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8 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Letters Continued from page 7 since 1989. In March of 2003 I testified before many of you regarding a proposed General Plan. At that time I said: "Rehoboth like many jurisdic- tions, such as Howard County, Md is lax in providing specific notice to affected property own- ers. I know the law does not require it, but you write the laws. It is not acceptable to consider changes to a property's zoning and neglect to properly notify the owners directly. On this point alone the city has set itself up for the lawsuits that will arise from a massive down zoning such as this." Extensive hearings and studies on this subject and this subject alone must be undertaken before any proposal is put to a vote. I call upon you to postpone your consideration of this matter, sub- mit it to your Board, and then both bodies should schedule public hearings with notice to every property owner affected. Our tax and services bills find their way to us with regularity and ease." Those words and that request are just as valid today. Please give those affected a fair chance. Daniel R. O'Leary Katherine L. O'Leary Rehoboth Beach LRAC rejection a sorry commentary The decision of The Lewes- Rehoboth Association of Churches (Cape Gazette, Feb. 17) to reject the Unitarian Universalists' request for affiliate membership is a sorry commen- tary on the state of the Christian Church in our area. By its deci- sion, LRAC demonstrates its pri- orities: dogma over service, reli- gious rigidity over theological openness. By its decision, LRAC gives an unequivocal message of exclusion to those seeking wis- dom and guidance on how to relate to differing faith groups. By its d~cision, LRAC slams the door on interfaith dialogue and ecu- menical cooperation. By its deci- sion, LRAC diminishes the impact of its fine service to the communi- ty. Feb. 24 - Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 LRAC members say that their decision is based on the Association's charter. But charters are human-made documents meant to be revised or discarded when outmoded. For heaven's sake, throw out the old charter and write a new one that exemplifies the Christian call for openness and newness. LRAC members voted to remain a Christian organization. But instead of acting in the Christian spirit of inclusion, it seems to be closing the circle in fear. The Scriptures empower peo- ple of faith to "fear not." Don't be afraid of this new possibility of interfaith dialogue and coopera- tion. Don't be afraid to embrace diverse faith groups. Don't be afraid to do what is right for the sake of the Church and the com- munity. Rev. Dorothy P. Greet Lewes Sing Out Loud thanks supporters The 2006 Sing Out Loud for Read Aloud Committee is proud to thank the community for mak- ing this year's event a tremendous success. We were able to raise well over $3,000 to support Read Aloud Delaware sites in Sussex County. The Milky Moonstone Variety Show benefit concerK hosted by Eddie Sherman, fea- tured musicians who worked with Kenny Martin, AKA Milky Moonstone. The committee is most grateful to musicians Regina AaMacha, Bruce Chappelle, Barry Eli, John Ewert, Jon Fletcher, Erin Geylan, Walt Hetfield, Cliff Hillis, Roger Hillis, Tom Houska, Martin Lemaire, Larry Lynch, Keith Mack, Greg Mack, Anne Maloney, Craig Melvin, Dickie Messick, Linda Mitchell, Sandy Moore, Frank Nana, Lisa Scott, Ed Shockley, Mike Shockley, Kevin Short, Jon Sibert, Ken Tonge, Stuart Vinning, Kevin Walsh, Sherman Ward, Billy West, Grier White and Chuck Workman for the incredible talent provided us that evening. We also appreci- ate the talent of Ames Belote who kept the instruments and musi- cians flowing. We would also like to thank. Sydney Arzt, chef Tara Pastuszek and the entire staff at Sydney's Blues and Jazz Restaurant for the lovely facility and hospitality. Thanks are also extended to Bill Wilson of Beautiful Foods, Sally Koons of SYSCO, Darlene Zacharias, Lisa Perillo, Lisa Ossie and Jeannie Woods for their dona- tions of food and service to the green room. Read Aloud Delaware will now be able to maintain two complete reading locations for one year thanks to the efforts of this bene- fit in memory of one of Read Aloud's most dedicated volun- teersl Kenny Martin. We appreci- ate the support of the community and most importantly, Kenny's family and friends. On behalf of Ed Shockley, Sydney Arzt, Heather Block, Ann Gorrin, Steve and Suzy Kremer, Kevin Short and Jeff Tease, our deepest appreciation. The Sing Out Loud for Read Aloud Benefit Committee Rehoboth Beach Expressing gratitude to outgoing mayor I would like to express my appreciation to retiring Milton mayor Jack Bushey. I have served many years with Jack as a fellow councilman and mayor. Jack always served the town in a forth- right and honest manner. He always acted in Milton's best interest in all items before the council. Jack listened to what townspeo- ple had to say about issues, even when he didn't agree with their opinions. He treated people with courtesy and respect even though some- times his face would be turning red in frustration. He was well informed on issues facing the town and his experi- ence will be sorely missed. But, I do understand his feeling that he has served his time and served it well. I had the privilege of serving with four mayors of Milton and all were honest, caring people who served the town to the best of their ability. Jack Bushey has the honor of serving the longest with 18 years as councilman and 10 years as mayor. Jack has earned our grati- tude and respect and we wish him well as a private citizen, Jack Bushey. Charlie Fleetwood Milton Kudos on articles concerning immigrants I need to congratulate you on some excellent reporting. While the rally in Philadelphia garnered international attention, your town certainly had a larger impact in my mind because pro- portionately the effect was more significant. Spence's coverage from differ- ent points of view was superb; few Delaware Valley reporters got the various points of view so cleanly. The article by Swick is an excellent review of the bill instead of just an echo of others' thoughts; it is a pleasure to see that someone else is reading the primary source. Ricardo Diaz Philadelphia I | I Continued from page 7 through the thin years very well." MUSKRATS AND ONIONS. Mary Wolfe told me she enjoyed reading about cooking muskrats. "But you missed the best part. After you parboil the muskrats - and before you fry and brown the pieces - you fill the frying pan with cut up onions and cook them down. Then you take them out and you make gravy with what's left in the pan. Put those onions and gravy over the cut up pieces of muskrat and some mashed potatoes and you have some good eating." Mary's family grew up in the Wolfe house at the end of Wolfe Neck Road. Her father trapped the marshes of nearby Wolfe Glade, which provided the family with cash from sale of the pelts and meat for the dinner table. All this talk is making me hungry. Now that the Lewes- Rehoboth Rotary Club has given up its annual Ham and Oyster Dinner, maybe it should consider taking up a muskrat, onions, and mashed potatoes and turnips din- ner. Now that would be a money- maker.