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IIi ......... 6 - CAPE GAZETYE - Tuesday, March 6 - Thursday, March 8, 2007 'VIEWPOINTS Ed torial Power decision requires vision State officials were expected to make a decision in February that would chart the future of electric power in Delaware. But just as the decision was about to be made, the decision-makers received the first of two evaluations from state agencies and an independent con- sultant. The first report found that none of the three proposals for generating electricity achieves the goal of price stability in a cost- effective manner. The second report, expected April 4, will address the risks and benefits of each proposal in terms of the larger issue of energy resource planning." It should come as no surprise that the smallest and most conventional of the three proposed projects, Conectiv's natural gas plant, would receive the highest score among the three proposals in light of the evaluation criteria. The technolo- gy and the risks are well known, and the size of the project makes it considerably less expensive in the short run. The Bluewater Wind proposal to build an offshore wind farm and NRG's coal-gasification proposal would produce three times as much power as Conectiv's natural gas plant, so start-up costs will clearly be much higher. Both wind power and coal gasification are new in Delaware, increasing the risks and the costs of financing for both projects. Delaware con- sumers are already reeling from power rate increases, and both of those projects would add considerably to electric bills compared with purchasing power from other providers There is no panacea for cheap power. But at a time when recognition of global climate change has suddenlY caught the public eye, decision makers will be forced to consider broader questions than cost impact. In its conclu- sion, the report recognizes that the diversity of proposals highlights the tradeoffs the decision will require on matters such as environ- mental benefits, technology innovation, fuel diversity, reliability, feasibility, cost to rate-payers and price stability. There are no easy answers to the power question. But long-term environmental costs must play a key role in this decision. 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 editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertain- ment editor. The Weather Picture YESTERbAY ( OUR DAUdCrEII   US TO SAY NO. you TELL HER FACE-TO-FACE. Rehoboth chocolate fest volunteers sought The 17th annual Reboboth Beach Chocolate Festival needs your help. Due to a death in the family of our volunteer coordina- tor, we have not been able to do as much volunteer recruitment as usual. We desperately need volunteers to help wfth the 2007 Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival on Saturday, March 10, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, 229 Rehoboth Ave. We need people starting at 7:30 a.m. to help check in the contestants who arrive with their chocolate items, help cut up the chocolate, sell tastes to the public and help the event run smoothly. If you and your friends can spare a few hours Saturday, March 10, we will put you to work. It's a lot of fun and you'll go home smelling like chocolate. Most importantly, you'll be help- ing to raise money for Friends of the Rehoboth Library and Rehoboth Beach Main Street, two nonprofit organizations in down- town Rehoboth Beach working to make Rehoboth a vibrant commu- Late winter is a perfect time to view pintall ducks and one of the best spots for viewing is the impound area along Route 16 in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milton. Volume 14 No. 82 Publisher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroorn @ Office Manager Kathy Emen/, Ext. 305 kemery @ Associate Editor Kerry Kester, EXt. 317 keste r @ Sports Editor Dave Frederick, EXt. 304 davefredman Nm Editor Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter @ Arts & Entertainment Editor dan Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321" steveh Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans @ Rachel Swick, Ext. 338 rswick @ capegazette.coat Molly Albertson, EXt. 335 malbertson @ Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm Georgia Leonhart G.L.Leonhart @ Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm @ Kevin Spence kevin-spence @ Janet Andrelczyk, EXt. 316 Bemadette Heam, EXt. 316 Sports Writers "rim Bamforth tim @ Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ Contributors: Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Webmaster Catherine M. Tanzer n'mine @ Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Photographers Dan Cook and Steven Billups Production Coordinator Non'na Parks, Ext. 309 nparks @ Clauifled Sandy Ban', Ext. 300 sbarr @ Kirn McPike, Ext. 310 kmcpike @ Jean an'o, Ext. 302 jeans @ Advertising Cindy Bowiin, Ext. 307 cindy @ Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson @ Amanda Neafia, EXt. 311 amandaI@ . m'rm smcaa moat to  Z AWAY TO :  I - NZGHT, . NZGHT, SWEET'J. R. I ToMo,ow 'X;' nity. If you belong to a club or group such as the Elks, Moose, Lions, etc., please consider inviting the members of your group to join you - wear matching T-shirts and gain visibility for your club. Feel free to just show up any- time between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. or call me at 227-2772 or email to let us know you are interested and avail- able. Thank you. Jennifer P. Rubenstein Associate director Rehoboth Beach Main Street  Short-term fix not the Medicare answer Our most mature adults in our society are at greatest risk for injury and illness, yet our legisla- tors desire to add unwanted chal- lenges for those experiencing the most difficulties. At the same time Congress is demanding we maneuver through the minefield of Medicare Part D, they are also limiting valuable rehabilitation services when it is most needed. Physical therapy, when provided by licensed professionals, will maximize the quality of life and functional abil.ity, while decreas- ing morbidity and mortality whether the challenge is from- injury or illness. Currently Congress limits bene- ficiaries to $1,780 ("the cap") of outpatient care in the calendar year. The therapy cap applies to all Medicare beneficiaries in all Part B health care settings, except hospital outpatient departments. Most Medicare beneficiaries would never exceed the annual cap, but it would force many sen- ior citizens who need physical therapy care the most to choose between forgoing necessary care or paying 100 percent of the cost out-of-pocket over their Medicare coverage that is capped. Beneficiaries who suffer from a stroke or have Parkinson's dis- ease, spinal cord injuries or osteo- porosis are more likely to be the type of patient needing such care. Congress has repeatedly recog- nized the fallacy of the benefici- ary cap on therapy services - for the past seven years Congress has prevented a hard therapy cap from taking place except for three months in 2003. Three times Congress imposed a moratorium to keep the beneficiary cap on therapy services from limiting beneficiary coverage (1999-two years, 2000-one year, and 2003- two years). In 2006 and 2007 a therapy cap exceptions process was instituted to prevent a hard Continued on page 7 Chds Rausch, Ext. 312 crausch @ Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 stevel @ Production Staff, Exlm. 322-326 Chris Wildt Teresa Roddguez Ron Winterstein Shed Oswald Kristin Come, Edwin Krumm Meredith Shocldey ReeepU Kandy Weary Barb McPike Betsy Hop ler Circulation Joni Hammaker, Ext. 360 joniweber @ IEnmll for news, letting: newsmom @ Entail- for advertising: production @ EmJll to aulmribe: subscribe @ Email for web: Point to Ponder: "The strongest man in the world is he who stands most alone.'" Henrik Ibsen About Cape Gazette: The Cape Gazette (USPS 010LJ4) b puU=hed by Cape Gaze U eveff Tuesday ad Friday at 17585 Nassau C0mmom Blvd., Lewes, DE m8. Second-eros potage p=d = Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Sub- SCdliO are availaUe at &30 I year in Suss Count, SSO elsewtre. 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