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6 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 .00rlEWPOINTS EdiL0rial What would Jesus do? News last week that the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches voted against allowing non-Christian congregations to be part of the group struck a number of people as odd, if not hypocritical. In a world increasingly divided along religious faults - a trend that few see as positive - the overwhelming vote, on its face, appears noncon- structive. The thought of Jesus Christ on the ridge east of Jerusalem known as the Mount of Olives, picking his way through the crowd and saying, "You're OK, you're not OK," runs contrary to fundamen- tal Christian teachings. The name of the group, however, includes the word "churches" and the dictionary says churches usually refer to houses of Christian worship. In that regard, the decision - despite oyert _a_p_pearance - runs consistent with the mission of the group. The vote can, nonetheless, still serve constructive purposes. First, it stimulates dialogue in the community about groups whose primary missions are of peace and compassion. It can serve as a springboard for the formation of a group that is all inclusive and could help bridge some ofaps arising at breakneck speed in an increasing- ly mobile and internet-connected world. The community is fortunate to have an association that knits-us together beyond the segregation of Sunday morning. However, many would like an outreach effort that is all inclusive so we can move closer to that ideal expressed by the founders in the Pledge of Allegiance: "One nation under God." Letter00 In Milton, the PushMePullYou-effect Is anyone really surprised that the group headed by native son Darin Lockwood has pulled its request for annexation of 600 acres to Milton? The town recently passed - among other fees - a develop- ment impact fee of $8,000 per acre. That provision alone means the cost of doing business in Milton for a 600-acre project just went up by $4.8 million. City officials earlier announced that Milton wanted to go it alone on a new wastewater treatment plant rather than accept Lockwood's offer to build one for the town and have the town pay him back over time. Milton is on its way toward developing a clear- er vision of how it wants to manage the growth coming its way. In the meantime however, given the relative state of chaos, such lapses in confidence from the private sector should be exiected. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports eda'tor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jan Ellingsworth, arts and entertain- ment editor. ! The Weather Picture Dennis Forney photo Frigid temperatures and a flowing fountain at a new office building in Milton created an interesting winter design last weekend. REHOBOTH FOOD Vote for the good of entire community I am a retired person living on my pension, savings and Social Security. My kids are well beyond school age, and by the time a new school is opened all but one of my grandchildren will be out of Cape schools. I think that those trying to sell the public on a new high school are indeed utilizing a best-case scenario in demonstrating the cost to the taxpayer. This is indeed another reason for periodic reassessment, but that is a differ- ent argument. While I would prefer to see the funds spent inhaving the graduate have more knowledge, such as knowing how to count change, add, subtract, behave during a public performance, write a letter, or begin the process of thinking for himself; I also have to recog- nize that a physical facility that is conducive to teaching is required if our next generation is to be bet- ter prepared than the last one was. One has to think of the old adage that "What goes around, comes around," and think that we owe it to those who bit the bullet and provided us with newfangled fancy schools and all the gim- cracks and gee-gaws of modern education to provide as much for the coming generations. While one could probably sit around and pick any proposed plan to pieces, I think that by far the worst outcome would be the do nothing solution; therefore, I intend to cast my vote in favor of the proposed plans. After all, we elected these people to the board to represent us and do what is best for our children's educations. I urge the voters to give the matter careful consideration and then make sure that they get out and vote, while basing that vote on the good of the community at large rather than the individual pocketbook. Robert D. Johnson Milton Referendum success will mean huge tax hike The Cape Henlopen School Board wants to build a new state of the art, multimillion dollar high school, including an aquatic cen- ter with a swimming pool. Superintendent George Stone of the Cape Henlopen School District is marketing the concept to the residents and property own- ers with speeches and fancy mar- keting literature at Rotary clubs, chambers of commerce, and with the press. There will be a referen- dum on the issue on March 16 to vote whether or not to increase our school taxes. The tax increase will be substantial. Superintendent Stone presents the issue by claiming that the average assessment will only be based on $24,000 at the increased rate of $.45 per $100 of the assessed value for the new school and $,11 per $100 of assessed value for the aquatic center. This is a total assessment of $.56 per $100 of your assessed property value. Be advised that the assessed dollar figure of your property has nothing to do with your property value (as calculated by the county assessor), especial- ly if it was based on the most recent assessment, which was 1974. At the claimed average assessed rate of $24,000-this would mean an average county school tax increase of $134. However, this presentation is not accurate. Anyone whose prop- erty is new or built within the past several years, does not get assessed at the 1974 price. There are many, many people in the Cape District who have new prop- erties in developments where the assessments are between $40,000 and $100,000, meaning a total increase of between $224 and $560 depending on where you live. As an example, if you live at Wolfe Pointe or Wolfe Runne, your total taxes will increase any- where from $392 to $560 per year. If your total county taxes (which include the school tax) are now $2,000 per year, as many people's are in the Lewes-Rehoboth area, your taxes will increase to any- where from $2,392 to $2,560. The bottom line is if you live in an area that is under the 1974 assess- Continued on page 7 Volume 13 No. 79 Publisher Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dnf @ Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @ Office Manager Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Associate Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester @ Sports Editor Dave Frederick, EXt. 304 davefredman News Editor Laura Ritter, EXt. 320 Iritter @ Arts & Entertainment Editor Jen Ellingsworth, EXt. 319 jen@ News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh @ Jim Cresson, Ext. 318 jcresson @ Jim Westhoff, EXt. 339 jwesthoff@ Henry Evans, Ext. 336 Kevin Spence, Ext. 337 Rachel Swick EXt. 338 Janet Andrelczyk, Ext. 316 Molly Albertson, Ext. 335 malbertson Sports Writers Tim Bamforth Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ Photographers Dan Cook Steven Billups Photo Production " Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 production Coordinator Norma Parks, Ext. 309 nparks@ capegazette.oom Classified Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 sbarr @ Kim McPtke, Ext. 310 kmcpike @ Jean Sarro, Ext. 302 jeans @ Advertising Cindy Bowlin, Ext. 307 cindy @ Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson @ capsgazette.oom Amanda Neafie, Ext. 311 Chris Rausch, Ext. 312 crausch @ Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 Production Staff, Exts. 322-326 Chris Wildt Teresa Roddguez Ron Winterstein Shed Oswald Kristin Comell EdwinKrumm Webmaster Catherine M. 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