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6 FRIDAY, MARCH 2- MONDAV, MARCH 5, 2012 Cape Gazette et ers )) I Poor kid wants snow so badly He may get tucky...Delmarvds had blizzards in early March. turbineCurt shouldissue hear wind / ('- he SaboutDREAMINGus! " -'- " " edm sa en O'Neil's letter, "Lewes wind tur- ,. a wonderful thing," in the Feb. 3 edition of the Cape Gazette, I came away admiring her pas- f @-"'-'- sionate description of her love for her hometown, and her height- ened concern it may be destroyed. Count me among those who love this wonderful seashore commu- nity. I often congratulate myself for making the decision to move here from a large coal-producing state 13 years ago, and share in her support for using sources of clean energy. However, Ms. O'Neil's let- ter suggests that a recent legal complaint submitted by Mr. Ger- ald Lechliter is somehow a seri- ous threat to undo effortsto keep our community clean and green. Now I ask. Has Ms. O'Neil read the complaint? I think not. I have. Her letter is laden with emotion and personal opinion, and is lack- ing in understanding of the true nature of the complaint. The com- plaint is not primarily about noise and property values. These are secondary issues to be decided based on expert witness testimo- ny and fact finding, a jury, or a judge. The substanceof the 43- page complaint alleges an abuse of power among officials of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. the University of Delaware, and the City of Lewes, leading to the con- struction and placement of a wind turbine on publicly owned open- space land. In their haste to quali- fy for a $2.4 million federal grant, they failed to follow mand{gory statutory procedures allowlng for full public scrutiny and comment. The complaint further alleges the university misrepresented the ef- fects of the wind turbine on its surroundings, and that govern- merit officials violated Lechliter's and other property owners' due process right to be heard. It is well known that a group with whom Mr. Leehliter worked reached out to the university and to state and local officials in an at- tempt to resolve their complaints, without a response. Should the court choose to grant a review of the complaint, it will give all par- ties an opportunity to be heard. Personally, I am pleased Mr. Lech- liter has taken his time to investi- gate and monitor the behavior and actions by some individuals and organizations occupying seats of power. Frank Tancredi Lewes Lewes wind turbine lowered property value I am a retired White Plains, N.Y. policeman, and builder and Jerry Lechliter's neighbor on Har- borview Road in Lewes. Before I bought my lot in 20061 talked Continued on page 7 / [ Editorial )) Thoughts on Saturday's election in Milton he mood in Milton is more placid these days than it has been in recent years. A number of rancorous per- sonnel and zoning issues have either been resolved or are working their way through the quieter process of the courts. For the time being, things have settled down. That's even more notable given the fact that voters will be going to the polls Saturday to elect rep- resentatives for two open council seats. Three solid candidates have put their names up for election: ]olin Booros, Gwendolyn ]ones and Kristin Patterson. They are volunteering at a time when Milton is pinched financially, the Milton Theatre - once the vibrant jewel in the town's attractive downtown - now stands shut- tered, and many people are watching to see how the town's future will unfold. Of the three, Booros and Patterson appear to be in the best position to take over the seats be- ing vacated by Deanna Duby and Mary Hud- son, and tend to the business of leading the community with the least catching up to do. Both have been regular attendees at Milton Council meetings in recent years and have ex- tensive business experience. As a procurement officer for large government agencies, Booros brings a specific kind of knowledge that can help Milton realize efficiencies at a time when taxes and fees are already at their limit, and bal- ancing the budget will depend primarily on wise management of the existing revenue stream. As financial manager for a medical im- aging business in Milton, Patterson can bring that perspective to the council. Her participation as a member of the town's economic development committee can also in- form the town council position, especially since growth in the budget will have to come from economic growth. Booros and Patterson have also mentioned the importance of downtown revitalization and townwide events and festivals that can con- tribute to the town's growth, and spreading the cost of services across more businesses and households. What's most important is that Milton's voters turn out Saturday and cast their ballots for the candidates they feel can help the town main- tain its even keel. Caoe Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Caoe Gazette editoria board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher: Trish Vernon, editor: Dave Frederick, soorts ~ditor: Laura Ritter news editor: and Jen EIlingsworth arts and entertainment ea~[or. Weather Picture )) lax newsroom@capegazette com Web Poll )) Many readers have been victims of bullying Have you been a victim of bullying? RON MACARTHUR PHOTO THIS HORSE hasn't had to use its winter coat that much with above-normal tern- Yes peratures in the Cape Region. No Someone close 48.2% 45.3% to me has 6.5% The total votes counted were 170. To par- ticipate in the current weo poll. visit CapeGazette.com. Cape Gazette Volume 18 No. 76 Publisher. Dennis Forney, Ext2303- dnf@capegaze[[e.com Editor. Trish Vernon. 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