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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, MARCH 2- MONDAY. MARCH 5, 2012 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 with two neighbors about the land behind my lot and was told it was open space and would remain so forever. Much to my surprise, in 2010 1 had a 410-foot monster practically in my backyard in this open space. I had a property appraisal right before the wind turbine was built and one right after it had been in operation for a couple of months which was considerably lower and cannot be attributed just to the current weak housing market. If I put my house up for sale, full dis- closure laws require me to tell any prospective buyer about the noise. Common sense tells you I won't get the same selling price for an equivalent house located in a Lewes location distant from the turbine. The turbine makes noise that prevents me from sleeping if my windoW is open and some- times even with the ~ndows closed and ceiling fan on to try and drown out the noise. From my backyard, I have probably one of the most unobstructed views of it. It is intrusive and unacceptable, is on state-owned open space, and the shell corporation created to own it makes about $500,000 per year to include money from tax credits. We taxpayers get nothing in return. It was constructed with no public input and the people we elected in the city and who work in the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol did nothing to protect our in- terests. If I had known this mon- strosity would be built where it is, I would have bought a lot else- where in Lewes. Edgar P. Small Lewes Lewes library commentary well taken Before we relegate Chris Beakey's recommendation to the dustbin of history because the state of Delaware won't permit it, I would like to say a word of praise for his suggestion. The suggestion to keep the library where it is and also build an annex at FivePoints is a wonderful way to give everyone what they want. Before this, as a "downtowner" I wanted to keep that beautiful building where it is so I could get that warm feeling every timeI came into town along Kings High- way and saw it all lit up and re- minding me of what a beautififl place Lewes is. "They" would simply, have to drive five minutes to "my" library. Chris' proposal blasted me out of my we-and-they narrow thinking and showed a new way of thinking. I need to do more of that. So thank you, Chris, for opening my eyes. Mac McMahon Lewes Lewes library valuable asset wherever it is In following the local coverage of the dilemma facing the Lewes Public Library and if it should re- main in its current location in downtown Lewes or relocate to a new facility in Five Points, and taking into account the recent rev- elation that the library will proba- bly relocate just across the tracks on the Thompson property, two things become clear. Firstly, that the community, by and large, val- ues the library and understands the importance of its existence. Secondly, that the community faces a fair amount of division on where that library should reside. Regardless of where the library ultimately operates, there it is. It will be there, open for the com- munity. This is far more than can be said for many other public li- braries across America, whose budgets and support have been slashed dramatically during a pe- riod of national economic turmoil. Operating hours and staff are be- ing cut, and book purchases are being frozen. In recent history, the funding for New York City's pub- Small-town kindness evident in Lewes 've learned from experience, so I'm not reading, listening to or watching any news. But I did inadvertently see this: "I hope the cancer in his throat went to his brain and that's why he forgot what was in his back- pack." That comment was a little hard to ex- plain away to our girls, that it is just human na- ture; that some people like to keep stirring the pot of juicy gossip because it seems to make them feel better about their own lives. But, our daughters are strong young women. They will be OK. And, God knows, they will certainly not be those Gen Y-ers we keep reading about- the ones who were so shielded in childhood that they can't function when faced with the difficul- ties we often encounter as adults. Over 20 years ago Scott's grandmother, who was raised in rural Kansas, warned us against moving from Los Angeles to a small town. We came anyway because my parents were here, Lewes is beautiful, and we saw the opportunity for a great life. Our daughters were born here. They got to ride their bikes to the beach, and walk to school and their friend's houses. It's been a lifestyle we couldn't have offered them in L~. Of course, we've certainly experienced our share of small-town negatives, and we've creat- ed some controversy ourselves. That happens with community activists. It's expected. So, what's really been important for us to take notice of and appreciate is that most people are amazing and helpful and understanding and supportive. I'm not just talking about the friends we knew we had, or even the ones we see once in a while, but