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6 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 VI]:00WPOINTS Editorial 'The King and I' makes us all proud We want to add our voice to the voices of the many who marveled at and applauded the high-caliber production of "The King and I," put on by the Cape Henlopen High School Thespians last weekend. The actors, the musicians, the directors and producers, the costumers and choreographers, the children of the community who filled those specials roles, the backstage personnel and the props builders all brought their skills, talents and commitment together to present first- class entertainment to several sellout audiences in the high school's Little Theatre. Such productions bring new and positive spin to the concept of interdisciplinary education considering all the learning that takes place within the context of "the production." Efforts such as these represent a synthesis of the educational process and add immeasurably to the depth of the Cape Henlopen School District educational process. All involved deserve the community's congratulations and admira- tion. Boating hazards need to be addressed Letters Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Executive Director Mike Harkins said last week that his organization will relight the Delaware Breakwater lighthouse when it is taken over from the fed- era/government some time in the next few months. That should be good news to all who appreciate the special role of lighthouses in our area history but especially to navigators entering or exiting Delaware Bay around the point at Cape Henlopen. On the darkest nights of the year - no moon and heavy cloud cover - there is currently no light at the east end of the Delaware Breakwater to provide a sense of the huge navigational hazard marked by the lighthouse. It's purely and simply a hazard that needs to be addressed. If the federal govern- ment isn't going to act quickly on transferring the property to the state and DRBA, it should take interim steps to relight the house to return a measure of safety. Another navigational hazard exists at the Rehoboth Bay end of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal where no lights provide any sense of the low-lying rocks that define both sides of the canal entrance. Delaware officials need to determine whether the entrance merits marking by federal devices and, if not, should take immediate steps to light the entrance on state authority. The 1998 boating season is approaching quickly. These hazards exist in areas of high boating traffic and should be addressed prior to the arrival of the season. Winter's high tides carried this barnacle-encrusted stick of bamboo high into a Delaware marsh. Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter March 13 March 21 March 28 April 3 Same-sex harassment strikes the offshore oil rigs... Educating consumer is the real answer I write this letter in response to the position taken by House Speaker [Ter- ry] Spence regarding the proposed Liquor Lihbility Law. You see, that is what it is. It is not J.J.'s law. He is deceased. He was not a victim of drunk driving...he was a victim to himself because he was drunk. This law is about pacification and genuflecting. As Mr. Spence points out, there is in place in the state of Delaware a server training program. As Mr. Spence has also pointed out, the legal limit for dri- ving and blood alcohol content will be reduced 20 percent to 0.08 percent. Education of the consumer, not a switch in focus of liability, is the answer. I am a restaurant owner. Seventy- eight percent of my business is derived from the sale of food. Four percent of my business is derived from the sale of. nonalcoholic beverages, and 18 percent of the revenue of the restaurant is a derivative from the sales of alcoholic beverages. Eighty percent of those sales are to customers seated a table, enjoying dinner. Cap awards for personal injury are proposed to be set at $500,000. Cap awards for property damage are pro- posed to be set at $250,000, and multi- ple personal injury caps are to be set at $1 million. The amount of insurance necessary to protect my business from these liability awards is in the neighborhood of $7,000. Annually. The passage of this law would make my business and my employees liable for anything that can happen to anyone who consumes more than three drinks in an hour and one drink every hour thereafter at my estab- lishment. To pay for this insurance add-on, our business would have to generate an additional $70,000 in sales. This would occur with necessarily reduced liquor sales, triggering an increase of prices for food. The net, of course, is that business would decline and I would be forced out of business. My wife and I have operated this business for 13 years. In 13 years, we have had no instances of personal destruction caused by the consumption of alcohol on these premises. Stop writing laws for the special case. As you accurately pointed but, 58 people died of alcohol-related accidents in Delaware in 1997. Is this legislation war- ranted? How many people died playing football? How many died because they smoked cigarettes? How many died because they didn't practice safe sex? Why isn't there a law that necessitates insurance for promiscuous adults that don't practice safe sex? Do we need cam- eras in the bedroom? Please, please, please, focus your attention somewhere else. David Krasnoff Kupchick's Restaurant Lewes Commending Cape school board on action At the Feb. 26, 1998, Cape Henlopen Board of Education, on behalf of the Rehoboth School Parent-Teacher Orga- nization (RSPTO), I petitioned the school board with the following recommenda- tions: 1. That the School Board develop a policy where the Cape administration is able to place teachers on a reasonable assessment of the August 1 enrollment counts; and 2. That the School Board pass a policy and/or procedure that requires the district to place the number of teachers in the school in which they are generated, and any exception to this policy/procedure would need board approval. I would like to commend the board for the way in which they received these rec- Continued on page 8 Volume 5 No. 41 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Proofreader Bill Rable SPorts Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestied Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris WUdt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS :010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX - 645-1664. E-mail: Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 else- where. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty." Shakespeare