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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 23 - February 29, 1996 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Presidential primary a chance to practice For the past several weeks, newspaper readers, television watchers, radio listeners, and internet chatters all over the country have immersed themselves in the parade of candidates seeking to be the next president of the United States. Eventhough Steve Forbes is the only Republican candidate who will be making a swing through Delaware to pick up some votes before the state's Saturday primary, all of the candidates will be listed on the ballots in the customary polling places where we cast our votes in the state and national elec- tions. If you are a Republican, you have a chance to register your position on the broad spectrum of political leanings represented by the likes of Forbes, Buchanan, Dole, Alexander and Keyes. If you are a Democrat, the spectrum is even broader. You can choose between Clinton or LaRouche. Given Delaware's size and therefore relative insignificance in the broad sweep of presidential politics, our first ever presidential prima- ry, falling as it does after New Hampshire's, really doesn't mean much. But it does offer us as citizens of a state a chance to send a sig- nal as to how we are leaning politically. If nothing else, getting out to the polls on Saturday provides us a chance to dust off our voting skills and practice for the main event next November. Voting is our most basic right in this democracy and we should exercise that right whenever the opportunity allows. Letters Land use concern vibrations growing The land use vibrations waving throughout the state are a good sign. Gov. Carper continues to make concern about development of our state a primary focus of his administration. Now legislation is being considered which would allow the state to involve itself in zoning decisions when congested intersections would be affected by pro- posed rezonings or development. It's great to see this concern expressed but we hate to see bureaucra- cy slowing down the process of Sussex County moving for#ard with 'a new land use plan while state efforts are under way. Zoning, regulations, and other governmental restrictions are definite- ly a tool for dealing with land use concerns. We remain convinced however that Delaware's future health also lies with an aggressive program for acquiring land and development rights through outright purchases as a more permanent solution. Without a doubt, land use concerns will continue to be a top burner issue for years to come. An ice-covered remnant of a dock or pier stands a lone sentry on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter Now Moon February 26 March 5 March 12 March 19 \\; Well, let's see. If you were a 40-year-old woman, your car insurance would runabout $400. As it is, that will be $1,572.50. Present sewer action is long overdue I have read, with interest, articles in local newspapers with regard to the sew- er rates assessed by Sussex County for the West Rehoboth Extension of the Dewey Beach sewer system. I applaud John Nevros for taking the time and expending the efforts to address, once again, the assessments to residents served by the West Rehoboth Sewer District. I also read an article where Sussex County Council, through the County Administrator Robert Stick- els, went through the chronology of th previous legat action against county council as well as the legal explanation of the settlement of the action between the parties in March, 1990. Over five years have passed since the parties resolved their differences. In the meantime, the ship sailed and in late December, 1995, reached its destination. A sewage plant has been built, miles and miles of pipe have been installed to transport the sewage to the plant and the system is operational. I agree with Mr. Nevros that the sys- tem, as installed, is expensive. But the fact remains that the'system is installed and operational. The money required to construct the system has been spent and the loans used to build the system must be paid. The time to stop the project has passed. At several points during the planning and construction phases of the sewer sys: tern, Sussex County has made assess- ment projections part of the public record. I believe both the county and the citizens concerned with the sewer pro- ject over the years have made sugges- tions that resulted in changes in thepro - ject and reduced the costs. The county then lowered the assessment projections to reflect the changes implemented. There are as many arguments about what was or was not done to reduce the cost of the system as there are citizens served by the system. The fact remains that the bill we all received in the mail in early Janu- ary was not kept under wraps; the county projected the plan at each step of the way. What remains now, it seems to me, is just how does the pie get sliced to repay the loans? The state and federal govern- ment have turned their back to our pleas for grant funding (common in the 1980s when other Sussex County systems Were installed). The county has made the assessments to the West Rehoboth pro- ject in exactly the same manner as was done in the Long Neck project. The fail- ure of the state and federal governments to fund the West Rehoboth system to the level Long Neck was funded is reflected in the bills received in January. The old adage about "there is no such thing as a free lunch" seems to have come home to roost. Although I share Mr. Nevros's concern about the sewer costs to every customer on the system, I question the timing of this class action. Is it not years overdue? Is there informa- tion available from the sewer group's legal counsel to better evaluate the prospects of successfully bringing another action against the county? If so, what is the proposed remedy, keeping in mind the money has already been spent? What will be the costs to Sussex County Council to defend this suit and how will those costs be passed back to the taxpay- ers in Sussex County? I understand Mr. Nevros hopes to raise between $50,000 and $100,000 to fund legal fees in the proposed class-action against the county and it seems reason- able that the same amount would be expended by the county to defend a class action. Is the only alternative to pour upwards of $200,000 into the Sussex County legal system? Could some other alternative not be found? Perhaps joining forces and trying to locate funds at the state and federal level Continued on page 8 Volume 3 No. 40 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short Reporters Kerry Kester Denise Marshall Kristen Seal Photographer Angie Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Tylecki Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Production Consultant Catherine Tanzer Radar Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Umited 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. Subscriptions are avail- 'able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Politics is not a bad profession. If you suc- ceed there are many rewards, if you dis- grace yourself you can always wntea book." - Ronald Reagan