also folks who are practically strangers. Some know us a little and some, a lot, and not a single one seems to have ques- tioned, for one minute, this result of Scott's characteristic forgetfulness. So many good Cape people have written, called, .or just shown up with chocolate, or pizza and Wine. And they really mean it when they ask, "How can I help?" They already have. Donna de Kuyper Lewes lic libraries was cut by 8 percent. In Houston, a 30 percent cut is adding strain to an already dis- tressed public library system. In California, state funding for li- braries has been cut entirely. This is not a phenomenon restricted to big city libraries, either. In fact, in manycases, it is the small town li- brary that finds itself on the chop- ' pingblock first. When we consider the loss of operating hours, or the complete loss of a public library,.it is impor- tant to know exactly what is lost, because in an age where the in- ventory of a library can be stored in digital format and housed on- line, it is important for us to re- view what additional value a pub- lic library provides. At Lewes Public Library, like small-town libraries across the na- tion, the borrowing of books is not the sole purpose for its being. Those without an internet con- nection may use a library's corn- puters to look for employment, or their children can complete home- work assignments. Lewes offers presentations and classes for adults that include instruction and discussion on using social media for marketing, photo editing, com- puter maintenance, and operating the more commonly used comput- er programs such as Excel and Word. There are book discussions, literacy education programs, and even a scholarship program for children, just to name a few. None of these valuable services, often given by generous volun- teers, could ever be duplicated by any kind of online library system. It is with this in mind that I'd like to thank an anonymous donor's generous pledge to com- mit $10,000 to the library if the COlmnunity can raise that same amount by March 31 of this year. With this added motivation. I'm confident the community will be able to meet that challenge. Given that the library only receives about half of its current operating budget from government re- sources, it is imperative that we succeed in doing so, because when the new library opens, and as the current library continues to operate in the mean time, the community will have preserved what Norman Cousins called the "delivery room for the birth of ideas" - the public library. Regard- less of where one might stand on the issue of exactly where that li- hrary should physically reside, we should all appreciate that this is, indeed, a good problem to have. Nell Parry Ocean View Eannery Village starting new organization Dear Milton-area neighbors, It is aprivilege to announce the formation of the Cannery Village Continued on page 8 drovenorth last Saturday I morning for anearly funer- al service honoring the life of Mary Flood,-who died suddenly a few days before. Mary and her husband, ]im, raised a fine family of seven chip dren. They lived in Rehoboth Beach for nine years in the mid- 1960s into the 1970s when lim was editor of Delaware Coast Press. Then they moved north to the capital to start their own newspaper, The Dover Post. They managed the Post success- fully, side by side with several of their children, for more than 25 years. Mary loved to laugh and loved to read. One day lira called to relay a message from Mary. "She's just finighed reading a book that she thinks you would really like," said lira. "It's called the Island at the Center of the World and tells the story of Manhattan when it was under the control of the Dutch" Mary was right. It's a great book, especially for those who love history and especially local history. It refers to the Lewes area obliquely when it discusses Dutch efforts to control all the Mid-Atlantic territory between what they called the North River - now known as the Hudson - and the South River, now known as the Delaware. The book is en- lightening, particularly in terms of how the Dutch preference for free markets without prejudices shaped the founding documents of our nation. Mary will be missed for many reasons but will long be remem- bered for the great family she and Jim shaped. A nice drive north Though a sad occasion, it was a nice drive to Dover, especially early on a weekend morning in the winter when traffic was light. The fiat farm fields of Delaware alternate with great expanses of salt marsh around the Broadldll, the Mispillion and the Murderkill before the west- ering roads to the capital begin their slight rise into the higher lands of the peninsula. lust west of Red Mill Pond, I began seeing echelons in the largest flock of snow geese I have ever seen in my life. Proba- bly coming off Delaware Bay and flying inland toward the southwest, the snows continued Continued on page 8 CHAD BETTS PHOTO TYLER BRYAN and his snapping friend. Don't try this unless you know what you're doing. If a snapper gets hold of you he won't let go even if the sun goes down and you chop his head off.