mistakes are never made again. Educate our chil- dren on the importance of our environment. Help them to under- stand that is okay for not every piece of property to be developed by big businesses. We can inform everyone that it is not all right to trample across the dunes, which not only disturbs nesting wildlife, but also destroys a natural barrier against harsh winter weather. These will ensure us that our community will be just as beautiful twenty years from now as it is today. Together as a community we can take action to preserve what we have left. r I m I m  I mm mmm mm IB m m maml m m m m m ruBlE m m m m m m 11 m m IIImB m  I , READERS RISE TO BE LEADERS :Essay Contest Ballot f'00AI'E000000--GAZETT00 : , r_ =.# , I . I I To part,cipate, your vote must be cast and received at our I ; offices no later than Feb. 28, 1997 BE IB I Subscriber's Name I : Subscriber's Address : I Subscriber's Vote (Circle Only One) 05 06 07 08 09 I | Deliver to Cape Gazette, 36 Midway Shopping Center; Fax 645-1664; Mail Box 213, Lewes, 19958 | .__________--__-__-________________________________________.