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8 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, Feb. 21 - Thursday, Feb. tions and overdevelopment that now permeate living there. They refuse to give the residents there an equal voice on the Council, Continued from page 7 ~: ~ :~':-~ aided by their friend Thurman sands of units developers arepro- posing tO swamp poor little old Milton with and destroy its peace- ful little town character. No con- sideration is made to those who oppose this; the Council merely tolerates their opposition and keeps steering the developers toward a development conforma- tion that they can appear to approve. The don't know how to say no and make it stick. It makes you wonder why. To make matters worse, the Council is composed of members who do not live inthe most heav- ily populated eastern part of Sussex County, but they heavily dict~ite the stagnant traffic condi- Adams in the legislature who will not allow a vote on permitting election of two more council members, which may give voice to eastern Sussex. This is just an unfair lack of action on Adams' part. It effectively denies a voting voice on the Council to those liv- ing near the coast. The concentration of western Sussex council members wants to continue to dictate to the entire county. They are presently plan- ning to play the same overdevel- opment game on the eastern part of Sussex with their plans to add sewage systems and other infra- structure that will then allow heavy development there. The Comtinued from page 7 far greater than ever seen in the past. This is only one of the rea- sons why we established our United Open Water Lifesaving Program with its economies of scale, better coordination between various agencies, result- ing in more efficient use of tax- payers' dollars. It is also why we have to prepare for an increase in demand for offshore rescue/pub- lie safety needs. An absolutely critical part of meeting this and related demands is the availability of the larger, twin-engine helicopter currently under consideration for purchase by the state. I have seen my state police friends risk their necks so many times in extreme rescue cir- cumstances that not obtaining the said helicopter frightens me both because of the risk to my brave friends and because of increasing public needs which will not be met without this aircraft. Remember, again, that the closest Coast Guard helicopters, while always gung ho in cooperating with emergency services on the Delmarva, are really not that close by. Last summer, Delaware was presented with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's very first Storm Prepared State Award in the country. Furthermore, the U.S. surgeon general visited and par- ticipated in our United Program last summer and declared it the best new activity he had seen in his four-and-a-half year tenure and "second to none." As I like to put it, The First State Leads the Way. Much vision has been shown by the state and the results already speak for themselves in helping to make Delaware the safest coast in the country - some- thing which impacts heavily on Delaware's economy, not to men- tion pride. In this respect it is my sincere hope that the necessary allocation of resources to purchase the new helicopter for use by the Delaware State Police will be approved. Delaware needs to continue to lead the way in devel- oping better means to meet increasing public safety needs in the most efficient manner possi- ble. On the personal side, I want to see my state police colleagues have the resources that not only help them to meet public safety needs but which s!gnificantly shift the odds in favor of my friends returning alive from some Young Life .2oo6 Fundraising Gala Thursday, February I6th 6:3opm to 8:3opm (auction ends at 7:3o) at Fish On The Villages of Five Points, Lewes For tickets or more information call Carrie Currie at (302) 841-8292 23, 2006 plans are already in place, and when the sewage goes in, the for sale signs go up - and who knows who on the Council or their bud- dies will personally profit by it? The chief driver of all of this mess is that overdevelopment is behind all of the above problems. A 60 percent increase in electric rates cannot be attributed to a like increase in crude oil. Could it be so Delmarva Power can cover the cost of past and future electric utilities it must provide to the developers? How many other costs are being dropped and con- tinue to be dropped onto the tax load on current residents to allow the continuing development seams to go on? Keep in mind: They cannot happen or continue without the cooperation of some those of our elected administra- tion, top to bottom. It is left to us of the most dangerous rescue situ- ations imaginable. Dr. Peter L Hartsock is captain of the U.S. Public Health Service, codirector of the Delaware United Open Water Lifesaving Progra, a national board member of the U.S. Lifesaving Association and a member, Sussex County Lifesaving Association to determine who they are, for economy. We must create an they exist behind the scenes, environment where innovation It seems to be up to us to look drives growth. We must be able out for our best interests and not to attract capital. All of that to depend on those we have elect- requires the best people no matter ed to do this for us ~:i ::~:;::;~hat their sexual orientation is." Charles Vale~:~;:~i ~But American values and good Rehoboth Beach business sense must not concern oar Delaware senate. With 17 Innovation must states and D.C. having passed drive futul'e growth : sexual orientation workplace fair- Stunningly, Jerry Falwell stated on MSNBC's "The Situation" on Aug. 5, 2005, "Civil rights for all Americans - black, white, red, yellow, rich, poor, young/old, gay, straight, etc. - is not a liberal or conservative value. It's an American value that I would think that we pretty much all agree on Housing and employ- ment are not special rights." He's correct: A2003 Gallup poll found 88 percent of us believe in sexual orientation nondiscrimination on the job. Not just an American value, employment fairness toward gays is good business. Our own Delaware Treasurer Jack Markell wrote in a 2004 op ed, "In competing for the jobs of the future with other states and for- eign countries, people are our greatest assets. They are the key to ensuring that Delaware compa- nies compete in the new global ness laws, Delaware is not "the first state" here; we are not even close. Douglas Marshall-Steele Milton Cape says thanks On behalf of the students and staff of the Cape Henlopen School District's four elementary schools, we would like to express our gratitude to the members of Zwaanendael Women's Club for their donation of books to our ele- mentary school libraries. This is a welcome demonstration of the Greater Federation of Women's Club commitment to libraries and literacy. Their gracious and thoughtful efforts to help our libraries and students are appreci- ated. Kathy Lindemer Library Media Specialist Cape Henlopen District I Seafood Grill and Bar 17300 North Village Main Boulevard, The Villages of Five Points, Lewes, DE For directions and information call 302.645.9790 or visit